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Lenovo Thinkpad T430 Upgrades: Quad Core i7, 8GB DDR3, 1600×900 Screen, 9-cell

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I recently replaced my IBM / Lenovo Thinkpad T60 with a Lenovo Thinkpad T430. The T60 was a great all around laptop for school and basic productivity tasks and it was by far my favorite laptop of 2016. If you just need a cheap beater laptop (I bought mine for 10 USD off eBay) then look no further than the IBM T60.

However, my work flow is changing and I needed to change up my hardware to accommodate my increasingly mobile production environment. I bought a Lenovo T430 off ebay for $125, it came equipped with 4GB DDR3 RAM, an Intel i5 3230m dual core processor, 1366×768 TN display, and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. This is a great base configuration for a high end office machine but it’s just not enough for video editing.

In this video I am going to be upgrading this laptop with a quad core Intel I7 3612qm processor, 1600×900 tn display, back-lit keyboard, 9-cell battery, and I also attempted to upgrade the laptop with 16GB of DDR3 but unfortunately that did not go as planned. When all was said and done, I had a powerful and portable editing rig.

I know that I could have bought a new laptop with what I paid for the Thinkpad and all of these upgrades but that is not what I wanted. I wanted something that would last, something that will actually survive the day to day abuses of being thrown and smashed around inside a backpack. I wanted a Thinkpad, and that’s what I got.

If anyone is curious about how much I paid in total here is a quick list: 8GB of DDR3 from friend (I am returning the other stick) $30, Intel i7 $107, 9-cell battery $69, 1600×900 display $28 + $7 shipping, backlit keyboard $24, base laptop $125. Total = $390 Keep in mind that this is not the net cost to me because I am taking the old parts and reselling them on ebay, so I do make some money back (approx. $100 back).

T430 unboxing: https://www.aacomputersandtechnology.com/behind-the-scenes-ep5-lenovo-thinkpad-t430-unboxing-and-quick-look/

Parts links and link to T430 seller:

T430 seller: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=11&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_store=discountharddrivesupply&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

9-Cell battery: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_item=282011867458&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

1600×900 display: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_item=252734636485&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

backlit keyboard: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_item=262031022322&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

slice battery: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575159861&toolid=10001&campid=5337833996&customid=&icep_item=152368352040&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

8GB DDR3 (it worked, I just could not use it because of the RAM slot fiasco): http://amzn.to/2mriE6H

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