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Upgrading Laptop CPU

by enderbugs / June 30, 2008 5:01 AM PDT

I'm thinking about buying the Gateway P-6860FX laptop from Best Buy. I like everything about this laptop except the processor. It is an Intel Dual Core 2 T5550 running at 1.83 Ghz. Is there a possibility that I could upgrade the processor later or have someone do it for me? Also, what is the maximum processor it can be upgraded to?

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You must be thinking about desktops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 5:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading Laptop CPU

Laptops are usually not upgraded since you can't improve cooling, power supply or find a BIOS that will assuredly support your CPU. This question is mostly from desktop builders and owners.

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Ummm, no
by enderbugs / June 30, 2008 6:05 AM PDT

I've actually have heard of doing this before and I know it's tricky, which is why I've posted regarding a little more info. Yes, I know the difference between desktops and laptops and their subsequent processors. Does anyone know anything more regarding this.

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Then the only time to do this is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 6:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Ummm, no

When someone writes they did it. However there is no warranty and no support here. Is that OK for most users? No.

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Here's proof
by enderbugs / June 30, 2008 2:07 PM PDT
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Not under dispute
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 10:34 PM PDT
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It's just rarely done since you can't get the maker to warrant the machine after this plus they won't tell you which are compatible.

Then we have the costs. How much for that CPU?

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Not Sure
by enderbugs / July 2, 2008 11:58 AM PDT
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I'm not terribly sure, but if it's between $300-$500, which I think it is- at least for some of the models that would be better than the T5550, then the laptop still only costs $1600 at the most and with all the specs under the hood, that's an extremely good deal. Of course, if it for some reason doesn't work or just flat out fails...

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Do it sooner than later
by Steven Haninger / June 30, 2008 7:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading Laptop CPU

Just order the laptop in the configuration you prefer and you'll save plenty by not having to toss out perfectly good parts.

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That would work
by enderbugs / June 30, 2008 8:04 AM PDT

if you had the available money at the time. While I understand your point, this laptop, at $1100, is a really good deal. The only part that took a hit to get it at this price point was the cpu. Also, this is the best configuration from Best Buy and Gateway just took down the FX series laptops from their website. I don't think they're rolling out a new line because they just came out with new models back in May, unless someone proves me wrong.

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T5550 processor
by Phil Crase / June 30, 2008 11:51 PM PDT
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Nothing wrong with the processor for all practical purposes, depends on what you have in mind to do. If you want a really trick hotshot laptop, check out ALIENWARE but get your checkbook out.

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Unsure about them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 11:56 PM PDT
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