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Upgrading HP Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JazzMan983, Nov 27, 2011.

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  1. JazzMan983

    JazzMan983 Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2006
    Hi guys,

    I have never been the biggest fans of laptops. From what I have heard, they are expensive to upgrade and are limited in their upgrade abilities.

    Unfortunately, I travel quite frequently. I need the laptop I have.

    Here are the specs:

    Operating System: Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
    System Model: HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
    BIOS: InsydeH20 Version CCB.03.61.09f.20
    Processor: AMD A6-3400M APU with Radeom(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.4GHz
    Memory: 4096MB Ram
    Display: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G

    I want to upgrade the processor to a higher AMD or an intel. I also want to upgrade the video card so that I can play Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls, etc.

    What processor and video card do I need to buy? Do I need to upgrade the power supply?

  2. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    Unfortunately Laptops are a lot harder to upgrade than Desktop computers.

    Usually the Cpu is soldered onto the Motherboard, even more often the Graphics chip is.
    Even if you could change the Cpu chances are the new one will put out more heat than the old one.
    That could overheat the Laptop and cause it to slow down (they will slow the Cpu deliberately to lower the temperature) or even seriously damage it.

    Also the Bios may not even recognise the new Cpu.

    The easiest and best upgrade is to increase the Ram, which should give a speed increase, but check how much Ram that particular laptop can use and what type it is.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    What's the complete model number of that dv6 series laptop?

    If you don't know for sure, advise what the product number(P/N) and/or model number(M/N) on the sticker is.


    About the only hardware upgrade option you may have is to add more RAM.

  4. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    You definitely can't switch from AMD to Intel, and you definitely can't upgrade the power supply. Laptops processor and graphics updates aren't just potentially expensive and limited, they're usually impossible.

    If you want to game, you need a gaming laptop. But that's not going to be very traveler-friendly since gaming laptops are much heavier.

    This is really a case where you need to make some hard decisions about what you really need versus what you want.
  5. JazzMan983

    JazzMan983 Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2006
    Thank you very much, fellas. Obviously I will have to deal with my troubles. I won't be spending money on a gaming laptop when I have a gaming desktop!

    Later days.
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