I am buying this laptop for my little brother who is fairly new to gaming. Since we set a price limit on Xmas gifts, I was thinking the ASUS K53U-RBR5 was pretty good start. I was curious if he would be able to upgrade the graphics card on this laptop should he become a more serious gamer. If so, what are his options? Below is a link for the item, and I've copied/pasted the specs so you don't have too hard.
Processor: AMD Dual-Core E-350 Mobile Processor
Memory: (RAM) 4GB
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory: Expandable to 8GB
Hard Drive Size: 640GB
Hard Drive Type: SATA
Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVDRW Drive
Display Size: 15.6"
Display Type: 16:9 HD (1366 x 768) LED-backlight
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Battery Type: 6 cell 2.6mAh K53
Network Card: 802.11n, Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet
Video Graphics: (specs say UMA w/0MB). I found out from the manufacturer that is technically is AMD Radeon HD 6310 Built-in E-350
Other ports: 4-in-1 card reader
# of USB slots: 3
Dimensions: 14.88"W x 9.96"D x 1.37"H
Warranty: 1 year limited
Extra Features: Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect
VGA Connection: 1
HDMI Port: 1
That ASUS K53U E-350 APU will not have an option to upgrade it's graphics.
The HD 6310 is more of a home theater graphics card than a gaming graphics card.
It should do 'OK' though on some older games.
The Staples $350 price is a good value though. It's $400 on some sites and I saw one for $470 on Amazon.
It's an older model - the current K53Us have the E-450 / Radeon HD 6320 combo but not worth the extra cost IMO.