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post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
NitroNarcosis-

One more thing and I will await your reply this is a link I found in regards to CPU's that could be used to replace my Dell M 63000 and I was hoping to get your thoughts on :


http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19307807/19601850.aspx


REALLY not knowing what I am talking about I am thinking if I cannot pgrade my memory I could upgrade my CPU? OR both? OR should I do both?

Thanks again for your help! IT is APPRECIATED! thumb.gif
post #12 of 18
When it comes to CPU upgrades on a Laptop, I am not really for it.

A laptop when purchased directly from dell does have a few options are far as which chip you can purchase.

Are you running the 2.2GHZ Processor like stated by that other link you showed me.

The difference between 2.2GHZ and 2.6GHZ is only 400MHZ and in the real world is going to be a nominal difference.

When you run all the programs you wish to run currently...How much memory are you actually using.

I would suggest you install Core Temp with this widget and get a realistic idea if you are actually using almost all of that 3.5GB ram when applications are loaded.

I do not suggest a CPU upgrade for a few reasons:

-Laptops are a serious PITA to take apart they are all different when it comes to disassembling.
***** tons of screws and plastic tabs hold this bad boy together and it requires meticulous notation to make sure you put everything back together just right and do not end up with extra screws (I know from experience)

-Laptops are not like PCs where if heat becomes a problem you can simply change out the heat sink fan combo to increase cooling capacity.
In most cases a company will sell a laptop with the option for a badass chip say a 2.8 Core 2 EXTREME and GD will that thing run blazing hot, since it will use the same stock cooler that is designed to cool the 2.2GHZ without issue.
Yeah you could add an external fan, but really you can never get to the root of the problem...unless you fabricate your own cooling system. (Which is again a PITA)

-Increasing the CPU might not give you any benefits worth fighting for.
as stated above 400MHz is not much of a difference in real world performance.
plus those larger chips...if they work on your system take much more power and they will drain your battery that much faster.

-a CPU upgrade on a laptop can be costly

Here are some options I suggest for you.

1. Depending on whether you need a lot of space on your drive or if you currently have less than 100GBs of data stored on the laptop currently as well as if you have installed Core Temp widget and if you have all your apps running and still have some memory headroom left..
I suggest you purchase a SSD drive and clone off the current mechanical disk to it.
This will speed up the boot time and opening of many applications at once.

Laptop hard drives are much slower in almost any respect to SSDs.

Reason being they spin on average at 5400 RPMs, due to size and heat generated. In today's world it is not hard to find 7200 RPM drives, but I assume the reason your Laptop was so cheaply acquired would be it has a slower drive in it.

A SSD drive will greatly increase real world performance when it comes to the snappiness of your PC.

-I suggest a Crucial M4 of whichever size you need 64GB,128GB, 256GB.

2. This will require a reinstall of applications, but it will grant you access to more RAM.

Purchase windows 7 64 bit. Buy the 8GB of Memory and reinstall Windows completely.
It may take time to install everything, but it will be worth it.

3. You went from spending around $100 on Memory to now wanting to upgrade the CPU. This is all costly and you said you got this laptop on the cheap.

How about looking for a new laptop on the cheap with the 64bit architecture and the 8GB of RAM. The Dell outlet is a great place to start. or even looking into an ACER laptop. Another fine company.

Hope this helps,
-Nitro
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Nitro-

I want to thank you for the direction you have provided me here. It is most appreciated. You made some excellent points and I will not mess with doing a CPU upgrade on this machine for the reasons you stated.

I may look into upgrading the the current drive but as you stated...... " You went from spending around $100 on Memory to now wanting to upgrade the CPU. This is all costly and you said you got this laptop on the cheap.

How about looking for a new laptop on the cheap with the 64bit architecture and the 8GB of RAM. The Dell outlet is a great place to start. or even looking into an ACER laptop. Another fine company" .................is yet another fine point and one I will likely pursue.

Thanks again for your time, guidance, and direction before I got to CRAZY with this thing! thumb.gif

Take Care!
post #14 of 18
Hallo guys,

this is my first post and i came here cause i have a similar issue with my machine. First of all sorry for my english but i'm italian...
Ok let's go with my request of help:
I purchased a couple of years ago a Dell precision M6300 with 4 GB of Ram, Nvidia quadro FX3600, Xtreme X9000 processor but...i'm running XP32 bIT and for this reason i'm not using all the RAM i have available.
The 95% of usage of this pc is SONY VEGAS pro 10/11 as i'm a professional videomaker/ documentarist. The only problem i'm having with this machine is overheating and a strange rumor inside that makes switch off the pc while is rendering a video. This happens not everytime but once a week. Yesterday i ordered the Cooler Master NotePal U3 to see if will improve the overheating of my pc:
http://www.amazon.it/dp/B00441LYEW/ref=pe_217231_31005221_dp_1

My question for you is very similar to this thread i came across; i wanted to add 8gb of Ram on this pc and of course i should go for WINDOWS 7 64 BIT right? Peoplel on the electronic stores were suggesting me to purchase windows 8 that nowaday is pretty cheap and if i won't receive the benefits of touch screen or the very quick start of the system, i'll enjoy the other benefits! Would you go for W8 or for W7? Remeber that i use this pc 95% for editing with Sony Vegas.

Second question: i went on the Dell site and the RAM is very expensive; wich 8gb of RAM should i buy?

The principal of my upgrade is that my workstation is a great pc that works good for my job, now i can't afford a new workstation but...i can improve the ram and the Windows stuff, are you with me?
Guys i really wanna thank you for your help in my decisions
Many thanks

steve
post #15 of 18
I forgot to write the memory i want to change from my Dell

4.0GB, 667MHZ DDR2 SDRAM MEMORY (2 X 204
post #16 of 18
8 Month old thread....Cannot resist urge to state this.

MEMORY (RAM) Issue

Anyway. I would like to suggest to you that

Crucial 8GB (2x4GB sticks)

Is probably your best option since even the cheapest RAM on newegg costs more 8 months later.

Operating System Issue
I would suggest upgrading to windows 8 pro (64 bit) since right now you can upgrade for $40-60.

A retail copy of Windows 7 is double that price.

I would also suggest that you purchase "Start8" or something similar that will give you the start button back. $5 is the cost.

Best purchase I have ever had no regrets about.

Hope this helps,
-NitroNarcosis
post #17 of 18
Hi Nitro,
thx for your support! What's the Start8? Never heard,,,,,
post #18 of 18
Windows 8 is moving in a new touch driven direction where a Modern style UI has been implemented. For regular Desktop use I myself am personally against it. Start8 gives you the start menu back.

It makes Windows...Windows again.
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