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June 30, 2011 7:09:21 AM

I want to know how to figure out how graphics card compatibility works. I understand if it's too much of a hassle to explain to a stranger but I've tried google for weeks and no real luck. Here are my specs.


Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard

Model: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC

Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz 2.20 GHz

Installed Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB

System Type: 64-bit OS


I kind of had my eyes on this graphics card model. (copied and pasted the description from the seller)
-Sapphire Radeon HD5830 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100297L

I currently own this Graphics Card
-ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650

Would it be compatible? Is it even worth the purchase? Plz Help! Thank you in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 8:34:37 AM

Unfortunately since that is a standard model laptop (not certain custom ones from Alienware). You can't change the video card, without changing out the entire motherboard (card is integrated). Which is a really painful process btw. Best bet, is give the old one to your kids/wife/girlfriend and buy one with the card you want.
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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 3:33:50 PM

Short answer: No. A desktop card will not work in your notebook.
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a c 363 U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 3:36:23 PM

Sorry, but the only way to upgrade your video card is to buy a new laptop with a better video card built into it.

Or you can build/buy a desktop PC which allows for better future upgrade potential.
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July 2, 2011 6:24:51 PM

Best answer selected by Masaru41.
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July 2, 2011 6:25:59 PM

Thank you all for your very much valued info and advice. I appreciate all the help. Thanks. :) 
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