04-22-2012 11:33 AM
Finally I pruchased a used T7200. More to come...
Good choice, that's probably the most bang for the buck, as we say here in america. For you perhaps the most Yahoo for the Euro... lol
Keep us updated what you think. I have several T7200 systems, a couple I'm going to be upgrading to T7600 and selling the T7200 chip, or perhaps keeping them for future use. I would have offered them to you, but shipping would be expensive.
ps. it's a shame you can't get these boards to run a 800mhz fsb chip, the T7300 are very cheap compared to the T7200, and is a better chip.
04-22-2012 11:51 AM
Yes, the price/performance ratio was the base of my decision. After checking the possible upgrades, and the prices of CPUs, I decided to buy that one. Other than adding a bigger HDD and a new battery (maybe a DVD) there is no other part left to upgrade. It seems that with Win 7 my trusty old T60 will be on duty for a while.
04-22-2012 12:40 PM
I sent you a PM about a dvd drive, but I think for your next upgrade you might consider an SSD drive for the main bay, just make sure you get a good one, speed alone doesn't make a drive good if it fails and you lose all your data. I prefer the Intel brand.
The reason I suggest an SSD is because your T60 is limited to 3gb of ram, so your system is going to be using pagefile, or "running in swap" often, this is where it uses harddrive space as ram when all your physical ram is used. When you have an SSD drive, it's so much faster then the traditional drive that the end result will make a huge difference. You can install a large platter drive in the ultrabay using a ultrabay hdd adapter, then get a small SSD drive in the main bay, you only need enough space for the OS and whatever programs you need to use regularly, the rest can go in the second drive. When you need to run or burn an optical disc, you can swap in the optical drive, or use an external.
04-22-2012 12:54 PM
I sent you an answer as well. I would not consider to buy an SSD drive, I am on the budget. I would like to use my T60 as long as possible, but not by any means. Having 3GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, T7200 and Win 7 would give my laptop a few years though...
04-22-2012 03:59 PM
The cost vs performance would have been better to spend your money on an SSD rather then a CPU in my opinion. If you got a 32gb SSD, it would be more then enough to run your OS, and your 320gb drive would run in the ultrabay.
As far as the feel and usability of the laptop, your cpu upgrade will make a difference, but it won't be huge, however the SSD will not only make it boot faster, it will also make the system feel like it's on steroids since your virtual memory will be much faster, as well as your disc usage. I would look into the cost of a small ssd before you dismiss the idea.
04-30-2012 12:44 PM
Today I received the new CPU. I installed it without any problem. After watching a few videos on YT, I plucked up all my courage, and replaced it. Screws out, covers, palm rest and stuff out, ventilator out, new CPU in, apply some Arctic Silver paste, and basically that's it. My trusty old T60 is still alive with its new heart. Next step: new HDD and Win7 install.
04-30-2012 01:28 PM
great news! Let us know what you think of the upgrade, as far as how much difference you feel it makes in regard to the cost and work involved.
I'm sure your experience will benefit all.
04-30-2012 10:54 PM
Well, work wise it definitely worth a try, it took 45 minutes including watching the videos. The CPU was 43 bucks with S/H. About speed: I am an ordinary user, I use her for browsing, emailing, etc... Nothing special. Applications start quicker, for example Descent, my favourite game is faster too. I have not ran a benchmark yet, but I would estimate a 15-20% faster speed. At the end of my upgade process, the total cost will near the sum I could buy a used T60 for nowadats, but who cares financials when it is a hobby?
05-03-2012 09:09 AM
I just installed HWINFO32 on my T60. It measures around 57 C/ 134 F as core temperature. I guess it is within the safe limits.