M17x R4, looking to upgrade CPU

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  1. Link941

    Link941 Notebook Guru

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    So I've had this laptop for almost a decade now and the only part that I havent upgraded is the CPU. And its starting to slow down and such since it was overclocked for most of its lifespan. So I was wondering what CPUs I can get that are compatible. My price range is around $500, can go higher if it's worth it. I'll need a guide on how to do it properly since I imagine its more than just physically swapping out the CPUs, much like the graphics card upgrade process. But I may be wrong. Again, first time doing this so Ill take all the info I can get! Thanks!
     
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    Its literally just a physical swap out, tuning is another matter though. You shouldnt be spending 500 USD on a 3920xm
     
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    Ah gotcha, would you recommend a specific guide for tuning or would general googling be fine? And its CAD, so things are a bit more pricy in canada lol. So assuming it's just a physical swap out, that means any CPU on the market would be compatible, correct? Sorry if it's a dumb question.
     
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    Yes, just a physical swap. Be careful not to damage the pins when installing the new CPU though and get yourself some decent thermal compound. If you want to get an XM processor then Intel XTU is a pretty easy program to use for overclocking but make sure you jump online and check for guides on how to use it properly or you could damage your CPU or board.
     
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    @Link941 Reading your posts, you're asking about any CPU on the market being compatible, correct?

    No, that's not the case!

    Just the Intel Core Mobile of the 3rd generation are compatible, that's the Ivy Bridge Mobile series, mainly the i7 3xxx QM and XM CPUs are interesting, performance wise.
     
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    Yes I found out recently. Ordered a i7-3840QM. Thanks for the info anyways!
     
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