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Upgrading from i5-2540M to i7-2640M for gaming?

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Hi guys. I have a HP Elitebook 8460p with i5-2540 CPU. I mainly use the laptop for mobile gaming. I want to upgrade the CPU and was considering this one:

Intel SR03R - 3.50Ghz 5GT/s 4MB Intel Core i7-2640M Dual Core CPU Processor

My budget is around $400-450 so that one works out. I don't do eBay, been burned MANY times. My questions is, is this an ideal upgrade from my CPU for the price, or is there another model that I missed? That place has many different models, but after some research, I found this one may work considering it's the same socket.

Just looking for some advice before I dish out any money. Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks thumb.gif
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You can do it, but it's not going to help the laptop run games any better. It's a business line laptop meant for business needs.
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Thanks for the reply. But the laptop has some pretty solid hardware. I figured it would be worth the upgrade, already runs the games pretty well. Just wanted to run the newer games even better.
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Thanks for the reply. But the laptop has some pretty solid hardware. I figured it would be worth the upgrade, already runs the games pretty well. Just wanted to run the newer games even better.

I work with these laptops every day. There's nothing special about them. What games are being run?
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personally I wouldnt upgrade to another Dual, I would get a quad core. Like a 2620 or 2670 or something.
     
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that wont do you any good, since those "new" games are going to be taxing the gpu waay more than the cpu, and since yours is a business end model, im guessing upgrading the gpu is not possible
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it runs games like Half-Life 2 and Farcry 1 / 2 pretty well. Just looking to step it up a notch. It wont run Crysis very well, that's where I'm trying to get the computer to. I've had this one for a while and would rather upgrade it opposed to getting a newer model.
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it runs games like Half-Life 2 and Farcry 1 / 2 pretty well. Just looking to step it up a notch. It wont run Crysis very well, that's where I'm trying to get the computer to. I've had this one for a while and would rather upgrade it opposed to getting a newer model.

Those games aren't taxing on a system. Upgrading the CPU is not going to change anything. There isn't a dedicated graphics card either. For $500, you could build a desktop that would run Crysis.
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Yeah, if you are running intel graphics, you won't get very far. While I understand that you don't want to get a new system, it might be your best bet. Your laptop is selling for about 500 on ebay, and with a 400 dollar budget you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246628 this with 50 bucks to spare and it will play crysis pretty darn well.
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Yeah, if you are running intel graphics, you won't get very far. While I understand that you don't want to get a new system, it might be your best bet. Your laptop is selling for about 500 on ebay, and with a 400 dollar budget you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246628 this with 50 bucks to spare and it will play crysis pretty darn well.

That's a really nice laptop for the price.
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