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    Looking to upgrade my laptop - Need some ideas.

    I've had my laptop for a little over 2 years, and while it still runs pretty well it just isn't giving me quite the performance that I want from it. I've toyed with the idea of putting in an SSD, but I don't think that will make much of a difference in the long run considering the processor is the weak point. I've already done a factory reset, any tips on if I can actually upgrade it without having to buy a new $1,000 or so laptop? Or, if I really have to buckle down and buy a new one, what are some suggestions for laptops in the $1,000-$1,200 range?

    Here's a link to my current laptop with all the specs: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming...specifications

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    The only user-changeable parts in laptops are the HDD and the RAM (and sometimes not even the RAM because it is soldered to the motherboard). And neither will significantly improve your laptop's gaming performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    The only user-changeable parts in laptops are the HDD and the RAM (and sometimes not even the RAM because it is soldered to the motherboard)
    That's what I thought - but a few friends of mine have been feeding me crap about changing out the processor and they don't seem to want to believe that I can't change it out. There is a spot for a SSD, but like I said, if the processor is what's slow than I really don't think putting that in will give me a drastic change in performance worth spending the $150 or so on the SSD.

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    An SSD would only reduce your loading times.
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    Had a feeling that would be the case, but thanks. Looks like I need to get ready to drop some dough then. Woe is me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selithiel View Post
    Had a feeling that would be the case, but thanks. Looks like I need to get ready to drop some dough then. Woe is me.
    the more specifics the better we can help you with a suggestion.

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    Here's my dxdiag - didn't put it up earlier since I made the earlier post from my phone :P

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 12/6/2012, 21:37:57
    Machine name: CASSANDRA-PC
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.101014-0432)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    System Model: G60VX
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P7350 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
    Memory: 4094MB RAM
    Page File: 3556MB used, 4814MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

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    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GTX 260M
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0618&SUBSYS_1A521043&REV_A2
    Display Memory: 2797 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 1005 MB
    Shared Memory: 1791 MB
    Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver Version: 9.18.0013.0623 (English)
    DDI Version: 10
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 8/30/2012 11:14:00, 18229096 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4558-11CF-9C71-5F3A1FC2C435}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x0618
    SubSys ID: 0x1A521043
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selithiel View Post
    Here's my dxdiag - didn't put it up earlier since I made the earlier post from my phone :P

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 12/6/2012, 21:37:57
    Machine name: CASSANDRA-PC
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.101014-0432)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    System Model: G60VX
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P7350 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
    Memory: 4094MB RAM
    Page File: 3556MB used, 4814MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

    ---------------
    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GTX 260M
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0618&SUBSYS_1A521043&REV_A2
    Display Memory: 2797 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 1005 MB
    Shared Memory: 1791 MB
    Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver Version: 9.18.0013.0623 (English)
    DDI Version: 10
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 8/30/2012 11:14:00, 18229096 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4558-11CF-9C71-5F3A1FC2C435}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x0618
    SubSys ID: 0x1A521043
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
    cpu and gpu are soldered on the motherboard so upgrading those parts isn't an option (and there is where you need the upgrade the most)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shroudster View Post
    cpu and gpu are soldered on the motherboard so upgrading those parts isn't an option (and there is where you need the upgrade the most)
    Alrighty, I'll have a nice 'I told you so' waiting for my friend later today :P

    Any suggestions on something right around the 1k range? I want something that won't be like this one where it's slowed down in a matter of two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selithiel View Post
    Alrighty, I'll have a nice 'I told you so' waiting for my friend later today :P

    Any suggestions on something right around the 1k range? I want something that won't be like this one where it's slowed down in a matter of two years.
    depends on what you want to play with it and on what settings. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152371 average suggestion for now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shroudster View Post
    depends on what you want to play with it and on what settings. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152371 average suggestion for now)
    That looks great - One of my biggest issues was that the storage on this one is so small that I could only keep x amount of games on here.

    Generally I play WoW, Rift, Skyrim, Sims 3, and a handful of other rpgs on PC while everything else is on my PS3. I would like to run everything on high at the least, but I can live with good settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selithiel View Post
    That's what I thought - but a few friends of mine have been feeding me crap about changing out the processor and they don't seem to want to believe that I can't change it out. There is a spot for a SSD, but like I said, if the processor is what's slow than I really don't think putting that in will give me a drastic change in performance worth spending the $150 or so on the SSD.
    Some laptops do give you access to the processor. most do not.

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