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My first post...a keep alive. Because I still use a vintage 7811FX with the original P8400 and 9800gts. Like many of you, I cycled through laptops continuously every year or 2, but not with this guy. It has been a reliable workhorse for 5yrs+.

Even with the 8400, gaming has been fine until just recently, specifically with Farcry3 bogging down during massive firefights. Running on low settings helps a little. Reading through the last 10 or so pages of this thread (some smart folks in here) suggests I'm overdue for a CPU upgrade, probably to the T9600. Already have 8GB of Crucial CT2 RAM tho Win7 Pro says I'm only using 2.99GB of it (?).

Probably swap out the fans while I'm at it. Any other upgrade suggestions? TIA
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Well, you need to install the 64 version of Windows 7 (32 bit versions do not recognize more than 4 GB of ram), for your pc to read more than 4 GB of ram (you have 8).

I would not advise financially for you to keep spending money on that lappy that is end of the line.

Maybe build a new VERY cheap pc for around $250-300.. that will be able to do the same if not more, and also have a possible upgrade path!
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My first post...a keep alive. Because I still use a vintage 7811FX with the original P8400 and 9800gts. Like many of you, I cycled through laptops continuously every year or 2, but not with this guy. It has been a reliable workhorse for 5yrs+.

Even with the 8400, gaming has been fine until just recently, specifically with Farcry3 bogging down during massive firefights. Running on low settings helps a little. Reading through the last 10 or so pages of this thread (some smart folks in here) suggests I'm overdue for a CPU upgrade, probably to the T9600. Already have 8GB of Crucial CT2 RAM tho Win7 Pro says I'm only using 2.99GB of it (?).

Probably swap out the fans while I'm at it. Any other upgrade suggestions? TIA
About the best upgrade you can do for these is add an ssd. Next would be the cpu. Neither of these items are very expensive so I think it would be worth the money for sure. I wouldn't worry about anything else though.
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I would not advise financially for you to keep spending money on that lappy that is end of the line.

Maybe build a new VERY cheap pc for around $250-300.. that will be able to do the same if not more, and also have a possible upgrade path!
You do not think the cpu is worth upgrading? I think I only paid like $30 for my t9300 upgrade. With the super slow stock cpu I had it seemed like a no brainer to me.
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About the best upgrade you can do for these is add an ssd. Next would be the cpu. Neither of these items are very expensive so I think it would be worth the money for sure. I wouldn't worry about anything else though.
You do not think the cpu is worth upgrading? I think I only paid like $30 for my t9300 upgrade. With the super slow stock cpu I had it seemed like a no brainer to me.

Even though I understand $30 is not much, it begins to add up especially when you are paying to keep something old (4 plus years) as fast as can be.

He can do the same with a desktop (if so desired), and not be limited by Socket or GPU limitations (not upgradeable).

An AMD APU plus FM2 mobo can be close to $100, plus 40 or so in RAM, he can reuse the hdd in his lappie plus lets say 60 bucks in case plus PSU, and he can have an at least 2x faster computer, with more future than the laptop.

Of course, this falls to personal preference, but I would not advise on updating the laptop.

Edit: Yes, an SSD is the most noticeable upgrade for ANY computer that lacks one !
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Even though I understand $30 is not much, it begins to add up especially when you are paying to keep something old (4 plus years) as fast as can be.

He can do the same with a desktop (if so desired), and not be limited by Socket or GPU limitations (not upgradeable).

An AMD APU plus FM2 mobo can be close to $100, plus 40 or so in RAM, he can reuse the hdd in his lappie plus lets say 60 bucks in case plus PSU, and he can have an at least 2x faster computer, with more future than the laptop.

Of course, this falls to personal preference, but I would not advise on updating the laptop.

Edit: Yes, an SSD is the most noticeable upgrade for ANY computer that lacks one !

The point of a laptop is to be mobile though. Which is usually the main reason anyone gets a laptop.

Also need to keep in mind that for those that paid full price for this machine desire to get as much value for their dollar. So if a 30 dollar upgrade makes their 800+ USD investment worth while then its hard not to.

Its really not just a matter of perspective with this machine, but history of perspective in relation to this machine and what investments have been made. I see plenty of uses with that machine even now, especially if it supports 8GB of RAM. I play with virtual machines a lot personally, though thats completely relative to my own experiences
    
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Appreciate everyone's input. I'm very comfy with this laptop and Win7 Pro. It does everything I need it to do, except for bogging a bit on more recent games. Perhaps the upgrade to the T9600 will improve that. Also plan to disassemble it completely and ICD7 all the CPU/GPU heat sink interfaces, install new fans.

Now that SSD drives are a bit more affordable, plan to research those as well. Recommendations?
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Give us a budget for the SSD.

And well yes, as stated before matter of preference.. In my case I was an only laptop user until last year, and well I would not go back smile.gif
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I'm using about 200GB of my 500GB #1 disk (2 partitions), so it has to be at least that size. Cost isn't a big factor.
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The new Crucial 550 series looks promising. Good performance and fair pricing. The new Intel ones are badass also but almost twice the price of the 550.
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Just to finish up my 7811 upgrade. Disassembled the whole rig per the sticky from NotebookReview.com. The 2 heatsink grilles were caked with dirt/dust. Both fans worked fine, so I cleaned them up and put em back. Replaced the original T8400 with a new T9600, using Prolimatech PK-3 thermal paste. Also re-pasted the GPU. Only had one glitch. Removing the two connectors from the wireless PCB one of the connectors separated from the board. Fortunately they are plentiful, got a new one on ebay. Also added a Samsung 500GB SSD as primary/OS drive. With the 9600 and SSD, the 7811FX is substantially faster. Used Samsung Data Migration software to clone the old drive to the SSD, worked perfect. Guess I'll hang onto this rig for another 5yrs.
Edited by 70runner - 4/20/14 at 11:53pm
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