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?
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
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)
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
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