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Old 07-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading from B950 to an i7-2620M to Increase Longevity for a Few Months

After having much success in determining the upgradability of my CPU despite it having an integrated GPU (big shoutout to the people who aided me on the forum), i decided to go with from my Intel Pentium B950, to an Intel Core i7-2620M.

This particular i7 is listed in my HP Pavilion g6-1c54wm owners manual as compatible with g6s, has the same HM65 chipset, same wattage, and works with my 64 bit OS. It is also the most powerful processor and graphics card that a g6 can handle. It will also take me from an Intel HD Graphics GPU to an Intel HD Graphics 3000. Yes, i know the Intel HD graphics cards are hot garbage compared to their AMD and Nvidia counterparts, but to go from an HD to an HD 3000 is a large jump nonetheless.

Completing the above and maxing my ram will only cost me about $140, which is quite literally chump change for a lil bit of longevity. The only gaming i do on my PC is a few MMOs here and there, and a couple of modifiable blockbusters (Skyrim, Just Cause 2, Saints Row 3 etc) and it runs with little to no problems, but Im starting to see a lil bit of fatigue in my machine and i want to keep it going just a little while longer.

Now my question to the community is this: Is this a good move to delay purchasing another PC for a few more months? Will the extra 1.3 GHz, graphical power, and another 4GB of DDR3 increase this PCs longevity if only for a few months (as thats all i REALLY need)?

I am by no means beating a dead horse lol, as Im not afraid to move on, but i cant do that until at least January of next year. Im 19, paying for my own car, rent, and tuition so i dont want to add another expense until those things are paid for. Not to mention, $140 is quite inexpensive.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Upgrading from B950 to an i7-2620M to Increase Longevity for a Few Months

Where do you plan on finding an i7 that cheap? The RAM depending on what you get will be between 30 and 40 bucks and the cheapest I see the CPU on Ebay is 140. Either way, I don't really think it's worth it but to each his own.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where do you plan on finding an i7 that cheap? The RAM depending on what you get will be between 30 and 40 bucks and the cheapest I see the CPU on Ebay is 140. Either way, I don't really think it's worth it but to each his own.
Lol i know EXACTLY what ebay deal youre talking about too, but i put a status out on my facebook and found a local seller that has a new one for 70, i got the ram for 30, and the professional installation will only cost about 40 (since this laptop is a bit old).

Thank you for the input though. man people are telling me to put the 140 to a new rig and many re telling me to go thru with it. im just glad you could weigh in and i do greatly appreciate it.
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The people telling you it isn't worth it is right. I mean, you want more GPU power, but you're buying a better CPU. I honestly don't think you realize exactly how little a step up to the 3000 is.
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Completing the above and maxing my ram will only cost me about $140, which is quite literally chump change for a lil bit of longevity. The only gaming i do on my PC is a few MMOs here and there, and a couple of modifiable blockbusters (Skyrim, Just Cause 2, Saints Row 3 etc) and it runs with little to no problems, but Im starting to see a lil bit of fatigue in my machine and i want to keep it going just a little while longer
Getting this new CPU will not help playing those blockbuster games in the slightest. Maybe, depending on which MMO's you're playing (I'm not totally sure which MMO's demand more CPU than GPU).
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