I want to upgrade my CPU

March 13, 2010 at 23:54:14
Specs: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
I want to upgrade my cpu, but I want to make sure the new CPU I get is compatible with my motherboard.
I have a Sony Vaio. The model is VGN-NR140E. The processor I have is Intel Pentium Dual CPU T2330 @ 1.60Gh. My BIOS type is Phoenix. My BIOS size is 1048576.
My motherboard manufacturer is Sony Corporation. And the motherboard model is Vaio.
So if you all could help me with upgrading to a new CPU it would be of great assistance.

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#1
March 14, 2010 at 03:16:41
It's a laptop, i recommend not to upgrade cpu, if u want to play recent games better buy gaming laptop or stick to old game. FYI u can't remove your intel gma x3100.

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#2
March 14, 2010 at 08:09:31
Good gameplay depends on the video card more than the CPU & as kuwese pointed out, your X3100 video is NOT upgradeable. You could upgrade to the fastest CPU made, but if you don't upgrade the graphics, the framerates won't improve. This chart illustrates it nicely:

http://www.slizone.com/docs/IO/7251...

Your laptop is not a good gamer & nothing you do to it is gonna change that.


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#3
March 14, 2010 at 09:56:40
yep as these 2 respnses that jam and kuwese have said
u want to game look for a gaming labtop or get a gaming desktop (recommended)

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#4
March 14, 2010 at 10:17:28
Now if I upgrade to the fastest CPU, what would be the best CPU to upgrade too?
My graphics are good to me. I used to run all of the Sims 2 games on my laptop with no problem at all. But now I have the Sims 3 which requires 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent, so I noticed the game runs fairly slowly and pauses at times. Now I only have 1gig of RAM and the Sims 3 requires 1.5 gb of RAM.
Do you all think that if I add 2gb of RAM the game will perform better? Or would the CPU be the thing to make the game perform better? If so, are you all aware what would be the best CPU to upgrade to?

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#5
March 14, 2010 at 10:43:15
Pinklover954 your laptop has c2d (2cores) running 1.6ghz, and you have already beat p4 2.4ghz(single core) so cpu isn't a problem. Adding memory is a good idea, just make sure u purchase the correct ram. Try to lower the settings to low. Again stick to old games.

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#6
March 14, 2010 at 10:47:40
yh adding memory is good but will change little in ur gaming
ram will boost up the speed of ur pc IN GENERAL u better stick to games u play old games
modern games will hardly or NOT run

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#7
March 14, 2010 at 10:59:15
So I wonder since I have the correct processor for the game, why does it run slowly? Could it be because of the low RAM that I have or could it be because of the graphics card?

The graphics look good..so I dunno what could be the problem.

My computer is cleaned, runs multiple apps fine..I dunno. I have 53GB of space available on my hard drive.

Do you all think me upgrading the RAM will cause the game to run more smoothly?

And I went to crucial.com and it told me the recommended amount of Ram is 2gb. If I add 4gb, I heard that Windows Vista Home with the SP1 added will recognize up to 3.5gb of that Ram. Is that true?


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#8
March 14, 2010 at 11:25:50
The issue is graphic that why i told u to change settings to low(u should see some improvements but graphic will look bad). To take full advantege of 4gb ram or more u need 64bit os. If u are using vista sp1, u need 64bit of vista sp1.

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#9
March 14, 2010 at 13:16:00
Now I have a 32bit OS of Vista SP1. How do I change to a 64bit OS. Do I just install it and thats it?
No compatibility is required with changing the OS? Will my laptop support a 64bit OS?

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#10
March 14, 2010 at 14:39:14
Vista Home Premium came in both 32-bit & 64-bit versions...are you sure what you have isn't 64-bit?

Regardless, going to a 64-bit OS is NOT the answer. Your problem is the graphics. You obviously don't wanna hear that so you're blaming the CPU, RAM & OS. But the GMA X3100 simply is not great for gaming...unless you find 640x480 or 800x600 with occasional stuttering acceptable?

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-...

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Comput...


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#11
March 14, 2010 at 15:08:23
Well why can't I update my graphics card?

Any why would my graphics card cause my game to move slow? That's weird.


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#12
March 14, 2010 at 22:37:52
Gma x3100 is igp (intergrated graphic processor) it stuck on motherboard, there's no way to remove it.

It's not weird why u can't play well sim3, igp aren't meant for gaming but they can play recent games in low settings and old games in max settings eg.Doom, n.o.l.f etc.
Your igp isn't strong enough to run sim3 fine that why i told to lower the settings.


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#13
March 15, 2010 at 03:18:12
Can I change the motherboard then?

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#14
March 15, 2010 at 04:57:15
U can change the mobo with the same model, the laptop is designed that way, so u can't force your laptop to run demanding games.
Keep your system and stick to old games or buy a gaming laptop.

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#15
March 15, 2010 at 13:09:16
Ok I see. Do you know of any gaming laptops? I like Sony products alot.

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#16
March 15, 2010 at 21:58:19
Gaming laptop? Are u looking the laptop that can play sim3 smooth or the system that can play recent games in medium or high details?

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#17
March 16, 2010 at 03:25:26
A gaming laptop that can play the Sims 3 good.

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#18
April 11, 2010 at 23:20:47
I own the exact laptop that i bought summer '07. Your sony
vaio laptop can basically upgrade the CPU up to t7800 duo 2 core
(meron) 4 mb cache 800 mhz or T8300 duo2 core (peryn) 3 mb cache 800mhz. Make sure the chips you install is
socket P, otherwise it wont fit. And, when take your CPU chip
out, do it gently by lifting it up. Put new chip in the socket
and scape a bit of thermo paste on top of it (you can get all of this
on ebay)
Compatibility socket P Link --->
http://forum.notebookreview.com/sho...
You can also upgrade your RAM up to 4 GB 667 mhz
pc5300 pin-200. However, I recommend you to run 3GB
(super smooth and lighting fast with 64-bit windows). Make sure
you put the 1gb ram on slot 1 and 2 gb ram on slot 2 for it to
work b/c putting 2gb ram on slot 1 and 1gb ram on slot 2 will
not boot up. I run mine with win 7 64-bit. Also, upgrade your
hardrive; mine is 320gb 7200 rpm, so it is quiet . Graphic is OK. I dont play games on my
computer. I only use it for work and school purpose so it is
cool. Good luck!

My sony vaio btw:
win 7 64-bit ultimate
storage 320 gb HD 7200 rpm 5.8 subscore
cpu T8300 Duo 2 Core Penryn 5.9 subscore
RAM 3GB 667 Mhz pc5300 5.9 subscore
Sound USB 7.1 channel surround sound

It is super fast laptop, way better than most $500-800 laptops out there (ran my cpu benchmark at 1970- thats even faster than than a T9300 duo 2 core :)), and i upgraded
cheap! I Sold my old parts back on ebay.


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#19
April 13, 2010 at 10:48:20
Thanks :-)

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