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Wanting to replace motherboard with faster cpu/gpu set

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June 18, 2010 8:29:10 PM

Hoping this is in the right area. Sorry if it isn't. My question is this: I have a acer 4720z nothing wrong with it in fact it runs like a champ, I want to rebuild this laptop with a faster cpu and better gpu. So i was wondering if anyone out here has any ideas about what mobo's can fit inside this unit. I know its better to spend the money and buy a cheaper prebuilt one but I honestly like the look of the laptop and its size is perfect for me. Any info or help would be appreciated.

thanks for your time
Josh
June 20, 2010 12:55:11 AM

jsouthpark02 said:
Hoping this is in the right area. Sorry if it isn't. My question is this: I have a acer 4720z nothing wrong with it in fact it runs like a champ, I want to rebuild this laptop with a faster cpu and better gpu. So i was wondering if anyone out here has any ideas about what mobo's can fit inside this unit. I know its better to spend the money and buy a cheaper prebuilt one but I honestly like the look of the laptop and its size is perfect for me. Any info or help would be appreciated.

thanks for your time
Josh



what kind of morther board are you looking for ? i think you better off just upgradeing the cpu to a higher one. if nothing is wrong with the mb now and want more video card just buy a USB viideo card. im sure there is one out there. alot of MB video sucks.
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June 20, 2010 1:09:55 AM

what are the spec on your laptop now ?
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June 20, 2010 3:53:51 AM

You run into lots and lots of issues in this sort of situation. Your best bet is to look at what Acer made for the other units in that model line with your chassis - you can buy the internals for it, and replace the ones you have. They may not have more powerful parts; if that's the case, you don't have much other choice for the motherboard and GPU than to stick with the one you've got.

Not going to lie to you though, it will be very expensive, borderline new-notebook expensive. Notebooks aren't built or marketed for this kind of upgrade. It can be done, yes...but is having the chassis you like worth the cost? You decide.
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June 20, 2010 2:18:31 PM

My main problem is that its a pentium dual core T2370 1.73ghz 2gb ddr2 533mhz and intel mobile 965 family...as you can see not exactly the standard anymore. I got it for free and I love the layout of it but I can't stand not having more than 2 gb ram and less than 2ghz for my cpu.
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June 20, 2010 5:41:21 PM

jsouthpark02 said:
My main problem is that its a pentium dual core T2370 1.73ghz 2gb ddr2 533mhz and intel mobile 965 family...as you can see not exactly the standard anymore. I got it for free and I love the layout of it but I can't stand not having more than 2 gb ram and less than 2ghz for my cpu.

well i could be wrong. but your laptop can support up to 4gb of ram. i looked up your laptop. if you want 2 be sure go to http://www.4allmemory.com thats a good way 2 fine out what your laptop supports. it shows 2gb so hopfully you can upgrade to 4gb. i just got done upgradeing mine 2 4gb 4 x 1GB stick's. and they are very good ram.


Here are the sites you mite want to check out if you wanting 2 buy 2gb sticks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

http://www.4allmemory.com/memory/acer-aspire-4720/


i hope you fine what you looking for.
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June 20, 2010 5:49:46 PM

im sorry i cant fine any cpu that will support your laptop. you mite have 2 call up acer and fine out.
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June 21, 2010 2:21:44 AM

The T2370 uses the micro-FCPGA socket, and has a 35W TDP.
http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLA...

You can replace it with any matching chip from the core 2 duo mobile series, but it will operate at a lower bus frequency, since pretty much all of the core 2 chips run 667 buses or higher. Your motherboard may support a higher bus frequency, but that's something you'll have to get with Acer on.

I do not recommend you get a new chip with a higher TDP than what you've got already, and if you do replace the chip, carefully monitor it's temperature.

As for a GPU, you're SOL with the Intel one; generally motherboards that equip them do not have expansion slots for dedicated chips.
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