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Is Intel Chip upgrade worth it?

by pmayhew1958 / December 3, 2008 11:01 AM PST

I'm looking at buying a laptop who's basic Chip is the Intel Core 2 Duo 5800(2.0GHz/800MHz FSB/2mb Cache). I'm using several web based applications and Office Professional products. Does it make any sense in my case to upgrade the chip for $150-$200 or is it a waste of money?

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Upgrade from what?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 10:21 PM PST

Just in case a former discussion will help. Please read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=318697&messageID=2919672&tag=forums06;forum-threads

I feel that such upgrades are worth it to a point. Even at 200 bucks it is likely worth it if it gets you another year before you replace the laptop.
Bob

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Upgrade
by Phil Crase / December 5, 2008 12:32 AM PST

Oh yeah think it is worth it, good processor.

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The Specs Looks like the Old Chip
by Renegade Knight / December 5, 2008 1:11 AM PST

Looks like you have an old chip to begin with. The latest gen is worth it, but I'm not sure that you have it in that laptop.

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MIsunderstood
by pmayhew1958 / December 5, 2008 9:23 AM PST

The chip I cited is for a new laptop I'm looking at, not an old one. The upgrade chip is the T9400 2.53GHz.

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hey
by moodyandy / December 7, 2008 5:09 PM PST

I don't think you should upgrade the CPU. I don't think it will make a big different to u. if me. I will save up the money and buy another laptop. if you wanna make it a little bit faster, try to put more memory on it and reinstall the OS. that way should make a bit difference

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My CPU suggestion
by choosenotebook / December 8, 2008 3:00 PM PST

The 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo 800MHz FSB w/2MB cache you are looking at is probably a Intel T7250 renamed to the T5800. It's a 65nm Merom based CPU. The T9400, on the other hand, is a 45nm Penryn based processor which is not only .53GHz faster, but it runs on a faster 1066 FSB and larger 6MB cache yet still uses similar power at 35 watts.

The T9400 is also probably a Centrino 2 laptop while the other is the older Centrino based one.

The price difference between these 2 CPUs should be quite more than $150-$200, so I believe you are looking at 2 different laptops and not looking at the same laptop with a CPU upgrade.

You might be looking at an older model T5800 laptop that may be overpriced but I'd have to look at all the details to be sure on that.

The 2.0 CPU on Vista won't be that "fast", but it should work for your purposes.

My guess is however, you may be able to find a faster 2.1 GHz T8100 or 2.4GHz T8300 that is priced similar to that T5800.

For more details and suggestions, try my article at http://www.choosenotebook.com/LaptopPerformance.php

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My guess could be wrong
by choosenotebook / December 8, 2008 3:05 PM PST
In reply to: My CPU suggestion

Just wanted to add that my guess based on the price difference could be wrong... processor prices, esp. the once top of the line ones, can drop pretty fast.

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