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I'm looking for a laptop for under $500. For most of the time, I will use the laptop for basic everyday use with non-gaming. The one I ordered today on BestBuy for $399 was a pretty good descent Toshiba Satellite laptop with a fast Intel processor. A few hours later I came across a new laptop on Newegg for $350. That's $50 cheaper than the one I found earlier this morning. What's the difference? It has a very powerful graphics card and it's from the most popular laptop brand Acer. The only issue though that it has is that it comes with a very low processor from AMD.

Here's the link to the laptop:


My question is: Is it possible to upgrade an AMD processor to an Intel i3? If it is possible, how much would it cost me? I don't want to go over my parent's budget.

For under $100, which Intel i3 processor would you use for gaming to upgrade it from an AMD?

asked Mar 31 '11 at 14:15

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edited Mar 31 '11 at 14:16

Especially for gaming, that GPU is nothing special.

I wouldn't expect to really be able to game on anything under $1000 in the case of a laptop

(Mar 31 '11 at 14:37) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Honestly I think this machine will work for what you are saying in your description above. You said for non-gaming, basic everyday use. This machine will be fine.

(Mar 31 '11 at 14:45) David David's gravatar image


They have a different socket and a different chipset.

There is no way possible it will happen.

No Intel processor will work or fit in an AMD socket.

Infact, looking at the laptop again, it has an AMD Fusion chip, which I think means the CPU is actually part of the motherboard, so no replacement is possible, not even to another AMD

answered Mar 31 '11 at 14:31

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Tim Fontana

edited Mar 31 '11 at 14:33

that CPU is replaceable, but they are using a technology that combines the CPU and GPU on 1 chip, intel has also made this move, it is done to lower power consumption with out really losing performance. (the fusion GPU's are just as bad as the intel ones when it comes to gaming, but they do offer more hardware acceleration for videos compared to the intel onboard crap).

(Mar 31 '11 at 14:41) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Oh right? I saw somewhere you couldn't?

As, in the case of this desktop version of fusion, the C/GPU is intergrated.


(Mar 31 '11 at 14:46) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

you will need a system with a motherboard that supports intel CPU's

that laptop that you linked to is mainly designed for light use (non gaming/ web use, flash videos, hd videos, etc. The onboard video is just as bad as the intel crap)

When going for a laptop, if you plan on gaming, go with the fastest GPU you can find in your price range, the system will generally come with a decent CPU to go along with the GPU and if not, you can generally upgrade the CPU

ignore installed memory as you can easily upgrade it for much less than a site like dell or alienware or apple will charge to have them preinstall the memory.

With current laptops, the main thing you cant upgrade is the GPU, if you plan on gaming, go with the best GPU you can get, if you don't plan on gaming then go with the fastest CPU you can find, ignore the other stuff as they can be upgraded cheaply and easily.

PS keep in mind (very important). When upgrading a CPU for a laptop, do not move to a CPU that uses more power or runs hotter, the stock cooler that comes with the laptop is designed to only the CPU around 5-10C below the overheating temperature when the CPU is at full load. If you were to go with a CPU that runs hotter by a little bit, you could end up with your CPU throttling when at full load (generally leads to lower performance than even the stock CPU)

answered Mar 31 '11 at 14:30

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edited Mar 31 '11 at 14:38

They are not inter-changable. AMD and Intel use different CPU sockets. The only way to make it an Intel is to order it that way.

answered Mar 31 '11 at 14:32

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That is most definitely NOT a very powerful graphics card, it is however a very bad one. Switching out the CPU (which isn't possible because the motherboard is designed specifically for the series it comes with) would be a waste of money

answered Mar 31 '11 at 16:56

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