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I own a HP dv6-1334us right now it has an intel t4300 and 4gb of ram(max).


I know that it is an older laptop, but I am just using it for basic needs.

Uses:
League of Legends(Lowest settings)
Skype
Basic College homework
Some coding
Movies

The problem is with skype open when I watch movies, it will start lagging, the ram use is about 34%. I just did a fresh install a few days ago.



In my case would it be worth going to a Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 and would it work.
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Hard to say if you'll notice the jump.

I wouldn't uprade to the extreme. I would stay closer to the t9600 up or down a model. These are way cheaper, best bang/buck. If
Sometimes on laptops you'll find that the ram and fsb are linked 1:1. Jumping up to the 1066fsb cpu might also increase your ram speeds as well. You can check to see first by using cpuid cpu-z on the ram tab. That laptop should have ddr3 1333 ram. If it shows it running at 400 then you might notice a difference. If its at 666/667, then it wont.
Also check to see your task manager if the cpu is being maxed. If it isn't, then again, not much of a boost.

At the end of the day don't expect miracles. You might get a noticeable boost in performance, but if your lag issues are bad then you might want to consider a newer laptop down the road. The mobile market has been making good progress with energy usage/power.



Another thought I just had is that your graphics are the most likely bottleneck. I've seen skype can place considerable burden on the gpu. If your playing a movie at the same time you could easily hit a wall. Unfortunately its not something you can do about it with your laptop.
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On a old C2D laptop, performance upgrades are going to be expensive for little gain.

It would be a better idea to sell your existing Laptop, and get a new Haswell-based Laptop. You'll see a significant performance increase.
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More likely if you did that you would screw your self cause the cooling in that laptop is made to cool a certain TDP and I am sure the extreme has a higher TDP. With that in mind you might have throttling issues due to the laptop not being able to handle the heat while under load. Its best to only use same TDP cpus so you dont screw your self.

And my first question would be are you sure its not the hard drive, since some come with 4200 or 5400 rpm drives. Some of those older drives can no keep up due to being lower density and not having the performance needed to do multiply things at once. Not to mention your laptops motherboard may not support that cpu.
 
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