Upgrading my CPU in Acer Aspire M1641

Hello guys, I have an acer aspire M1641, my question is: can I upgrade it to intel Core 2 Duo E8400? Cause I found a good one in online shop.... but I'm scared of anything that could happen after upgrading.....
PC SPECS:
Mobo: Acer MCP73VE
processor: Intel core 2 duo e6750 2.66 GHz
Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 7050
Ram: 4GB 
Storage: 160GB sata 7200 rpm 
gpu: gigabyte geforce gt 240

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  • StevenGenStevenGen Member Posts: 1,592 Community Aficionado
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    Hello guys, I have an acer aspire M1641, my question is: can I upgrade it to intel Core 2 Duo E8400? Cause I found a good one in online shop.... but I'm scared of anything that could happen after upgrading.....
    PC SPECS:
    Mobo: Acer MCP73VE
    processor: Intel core 2 duo e6750 2.66 GHz
    Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 7050
    Ram: 4GB 
    Storage: 160GB sata 7200 rpm 
    gpu: gigabyte geforce gt 240

    Both CPU's are the same socket 775 and they will fit into your CPU slot, the E8400 will work as the E6700 works as a downgrade to the E8400 and if you want to upgrade from an E6700 to the E8400 there is an "Upgrade Chance" of 97% but, I don't see the improvement(s)? Its not going to make any noticeable difference, as your OEM E6750 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 2667Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 4MB and TDP 65W while the E8400 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 3.0Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 6MB and TDP 65W, the spec differences are only miniscule and minor. But is the L2 improvement of 2MB and a CPU speed improvement of 0.333GHz worth the $$$'s that your new E8400 costs? Its up to you, I wouldn't do it, I would upgrade the Micro-ATX Mobo, CPU and RAM completely to a newer system, it all depends on your budget lol. 

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  • StevenGenStevenGen Member Posts: 1,592 Community Aficionado
    Accepted Answer
    Hello guys, I have an acer aspire M1641, my question is: can I upgrade it to intel Core 2 Duo E8400? Cause I found a good one in online shop.... but I'm scared of anything that could happen after upgrading.....
    PC SPECS:
    Mobo: Acer MCP73VE
    processor: Intel core 2 duo e6750 2.66 GHz
    Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 7050
    Ram: 4GB 
    Storage: 160GB sata 7200 rpm 
    gpu: gigabyte geforce gt 240

    Both CPU's are the same socket 775 and they will fit into your CPU slot, the E8400 will work as the E6700 works as a downgrade to the E8400 and if you want to upgrade from an E6700 to the E8400 there is an "Upgrade Chance" of 97% but, I don't see the improvement(s)? Its not going to make any noticeable difference, as your OEM E6750 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 2667Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 4MB and TDP 65W while the E8400 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 3.0Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 6MB and TDP 65W, the spec differences are only miniscule and minor. But is the L2 improvement of 2MB and a CPU speed improvement of 0.333GHz worth the $$$'s that your new E8400 costs? Its up to you, I wouldn't do it, I would upgrade the Micro-ATX Mobo, CPU and RAM completely to a newer system, it all depends on your budget lol. 
  • MrBearIsHereMrBearIsHere Member Posts: 20 Networker
    the bios will be okay? btw I'm using american megatech bios. which version idk
  • MrBearIsHereMrBearIsHere Member Posts: 20 Networker
    StevenGen said:
    Hello guys, I have an acer aspire M1641, my question is: can I upgrade it to intel Core 2 Duo E8400? Cause I found a good one in online shop.... but I'm scared of anything that could happen after upgrading.....
    PC SPECS:
    Mobo: Acer MCP73VE
    processor: Intel core 2 duo e6750 2.66 GHz
    Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 7050
    Ram: 4GB 
    Storage: 160GB sata 7200 rpm 
    gpu: gigabyte geforce gt 240

    Both CPU's are the same socket 775 and they will fit into your CPU slot, the E8400 will work as the E6700 works as a downgrade to the E8400 and if you want to upgrade from an E6700 to the E8400 there is an "Upgrade Chance" of 97% but, I don't see the improvement(s)? Its not going to make any noticeable difference, as your OEM E6750 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 2667Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 4MB and TDP 65W while the E8400 has 2 cores, 2 threads, 3.0Ghz, 1333MHz FSB, L2 6MB and TDP 65W, the spec differences are only miniscule and minor. But is the L2 improvement of 2MB and a CPU speed improvement of 0.333GHz worth the $$$'s that your new E8400 costs? Its up to you, I wouldn't do it, I would upgrade the Micro-ATX Mobo, CPU and RAM completely to a newer system, it all depends on your budget lol. 
    That's why I just upgrade it to a faster processor, I don't have money to "full upgrade" it but thanks for that info
  • tttttttttt Member Posts: 561 Seasoned Specialist
    @MrBearIsHere

    You can get a C2D EXXXX refurbished PC with current market price kind of close to or less than US $100. Adding $30-$80 you can get something like 3rd to 4th generation i3 or i5 processor refurbished PC. The improvement in performance will be significant.

