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October 27, 2012 5:20:40 PM

Hi, I have recently purchased a Samsung Budget laptop for gaming (i was really TIGHT on budget) So i got this model the Samsung NP300E5Z it comes with the following:-
Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3 GHz (could i overclock this to high Ghz?)
Intel 3000Graphics comes with nvidia 520mx 1gb gddr3
4gb ram

Now can i change the nvidia to somthing else without changing the whole mother board? i heard about mini pci slots or somthing like that i was wondering if I have one of those built in my PC or not and can i change the nvidia??



(after i played games like homefront and payday the hiest without lagg sucsessfully) they started lagging so i would like to upgrade my Video card

PS:- can you tell me wich games would a lappy like this run
and if i can change my video card can you tell me some good options with a budget of 150$

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October 27, 2012 5:50:21 PM

As a rule, you can't change out the video capability of a laptop.
You also probably can't overclock a laptop.
October 27, 2012 5:56:43 PM

geofelt said:
As a rule, you can't change out the video capability of a laptop.
You also probably can't overclock a laptop.



i remember somthing about a PCI-express slot that can put a video card in
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October 27, 2012 6:00:56 PM

CustomPc said:
i remember somthing about a PCI-express slot that can put a video card in


Those are present on desktop motherboards.

October 27, 2012 6:06:34 PM

geofelt said:
Those are present on desktop motherboards.




PLEASE PLEASE just try to isn't there anyway at all!!

PS:can you help me build a custom gaming rig under 600$?
and please tell me with my current specs wich games can i run! :D 
can i run Wow:mists of pandria on MAX?
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October 27, 2012 8:45:45 PM

there isa DIY proeject to use the express slot to run the gpu on the side, the progect and materials are expensive though, as you would need a power supply, the actual card, and a bunch of other materials to get started, which would essentially cost as much as another laptop.
October 28, 2012 6:51:05 AM

geofelt said:
This article might explain, but really does not offer a solution for you:
http://www.eteknix.com/articles/external-graphics-the-w...

If you have a budget of $600, perhaps, depending on your needs for a monitor and an os.
Start with looking at this Tom's $500 gaming build from August.
Prices and parts will have changed, mostly for the better.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...


Do you think that this 500$ budget pc would run a game like BF3 or Crysis2? and um i got a good Custom rig myself
but i can't buy it it's over the limit :p 

CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $119.99

CPU Cooler SilenX EFZ-120HA5 86.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $32.99

Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99

Storage Hitachi 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.84

Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $199.99

Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99

Power Supply Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $55.99

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

Total is about 659$ if you can recommend a change that i can do to lower the price to a 500~ i'd be grateful other than that can you tell me what the 500$ budget pc that u posted can run?
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October 28, 2012 6:59:52 AM

CustomPc said:
Do you think that this 500$ budget pc would run a game like BF3 or Crysis2? and um i got a good Custom rig myself
but i can't buy it it's over the limit :p 

CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $119.99

CPU Cooler SilenX EFZ-120HA5 86.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $32.99

Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99

Storage Hitachi 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.84

Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $199.99

Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99

Power Supply Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $55.99

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99

Total is about 659$ if you can recommend a change that i can do to lower the price to a 500~ i'd be grateful other than that can you tell me what the 500$ budget pc that u posted can run?



drop the cpu cooler. stock is enough for a non k series cpu.
October 28, 2012 8:09:27 AM

dudewitbow said:
drop the cpu cooler. stock is enough for a non k series cpu.


ok but with these specs

CPU Intel Pentium G860 (Sandy Bridge), 3 GHz, Dual-Core, 65 W $90

CPU Cooler Intel Boxed Heat Sink And Fan 0

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V, Intel B75 Express, LGA 1155 $70

RAM G.Skill NS 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS Memory Kit $24

Graphics MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 $170

Hard Drive Western Digital WD5000AAKX 500 GB SATA 6Gb/s $65

Case Rosewill R218-P-BK ATX Mid-Tower $30

Power Antec VP-450 450 W $38

Optical Samsung 22x DVD Burner Model SH-222BB/BEBE-OEM $14

Total Price $501

what could i run?
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October 28, 2012 8:56:57 AM

