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Ive acquired a very cheap and working ten year old gaming laptop that pretty much needs an overhaul on upgrades. Im new to all this stuff so im just trying to figure out if itd be worth upgrading or if only certain things need to be upgraded right now. Its not capable at the moment to play anything crazy and even the games it does run are on lowest settings. If i can get any information itd make it all the easier.
 

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What is the make and full model name of the laptop ?
 

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Besides answering the question in post #2, please do the following in that laptop:

Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) file.
After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
Information about that laptop will appear.
Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101179 Thats the exact laptop I have
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4090 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 288 GB (159 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gateway, IMV
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Enabled and Updated
 

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I'm getting a 'can't find that item' message when I click on that Newegg link, are you sure it's correct ?

Please run the Sysinfo.exe utility using Frank's instructions in post #3 any way, it provides extra details about your computer.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4090 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 288 GB (159 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gateway, IMV
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Enabled and Updat
 

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And the make and full model ?
 

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Gateway Laptop P-7808u FX Edition Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 (2.00 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, I copied this from the newegg website.
 

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Thanks for those details.

You should be able to upgrade the Cpu to the Q9000 listed at Newegg but it will probably run hotter than it does now. They are on Ebay.co.uk for around £20, from China.
You might be able to increase the ram too,

I checked online and the screen seems to be a weakness, it's resolution is quite low at 1440x900.

Sadly I very much doubt you will be able to play modern games on it even if you do upgrade it.
 
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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4090 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 288 GB (159 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gateway, IMV
cpu.JPG gpu.JPG

The Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS graphics in your 10-year old Gateway laptop are too weak for quality gaming.

cpu2.JPG

Even if it actually had an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 processor, it would still be too weak for quality gaming.

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okay awesome, I appreciate the info, it works for what Im using for it now so I'll just invest in a different one.
 

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You're welcome. :)

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okay awesome, I appreciate the info, it works for what Im using for it now so I'll just invest in a different one.
I think that's your best bet. (Please click on the Mark Solved button at the top of your page).
 
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