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Upgrading Core 2 laptops.

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October 26, 2006 10:54:03 PM

I have done my research on laptops. For the people who think core 2 laptops can not be upgraded I'm here to prove you wrong.

This is the message I got from Scott muller. Writer of Upgrading and repairing laptops, Desktops and Servers.

The Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processor comes in 2 forms:

Socketed Micro Flip-Chip Pin Grid Array (Micro-FCPGA)
Surface mount (soldered) Micro Flip-Chip Ball Grid Array (Micro-FCBGA)

The Micro-FCPGA package is by far the most popular with laptop
manufacturers, and plugs into a 479-pin, surface-mount, Zero Insertion
Force (ZIF) socket, which is referred to as the mPGA479M socket, also
called "Socket M".

While it is *possible* for a Core 2 laptop to be designed to use the
soldered Micro-FCBGA package version, that would be highly unusual. All
Core 2 laptops I am currently aware of incorporate Socket M on the
motherboard and therfore use the socketed Micro-FCPGA package version of
the Core 2 processor. Within the limitations of the motherboard (bus
speeds, voltage regulator, etc.) and BIOS, these would support processor
upgrades. You can purchase various Socket M processors from NewEgg

>Now what I m looking for is laptops that I can buy Low end cpu with high
end grapics and later upgrade the cpu and Ram. So now I'm looking for
laptops that I can upgrade later and save money now. Thank you

For high quality, inexpensive, and yet highly upgradable laptops I

ThinkPad R Series

ThinkPad Z Series

Dell Latitude Series

For example, if I was purchasing a laptop right now, I would buy a ThinkPad
Z or R Series laptop with the slowest (cheapest) Core 2 processor, and then
upgrade the processor, memory, and hard drive myself.

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October 27, 2006 11:36:20 AM


Why would you buy a computer, and replace all the components yourself?
This would void the warranty for one, and at the end of the day, you have a cheap notebook from DELL or Lenovo with all aftermarket parts and more than likely a low end or midrange video card.

Seems like an aweful lot of work with many potential pitfalls along the way.
October 28, 2006 12:44:11 AM

Let see faster Computer at a lower cost. Where a moron will spend $4000 on a high end laptop? Where Me I spend $1000 and upgrade it at a total cost $2500 saving $1500. I will have to say venders are out to rip us off. I am here to save money.

So would you rather be ripped off or save money?

Besides there more venders that are able to upgrade I just post a few.

I also dont want a 20lb laptop 1 hour battery life when a 10lb laptop can do the same and have 3 hour battery life.

Let me guess KillerNotebooks You dont know what inside a laptop and rebuild one?
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November 6, 2006 2:17:38 AM

you are all incorrect buying one of these laptops is a rip off compared to any asus check them out. so buy them they are very nice. you can get a x1600 15.4 inch with any processor you want if you search, for anywhere from 1200 -1700 or you can get a more portable for a little more with the same video card and has many options search for z96j or w3j search barebones you can get any option you want even call the company and ask them about upgrading later.
check out asus for the best of the best otherwise i do like some of the ibms for the bulletproofness but only if you dont need a high end video card
November 6, 2006 1:36:41 PM

Dealing with ASUS directly isn't real high on my Wonderful Experience list I compiled over the weekend.

Their site is very difficult to navigate in that a direct search rarely brings up anything so you have to almost know the exact URL you wish to go to. The drivers are non-existant or very old and product models under 9 months old are rarely on the site at all.

They make a good computer, but they could definately use a few more English speaking reps and webmasters. IMHO

November 6, 2006 10:17:34 PM

Um, ok, I don't know where those numbers came from but more power to you Altol.
I see those hugs didn't take, you're still as angry as ever.

If you can spare a hug for Atol it could be the one that makes the difference...

How to improve your next post.

That's harsh. However, I don't see where he got the 20lbs thing, so go figure. (Why would a vendor put electricity using bricks inside a laptop?) If you want to upgrade it, however, I'm not gonna stop you.

Infact, I've considered doing the same thing-buy a budget HP lappy, then outfit it with sweet new gear. Or, alternately, just get a used one and upgrade it.