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March 22, 2011 5:34:21 PM

Hi-

I have a Dell Studio 1558 with 4gb of memory, and an intel core i5 @2.4 ghz. The current graphics card I am using is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470. Can I upgrade to a better card??? If I can are there any recommendations for a good upgrade?

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a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2011 7:02:16 PM

It really depends on your Mobo, and PSU ofcourse.
Im not much of a computer person but from what I've researched, that's how it is.

http://www.hwcompare.com/
Thats helpful for choosing GPU's, but be sure to look around.

Also, use a program called Speccy, to find other Computer specs.
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March 22, 2011 7:45:23 PM

Almost all laptops that exist, with the exceptions of boutique brands, can't have the GPU exchanged. The GPU is soldered onto the board, and the cooling system is designed for that GPU. Big brand Computer companies spend a lot of money figuring out how to save money, and they know that certain computers they produce don't need upgraded Power Supplies, or cooling systems.
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March 22, 2011 7:54:58 PM

If it is Dell laptop, you won't be able to upgrade it.
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April 1, 2011 1:32:24 AM

Thank you all for your help. Using your advice I contacted Dell and they told me I would have to purchase a $400 dollar motherboard to upgrade my graphics card. Lol i guess that one is gonna have to do for a while.
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a c 161 U Graphics card
April 1, 2011 3:20:14 PM

What's wrong with the 5470 you have? It's better than many laptop video cards.
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April 1, 2011 7:30:47 PM

The problem is i've been trying to do some gaming (call of duty and bfbc2), and the card just can't support the demanding tasks. The framerate is so low i can barely play on the lowest possible settings. I'm not exactly too worried about obtaining awesome graphics, I just want a card that make the games playable. I guess that would probably mean a better laptop.
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a c 161 U Graphics card
April 1, 2011 7:42:38 PM

You can have playable games, just not "new" games. WoW and such will work OK.

That card is listed at something in the 300s ranking on PassMark, bit low for those games.
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May 21, 2011 12:33:34 PM

dude, it's a laptop that was made that way. Nothing you can do about the current laptop playing those games or not in this case. Buy a new computer and "IF" you get a desktop, you can change out parts as computer games advance. With a laptop, you are stuck with what you have. Just get it. Please get it.
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