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Upgrade CPU on Gateway NV73a laptop

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September 27, 2012 7:27:34 PM

I see that most responses are no you cannot replace the CPU on laptops. I have not taken apart mine as of yet to be certain, but where can I go to finds out for sure if the CPU can be removed/replaced on my specific laptop? Is there someplace that has more detailed MB and other system specs than the published consumer level information?

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October 14, 2012 3:59:01 PM

Thanks unreal9400, I do have that information.

Really the questions boils down to whether the CPU is in a socket or directly to the MB. Turns out mine is in a socket and the quad core cpus are pretty much available. It was a chore getting the unit apart and back together, but not that bad for someone with moderate building experience
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October 15, 2012 5:01:56 AM

Most CPU's use socket.
Be careful when handling notebook CPU especially those pins under the CPU.
That phenom quad core looks like a good upgrade if you plan to multi-task alot and future games and application will be able to take advantage all of those available cores.
Don't forget to apply thermal paste and use a credit card to make sure the thermal paste is evenly applied.