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Wonder if the new model will give the Asus g73 a run for it's money?
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In the YouTube video, the bluetooth is next to the wireless card. Is that an option?

EDIT: I see in the video martee posted that the BT can be done with a PCIE card. Looks like a much better way to go. I also got a little USB BT device for a couple dollars on eBay. Easiest way of all. But I like the PCIE card idea.
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Hi there... i have a P7908u FX, i really love my laptop but i have a few questions:

Which parts do you recommend me to upgrade for gaming? I have it as it comes from stock (specs here).

Any advices to get better performance?

Thanks a lot!
post #1774 of 2331
I'm no expert, but the memory is upgradeable to 8GB, so that would be my first idea. Adding a second hard drive and running as RAID 0. Also, you can use the T9800 - 2.93GHz or T9900 - 3.06GHz processor. It's such an awesome laptop to begin with, any upgrades are only icing on the cake.
    
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I'm no expert, but the memory is upgradeable to 8GB, so that would be my first idea. Adding a second hard drive and running as RAID 0. Also, you can use the T9800 - 2.93GHz or T9900 - 3.06GHz processor. It's such an awesome laptop to begin with, any upgrades are only icing on the cake.
One of these hard drives?

2X of these would work right?

And about the T9900... this one?

If you know other places I can get them cheaper... that would be very helpful!

Thanks
post #1776 of 2331
All of the items you selected would work just fine. As for the CPU on eBay, keep checking - prices can vary quite a bit. If you're going to bid (as opposed to using Buy It Now) I would recommend using sniping software...don't bid until the last 5 seconds. You can use justsnipe-dot-com for free and it works very well. The only other thing I can think of to consider is if you want to use RAID 0 or RAID 1 with the 2 drives. A google search will explain all of that. You have a nice system to start with and those extras would kick butt!
    
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RAIDing HDDs in the laptop doesn't give that much of a performance improvement...it just makes the palmrest really hot. I ran HDD RAID for about 3 months before just pulling the second drive and selling it. I now have an 80GB SSD X25M G2 installed and the performance is amazing.

Anyway if you're looking for improved gaming performance I'd say a CPU upgrade and using the latest drivers. Also if you don't find it objectionable the GPU can overclock a fair amount. Just make sure you take the proper precautions if you're considering doing that.
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yeah there is a point of diminishing returns if you really wanna upgrade your fx.

i think the most effect upgrade would be a T9300 or T8300 or even a X7800 (all of which can had for under $200 on ebay if you have a little patience)

and pair that CPU upgrade with a nice SSD and you are looking at a very impressive notebook. You can pick up an ocz 60gb for $130 so its not very expensive.

I found that using certain video drivers would gain around 20fps in source games (which i play mostly). the one on the nvidia site is not very good. this thread is a great resource in finding the best driver for your games.

and like warlord said the gpu can be overclocked pretty high. I have about a 15% overclock on the card (core,shader and mem) so its helped gain around 5-10fps. I keep it on a chill mat so its stays nice and cool (you should too).

my gateway fx 6860

T8300 @ 2.4ghz
4GB DDR2 533
8800M GTS
WD250BEKT 7200RPM hdd
Win7 x64 Ultimate

looking to get an SSD but a little strapped for cash atm.

and it plays all of my source games flawlessly. perfect for when I visit my parents or go on trips.
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I just bought an SSD, which I expect will make a big difference. I think about all the time spent waiting for something to be written to the hard drive...

One concern is when I go into Setup (at boot) there is no way to get into any settings for the processor. Most of the information is display only. Is that going to be a problem?
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Does anyone know of have any inkling as to when Gateway may announce the new FX? I have been looking for one and just now have the money to spend on one and everywhere is out of them or have told me that they are discontinued? I have tried Fry's, Bestbuy and Microcenter here in the Los Angeles and Orange County area (So. Cal). I am not a gamer (Used to be on CS) any longer although I am looking for a replacement for my HP that I have had for the last 5 years....Time to upgrade and have found that the Gateway FX will fit my needs just right. Just not sure if I should wait or pull the trigger on another HP? Although I do like the specs of the FX.....

My Primary use for this machine will be for my Photography and running all of the applications for photo editing and what not.....CS4, Lightroom and Elements take up a ton of resources on my HP now, just need a nice sharp screen that I can calibrate and again, with the 17" screen of the FX (Although I wish they offered a full 1080 HD Screen and 18.4" would just be icing on the cake...) it would be awesome and easier on the eyes when editing. I am also planning on running 2 HD, so I am also learning the differences on the HD's and SSD's.....Raid 0 and Raid 1....just foreign to me...but willing to learn
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