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M17x Video Card Upgrade

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
March 18, 2010 5:38:03 PM

I am planning to purchase an Alienware M17x - one of the newer models with a Core i7 processor. How difficult would it be to open the system up and upgrade the video card?

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a b D Laptop
March 18, 2010 5:50:03 PM

Not very. The problem is getting a card upgrade it with. The ones Dell will sell you will be at least $500, and there's about nowhere else to get them. You should not plan on upgrading the GPU of a notebook. Simply get the best GPU you can afford, and run it for as long as you see fit. If you've the money and you find a part for an upgrade, you can try it - but, I think you'll find, that, at that point, it's really not worth it.
March 18, 2010 5:53:07 PM

Thank you for the quick response.

The current i7 models only offer ATI cards, and I would prefer one of the nVidia cards offered on the Core 2 models. I guess I'll just have to wait until the next refresh.
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March 25, 2010 12:01:48 AM

Best answer selected by beleynn.