Originally posted by: Zuma I have an older Toshiba Satellite A505D-S6958 that has been running very hot lately. I thought since I'm going to replace the thermal paste anyway, it may be a good idea to upgrade the processor. Can I replace a AMD Turion 64 X2 RM-72 with a AMD Turion 64 X2 RM-77, or is there an even better option available for me? I've checked around at various sites, and am sure I can do it, but I've never replaced a processor, so I simply wanted to ask here to be sure I am correct.
Thank you for any advice given.
Do what bz said, the problemw with changing a CPU in a laptop is that laptop heatsinks are built for certain TDP's by model . So lets say for example you dropped a 40W CPU into a laptop that was built for a 25W CPU.
Heat will end up being a huge problem. However that said, you also have to make sure that the particular model you have actually came with higher end AMD CPU's if they did then most likely you could change it out.
However you may end up getting unlucky as laptop manufacturers use bios specific boards. Basically meaning even if the board could support it , They wrote the bios specifically to only support maybe 1 or two other models of CPU's. So there's no guarentee it'll work.
So really imho if you can get the CPU cheap enough go for it, however an SSD would really give you the speed boost you were looking for. But if you need space.. Its really up to you.
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