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$250 bucks and several upgrades later.

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Was bored so I thought I'd post up my laptop. Figured it might be a nice change from buying advice threads?

Sorry for the bad picture.















I could afford a 1k+ laptop because I couldn't afford all the money up front but, i bought an almost decent laptop, an Acer 5920G with a, T5250/2gb DDR2 800/8600m GT/no HDD. Then when i got some money i installed a WesternDigital "WD10JPVT" 5400 RPM 1Tb hdd and windows 7, then got a 4GB stick of DDR2 800 bumping me up to 5gb. I then got an HD4670 DDR2 which ran at 90-110c then I side graded to an Nvidia GT 240m DDR3 and finally a T9300 and AR9380 wifi card.

When I upgraded my CPU I did a PPL mod and over clocked the T9300 from 2.5ghz at 800mhz FSB to 2.95ghz @ 947mhz FSB, my ram went from 667 (chipset limitation) to around 700mhz. I also did some cooling mods, which apparently helped. biggrin.gif

EDIT: my GT 240m is overclocked too biggrin.gif coreclock:550 @ 673 MHz | memoryclock: 800 @ 1003 MHz


I'm pretty happy with those temps. This is under some casual use and gaming. Gpu under furmark hit 85C after about an hour or so.

Well since i couldn't afford one i built one as i could afford/find the parts. biggrin.gif All i could really do now is a 1-2TB drive/SSD, a battery and or Better screen with higher Res, a friend with the same laptop installed 1440x900 screen with better image quality.


So far I can play games like, dirt 2, mafia 2, BatMan AA, BatMan AC at medium/high-high at a good 40-50 fps.
Edited by cdoublejj - 3/30/13 at 4:42am
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nice one thumb.gif

love it when people mod old stuff and keep it unique and upto date

bet theres some really nice used / older laptops out there that could be moded into really nice machines for a linux media , surfer , audio box type device
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Cool beans man. biggrin.gif Nice upgrades. The 240M isn't really fast by any means, but it's leagues better than the cruddy 8600M GT you had prior. thumb.gif
     
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it is just a tad behind the hd4670m DDR3 and a tad faster than hd4670m DD2. it's the second fastest (to the hd4670 ddr3) ever made for mxm 2.1 type 2, only thing faster are the typ III and HE cards whihc has GTXs and 4850's.

For an out dated mid range card it delivers specially for well optimized games. biggrin.gif That cruddy 8600m had 256mb ddr2, and could JUST play my games listed above on lowest of the low. I can't believe the 8600m are going for so much on ebay.

EDIT: My 1TB drive is almost full, 650+ GB of steam games! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

it is just a tad behind the hd4670m DDR3 and a tad faster than hd4670m DD2. it's the second fastest (to the hd4670 ddr3) ever made for mxm 2.1 type 2, only thing faster are the typ III and HE cards whihc has GTXs and 4850's.

For an out dated mid range card it delivers specially for well optimized games. biggrin.gif That cruddy 8600m had 256mb ddr2, and could JUST play my games listed above on lowest of the low. I can't believe the 8600m are going for so much on ebay.

EDIT: My 1TB drive is almost full, 650+ GB of steam games! biggrin.gif

Actually the GTX 260M and 280M were made with the Type 2.1 MXM slot, so you might be able to upgrade to that if you're willing to try and find one. biggrin.gif
     
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I'm sorry but, you are mistaken they are type IV and HE. there are 4-5 types of MXM 2.1, http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/Tech_13.html.

I did devise a way to install larger cards in to smaller laptops if a custom riser cable could be made but, boy would it make the laptop twice as thick.
Edited by cdoublejj - 4/1/13 at 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

I'm sorry but, you are mistaken they are type IV and HE. there are 4 5 types of MXM 2.1, http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/Tech_13.html.

I did devise a way to install larger cards in to smaller laptops if a custom riser cable could be made but, boy would it make the laptop twice as thick.

Bookmarked that page for obvious reasons. biggrin.gif

+Rep. Didn't know that. ^_^
     
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