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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 06:00 PM

This question is just for my interest/fun guys, so if others need help go there first.

 

I have a HP Compaq nx7400 that is old but running like a champ, but I always wondered if I could squeeze a little more performance out of it.  I'm guessing (from what I've been told) that an SSD would be the better path.

 

I am wondering if I could/can benefit or even install a better faster cpu?  Or would the whole mother board have to be changed?

 

I've researched this a bit first but come up a little empty.  These are the CPU's that HP says my laptop supports.  Right now it has the T5500:

 

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7400 (2.16-GHz, 667-FSB, 4-MB L2 cache)* 

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2.0-GHz, 667-FSB, 4-MB L2 cache)* 
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83-GHz, 667-FSB, 2-MB L2 cache)* 
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5500 (1.66-GHz, 667-FSB, 2-MB L2 cache)* 
Intel Celeron M Processor 430* (1.73-GHz, 533-MHz FSB, 1-MB L2 cache) 

 

I don't use it that hard so don't know if this would cause any overheating issues or not but just wanted the extra speed and cache.  I wonder if the pc that has the T7200 or 7400 has a better fan to handle more power.  Just cleaned the fan and re-pasted the heat-sink so all is good in that area.

 

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:01 PM

in theory, as long as they are all mobile CPUs and offered as options with that laptop, you should be fine, but theres no way to know for sure until you try it. I would recomend using a good temp monitoring software for awhile after installation.


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 04:01 PM

Thanks for the reply.  Are some not replaceable?  Some are fixed right?


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

Thanks for the reply.  Are some not replaceable?  Some are fixed right?

correct, and without opening yours up I cannot say for certain yours is, and laptops can be a pain to dissassemble so the  chances of breaking something go up even if it is replaceable. Honestly, youd be better off just maxing our your ram and putting in a SSD in my opinion. 


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 07:10 PM

Yup, agreed...SSD.  That is until things are going better for me financially, and can get a new pc. then might do some exploring.  Really an't worth the headache I know, but just for the experience of it you know?


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 07:31 PM

hey, I would be lying if I said I didnt waste time upgrading a worthless machine just to say I could lol. Its actually how I learned most of my computer skill-I took everyone elses old and out dated computers and just started playing with stuff just to see what worked and what did not. And I still mess with stuff just for the challenge. Nothing wrong with that. :D


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 10:33 PM

:thumbup2: Right on brother, that's what I'm talk'ng about!


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