Upgrading graphics card on ASUS K53U-RBR5

Hello All,

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.

http://www.staples.com/ASUS-K53U-RBR5-15.6-Laptop/product_408481

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
Weight: 5.73lbs.
Warranty: 1 year limited
Extra Features: Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect
VGA Connection: 1
HDMI Port: 1

Thanks in advance for all your help! :)
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  1. You cant upgrade the graphic card.
  2. Hello Cracky_10;

    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.
  3. Typically only gaming laptops will allow you to upgrade the graphics. Not all gaming laptops, just certain models and they typically start at around $1,500+.
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