Is it possible to upgrade my laptop's processor? My laptop is Acer Aspire 4738zg. Just incase possibe, what processor can you suggest and price range? tnx
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Is there a reason you want to upgrade your processor? Looking at the specs it says:
Intel® Pentium® processor P6200 (Dual Core, 3 MB L3 cache, 2.13 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
I have heard you can upgrade a processor as long as you have the same compatible socket. The thing is that your laptop was designed to run this processor only so putting a faster processor would require a bigger fan and this may cause the laptop to over heat and or have a shorter life span.
My suggestion is to sell this laptop and get one with a processor of your choice
In general it is possible to upgrade the processor of a laptop, as Jasiu allready mentioned the socket has to be the same. A faster processor does not necessarily produce more heat, the heat output is mainly distinguished by the watts the cpu uses.
It is though not very practical to change the CPU. Same socket means that you are bound to processors of the same era, you cannot get a state of the art architecture processor (like i3, i5, i7) with the same socket your P6200 has.
Next point is that it is not that easy to change the processor inside of a laptop, the parts are very tightly screwed into the casing making it hard to do anything in there. additionally you are likely to destroy something or unintentionally wont be able to fit all the pieces in place afterwards.
tl;dr: It is possible, but I would not recommend it.
Looking at the list of pentium processors at wikipedia. It says the P6200 uses a Socket G1, as you can see in that list there are only four CPUs using this socket, and only one that would count as better as yours. So clearly: No, not worth it.
Actually there are some i7's out using the same socket and drawing only 35W, but I wont guarantee that it actually would work, and I doubt that the laptops hardware is made to support this CPU.