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Windows 7: Laptop processor upgrade

27 Jan 2010   #11
Etihtsarom

7 Prof
 
 

2.6 will be noticeably faster, but will drain your battery faster and run hotter, and a conroe at 2.6Ghz costs about 400 bucks but will Not provide a bigger boost than an SSD will.


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28 Jan 2010   #12
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

A dual core 2GHz processor isn't exactly slow...what sort of issues are you having (ie, why do you feel the T6400 is slow)? Also, is your HDD 5400RPM? When I bumped to a 7200RPM drive, I saw a significant increase in overall performance. I see you already have 4GB RAM, which should be plenty but w/out more info, who knows....
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28 Jan 2010   #13
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awenthol View Post
A dual core 2GHz processor isn't exactly slow...what sort of issues are you having (ie, why do you feel the T6400 is slow)? Also, is your HDD 5400RPM? When I bumped to a 7200RPM drive, I saw a significant increase in overall performance. I see you already have 4GB RAM, which should be plenty but w/out more info, who knows....
I agree here you would be better off investing in a hard drive and memory upgrade under no circumstance should a novice attempt disassembly of a laptop I repair computers for a living and I take laptops apart all the time usually to repair broken DC power jacks and it's not for the faint at heart you better know what your doing and have a very good grounding strap and ESD mat on which to work.

Also you must take into account cooling, laptops run very hot and can barely cool the CPU that gets shipped with them.
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28 Jan 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you would be best served with an SSD, max. RAM and maybe a mild OC (if at all possible) - must be compatible with the cooling. Laptops are not known to be good at ventilation and you have quasi no options to change that.
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28 Jan 2010   #15
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I think you would be best served with an SSD, max. RAM and maybe a mild OC - must be compatible with the cooling. Laptops are not known to be good at ventilation and you have quasi no options to change that.
OEM boards do not allow for overclocking at all totally crippled BIOS also overclock= more heat
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28 Jan 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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OEM boards do not allow for overclocking at all totally crippled BIOS also overclock= more heat
Comment well taken. Made an update with a qualifier.
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28 Jan 2010   #17
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

still stand by this. any attempt to upgrade something outside of ram, and hdd and the possible exception of the optical disk drive on some models is well beyond the capabilities of the novice.
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28 Jan 2010   #18
gtasmy

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awenthol View Post
A dual core 2GHz processor isn't exactly slow...what sort of issues are you having (ie, why do you feel the T6400 is slow)? Also, is your HDD 5400RPM? When I bumped to a 7200RPM drive, I saw a significant increase in overall performance. I see you already have 4GB RAM, which should be plenty but w/out more info, who knows....
well im a gamer and certain games need a better processor

don't get me wrong alot of games run great on my system especially since i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card (also let me know about a better one thats compatible and cheap say from $50 - $120 even though its doubtful )

Also if anyone want to play Borderlands (my new favorite game right b4 Dragon Age Origins and Guild Wars)

and i have 64 bit so i could use more than 4gb ram right?
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28 Jan 2010   #19
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gtasmy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awenthol View Post
A dual core 2GHz processor isn't exactly slow...what sort of issues are you having (ie, why do you feel the T6400 is slow)? Also, is your HDD 5400RPM? When I bumped to a 7200RPM drive, I saw a significant increase in overall performance. I see you already have 4GB RAM, which should be plenty but w/out more info, who knows....
well im a gamer and certain games need a better processor

don't get me wrong alot of games run great on my system especially since i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card (also let me know about a better one thats compatible and cheap say from $50 - $120 even though its doubtful )

Also if anyone want to play Borderlands (my new favorite game right b4 Dragon Age Origins and Guild Wars)

and i have 64 bit so i could use more than 4gb ram right?
According to HP:

Product Specifications HP Pavilion dv7-1273cl Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

your maximum RAM is 8GB. Your notebook has two SODIMM slots, so you'd need two 4GB memory cards to get there. (If you have 4GB now, it could be two 2GB cards or one 4GB. I'd expect the pair, as it may be cheaper.)

I don't know that it's impossible to turn your laptop into a more capable gaming system, but I doubt that you can do much with the CPU and graphics. If you can obtain a desktop system, there's a great deal more freedom to upgrade. Homebuilt would permit you to avoid being locked in to any appliance PC proprietary stuff.
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28 Jan 2010   #20
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gtasmy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awenthol View Post
A dual core 2GHz processor isn't exactly slow...what sort of issues are you having (ie, why do you feel the T6400 is slow)? Also, is your HDD 5400RPM? When I bumped to a 7200RPM drive, I saw a significant increase in overall performance. I see you already have 4GB RAM, which should be plenty but w/out more info, who knows....
well im a gamer and certain games need a better processor

don't get me wrong alot of games run great on my system especially since i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card (also let me know about a better one thats compatible and cheap say from $50 - $120 even though its doubtful )

Also if anyone want to play Borderlands (my new favorite game right b4 Dragon Age Origins and Guild Wars)

and i have 64 bit so i could use more than 4gb ram right?
i loved guild wars but my gf thought i played to much so she changed my password to literally random characters and i was never able to recover it. boo.
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