M15x Upgrade TO THE MAX :D 2016
- a friendly heads up, i am very dyslexia so my grammar and spelling is poor. thank you as well for taking the time to read and post. plz dont post pointless comments about my typing skill OR " just get a new labtop" ***
looking to just upgrade my M15x much as possible as a project ( cuz i like learning :3 n tinkering ) will list what it has and what i done so far with questions. the point of this post is see every possible upgrade i could do then do it. i dont however wana do big moding jobs on it, but i am ok with small ones. i have taken apart the computer 3 times to clean,upgrade and just paint the outside.
started with > done > Next upgrade?
- also ok upgrading upgrades i already done, like my CPU *
OS: Windows 7 >Windows 7( fresh install) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
CPU: i7-720QM 1.6 GHz L3 6MB > i7-920XM 2GHz L3 8MB > Next upgrade?
GPU: GeForce GT 240M ( this need a huge upgrade )
RAM:2x 1gbs > 2x 4GB 1.33v > next upgrade? ( read below )
MOTHER: intel PM55 Express chipset CPU socket : BGA1288 /socket G1
STORAGE: HD 250Gb > SSD 500Gb
ETC: missing charger and battery > got both from online
OS: would puting windows 8.1 be a good idea? ( i hate win10 soooo much)
CPU: what is better GHz or the cacha? like 2GHZ L3 8mb VS 2.8GHz L3 4mb, the 2.8GHZ also runs at a lower watts ( 55 >35) but also has a GPU on it may need a heat sink mod so both tops get love. also not fully get what makes a cpu work or not work with a motherboard then the chipset? googled n got chipset for some site to see what CPUs it can use cuz it only asked for whats the chipset.
GPU: easy this is the most behinde part of the labtop and what is the best upgrade can i do with this? seems ubuntu likes nvidia more then ATI but if ATI has a much better card then i am willing to suck up with lil bad drivers still ubtuntu gets a good ones for ATI
RAM: got two 4Gbs on it, people say they are doing 16gbs with two 8gbs. some say its pure luck if it works or not..... this cant be true that its lucky. has to be a way to know what will work. the motherboard has the volt options for ram 1.5V 1.6V 1.7V
its also DDR3 and memory frequency is 1333 MHZ
MOTHER: petty sure i cant upgrade this lol. i did however upgrade the BIOs A02 to A09. got ton better at cooling. this labtop was my friends that gave me it, had huge heating issues. not agisnt modded BIOs too but what i found seem to not be much better then the A09 stock
STORAGE: hard drive to SSD. i know i will get a 1tb or more to give better room to both windows n ubtuntu. right now i got 2 500gbs, one windows 7 the other is ubuntu. what is the fastest storage and is it wroth it?
ETC: when i got this. didnt have a battery or a charger, got both on ebay. both was ever used and in great shap. labtop runs with 150v right now too. cooling wise. it ran SOOOOO HOT but the huge BIOs update fixed it. now its not even close to how hot it was. now sits at 60 to 70 on cpu. the gpu is runing at 50. both temp checks are aftering idling on tf2 for HOURS, like 4. i also added lil legs to the back of it n added a vent right over the top of CPU n GPU. cooling wise is great so if any upgrades make it got alot hotter, will be ok. i even got fully new heat sinks for both cpu n gpu ( and yes added new thermal paste, it was sooo dry n crusty)
Thank you for reading and dealing with my poor grammar n spelling. i hope i learn alot from this post :3 thank you to everyone who posted n share their though n info