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How to tell if i can upgrade my video card?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 20, 2010 5:54:39 PM

Hey guys, i was referred to this forum by a friend. I couldn't find any threads related to my question, so please forgive me. i am in the market for a good graphics card after i bought a Acer Aspire AS5742-7653 Notebook. I want to upgrade it to a better graphic card to play games and use it for adobe programs, but i am not sure if it can.
here are the specs:

Processor Series:
Core i5
Installed Memory:
4096 MB
Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Memory Type:
DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM Memory
Graphics Brand/ Model:
Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory,supporting Microsoft DirectX 10
Processor Model:
Intel Core i5-460M Processor 2.53GHz
Processor Cache Size:
3MB L3 Cache
Hard Drive Detail:
500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

i would truly appreciate your answer and help. Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 6:03:37 PM

Because you have a Notebook it will be hard to find a good GPU that will fit. I looked on Newegg and bing shopping and also Ebay and found nothing that would be a good gaming GPU. If you want to game go for a desktop. With desktops you spend less money and get a better product. If you are willing to buy a desktop the GTX 460 or Radeon 5770 - Radeon 5830 are cards with good performance and price. Sorry I couldn't help more. Ask a local computer specialist he might be able to help you without getting a desktop. :D 
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 8:15:28 PM

only a few notebooks have the option to upgrade a graphics card and all those are high end gaming units costing a lot of money. your model is a mainstream laptop for the mass market, so your graphics can not be upgraded.