Upgrading my laptops video card

Hey so I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop, specifications are below:

Processor:
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz

Memory:
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

Video Card:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus

Hard Drive:
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

I would like to turn this more into a full-on gaming laptop, and I would like to know where I should start and what video cards I should be looking at. Thanks!
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  1. just buying a new laptop. you can't upgrade laptop CPUS or GPUS.
  2. While the upgrade path of many laptops are limited there do exist ones which are quite capable, unfortunately these tend to me more expensive right from the start.

    We will need the model # of the Dell to determine whats upgradable.
  3. popatim said:
    While the upgrade path of many laptops are limited there do exist ones which are quite capable, unfortunately these tend to me more expensive right from the start.

    We will need the model # of the Dell to determine whats upgradable.


    i know the XPS 15, he can upgrade Memory, HDD and the Network adapter if i'm not mistaken.

    But no CPU and GPU is not possible. even if you could by any way, remove the soldered components from the motherboard and change the GPU or the CPU, what is almost impossible, and if the motherboard really worked and detected that new components... i can bet you that the system would die, due to the low voltage and extreme temperatures.

    Notebooks are made to work with the specific components, and are running already with maximum temperatures, so if you overclock it significantly without upgrading any cooling components it would toast.

    So yes, simplifiying, the only way to do so is buying a new notebook.
  4. ferozekhan3 said:
    Hey so I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop, specifications are below:

    Processor:
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz

    Memory:
    8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

    Video Card:
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus

    Hard Drive:
    750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

    I would like to turn this more into a full-on gaming laptop, and I would like to know where I should start and what video cards I should be looking at. Thanks!


    yes you can upgrade your cpu but not your gpu but if what me i would not cpu £200 to £300
    max memory 16mb ram ddr3 1333mhz
    if it was me i would buy a ssd drive and it would be all i would do to it but up to you
    if you want to know want max cpu you can get download 18kfangui and go to options on main page and look for bios page it will be on there and to find out chipset download speecy and it will be on there ok if you want to upgrade
    if you download 18fkangi when laptop starts hold f8 and go to disable driver Signature bottom of page

    these is lists for your laptop

    Compatible Chipsets
    Mobile Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
    Mobile Intel® HM67 Express Chipset
    Mobile Intel® QM67 Express Chipset

    list of cpu's compatible
    Intel Core i7-2670QM 4 / 8 2.2 GHz 3.1 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.7 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-2720QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.2 GHz 3.3 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-3610QM 4 / 8 2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-3840QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.8 GHz 8 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-2820QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.3 GHz 3.4 GHz 8 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-2760QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-2860QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.5 GHz 3.6 GHz 8 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-3720QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.6 GHz 3.6 GHz 6 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
    Intel Core i7-3820QM (PGA) 4 / 8 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 8 MB 45 Watt SSE4, AES, AVX, HT, VT, TXT, TBT
  5. I'm pretty sure you can't upgrade the GPU in your laptop. Sorry friend.
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