Time to upgrade my laptop

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by adrian2055, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    Hello MDL,

    I currently have an Intel i3-380m processor in my hp g7 laptop and I'm going to upgrade it soon. According to hp's user manual the Intel Core i7-2620M is the highest they tested, but I see that it's only a dual core processor. I was wondering if there is a quad core intel processor available for this laptop before I purchase one on ebay.
     
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    bpwnes MDL Member

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    The i3-380M is going to be a different socket than the i7-2620M. What is the whole model number of your laptop? (Pavilion G7-nnnnxx)
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    ASlso keep in mind, if a CPU Upgrade is possible, the power consumption will increase while the battery down faster!! In general it's not recommended to upgrade the CPU of an Laptop!
     
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  4. shrinivas

    shrinivas MDL Junior Member

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    How about replacing the HDD with an SSD ?
     
  5. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    You can safely upgrade your laptop to any processor that model shipped with.

    In the case of Dell, for instance the Dell Inspiron 7110 laptop, with the same motherboard, was sold with a variety of socketed cpu's from Pentiums to i3, i5 and i7. You can safely use any one of those processors in the Dell 7110.

    My daughter had a Dell Inspiron 7110 that came with a Pentium 950. I upgraded it last week to an i5-2520m. The cpu benchmark went from 1725 to 3550. The used processor was only $25.

    So do a little Googling and find out what model cpu's your laptop was shipped with. You may be able to safely upgrade it.
     
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  6. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    yep I also think in upgrade my laptop but the chipset on it (HM 55) have a poor graphic performance and NO is possible change nothing with reference to GPU and cpu prices here in my country is one absurd very expensive :g:
     
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  7. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    HP Pavilion G7-1073NR
     
  8. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    I might get one later this year (a 250GB), but I still need a higher processor for this laptop. The i3 is way too slow
     
  9. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    My battery is already dead. Gotta replace it. :( I never run my laptop on battery anyways so I really don't need a new one
     
  10. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    WOW that is a great improvement. Thanks!
     
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    Antilope MDL Member

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    #11 Antilope, Jan 3, 2016
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  12. SPDIF

    SPDIF MDL Junior Member

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    #12 SPDIF, Jan 3, 2016
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    Also keep in mind that even you find an replacement and even fit in the cpu socket, it will not boot in almost 90 percent of it.

    The bios firmware of your laptop must be compatible with it!!!
    Also the cooling system must be compatible with it!!
    Believe me replace an i3 with an i5-cpu on any laptop will finally end up with an dead laptop and money you loose with an new cpu that does not work.
    Except the bios is compatible with it.

    What works in most cases (but not all) is replace the cpu with same type but faster speed

    In my laptop; Acer 8940g laptop it was fitted with an Intel Core i7-720QM (1.6GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB Cache)
    I could replace it only with an Intel Core i7-820QM (1.73GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8MB Cache)

    It was not compatible with an i7-920XM.

    The best is first ask the system-builder with what cpu it is compatible, i always did get an decent answer from them until now.
    In some cases a bios update is needed for it to work.

    Also in some laptop you can exchange the graphics card, but this also does not work as the bios does not accept it.

    Speeding up an laptop, the best you can do is; Replace HDD with an SSD, From 2 or 4gigs of ram to 8gig. Again if your system accept it.
    In the technical page of the user-manual you can find that.

    Also replace your Wifi card for an faster replacement. Any good Intel that fit will give you good power in this.
    Warning; In some cases a new wifi card like intel has also blue-tooth on it, that will conflict with another one in your system. In this case you have to remove also the old blue-tooth card.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    bergy37 MDL Member

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    Michaela, very pretty 1st name.
     
  15. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    Sometimes old hardware is flaky. You can easily end up with a brick if the bios upgrade goes wrong. I would recommend against a bios upgrade unless you know for certain it will improve things. Otherwise it may not be worth the risk.
     
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