    If I were you, if don't want to buy a refurbished PC, I'll get a 2.5" SATA3 SSD to replace the 7200 RPM spinning HDD. The performance gain will be many times better than upgrading the C2D E6750 to E8400 CPU (just about 13% difference here).
  • MrBearIsHereMrBearIsHere Member Posts: 20 Networker
    ttttt said:
    @MrBearIsHere

    You can get a C2D EXXXX refurbished PC with current market price kind of close to or less than US $100. Adding $30-$80 you can get something like 3rd to 4th generation i3 or i5 processor refurbished PC. The improvement in performance will be significant.

    If I were you, if don't want to buy a refurbished PC, I'll get a 2.5" SATA3 SSD to replace the 7200 RPM spinning HDD. The performance gain will be many times better than upgrading the C2D E6750 to E8400 CPU (just about 13% difference here).
    it's easy to say in dollar, in my country the currency is cheaper than dollar so it's harder to get a good price
  • StevenGenStevenGen Member Posts: 1,592 Community Aficionado
    edited December 2020
    ttttt said:
    @MrBearIsHere

    You can get a C2D EXXXX refurbished PC with current market price kind of close to or less than US $100. Adding $30-$80 you can get something like 3rd to 4th generation i3 or i5 processor refurbished PC. The improvement in performance will be significant.

    If I were you, if don't want to buy a refurbished PC, I'll get a 2.5" SATA3 SSD to replace the 7200 RPM spinning HDD. The performance gain will be many times better than upgrading the C2D E6750 to E8400 CPU (just about 13% difference here).
    Yes, an SSD is another option but, he was asking about the CPU upgrade. Also, this system is pretty old and I should have said that an SSD is probably his best option, you are right.  
  • tttttttttt Member Posts: 561 Seasoned Specialist
    @MrBearIsHere

    Here in the U.S. the market price for a C2D E8400 is around $35. I have several 240GB 2.5" SATA3 SSDs for less than $30.
    I see it as a win-win-win situation having much higher speed and larger storage capacity by replacing the 7200 RPM spinning HDD with 2.5" SSD, and cheaper.

    Since your PC is old, it may not last long ( I just retired my C2D E6850 PC half year ago, it gave unexplainable issues). Even if the PC failed, you still can apply this 2.5" SSD to the future PC, while the C2D E8400 CPU probably cannot be used with the new one.
  • MrBearIsHereMrBearIsHere Member Posts: 20 Networker
    is it good?
  • tttttttttt Member Posts: 561 Seasoned Specialist
    @MrBearIsHere
    This appeared to be an on-brand SSD having the spec of a typical SATA3 SSD. If the price is right and the user rating is reasonable good you may want to give it a try. The manufacturer seemed to have confident on it and gives 3 year warranty. Personally I am not one who blindly want name brand products, however, user rating is important. I cannot comment on this product as I have no experience with this brand.
  • tttttttttt Member Posts: 561 Seasoned Specialist
    @MrBearIsHere

    Oops! It says "original" 3-year warranty, but on the same page it also says no warranty. So, be careful! Hope people will not be getting rejected or defective product from them.
  • StevenGenStevenGen Member Posts: 1,592 Community Aficionado
    edited December 2020
    is it good?
    Look if you want to risk your data (unless you backup your data and don't care and want to go through that hassel?) then you can buy this "YingChu" or whatever other brand(s) of SSD's that there are out there but, I've been using Samsung and other proven well known brands for over 6 years and have used them everyday, consistently and extensively in numerous computers and in a very hot environment (which is the climate where I work and live) and I've never ever had any problems, as they work perfectly.

    These "No Name Brands" are risky and unproved especially from copied technology and unproven circuitry, are you willing to risk the most important thing which is your data with them? That is what I was saying before as this is through experience that I know that I can trust Samsung or for that matter other proven well known brands and brands that have specialised in SSD for a long time. Btw and if you look at Samsung's history and reputation and their R&D of SSD's? They are at the top if not the leaders in their field and performance, its a no brainer. 
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