What do I need to know about upgrading a CPU on a laptop?

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Deafhawk36
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My current laptop has a measly 2.0 Ghz dual core CPU and i was wondering what i need to know about upgrading it. I am mainly looking for a better frame rate on Source games like TF2 and L4d2(Tf2 runs ok but still lags with 14+ players and i really want to buy L4D2 but the first ran terrible on my laptop.) The only thing i really know about upgrading CPU's is knowing the socket type. Are there any other factors involved, or is it even possible to upgrade a laptop CPU. My Laptop is a HP Pavilion dv7-1175nr running windows 7 pro. It has 4 Gigs of DDr2 Ram and has a nividia 9600M GT graphics card. CPU is an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5800 Socket P(478). Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Razear
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It is possible but difficult to do, even for experienced techies.

Even if you were to upgrade your CPU for just gaming, you wouldn't get much of a framerate increase because graphic intensive applications like games rely on a fast video card more than the CPU.

3dGameMan
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Upgrading notebook memory or drive is one thing, but a CPU... Most don't bother because of the time and possible issues that could arise. Much better to sell your current notebook and buy another one.

Deafhawk36
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Thanks for your seggestions i'll have to look into getting a better laptop or going for a desktop, the problem with buying a desktop is my situation where my parents are divorced and i need the portability of a laptop to go between households; however desktops are much more affordable. Thanks once again