Replacing processor from i3 to i5 (i7 out of reach)

Sony Vaio eb series black notebook compu...
July 2, 2012 at 10:58:42
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, i3 M470/ 8G ram
My system is an intel i3 370M. I want to upgrade to either an i5 480M (2.53Ghz) or the i5 520M (2.4Ghz). Which would be better for better graphics response? The 520 is a newer model but the 480 has better clock speed. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. :)

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#1
July 2, 2012 at 11:46:40
You need to upgrade your graphics card/chip, which you can't in a laptop, changing the processor won't boost performance a lot, maybe in normal programs, but changing the processor will usually require opening the laptop completely.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
July 3, 2012 at 06:21:01
"My system is an intel i3 370M"

No, the CPU in your laptop is an Intel i3 370M. Your system appears to be a Sony Viao EB series. And graphics performance comes from the graphics chip. Upgrading the CPU isn't going to have a major affect on graphics performance. According to the following article, you either have Intel HD graphics (low end/weak), Radeon HD 5470 (entry level), or Radeon HD 5650 (mid class).

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review...


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#3
July 3, 2012 at 16:32:30
well i will upgrade the processor regardless. there is no doubt that there will be an increase in performance. instead tho it seems i'm getting more input to not do it. thank you anyway

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#4
July 4, 2012 at 07:07:21
You asked about graphics performance, not overall system performance. And you were given the correct answers based & what you asked - upgrading the CPU will have little or no affect on graphics.

If you want better system performance, get rid of all the SONY crapware & do a clean install of Win7 from a retail disc. And use lightweight security software, not Norton or McAfee.


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#5
July 6, 2012 at 00:15:59
thank you all for your input.

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