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Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#1 Post by Night_Ranger » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:01 pm

Link is here:

https://www.newegg.com/black-lenovo-thi ... 77G5TM3426

I paid $223.44, did I do okay?
The system comes with a 160GB SSD and 4GB of 1066 DDR3 memory.

I already ordered an 8GB CL9 1333Mhz memory kit for it. Are both memory modules located underneath or do you have to pull the keyboard?

Other than that it has an Intel Core i5-520M 2.40GHz CPU. I will likely upgrade the CPU later if the laptop proves to be a good fit for me.

Anyone have any recommendations on an upgraded CPU for this?

Anything else I should know about this machine? I am addicted to thinkpads because I could never do without the trackpoint. I would be lost on any other brand.

In any event I will post some pictures here when it arrives. So glad to be moving up from my T9300 T61p.

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Re: Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#2 Post by MikalE » Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:34 pm

You could have done much better on FleaBay.
A31p P-IV 2Ghz, 2MB, 2653-R6U
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T510 i5 4384-DV7
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#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:06 am

Could have had a T520 or even T530 for less money.
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Re: Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#4 Post by Night_Ranger » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:14 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:06 am
Could have had a T520 or even T530 for less money.
What are the differences in variation between the machines, just curious...

So the deal was, I had a newegg gift card from my sister for fixing her laptop, so newegg was my only option :)

What is this, like a $1000 laptop brand new?

I plan on upgrading the CPU later on if the laptop proves to be a good fit.

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#5 Post by Night_Ranger » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:38 pm

Will this CPU work with my T510?

INTEL CORE I5-580M @ 2.67GHz and 3.3Ghz turbo

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#6 Post by TonyJZX » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:06 am

I dont want to poo poo people's purchases. Its hard to reconcile paying that kind of money for a 10 yr old laptop.

ALso you probably wont get much performance difference from that cpu upgrade.

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#7 Post by Night_Ranger » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:38 am

TonyJZX wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:06 am
I dont want to poo poo people's purchases. Its hard to reconcile paying that kind of money for a 10 yr old laptop.

ALso you probably wont get much performance difference from that cpu upgrade.
Regardless, I paid 200 for a like new laptop that was originally worth $1500
This is just a web browsing machine anyway.

Can I use this CPU in my T510? I know the CPU wont make much difference, but it's specs are still decent for todays workloads.
i7-640M

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Re: Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#8 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:23 am

Night_Ranger wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:14 pm
RealBlackStuff wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:06 am
Could have had a T520 or even T530 for less money.
What are the differences in variation between the machines, just curious...
Rather than me writing all this stuff:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads ... 20.701318/

(original German): https://thinkpad-forum.de/threads/19544 ... -oder-T530
(English) https://translate.google.com/translate? ... rev=search
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Re: Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#9 Post by Night_Ranger » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:10 am

I just pulled the trigger on an i7-640M which runs stock at 2.8 and turbos to 3.46Ghz!!!!

I think it's going to be pretty reasonable speed wise with the SSD, the CPU turboing up to 3.4Ghz and 8Gb ram.

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#10 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:15 pm

If you're doing it all on Newegg's credit, you're only losing opportunity cost. The newer T520 and T530 offer a lot more potential than the T510.
lenovo T420 i5 2520m 16GB QHD w/ eGPU GTX 960
lenovo T520 i7 2720qm 8GB FHD, lenovo T420s i5 3320m 8GB QHD, lenovo T430 i5 3320m 8GB FHD, lenovo T430 i5 3320m 8GB FHD w/ Optimus, lenovo S1 Yoga i7 4600u 8GB FHD
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#11 Post by Cigarguy » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:29 pm

As others have said, for the price you paid that's T520 or T530 with decent specs territory. For a T510, at that price, it had better come with the best screen, best CPU and best specs available for that laptop. And it should come with a good and decent size SSD and a good battery.

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#12 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:26 pm

It's coming with an SSD currently valued at $18 and dropping and $10's worth of RAM. Newegg made some bank.
lenovo T420 i5 2520m 16GB QHD w/ eGPU GTX 960
lenovo T520 i7 2720qm 8GB FHD, lenovo T420s i5 3320m 8GB QHD, lenovo T430 i5 3320m 8GB FHD, lenovo T430 i5 3320m 8GB FHD w/ Optimus, lenovo S1 Yoga i7 4600u 8GB FHD
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#13 Post by Night_Ranger » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm

The laptop is essentially brand new. It's condition is A+

Anyone here ever done a CPU swap on the T510? Is it like the T61?

EDIT: I have a 512GB SSD to drop in.

