Graphics + Cpu Upgrade

Acer Aspire as5536-5224 notebook
November 22, 2009 at 06:39:56
Specs: Windows Vista
Is it possible to upgrade the cpu chip and the graphics card in my laptop without having to replace the motherboard (coz its impossible in laptops). it runs games really good for a standard laptop but i want it to run them better and run higher capacity games. it has the ram and the dvd drive to run them well. the graphics card (ati radeon hd3200) is pretty good but the processor SUCKS (amd athlon 64 x2 ql) only 2.1 Ghz. not sure on the cache but regardless its a slow cpu for gaming. is if possible to replace the cpu? any reccomendations? what about the graphics chip? thanks

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#1
November 22, 2009 at 07:38:32
usually on laptops its imposiible to replace cpu


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#2
November 22, 2009 at 07:43:39
There's nothing wrong with the CPU & the graphics can NOT be upgraded. Did you ever hear the old saying, "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"? The Aspire AS5536 is a sub $500 notebook, not a gaming machine. You can NOT turn it into a decent gamer no matter how much money you throw at it.

If you're unhappy with the performance, start looking into any garbage programs you may have installed. Which antivirus program are you running? Do you have a lot of programs loading at startup?


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#3
November 22, 2009 at 10:35:57
"usually on laptops its imposiible to replace cpu"

Maybe ten years ago. The CPUs in most laptops today are just as easy to upgrade as desktop chips.
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Your integrated graphics chip is holding you back, not the CPU. Unfortunately you can't upgrade the graphics chip.

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#4
November 22, 2009 at 15:44:28
hmmm. well looks like its a dead end. well it isnt too bad for games as is. i guess if i just invest a good amount into building a desktop ill probably get a better gamer and have a bit of fun too =D. shame laptops are such a dead end, i love building up things that are so tightly built. they really should make them more upgradeable. thanks guys

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#5
November 22, 2009 at 16:44:40
I think hlave meant gpu in #1...

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#6
November 22, 2009 at 19:08:46
"shame laptops are such a dead end, i love building up things that are so tightly built. they really should make them more upgradeable"

They do make them upgradeable, but upgradeablity comes with a price. The laptop you bought is a 'dead end' because you bought a cheapie. If you want a decent gaming notebook which can be upgraded, you'd have to spend 3-4 times as much as you did for your Acer.


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