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Processor Upgrade: worth the trouble?

AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin KoopantinoRegistered User regular
edited April 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey there everybody.

I'm moving my laptop to Vista in a couple weeks, and I wanted your opinion on whether or not I should bother sticking a new processor in there (along with the 4GB ram upgrade I just did today).

My current processor is an Intel Core Duo T2300 --
Multi-Core processor technology
Dual-Core
Processor Qty
1
Processor number
T2300
Processor socket
Socket 479
Clock speed
1.66 GHz
Processor Manufacturing Process
65 nm
Level 1 cache size
64 KB
Architecture Features
Streaming SIMD extensions 3, Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Power-optimized processor system bus
Bus speed
667 MHz
Thermal Design Power
31 W
Form Factor: Packaging Type
478-pin Micro FCPGA
Cache Memory

Installed Size
L2 cache - 2 MB


And I'm thinking of replacing it with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 --

Multi-Core processor technology
Dual-Core
64-bit processor
Yes
Processor Qty
1
Processor number
T7300
Processor socket
Socket 479
Clock speed
2 GHz
Processor Manufacturing Process
65 nm
Architecture Features
Intel 64 Technology, Streaming SIMD extensions 2, Streaming SIMD extensions 3, Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology
Bus speed
800 MHz
Form Factor: Packaging Type
478-pin Micro FCPGA

Cache Memory

Installed Size
L2 cache - 4 MB

It would cost me about 160 bucks to do this. Would it be worth it? Considering the move to Vista, that is? Or would I be better off sticking to my current processor and saving some cash?

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    CycophantCycophant Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Is it really that easy to switch out the CPU on a laptop? I was under the impression that beyond RAM and the various drives (HDD, DVD, etc.), most of the laptop components you're pretty much stuck with. I would imagine most of the CPU's have been soldered in place, and even the best people at soldering wouldn't want to tackle a job like soldering all the pins on a CPU...

    But either way, the CPU doesn't really seem that bad. I guess it depends what you'll be doing with it (though I might assume you have grand intentions after installing 4GB of RAM).

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    All it takes is a flat head screwdriver and my processor pops right out, no solder at all. I have a Gateway M285-E Convertible Notebook if you are curious.

    I do a lot of work in photoshop and video editing. I was mostly wondering if the gains of going from 1.66Ghz dual core to 2Ghz dual core (as well as the L2 cache upgrade from 2MB to 4MB) would be worth the money?

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