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I'm looking to upgrade my laptop

By syxx2003
Sep 20, 2006
  1. I want to put in a better processor than what my laptop came with. I bought it a few years ago and it still runs fine but I've started getting into gaming and need a faster processor, new graphics card and I just installed some more memory. What do I need to know before I go buy some parts? I'd really like a 3.0 or higher Pentium 4
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I would suggest getting a new laptop. It is not easy to replace parts in one :mad: , and what laptop do you have?
     
  3. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a Dell Inspiron 600m. I was thinking about getting a new one but cant afford it and decided upgrading would probably be better for now.
     
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Do you play games on the go or at home?
     
  5. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This is the only computer I have so I mostly play at home, but I have taken it to other peoples houses.
     
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    What I suggest for you is that you build a cheap gaming computer for now. You can probably get a nice system running for no more than $300. If you live in the US, go to Newegg.com and match up the processors with the motherboards (I.E socket 775 motherboard and Socket 775 processor, etc.).
     
  7. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i know nothing about building a computer from scratch. what all do i need to know and how do i get it all hooked up right?
     
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    We can guide you through this easily.

    For instance:

    AMD Athon 64 3500+ Processor - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103633

    Compatible Motherboard - $52.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186100

    512MB DDR2 800 Memory - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231103

    ATI Radeon X1300 PCI-EXPRESS X16 Video Card - $46.99

    Case w/300 Watt Power Supply - $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811154052

    80GB Western Digital Caviar Hard Drive - $41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144102

    TOTAL: $341.94 (Before Shipping)

    TOTAL AFTER SHIPPING: $372.78

    I will post other setups as well. Just give me a few minutes. I will try to go cheaper.
     
  9. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how does that processor compaire to an intel pentium 4? I havent had any experience with amd and know nothing about them. i'd rather have 2 gigs of ram how much more would that cost?
     
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Tell me what your desired specs are and I can generate them. Remember if you do not want to build, just tell me. In my experience it can be a lot cheaper than a Brand Name computer. You could get a decent gaming desktop for the price of a new laptop. I do not know how to replace a notebook processor (I am sure people on this site do know how), but then you need to think about your video card, and ram inside the Dell, since dell is known for their putting cheap video cards into computers, which is a necessity for a gamer.
     
     
  12. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i'm not really opposed to building a computer. if i can upgrade my laptop for a lot cheaper than building a new one then i'd rather do that for the moment. I already have my ram up to 2 gigs.
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Laptops can be rarely upgraded since they need specifically-made CPUs, graphics cards, and other peripherals. These are almost impossible to get since they are specially made by the manufacturer to fit into the sleek skin of a laptop. I would second cfitzarl but if u don't want a desktop, sell off ur laptop(first backup all data onto a portable HDD using a desktop at home/work) and get a brand new one.
    I have an HP Pavilion DV5242EA(the DV6000T in the US) which cost me Dhs. 3700 (about 1000 USD) and on the HP site, with my configuration it comes up to exactly $1040 which is very cheap for a laptop with
    Core Duo Processor at 1.83GHz(with Centrino wireless technology)
    GeForce Go 7400 256MB graphics card
    100GB 5400RPM HDD
    1 GB DDR2 RAM
    15.4" Widescreen Display
    and the other usual bells & whistles(wireless etc.)

    It's a good alternative to the PC but u will have to spend a lot more money on it. It's ur choice, so make a good one to reap its benefits.
     
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    about the only thing you can upgrade on laptops is the ram and hard disk and perhaps the dvd rom
     
  15. syxx2003

    syxx2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so if i build a desktop how much will i have to pay to get windows on it? I'd ideally like to have a computer that will play games no problem cuz right now it freezes or gets all choppy, that hopefully wont be worthless for a while or atleast upgradable if it becomes less than par.
     
  16. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    You could be better off buying a dedicated games machine such as an Xbox
     
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    you can XP for around $80 to $90
     
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    And SP2 as well as other updates can be downloaded off the net, provided u have a fast broadband connection, which I assume is the norm nowadays.
     
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