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#14 Post by ThreeIguanasPerSecond » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:16 am

Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
The laptop is essentially brand new. It's condition is A+
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
I paid $223.44
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
newegg gift card

my only option
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A__4VRVMGQ4
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
This is just a web browsing machine anyway.
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
but it's specs are still decent for todays workloads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLeZJkJrLzE
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
Are both memory modules located underneath or do you have to pull the keyboard?
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
Can I use this CPU in my T510?
i7-640M
Night_Ranger wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:04 pm
Anyone here ever done a CPU swap on the T510? Is it like the T61?
T4x/R5x style, one is on the bottom and one is on the top of the motherboard. yes... and yes. could you get yourself some... uh, help? i mean there's a hardware maintenance manual (https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/p ... 3y0536.pdf) for assistance on that, and you additionally have Google to confirm your suspicions regarding the CPU upgrade itself. as i'm answering this anyway, yes it'll work. the quad-cores however won't work.
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#15 Post by Night_Ranger » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:48 pm

ThreeIguanasPerSecond wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:16 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A__4VRVMGQ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLeZJkJrLzE

T4x/R5x style, one is on the bottom and one is on the top of the motherboard. yes... and yes. could you get yourself some... uh, help? i mean there's a hardware maintenance manual for assistance on that, and you additionally have Google to confirm your suspicions regarding the CPU upgrade itself. as i'm answering this anyway, yes it'll work. the quad-cores however won't work.
Could have done without the melodrama...

Now, are you finished bashing my purchase?

Or is this the kind of BS I should expect from you on a daily basis?

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#16 Post by dr_st » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:13 am

Yeah, that was a bit over-the-top in my opinion. Not really funny either, but everyone has a different sense of humour, I guess.

Still, Night_Ranger, as you did start your thread with posting the price and asking "did I do okay", do understand that this is a question better asked before the purchase than after. However, it's not relevant at this point, so please, all, stay on topic.
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Re: Just purchased a refurb T510 on Newegg

#17 Post by Night_Ranger » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:10 pm

dr_st wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:13 am
Yeah, that was a bit over-the-top in my opinion. Not really funny either, but everyone has a different sense of humour, I guess.

Still, Night_Ranger, as you did start your thread with posting the price and asking "did I do okay", do understand that this is a question better asked before the purchase than after. However, it's not relevant at this point, so please, all, stay on topic.
Okay fair enough... I will just add one thing... So I didn't get the best deal. Fact still remains, my options were limited due to $400 budget on my newegg card.

Regardless of how bad the purchase was, I still managed to get a decent cost/performance ratio out of it.

As I said I picked it do to:
-trackpoint (cant do without)
-Availability on Newegg
-15.6" best screen size
-Like new, perfect condition (total power on hours for the laptop is only 77days since 2010)
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#18 Post by Cigarguy » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:36 pm

That machine is still a very nice machine. To me, it's my favourite of the "old" classics, well built and decent specs even for today's computing. Take everything apart, give everything a good clean, new thermal paste, pop in that CPU, max out the RAM and get a good SSD for it and enjoy.

Unless you're doing gaming or run lots of CPU/GPU intensive programs, which IMO is the domain of desktop machines, then that machine will serve you well for a long time. For my portable computing needs, the older T60 and T61 platform is plenty good enough for me. I got desktops for CPU and GPU intensive tasks.

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#19 Post by WizardOfBoz » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:47 pm

I have a T510. It's been a fine machine for us, for general purpose web browsing and email/excel/taxes, etc.

Your best upgrades will be memory and a SSD system disk.

CPU upgrades, unless you LIKE goofing around in the guts of laptops, are generally the lowest return of improvement per dollar spent. There are several flavors of T510, and the one you and I have has a pretty big limit on "upgrades". Our T510s have a 520 or 540M. I just asked a similar question here, and was shooled. We have what is known as an Arrandale family CPU, which fits in a G1 (PGA988a) socket. There very few higher-performing compatible CPUs in this class. The 640M is one, but you only get about 20% boost in processing power compared to a 520M (13% compared to a 540M). 640ms are available (from China!) now for about $45 bucks. I'm probably not gonna do it.

One limit on upgrades that you may read about is called the "BIOS Whitelist". That's a list, kept in bios, of permissible upgrades. For example, you can't install a dual band wifi card - none are on the whitelist. Here is where your friends here can help. Some savvy guys and/or gals have figure out how to "hack" the bios and remove the whitelist and any limitations on software (like SLI). It's a pretty easy thing to find here. You run the program, it "jailbreaks" your bios, and you throw a 12 dollar dual band wifi into your laptop and double your upload speed.

So. Memory and SSD. Jailbreak and new wifi. You'll have a pretty functional, very durable laptop. Could you have done better? With the constraints you mention I don't see a hugely better deal. If it works for you, it was fine.

I will point out that you should ask "is this a good deal?" BEFORE you buy! :wink: It's like the guy that asked my Dad once "Should I get married?". My Dad knew the guy and the gal and, well, um... He tried to diplomatically wave the guy off. "You wont be able to take vacations when you want, or golf on weekends, or stay out with the guys..."
"Get thanks, you jerk, I got married yesterday".

I always wondered about that, asking about something AFTER you did it. There' s just no upside! But, you have a computer that works and should be very functional.

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#20 Post by WizardOfBoz » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:28 pm

One other question. Did the T510 come with discrete graphics? Quadro NVS3100M or FX880M?

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