For some time now I have been using my 5+ yr old laptop because my 3yr laptop died. Basically it had a hell of lot of weight fall on it, crush the screen and kill it.
Before it died, it was well past the warranty, needing a new drive, screen cable and well due a ram or cpu upgrade.
The question is on my very liited budget, what can I do about it. Laptop > asus, a6km I know the ram is upgradable already, I can boost it to 2g instead of it's ddr 1g
what else can I do and is it worth it compared to the possible cost of a new gaming suitable laptop?
And yes I have thought about going PC, but I really want to remain mobile if possible.
11th August 2008
The only things you can upgrade on that laptop is the ram and the hard drive. Which I suggest get a 7200 RPM laptop hard drive if possible, this also means you would have to reinstall your OS and all your games/applications. Your very limited to upgrades on a laptop, if you don't need the mobility I would just sell the laptop and go for a desktop. Other than that the graphics card cannot be upgraded and a new processor would be VERY costly (around $200+).
EDIT: Even then it wouldn't be a very suitable gaming laptop, unless all your looking to run is something like world of warcraft or other old games.
I would die without GF
8th October 2006
I'm not sure you'd want to upgrade it, because looking at what you want out of it, the whole project will likely be a complete waste of money.
DDR-400 is out now (out as in out of the market, not out in the market), it's actually becoming more and more expensive to buy SO-DIMMs, people are replacing their old computers with new ones and nobody makes them anymore. Any new computer will have DDR2 or even maybe DDR3, which are superior in all respects to DDR.
Your processor will stay the same, no real use changing that because of the motherboard. And it'll probably be quite a slow single-core processor. Most games now benefit from an added core (Anandtech, I think, did an article on this, a dual-core at the very least is advisable for gaming), so your laptop will be struggling. Of course, it depends on how old the game is.
It'll probably be even worse for the graphics, I have a 4-year old laptop, it struggles to run even 3, 4-year old games. You're going to be out of luck with anything much newer than that.
+1 to Babeman's suggestion, ditch the laptop, save up, and buy an awesome desktop. If you really want to play games and remain mobile, save up a bit more and buy a good, powerful gaming laptop.
Thank you for the fast replies See you in six months eh *S*
11th August 2008
Sorry we had to be the bearing of bad news, but it's the only realistic solution if you really want to play 'moderately' new games. Maybe see if someone would like to trade a desktop for a laptop? That's how I got my gaming PC, and it didn't cost a penny. Go to kijiji.com or .ca, whichever country you live in.
18th November 2004
You really might as well just buy a new laptop. As others have said, you can upgrade it, but at this point it won't really be cost-effective at all.
True. And I would happily sell the thing in order to supply a partial fund for a better system, But as I pointed out the screen was crushed. I have a lot of books on my shelf, and they literally bent the (aliminium?) frame of the screen top. I have mostly straightened that out but the screen itself may as well be called an shattered ice pit. held together by force of null energies alone...lol
Anyway given this new line I must take are there any particular recommendations you can provide for UK gaming operatives?
I found these two places thus far... But I really don't like the idea of teaming AMD with ati, but prefer nvidia...but bla bla bla....
P.s. My budget would be around about £500 I would need a monitor and keyboard... I doubt I could save more than that without going crazy wanting to have something...