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The Vaio build.

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  1. aven000


    Jul 17, 2007
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    Well As the 'Retro Pentium 4' is coming to an end I have decided to start a new light project until my next crazy build.

    I give you the Sony Vaio VGN-BX296VP.


    So my sister in law gifted this pile of rubbish to me in the hopes I would sell it on her behalf but instead I gave her some cash and decided to upgrade my 2nd laptop from my old Dell Inspiron 2200 that I maxed out as it was limited and I needed a slightly more powerful GPU.

    The current spec's are:
    • Intel Pentium M 1.73ghz
    • 512MB of DDR2-PC3200
    • Intel 915m Mobile GPU
    • 100GB Hard Drive (Samsung if memory serves)

    Now this is quite bad but it has some plus points over my old Dell:
    1. It's not a Dell
    2. The speakers are quite good
    3. All manner of switches/ports and other good things to keep me entertained and find new ways of jabbing pens into it
    4. Bio-metric fingerprint reader (fun times ahead!)
    5. Lovely 15.4" screen
    6. faster wifi
    7. It's own charger, where as my Dell was a scrounger and kept having to borrow my Toshiba C50's
    This system will be used mostly for software I want to try out before adding it to my main system, and other things I just don't want to do on any system I care about. This is mostly for 'Dog Work'.

    I'll also be using this to play XP and older games that I normally play on the Retro P4 but it's so I can take them with me.

    So what will I be adding?

    A new CPU that's for damn sure as this thing is hell to use. I'll be adding 2GB of DDR2-PC4600 as that is the fastest it will take due to the 533mhz FSB. A bigger Hard drive will be added and a damn good clean up.

    So, let's see how far this goes.


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  2. dhdude

    Feb 22, 2010
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    I think you may struggle to find any faster cpus for that socket 479; Dothan-based Pentium Ms maxed out not much higher than that ~2ghz. I'd recommend a faster disk for it though, maybe a newer, 7200rpm drive? Or an SSD? It may be bottlenecked but it'll still improve the responsiveness!
  3. FR@NK


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