How do I find out if I can upgrade certain components on a laptop? 6 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

I'm looking at this HP laptop that's only available from Costco and only from a physical location (something like that).

Its the HP Pavilion dv933cl.

Basically I want to know if I can upgrade some components like HDD, RAM and perhaps even the processor.

I have the number and everything and have found its online documents on the HP website but nothing specific yet about unreadability.

Do I just have to call HP or something?

Thanks

LC




UNDIESRULES

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#2 10 years ago

RAM and HDD on a laptop are easy, the processor would not be as easy i suspect.




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#3 10 years ago
UNDIESRULES;4607000RAM and HDD on a laptop are easy, the processor would not be as easy i suspect.

Yeah, the CPU (If you can manage to find one with the right socket type), would be a b!7>h to replace...but not impossible.

Ram and HD's can be replaced with relative ease...on the underside of the laptop, there should be screw-down hatches or similar that come off that will show your RAM sticks and the HD bay(s).




Homer Gonerson

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#4 10 years ago

DarkKrucifix7;4607042Yeah, the CPU (If you can manage to find one with the right socket type), would be a b!7>h to replace...but not impossible.

Ram and HD's can be replaced with relative ease...on the underside of the laptop, there should be screw-down hatches or similar that come off that will show your RAM sticks and the HD bay(s).

You're absolutely correct, except for the CPU part. If you want your CPU replaced, you'd have to send it back to the manufacturer, and I don't think you can upgrade it on all laptops.




Bs|Archaon

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#5 10 years ago

The processor can be upgraded on some laptops, however as a rule they are so expensive to buy that you're better off simply buying a better laptop to start with.




kow_ciller

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#6 10 years ago

You can find a processor on ebay or something if you really want to upgrade it. They're not that bad to upgrade if you keep track of which screws go where. Thats pretty much the hardest part of upgrading a processor on a laptop.




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#7 10 years ago

So I don't have to make a new thread I'll just post here:

Do I really need a T9300/T9500 for a decent gaming laptop? Nothing super high end, just enough to play Crysis/C&C3:KW on medium/high settings.

Or will a T8100/T8300 do just fine?

Or even a T5000 series?

And for laptop video cards, would you suggest ATI or Nvidia?

I read Nvidia had a problem on some of its mobile chipsets, I think in the 9000M series. Is this true? If it is, should I go with ATI?

Thanks for the replies so far.

LC