want to upgrade my laptop graphic card by attachingg external GPU

MY COMPUTER: I have a lenovo ideapad z560

Computer System Specifics:

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 380 @ 2.53GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5 GHz

Memory: 4096MB RAM

Chip Type: Intel(R) Graphics (Core i3)

Dedicated graphic memory : NVIDIA GEFORCE with CUDA 300M

QUESTIONS: Can you recommend a graphics card that will fulfill my minimum requirements and is compatible with my computer?
I have also heard of a ViDock the new external graphics card into the ExpressCard Slot in the adapter?
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  1. Generally laptops are mostly get what ya bought, Memory or hard drives/ssd is all people end up doing to them.
  2. Up until recently VERY few have had removable graphics cards. They do exist but pricey and or new and already geared toward gaming.
  3. freshbakd said:
    Up until recently VERY few have had removable graphics cards. They do exist but pricey and or new and already geared toward gaming.


    but i want to know how to connect an external GPU whatever the cost may be !!
  4. as you already said

    vidock can do it

    but the cost of it plus the cost of the graphics card

    just doesnt seem to make much sense

    you still need power sockets available

    might as well just build a desktop pc

    vidock plus 4

    http://www.amperordirect.com/pc/r-resources-audio-video/z-reference-ViDock4_Plus_Review.html
  5. mcnumpty23 said:
    as you already said

    vidock can do it

    but the cost of it plus the cost of the graphics card

    just doesnt seem to make much sense

    you still need power sockets available

    might as well just build a desktop pc

    vidock plus 4

    http://www.amperordirect.com/pc/r-resources-audio-video/z-reference-ViDock4_Plus_Review.html


    what kind of power sockets i need....
    would you please elaborate the whole installation.... by the help pf pictures and videos !!
  6. The problem with vidock (as far as I can tell) is that to use the external GPU, you have to plug into another monitor and you cant use the power of the GPU on the laptop screen...
  7. ntsyours said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    as you already said

    vidock can do it

    but the cost of it plus the cost of the graphics card

    just doesnt seem to make much sense

    you still need power sockets available

    might as well just build a desktop pc

    vidock plus 4

    http://www.amperordirect.com/pc/r-resources-audio-video/z-reference-ViDock4_Plus_Review.html


    what kind of power sockets i need....
    would you please elaborate the whole installation.... by the help pf pictures and videos !!


    Once you have the name of a product (in this case Vidock courtesy of mcnumpty), you can check for yourself!
  8. RobCrezz said:
    The problem with vidock (as far as I can tell) is that to use the external GPU, you have to plug into another monitor and you cant use the power of the GPU on the laptop screen...


    you dont need an external monitor if your graphics has nvidia optimus

    if it doesnt then you do need the external monitor
  9. ntsyours said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    as you already said

    vidock can do it

    but the cost of it plus the cost of the graphics card

    just doesnt seem to make much sense

    you still need power sockets available

    might as well just build a desktop pc

    vidock plus 4

    http://www.amperordirect.com/pc/r-resources-audio-video/z-reference-ViDock4_Plus_Review.html


    what kind of power sockets i need....
    would you please elaborate the whole installation.... by the help pf pictures and videos !!


    as mi1ez said

    i cant do everything for you

    but heres another link with more detail and videos

    after that its up to you to do more research

    http://www.jessebandersen.com/2010/11/vidock-4-unbox-hardware-setup-software.html
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