I've found my old laptop again. I love it. It still runs Windows 7 great (and to be honest, I think I prefer Windows 7 over Windows 10, I don't even know what extra features I'll get, or what'll be faster on Windows 10 but that's not the point of the question).
However, I'd still like to upgrade it to make it faster, as fast as it can go preferably.
What CPU options are available to me with this model?
Is it upgradable?
Will I need any thermal paste or anything of the sort, or can I just plug it in using my hands and a screwdriver?
I got the same laptop, and im also trying to figure out if it is possible to change the cpu.
I have already put more RAM in it, so it now got 8gb.
I have also changed the HDD to a 512gb SSD.
And I have installed "Linux Mint" alongside Windows 10, so I can choose at boot which one I want to start. Linux Mint runs much smoother and the cooling fan doesn't spin all the time like in Win10.
Oh and another thing that might improve the performance of the laptop is by removing dust from the heat-sink and changing the old thermal paste, (as it is quit possible that it might have dried out) and as a result the CPU overheats and the computer throttle down the CPU to protect the computer. (I haven't changed the thermal paste myself yet.)
I received the 2520M CPU, took the laptop apart, cleaned the heatsink and put the CPU into the socket.
I thought I had some thermal paste laying around, but I didn't...
So I used a thermal pad as a temporary solution for the CPU.
Turned on the laptop, and it worked flawlessly.
When I started a game the CPU got above 90 Celsius and the CPU where automatic throttled down and the game became unplayable.
I have been looking around and have seen several VPCEH laptops for sale with a i7 2620M
CPU so I guess that also is a option, the 2620M is more expensive thou.