I now plan to upgrade it with a bigger hard drive , more ram , and better processor but I can not seem to make up my mind about which processor would be best for me.
Here is what I plan to go with.
And then for the processor I was thinking something like.
The things I want for sure are.
Series: Core 2 Duo Or something better if recommended and reasonable.
Manufacturing Tech: 45 nm
64 bit Support: Yes
I am not sure how much benefit I would get from the cache or the clock speed and I was not concerned between the 25W version or a 35W version because the one I have now is 35W.
Another one I was looking at is more like this.
And would there be any real benefit to buying one with VT?
The only game I am set on playing is World of Warcraft :WoTLK which I have been playing on my laptop every day since I bought it. It is not a gaming machine by any means but it has done fine for me thus far and whatever I choose to do in addition to performance can only make it better , so I am pretty set on just sticking with this. I honestly think upgrading the processor would be the best thing I could do for my laptop and I want to get this right.
Additionally I had installed and planned to try Windows XP Pro on my laptop to see if there was any difference but I ran into a problem where I could not get proper working video drivers for XP. Don't get me wrong I am fine using vista and happy with it, I just think XP may be even better and would prefer to use it if possible. This is something I may pursue more attempts with once I have my new hard drive , I would then be able to have my main drive and the other one to play around with. To be honest I am looking forward to Windows 7.
I might as well go all in on this one and throw out everything thats been on my mind for upgrades so I will not need to open another thread. I have also been thinking about the solid-state drives. Would there be any real performance gain from going with say this drive instead of the 500GB 7200rpm Seagate?
As far as I can tell this would only be of benefit with start up and load times which as of now are not bad to begin with.
Furthermore with the upgrading of the processor It would not be that difficult once I decide which one to go with because I have already taken it apart. As of now even while on this forum there is only the screws holding on the heat sink , two screws holding the motherboard in place and another one holding in the super multi drive as well as the one lock/set screw for the proc. There was only one screw that was a pain which was one of three located under the battery which those three are smaller than the rest. The screw just did not want to come out and I messed up the head where the screw driver would sit. It was a quick fix just buy using a drill and small drill bit and carefully drilling off the head of the F3 screw then extracting the threaded part with a pair of forceps :0
Aside from the processor my chosen upgrades are fairly cheap.
I am looking forward to the boost in VRAM from the additional memory. But yeah that is about all I can think of for this post Please get back to me and Thank You for your time.
Also I almost forgot. I read something about Intel price cuts coming sometime in July 2009. Anyone have more information on this? Is it advised that I should wait one more week possibly? I am not sure if that even includes mobile chips.
Current CPU specs are as follows.
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
1MB L2 cache
Voltage Range: 1.075V-1.175V
Thermal Specification: 100°C
Vs. The one I want the most.
Intel® Core™2 Duo
6MB L2 Cache
Voltage Range: 1.050V-1.162V
Thermal Specification: 105°C
This is a 41°F difference for the thermal specification. I don't want to melt my laptop so your input is needed. I assume you see my reason for coming to these forums. I am a bit stumped as to what the best processor upgrade for my current laptop would be. Actually it appears that all of them above the one I currently have is Thermal Specification: 105°C so that shouldn't even be something to worry about.