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Can I Install Two Graphic Cards Into The Alienware 17?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 21, 2013 3:32:09 PM

I was going to purchase the new Alienware 17 that contains one NVIDIA GeForce 780 graphics card. The Alienware 18 contains two of the 780 graphic cards but for $800 more. Wouldn't I just be able to purchase a NVIDIA 765, or 770 graphics card and have someone install it for me rather than spend the extra $800, and still have two graphic cards? Im not sure if the computer allows another graphics card or not.
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June 21, 2013 3:38:21 PM

No idea. You'll need to check three things.

1) Size of the Alienware 17 Case: Does it have room for 2 full length video cards without interfering with PSU, drive bays, etc.
2) Will the Power Supply Unit handle two GTX 780's.
3) Does the motherboard they are using have 2 PCI-Express slots that are separated by two slots so you can install two cards onto the motherboard to begin with.
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June 21, 2013 3:40:28 PM

I just looked at the Alienware website. Apparently the Alienware 17 is a laptop.

I'd just have them install it for you. Customizing video cards in a laptop is not always possible in the aftermarket as they tend to be fairly proprietary.