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May 29, 2014 2:14:22 AM

Hey guys,

So I'm looking at getting a graphics card for my laptop, because at present my laptop can't run quite a lot of the games I want to play. Now, I suppose I have two questions:

1. Is it actually possible for me to put a graphics card into my laptop, or will it not have the space?
The specs for my laptop are:
Acer Aspire V3-571
6GB DDR3 RAM
Intel core i3-3110M 2.4GHz processor
Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics
500GB HDD

Now, I'm not too familiar with what integrated graphics actually are, but from what I understand, they're not actual graphics cards. So that begs the question, would it be possible for me to put a new graphics card in there? I know I should have probably opened the laptop up to have a look before asking the question, but I didn't really want to go messing around with it before I had any idea of what I was doing. So, with all that said and done, that leads to my second question.

2. If I were able to put a new graphics card in my laptop, where would I buy the card from? So far, my searches for, say, nvidia geforce GT 330M have only turned up information on the card or options to buy laptops with that graphics card in. So, where what I get the card from?

Thanks in advance for the answers you give me.

P.S. Please don't tell me just to get a new laptop, I don't have that kind of money. Either I can put a new graphics card in this laptop or can't, simple as that.

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a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2014 2:19:25 AM

Mainstream laptops do not have a discrete graphics card it's graphics are running off the CPUs GPU.

The only upgrade at all for most all of those type laptop computers is system memory or possibly the CPU itself, IF the system memory capacity is not already maxed out, and the CPU is actually removable.
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a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2014 2:24:59 AM

Some laptops are a pain to take apart and an even bigger pain to put back together, Also You may void the warranty by opening it and taking components out.......But you probably already know that and If you want to do it then go for it, I like the GTX 560M personally. It was in the only laptop That I ever tried that could run games fairly well. There are newer and better but you may find a broken laptop with a working GPU for almost nothing. So far I have not seen or read any reviews on AMD HDxxxxM GPUs, so I guess i would recommend an Nvidia one, Even the GT640 is solid.
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a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2014 2:26:35 AM

Oh...I did not see that it does not have a discrete GPU...I doubt there is a place where you can put it or even connect it
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May 29, 2014 2:26:36 AM

No, you cannot upgrade the graphic card of a laptop. it is possible only on a desktop PC. That's why you should not buy laptops if you want to upgrade it's parts, or if you are interested in gaming, and future releasing games don't run. They are at a dead-end. Refer https://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=2012071... for more details.
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May 29, 2014 2:29:53 AM

SuperAdithya said:
No, you cannot upgrade the graphic card of a laptop. it is possible only on a desktop PC. That's why you should not buy laptops if you want to upgrade it's parts, or if you are interested in gaming, and future releasing games don't run. They are at a dead-end. Refer https://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=2012071... for more details.


I do not agree on a general basis. Many (especially gaming) laptops which feature an option of different graphics cards can be upgraded. I did with mine years ago. There is even a "standardized" graphics card for laptops in the shape of a so called "Mxm module". Can be found in workstation (and some gaming) notebooks.

But not on yours (as on many mainstream notebooks) sorry...
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