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Buying old laptop, upgrading hardware

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Thinking of getting an old HP Compaq 6710B from eBay at around 115 USD, then thinking of upgrading the CPU (if possible) and maybe the RAM to a build that suits me.

An i5 6600K (or non-K)

8 gigs RAM

Fresh copy of Windows 7

 

Is it possible and do you think it would make sense or a better option would be a Macbook Air or a Thinkpad T470. Needs are programming and rarely some engineering rendering stuff. Thoughts?

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I looked up  the specs and found the ff: https://www.engadget.com/products/hp/compaq/6710b/specs/

To highlight, CPU: Core2Duo T7500
 

This would be either BGA or socket mounted, depending on the fancies of the manufacturer. An i5 6600K is physically incompatible with the unit, not to mention that we're talking about hardware that's around 10 years old.

 

Depending on your use case a Thinkpad T470 may give you more mileage, unless you're programming for iOS. in that case a MacBook Air would be more useful.

Addendum: This is the T470 that you're looking at, right?

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Am I correct in saying the HP is a laptop if yes, no it won't. The 6600K will have too high of power draw

if no then lets move on, what CPU does it have at the moment, if it's a core 2 duo or CPU which goes i3/5/7 XYYY, where the X is either 1,2,3,4,5 then no it won't. 

if the answer to both of those are yes then maybe send me the ebay link and I'll tell you from that 


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The Lord of all Toasters (1920X 1080ti 32GB)

The Toasted Controller (i5 4670, R9 380, 24GB)

The Semi Portable Toastie machine (i7 3612QM (was an i3) intel HD 4000 16GB)'

Bread and Butter Pudding (i7 7700HQ, 1050ti, 16GB)

Pinoutbutter Sandwhich (raspberry pi 3 B)

The Portable Slice of Bread (N270, HAHAHA, 2GB)

Muffinator (C2D E6600, Geforce 8400, 6GB, 8X2TB HDD)

Toastbuster (WIP, should be cool)

loaf and let dough (A printer that doesn't print black ink)

The Cheese Toastie (C2D (of some sort), GTX 760, 3GB, win XP gaming machine)

The Toaster (C2D, intel HD, 4GB, 2X1TB NAS)

Matter of Loaf and death (some old shitty AMD laptop)

windybread (4X E5470, intel HD, 32GB ECC) (use coming soon, maybe)

And more, several more

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