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Upgrade Laptop Cpu Or Replace Laptop ?


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Hello forum,

Recently i was thinking of upgrading my laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-NR430E) so i opened it up to see what parts where actually upgradeable and realized that the CPU wasn't soldered in but has a socket ... so i was wondering would it be cheaper to upgrade the CPU or should i wait some more and get a new laptop altogether ? Also if the CPU upgrade is worth the price might anyone know which is the best CPU i can shove into this system as i have never tinkered much with Laptop-grade components. (atm it has a Intel Pentium T2390 / 1.86 GHz in it)

Thanks in advance,

Entity

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How long have you had your laptop for?

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So i have had this laptop for 2 1/2 years now but its still running fine that's why i wished to upgrade its CPU only ,just wanted to see if i could get some more power out of this machine before i have to change it totally ... so a CPU upgrade would definitely be out of the question ? My reasoning was that since it's relatively old technology (not i7 etc) a CPU upgrade would not cost as much ... as i've stated before i'm not used to tinkering with laptops that much.

Thanks for the replies,

Entity

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CPUs on laptops aren't as simple as an upgrade as they are on a desktop. Not sure what kind of options are available to you for your specific board, but if you can find the CPU you want, that is the correct socket and compatible with the hardware + bios, I see no reason not to give it a shot.

Not sure what kind of board it is, but the one thing I like about the AMD desktop side are their am2+/am3 combo mobos, where you can use either type of CPU (+ a bios update to support the newer CPUs). I upgraded from a modest Athlon II X2 2.6GHZ to a Phenom II X6 3.2GHZ. For a small amount of money I got to keep all my stuff the same. All hardware and OS, files, etc. Nothing to migrate to a new machine. Just a few minutes to update the bios (do this before installing the new CPU) and a few more to swap the CPU and I was up and running.

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Thanks for the replies all :) i guess i'll give it another year then i'll get a new laptop :)

Regards,

Entity

You could check on the manufacture's website and see if there are any updates for your BIOS/CPU.

If not, then just wait one more year before buying a new laptop.

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