Attach a graphics card to laptop

I have an Asus N55SL


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Problem: I have an Asus N55SL which i use for multiple taks e.g. gaming, editing, browsing ect. but now i've bought it I've realised that the graphics card is not very powerful and because i do a lot of gaming, I need a graphics card suitable enough to run high performance games.

What i need is to be able to attach a desktop graphics card to a laptop in any way possible, and for anyone asking i do not have an expresscard and usb port will be way too slow.

If anyone has any suggestions please remember I need one desperately I'm willing to pay £150 just for the proccess.

I'm not just looking for commercial options, I will even open up the case and manually wire or even solder the appropriate wires to the motherboard if i have to so the screen and have wires leading out connecting to the graphics card which will be powered externally by connecting to a plugpoint.

Asus N55SL Specs:

Proccesser - i7-2670QM, 2.80GHz

RAM - 16GB

GPU - Nvidea Geforce GT 635M 2GB (needed: Nvidea GTX 660/670)

Motherboard - Intel HM65

Monitor: 15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Samsung 156HT01-201

Wifi/Bluetooth: Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (bgn)

Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS, 750 GB 5400 rpm

Dimensions: height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 379 x 261

Weight: 2.7 kg

OS: Windows 7 64bit
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  1. Your only options are commercial products. You cant just solder wires to the motherboard and expect it to work. Should have done more research into your purchase, upgrading graphics on a laptop is not only expensive, but in some cases, not possible.
  2. That is true. There is no point in trying unless your laptop has thunderbolt, which it does not. Not even USB three has the capability to give a GPU enough bandwidth.
  3. And one more thing, for a decent GPU, 150 pounds is just not enough...
  4. mojo333 said:

    What i need is to be able to attach a desktop graphics card to a laptop in any way possible, and for anyone asking i do not have an expresscard and usb port will be way too slow.

    If anyone has any suggestions please remember I need one desperately I'm willing to pay £150 just for the proccess.

    I'm not just looking for commercial options, I will even open up the case and manually wire or even solder the appropriate wires to the motherboard if i have to so the screen and have wires leading out connecting to the graphics card which will be powered externally by connecting to a plugpoint.


    I would be very surprised if this could be done. You can't just solder some random item to a laptop MB and expect it to work.

    Cheaper/faster/easier to sell that laptop and buy/build something suitable.

    If you do try it, have a fire extinguisher handy.
  5. Novuake said:
    And one more thing, for a decent GPU, 150 pounds is just not enough...


    Of course £150 is nothing for a graphics card i was thinking of spending over £200/300 for the card, just i'm willing to pay £150 just for the proccess of attaching a video card to the pc
  6. After a little googling, I found this - eGPU:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/e-gpu-external-graphics-discussion/418851-diy-egpu-experiences.html

    However - "As long as your system has an expresscard OR a mPCIe slot, you can perform the conversion."
    So you still may be out of luck.
  7. Ok i know that soldering a graphics card to a laptop will literally be impossible but one idea i had is to maybe attach a primary x8 adaptor to the motheboard (or if one similar isn't present already) and then using that attach the video card to the adaptor, and so maybe hand the laptop and graphics card to an IT shop to see if they can do anything with it, so I'll be covered if anything wrong happens. it's just a suggestion.
  8. mojo333 said:
    Ok i know that soldering a graphics card to a laptop will literally be impossible but one idea i had is to maybe attach a primary x8 adaptor to the motheboard (or if one similar isn't present already) and then using that attach the video card to the adaptor, and so maybe hand the laptop and graphics card to an IT shop to see if they can do anything with it, so I'll be covered if anything wrong happens. it's just a suggestion.


    No computer store will even TRY something like that. It will void your warranty, they don't want that. LOL...

    My suggestion. Sell the thing while its still relatively new and get a PROPER laptop or desktop for gaming...
  9. mojo333 said:
    ...and so maybe hand the laptop and graphics card to an IT shop to see if they can do anything with it, so I'll be covered if anything wrong happens. it's just a suggestion.


    If I were an IT shop, it would be:
    1. No. Go away.
    or
    2. "Sign this disclaimer - If at any point now or in the future your laptop becomes unusable, oh well."
  10. USAFRet said:
    mojo333 said:
    ...and so maybe hand the laptop and graphics card to an IT shop to see if they can do anything with it, so I'll be covered if anything wrong happens. it's just a suggestion.


    If I were an IT shop, it would be:
    1. No. Go away.
    or
    2. "Sign this disclaimer - If at any point now or in the future your laptop becomes unusable, oh well."


    IF option 2 happens, which it won't, they will screw the laptop for sure.
  11. Novuake said:


    IF option 2 happens, which it won't, they will screw the laptop for sure.


    Agreed. But it might be fun to take a soldering iron to someone elses working laptop, with no repercussions when it dies...;)

    Sell the thing and buy something suitable.
  12. This question gets asked a lot actually and mpcie is the only solution in most cases since expresscard isn't on any modern laptops. The link uasfret provided is "the" place for info about egpus otherwise I'm about the only person who really answers about it on these forums. Be aware that most the the time it is cheaper to just get a new laptop, selling your existing one and have better performance.

    I couldn't find a disassembly guide or mobo info but that middle panel on the bottom is most likely access to the mpcie since the other one is ram and hdd. Most laptops use mpcie for the wireless card. If that is in fact mpcie then you will need a mpcie to pcie x16 adapter (part number PE4H-PM3N) but I don't know if they ship to uk. http://www.hwtools.net/Adapter/PE4H.html And then you will need a psu and a graphics card.
  13. USAFRet said:
    Novuake said:


    IF option 2 happens, which it won't, they will screw the laptop for sure.


    Agreed. But it might be fun to take a soldering iron to someone elses working laptop, with no repercussions when it dies...;)


    Sell the thing and buy something suitable.


    I have actually tried this a few times with older hardware, like X850 + an old P4 laptop. Never worked. LOL... One came close though, think the issue was power, voltage to the GPU was not sufficient. All the other times it was just a dead end result.
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