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Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by moutardepoulet, Jul 26, 2010.

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  1. moutardepoulet

    moutardepoulet Newbie

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    Hey, I just baught a compaq cQ62, with a single core amd v-120 at 2.2ghz. Is it possible to upgrade to a dual core or possibly a quad?? thx
     
  2. nikeseven

    nikeseven Notebook Deity

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    In order to do so, you would need to match the socket (S1g4) and also be reasonably close to the TDP of the V120 (25watts). After finding one, you would then need to take apart your entire laptop, put it in, reapply thermal paste and put it all back together.
     
  3. ClanHeck

    ClanHeck Newbie

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    From lowest performance to higher (but all better performers than the V120)

    Turion II Neo K665 dual core at 15W...
    P320 dual core at 25 W
    Turion II P520 dual core 25W
    N330 and Phenom II N620 dual core at 35W might be too much
    The Phenom II P820 is triple core at 25 W
    The Phenom II 920 is quad core at 25 W

    All processors are supported by the S1g4 socket. This may not be a complete list. Now, I've never replaced a laptop's CPU, so that part of upgrading is all on you.
     
  4. moutardepoulet

    moutardepoulet Newbie

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    Ok, thx i may be taking the p320 or phenom II 920. Thaught that changing cpu was a lot simpler. What thermal paste is compatible with the amd v-120?
     
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Thermal paste is not made for any specific processor. I use Arctic Silver 5 for processors; IC Diamond is another popular choice.

    If you haven't applied thermal paste before, there is an application guide on Arctic Silver's website:
    http://www.arcticsilver.com/
    It is important to apply it the right way.
     
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    moutardepoulet Newbie

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    Ok thx, this really helped me out. :)
     
  7. ClanHeck

    ClanHeck Newbie

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    I think the toughest challenge will be physically getting to the CPU. I don't know much about laptop upgrades and getting into the guts of one. I would suggest googling opening up your particular laptop model. U-Tube might have some useful videos of someone else doing it...
     
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    Damn! Where were you when I asked about upgrading mine (still haven't), lol??:D
     
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    mc00 Notebook Guru

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    I have been eying this cpu on EBAY but has been posted yet... any where else those cpu being sold?
     
  10. stamar

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    the cost of the cpu is more than a whole laptop with a better cpu already in it.
     
  11. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    I see a P520 listed for £52.

    You must have got your laptop for £50 Stamar.

    Also unlike your intel integrated graphics, the HD4250 in the compaq might actually be able to do something useful.
     
  13. stamar

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    I got the laptop for 400 usd one year ago.....

    basically its going retail price

    It gamed functionally.

    Im actually not sure how it competes with ati 5250
    it has 4gb in dual channel at 1066 mhz that makes a bigger difference in igp than you think.

    It played starcraft 2, civ 5 and source engine games. Kingss bounty disciples 3...

    Im not sure how it compares. Similar though.

    plays 720hd movies...

    its not a good gamer notebook... its not a good battery life book notebook either....its a good notebook for um.... cheap. Its better than a netbook.
     
  14. Meaker

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    And considering what he got that laptop for, its likely better than that one.

    So no need to be so dismissive.
     
  15. stamar

    stamar Notebook Prophet

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    no idea really

    I refuse to translate currency for anyone.

    my only point is that if there is someone in the market for a cpu upgrade for their laptop I have a laptop id sell for less.

    the average price of a laptop in the us is 519 now, down 160 in the last year.

    The average cpu retail price hasnt fallen that much. People just dont understand theres no such thing as upgrading a laptop unless you find a junked one.

    and the difference involved is barely noticeable.

    The difference between the 2 dual cores in my signature is nothing in regular use.
     
  16. Meaker

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    No one buys CPU upgrades retail, they get 2nd hand ones from ebay.

    Depending on the CPU they can be pretty cheap.
     
  17. Tsunade_Hime

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    Newegg sells Intel mobile CPU's retail. Ebay mostly supplies OEM ones, but I would not really trust a "used" CPU, god knows what the previous owner(s) have done to it.
     
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    I see NBR'ers that sell used CPU's all the time, and knowing their posting history I frankly would not touch those as well. They most likely have been heavily overclocked and benched to death and just overall pounded. The reason for selling: Was used for testing and I really don't need it anymore, or something to that effect.

    Edit: When I see someone ask if it's worth it to upgrade, my thought is unless it upgrades your speed by at least 3-4 bins of speed it just is not worth the money. Even then you need to look at the cost versus performance, if the cost to get that many bins gets high enough then upgrading the laptop starts to make more sense.
     
  19. Tsunade_Hime

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    I have never overclocked a notebook CPU nor do I plan to. Notebooks are already compact as it is with their small form factor unless you have a 17" monster Sager or Alienware even then they have big hungry GPUs which doesn't help the heat. Overclocking your CPU is atune to ruining your notebook quicker.

    I mean I received my T7500 for free from a friend but I knew his habits and never really used his notebook much anyway.
     
  20. Meaker

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    Ah CPUs are more robust in that sense than many other componants.

    You have to use common sense but really its fine getting a 2nd hand CPU.

    In my case yes my Q9000 has been locked to a 10% overclock. However at the same time, its running at 1.05v, over 0.1v lower than stock and runs pretty cool. That is going to far outweigh the frequency increase in terms of wear.
     
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