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December 16, 2012 11:39:31 AM

I know this sounds kinda silly but anyway, is it at all possible to have an external graphics card plugged into my laptop? I currently have a 230M (I know right) on my laptop and well, it sucks. Would I be able to have say a 660ti or something somehow working on my laptop? Presuming if it is possible I'll need a PSU?

Laptop model- Toshiba Satellite A500

GPU- nVidia 230m

CPU- P7450 Intel core duo @2.1 ghz

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December 16, 2012 1:16:13 PM

Short answer = No!

Long answer = there are solutions available, but are not cost worthy for the performance!
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December 16, 2012 3:57:14 PM

vileynye said:
It is true, there is not really such a thing as an external graphics card. There are walk arounds, however. But they are very, very costly and for the cost of that… why not get this?
http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_101_CX-7_Gamin...


With integrated graphics? No...
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December 16, 2012 4:20:40 PM

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With integrated graphics? No...


I was being mostly tongue in cheek.
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December 16, 2012 4:38:28 PM

Okay so I feel bad that I didn’t actually give you any advice, so here you go. In order to get external graphics you’re going to need a passive PCI-e x16 to x1 adapter. As far as I’m aware you can only get that here:

http://www.hwtools.net/#PCIe_Extender_go

You are going to need a Power Supply to run the video card, a PCI card to connect the video card to and then all the necessary connectors/Cables. The Adapter its self runs about 100 dollars before shipping. I even found a little guide for you:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/g...

and a picture of the monstrosity it will become:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/201...

Good luck, and Regards.
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December 17, 2012 10:26:49 AM

vileynye said:
Okay so I feel bad that I didn’t actually give you any advice, so here you go. In order to get external graphics you’re going to need a passive PCI-e x16 to x1 adapter. As far as I’m aware you can only get that here:

http://www.hwtools.net/#PCIe_Extender_go

You are going to need a Power Supply to run the video card, a PCI card to connect the video card to and then all the necessary connectors/Cables. The Adapter its self runs about 100 dollars before shipping. I even found a little guide for you:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/g...

and a picture of the monstrosity it will become:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/201...

Good luck, and Regards.



Thanks for the reply! I think I have some research to do! :D  looks like I'll be able to do it though :) 
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December 17, 2012 10:27:02 AM

vileynye said:
Okay so I feel bad that I didn’t actually give you any advice, so here you go. In order to get external graphics you’re going to need a passive PCI-e x16 to x1 adapter. As far as I’m aware you can only get that here:

http://www.hwtools.net/#PCIe_Extender_go

You are going to need a Power Supply to run the video card, a PCI card to connect the video card to and then all the necessary connectors/Cables. The Adapter its self runs about 100 dollars before shipping. I even found a little guide for you:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/g...

and a picture of the monstrosity it will become:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/201...

Good luck, and Regards.



Thanks for the reply! I think I have some research to do! :D  looks like I'll be able to do it though :) 
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December 17, 2012 10:32:38 AM

vileynye said:
Okay so I feel bad that I didn’t actually give you any advice, so here you go. In order to get external graphics you’re going to need a passive PCI-e x16 to x1 adapter. As far as I’m aware you can only get that here:

http://www.hwtools.net/#PCIe_Extender_go

You are going to need a Power Supply to run the video card, a PCI card to connect the video card to and then all the necessary connectors/Cables. The Adapter its self runs about 100 dollars before shipping. I even found a little guide for you:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/g...

and a picture of the monstrosity it will become:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/201...

Good luck, and Regards.



Thanks for the reply! I think I have some research to do! :D  looks like I'll be able to do it though :) 
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December 17, 2012 10:43:09 AM

***, website is being a complete derp :/  have fun with your 3 replies I guess :/ 
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December 17, 2012 10:46:27 AM

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