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December 4, 2012 10:36:57 PM

saw a site a while back that i cant seem to find anymore, said that you can jurry rig a descrete on to a lappy

My friend's lappy is an i7, 12 gb of ram, intel 4000 just wont cut it anymore. i wanna know if we can put a hd 7770 or somthing in there....


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December 4, 2012 11:00:49 PM

Egpu can also use mpcie and expresscard. Expect the adapter to be ~$113 plus the price of the 7770 and psu. You're going to have to be more specific on the laptop model to know if your connections would even be able to be accessed without having to take apart the entire laptop.

I believe this is the site you found earlier as it was THE place to go for egpu info. Unfortunately it is no longer maintained.

Commercial products like samuel posted are a lot more expensive, expect $200+ plus the gpu you want.
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December 4, 2012 11:02:51 PM

Honestly, its kind of a waste to do this kind of thing. The 7770 is like $110, and to put it in a laptop, you have to buy the super expensive enclosure, which costs money.
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December 4, 2012 11:07:12 PM

You don't need an enclosure. But you are right about not being worth it. You could sell the old laptop and the money you would spend on the adapter+gpu+psu would get you a laptop that had a better gpu built in.
December 4, 2012 11:11:13 PM

It's just not worth it. Gaming and laptops have never really gone hand in hand that well when compared to desktops.
If you need mobility, save your cash and make a mini-itx gaming rig - that's your best bet.
December 4, 2012 11:34:32 PM

k. thanks.
December 4, 2012 11:35:04 PM

Best answer selected by masterman467.