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Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

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Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#1 Post by Whheat » Thu Feb 08, 2024 11:43 pm

I got an excellent condition x60 for <$10 at a thrift store. I wanna upgrade a lot of the internals, I currently have a small list.

8gb ddr2 ram
Led IPS Display
Done-USB C
Wifi card/bluetooth Intel 6205 and Atheros 9380
Ptm 7950
C2D P9700 2.8 ghz upgrade
New Battery
128gb sata ssd

I will be BGA soldering the P9700 onto an x61 board so that I’ll have the highest possible performance without using an X62 or X63 while maintaining cooler thermals because of the 25w tdp, aided by the PTM 7950 thermal pad. I’m aware of all the bios editing, I actually find it enjoyable. I have a usb-C charge port on the way and will be installing it soon. The Ram I’ll be on the lookout for a good deal for. Which WiFi card would be best? I’m aware of how hot the original gets. I wanna install Arch with XFCE on this machine and use it for writing/coding for school and work with some light media playing and web browsing mixed in. I’m in love with the form factor and it’s from my all time favorite era of tech. So is there any other upgrades I may wanna make? Any tips? Anyone have a good source for a display upgrade? I currently have a TFT. I recognize that this will run me a decent chunk of change and a fairly large amount of time. The only other option was an x62 mobo but at that point I’m better off buying a new laptop. I would love to have one, and it’ll always be something I look for, but unless I can get an outstanding deal or get lucky somewhere I probably won’t be getting one as their rarity and price makes them difficult to obtain. Thanks for reading my ramblings, just wanted to seek help from the professionals.

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Re: Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:40 am

Welcome to the forum.

Best/fastest wifi/BT card would probably be the AX200 in mini-PCIe format, such as this AX3000

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Re: Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#3 Post by mikemex » Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:17 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:40 am
Best/fastest wifi/BT card would probably be the AX200 in mini-PCIe format, such as this AX3000
Keep in mind that older machines such as the X60 run on PCI Express 1.0/1.1 and will not have enough bus bandwidth to properly operate at the card's intended speed.
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Re: Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:44 am

mikemex wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:17 am
Keep in mind that older machines such as the X60 run on PCI Express 1.0/1.1 and will not have enough bus bandwidth to properly operate at the card's intended speed.
PCI Express 1.0/1.1 x1 maxes out at 250 megabytes/sec, around 2.5 gigabit LAN speed. With most WiFi 6E cards having 2 antennas (2T2R), the max theoretical bandwidth is around 2.4 gigabits/sec. Actual network throughput will be much lower though.
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Re: Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#5 Post by TPFanatic » Fri Feb 09, 2024 8:53 am

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Re: Upgrading x60 for fun. Have a few questions.

#6 Post by Hifumin » Thu Apr 11, 2024 3:39 pm

I bought this RAM sticks and they work fine. I was very surprised at the price because I was looking for 4gb sticks some years ago and they were like $50 each, but now I got both for almost half that.

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