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post #1 of 11
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I like to hang on to old things. Can't explain it. I just do.

I know this is old, but is it possible to upgrade this and make it better? I just installed windows 10 from winsows 7 and wiped everything out so its like a new laptop. Replaced the Fan that was making sound and causing to over heat. Replaced the battery and power charger (it went out). The overheating stopped. Its now running super smooth. I am VERY old school. So i have the NES, SNES, N64 and Sega Games. on this computer.

So this got me thinking. Can i make it faster somehow? can i increase ram OR replace to faster ram? upgrade to i3, i5 or i7? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

here are the specs.

PU
Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.13 GHz Processor (3 MB L2 Cache, 1066 MHz Bus speed)
Chipset
Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset
Main Memory
4GB DDR2
Graphic system
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
Display
15.6 inch WXGA (1366 x 768)
HDD
320 GB (7200RPM) SATA
Optical Disc Drive
DVD+-R/RW Drive with Double Layer
Wireless
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Yes
Card Reader
8 in 1
Video Camera
1.3 megapixle
USB
4
D-sub
Yes
DVI
No
HDMI
Yes
Express Slot
Yes
e-SATA
Yes
LAN
Yes
Battery
9-Cell Lithium-ion
OS
Windows 10


Please help this old man out.
post #2 of 11
Laptops are not very upgrade friendly. If there is an empty slot for another ram module, you might be able to run more.

The only other thing would be a SSD, but for emulating older games that already load so fast it may be a waste.
post #3 of 11
While this laptop is still decent >>>>>>i have a asus g50vt-x5 myself<<<<<< You can ony do a cpu upgrade with a faster Intel Core 2 Duo. For the ram max is 4gb but i did hear people getting 8gb of ram working i never tried tho its pretty much a hit and miss with that.

You can also put a 2nd hard drive in it tho. I have 2 inside mine. Also a ssd will also make it pretty snappy also so that might be a worth well upgrade there:)

There is also people that put a 260m in it but it runs very hot.

The nice thing about these laptops are the whole back plate pretty much comes off so it easy to get to things.
Edited by gordesky1 - 1/25/16 at 9:50pm
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whats SSD? is that a different Ram type from DDR? If I cant upgrade from 4gb to 8gb, should i swap 4gb DDR to 4gb SSD?
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Can you explain in old man words, what you mean by "cpu upgrade with a faster Intel Core 2 Duo"? How do I replace this?

If I were to upgrade, which 8gb ram do i get? there are so many 8gb types and sizes

what is a 260m?
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Resendiz View Post

whats SSD? is that a different Ram type from DDR? If I cant upgrade from 4gb to 8gb, should i swap 4gb DDR to 4gb SSD?


ssd is a solid state disk to replace your mechanical hard drives http://www.newegg.com/SSDs/Category/ID-119?Tpk=ssd


And from looking it up you might be able to go to 8gb there are things about it on google that some people did and it worked, Some said 6gb of ram works so i really don't see why 8gb of ram wont. But i just never did it because dd2 ram is usely expensive.

260m is a graphics card to replace your 9800gs but i wouldn't recommend it because of heat.


For cpu You can put this in it which is pretty cheap now . http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR5.TRC2.A0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=T9600&_sacat=0 Herd its a good cpu for it. There is faster core2duos but they run much hotter.


Pretty much all that i was going to do to mine back than but i decided not.



edit here,s the faster one which others said it does work in it. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=T9600&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1311.R1.TR9.TRC2.A0.H1.TRS0&_nkw=t9900&_sacat=0


all the cpus that works with it T6400, T6600, T9400, T9550, T9600, T9800, T9900, P7350, P7450, P8400, P8600, P8700, P8800, P9500, P9600, P9700, X9100



And here's whats all under the lid plate. i circle the cpu with yellow. But as you can see the cpu gpu and chipset uses the same heat sink fan so that why stuff can get pretty hot if you over do it.


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I'm going to go all in for the experience and loyalty to my old machine.

I appreciate your searches and links. I will be buying them all this Friday.

Can you send me a link to the 4gbx2 ram that is compatible with my computer? The faster ram the better. if I search 4gb ram, endless results pop up. This is exciting. Never worked on a computer before.

I figured since I got the tablet for free, I did a trade for this so I'm still only invested in the battery, fan and charger. $30 in. Let's go more.

Also, is the t9900 the fastest that you would recommend?
Edited by Resendiz - 1/26/16 at 12:45am
post #8 of 11
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When I get the ssd hard drive, how do I transfer my windows 10 to it? I might have maxed out my installs after this one. I'd hate to be blocked/prevented from installing one more time.
post #9 of 11
I just search up ddr2-800 memory which is the fastest this laptop can handle. and on newegg and amazon dd2 is still very expensive frown.gif cheapest price i can find is 144$ on newegg... and on amazon 125 to 130$

Than on ebay 109$. i really hate to say this cause i do have alot of older computers myself i really don't think it would be worth it on the ram part. unless you can find it cheaper than those 3 places.

Now for the cpu if i still use my laptop which all i do now is use my desktop:) i say that would be the first thing i upgrade over the P7450 2.13 GHz. And the prices are not bad on the cpus. its just the ram is way to much it costs about half of what the laptop is worth for little gains if at all for what the computer will be use for.

What you going to use the computer all for? if its ony emulating older games as listed i say just get the cpu and be done. cause like Shaded War said these games load fast as is so a ssd wont be worth it for those.

Now transferring stuff over you going to need a hard drive cloning software. which i use acronis true image which i got cheap back than. but there are free ones like http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/index.htm there are more ones too. I don't think that would use another install but i could be wrong might want to ask others or search that up first. But when i did a cloning of my ssd i never had to mess with activating again.

Whats nice about the g50vt is it can hold 2 drives so you can leave your old one in there for backup or what not. You don't need a extra hdd caddy which they do sell extra. pretty much i got mine in there supported with paper so it doesn't move.

Also you going to need this for the cpu when you clean the old thermal paste off and i figure sense the cpu is on ebay get the thermal paste at the same place too. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ARCTIC-COOLING-ACTC-MX4-THERMAL-COMPOUND-PASTE-GREASE-MX-4-4-GRAMS-/400159331450?hash=item5d2b5ad47a:g:FDwAAOSw8d9U1B3i

And sense its your first time have to be very careful while doing it.



hmm I also seen you made another thread on what laptop is better this or the Inspiron 15 3000.

The Inspiron 15 3000 would be better as a main laptop and will be better for games cause of the nvidia 820 2gb and a quad core cpu and the ram can be forsure upgraded too 8gb of ram and the ram is faster Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz also cheaper than ddr2.

You can still upgrade the asus but i just wouldn't put to much money in it sense you have the dell.

Can always get the cpu for the asus than get the ssd and the ram upgrade on the dell. But are you going to have used for 2 laptops? wont be worth buying something for one and not used it if you know what i mean biggrin.gif
Edited by gordesky1 - 1/26/16 at 2:37am
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You can overclock the CPU with RMClock and GPU with EVGA Precision/MSI Afterburner.
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