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Need CPU Upgrade but socket type isn't compatible

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July 23, 2013 3:20:49 PM

I have an Acer Aspire 5250 which has suited me well for basic tasks for a while. I've recently began playing online games, but the FPS is awful. I've tried multiple options to aid higher FPS but the route of the problem seems to be my awful processor. - In DxDiag its listed as: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (2 CPUs) ~1.3GHZ.


I planned on upgrading my CPU to find that my socket type (Socket FT1 BGA) has virtually no good processors available for it (unless I'm mis-interpreted something).

So my question is, would it be more cost effective for me to buy a new motherboard for my laptop? If so is their a certain type I need to get for my particular laptop?

I've kind of figured that it'd be a lot easier to save for a new laptop (unless somebody tells me otherwise) which, annoyingly is going to cost ~3 times the amount the processor I want is. I'd literally be buying it for the processor.

Any help would massively be appreciated, I don't know much about CPUs/Motherboards so if I've misunderstood something or failed to explain something I apologize in advance.

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July 23, 2013 4:29:01 PM

You cant really upgrade laptops cpus without a replacement board like you said. But even at that point its alot harder, and almost not worth it to replace the board for a better cpu. Almost all laptops cpus are sub par. If you really want to game build a desktop, if you need a laptop it would be better to buy a new one.
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July 23, 2013 4:35:08 PM

Thanks for the reply. I'll just go ahead and shoot for a laptop with a better processor.
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July 23, 2013 4:59:50 PM

Yeah, thats one thing that makes me dislike laptops so much, the inability to upgrade.
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July 23, 2013 5:15:38 PM

Anytime you see the term "BGA" or Ball Grid Array, that means the CPU is soldered into the motherboard.

For a low cost laptop you are generally going to be relying on the integrated graphics core or iGPU. In general, AMD's Trinity / Richland APUs have more powerful iGPUs compared to Intel CPUs. However, Intel CPUs has more processing power than what AMD can provide. For example, in desktop CPUs a FX-6300 @ 4.6GHz would be about equal to an i5-4670.
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