I'm reluctant to post here, but I'm seeking some insight. My current laptop is an alienware M15x (the newer version) Currently it has an i7-720QM-(1.6-2.8) CPU/Processor and a Nvidia GT 240M video Card. I'm considering (during this coming summer) upgrading the CPU/Processor and the Video Card. The computer was a dell REPLACEMENT for a most problematic XPS M1530. Over Priced hardware / paying for the alienware brand, I know. I've done lurking and research on desktop and laptops for a while now. From looking around ebay, the cheapest the processor tends to go for is around $250-500 and the video card is for around $300-500. I'm considering for the CPU an i7-620M (2.66-3.33) and a GTX 260M for the GPU. I know that mobile parts are hard to come by and the only "reliable", and I use the word "reliable," skeptically source for prices on both is ebay. I wish this weren't so, but if anyone knows any additional laptop-upgrade specific sites I'd sincerely appreciate it. I'm not at the moment, as much of a gamer as I was in the past, I tend to play casual Scifi MMO's and single player RPG's. A reason I'm considering the CPU upgrade is for PCSX2, as the PS2 has the widest library of titles out of most any recent system to date. Since PCSX2 only uses 2 cores my current 720QM only caps out at about 2.4gh'z, which makes playing some of the more graphic intensive titles harder. I'm not necessarily up for the 260M upgrade, but I figured I'd toss it out there because it's the "best $/Buck card out there". I understand that Dual Core PC's would be better for PCSX2, especially ones that cap out around 3.0Gh'z, but I'd also like to keep a quad core for media/video editing in the future. I believe the hyperthreading and multi-core use would be beneficial for learning how to work with photoshop better and help me express myself through video editing / AMV's etc. Knowing whether my laptop has other options other than quad-core PC's would also help me out. I do understand that most traditional companies have their GPU/CPU soldered to the motherboard, but I'd like to think that alienware isn't one of them. I also know that Alienware has a semi-unlocked multiplier as far as Overclocking is concerned, and I do use a laptop cooler 90% of the time. I would like some basic suggestions as to how to experiment/approach this feature. I know that laptops generate more heat and therefore, OC'ing is most always a bad idea, however, this laptop hasn't ever gotten to terribly "hot." The hottest it's gotten is around 60 celcius, at which point I tend to let it cool on its own for a while. Ventilation wise I could do better and use a more flat-surface, but this laptop does have a fairly good ventilation-design. (if only I could control the fans a bit more, which may be more of a durability issue than anything else...)(but low/med/high would be nice options...) also does anyone know of any services or company's that would be willing to help me undergo the upgrading process as I understand it is a pain in the butt? I've always found computers interesting, but ultimately, portability triumps over desktop computers for me. I'm not expecting to do any "ultra" texture settings gaming, or super high resolution gaming. Maybe someday I'll go back to a desktop, but for now, as a student, I really like the portability. This thread is to discuss upgrade options (and future options, if applicable) for my machine. To be honest, so long as I can enjoy what I'm doing I'd rather save the money. I'll be working a lot this summer to save up spending money for college, but I figured I may as well think about some goals as well. I don't want to hear arguments in this thread, if people argue then I will have the thread closed. State your insightful opinions in as best a way you can appealing to a person with a semi-decent level of comprehension.