Run? Basically any game at high settings at 1920x1080. Though, I'd suggest changing GTX 560 to GTX 660, as they cost almost the same and the latter is significantly faster. You may also want to get H61 motherboard with that Pentium CPU, because it's cheaper and will save you some money.
October 28, 2012 10:09:58 AM

Sunius said:
Run? Basically any game at high settings at 1920x1080. Though, I'd suggest changing GTX 560 to GTX 660, as they cost almost the same and the latter is significantly faster. You may also want to get H61 motherboard with that Pentium CPU, because it's cheaper and will save you some money.


ok i'll gladly do those changes :) , since im not that expert could you maybe tell me what the pc would run with a Nvidia GTX 660 not a 560 and a pentium H61

Could it run:-
BattleField 3 HIGH Setting 1920x1080 no AA
Crysis 2 MAXED 1920x1080 NO AA
Modernwarfare 3/Black Ops 2 MAXED 1920x1080 WITH AA
World Of Warcraft 1920x1080 With AA



PS:i was thinking to get a RipJaws 2x4 8GB RAM :) 

And those games above can you tell me if i will get a smooth fps with this setup? if not can you tell me what i need to lower to get a smooth fps going (40-60~) (~50-80)

EDIT:I have done the changes but i couldn't find a GTX 660 in the same price of the GTX 560 the price of the 660 was 200 and i can't fit that in my budget.

so now i have those specs:- :D 

Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor $68.99

Motherboard ASRock H61M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $79.49

Memory G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $19.99

Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99

Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card $164.98

Case Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 (i couldnt find the other model)

Power Supply Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply $35.83

Optical Drive Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $17.99 (couldn't find the other model)

So now can u tell me what i can run and is it a good build and what should i change if there is anything i need to change.

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October 28, 2012 11:31:40 AM
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So you're at $487.25. I suppose your budget is $500.

You can get a much cheaper motherboard.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

And yes, you will be able to run those games at those settings. To be honest, I don't think you need a DVD burner (at least I haven't used it at all, even though I bought it. Could have saved the money).
October 28, 2012 11:41:26 AM

Sunius said:
So you're at $487.25. I suppose your budget is $500.

You can get a much cheaper motherboard.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

And yes, you will be able to run those games at those settings. To be honest, I don't think you need a DVD burner (at least I haven't used it at all, even though I bought it. Could have saved the money).


ok i never burn dvd's your right i just read them so you can take the price of the burner off that makes me stand on 495$? or somthing like that right?
ok so im buying what you told me to buy but just for the last checkup is there ANYTHING that i dont need that i can take off to make the budget less that 490$? thanks :) 
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October 28, 2012 12:00:54 PM

You read DVDs? Then you need the burner. You won't be able to read them without it. Though I am really surprised that you do that in current era :p .

You could shave off $10 by getting a 500 GB hard drive - but is it worth saving 14% of price for 50% loss?
October 28, 2012 12:16:28 PM

Sunius said:
You read DVDs? Then you need the burner. You won't be able to read them without it. Though I am really surprised that you do that in current era :p .

You could shave off $10 by getting a 500 GB hard drive - but is it worth saving 14% of price for 50% loss?


no its not worth it ill keep the 1TB but what do you mean that u are really surprised that i read dvds in this current era??
like when i install BF3 im going to read its dvd??
how am i gunna be able to install games if i cant read a DvD
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October 28, 2012 12:20:21 PM

I personally use digital downloads, and so do all the people I know :p .
October 28, 2012 12:26:47 PM

Sunius said:
I personally use digital downloads, and so do all the people I know :p .



Mehhh xD my Internet isn't as fast as you think :sarcastic: 

so am i ready to go can i now run BF3 on 1920x1080 NO AA NO LAGG :D 
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October 28, 2012 12:35:43 PM

Yes, without any problems! :) .
October 28, 2012 12:45:08 PM

Sunius said:
Yes, without any problems! :) .



ok thanks im getting that one thanks alot =)
October 28, 2012 12:49:41 PM

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