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Can I add a graphics card to laptop?

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December 17, 2011 4:51:37 PM

hi
i am getting a HP Compaq CQ42-462TU laptop at very cheap price ($520), configuration below
processor - Intel core i5 460M @ 2.53 GHz
Chipset Intel HM55
ram - 3GB ddr3
but graphics are Intel HD 3000

Can I add any extra graphic card (ATi's mobility or nVidia's Go) along with integrated Intel graphics like they used to come with some higher models?
December 22, 2011 5:56:27 PM

psm360 said:
hi
i am getting a HP Compaq CQ42-462TU laptop at very cheap price ($520), configuration below
processor - Intel core i5 460M @ 2.53 GHz
Chipset Intel HM55
ram - 3GB ddr3
but graphics are Intel HD 3000

Can I add any extra graphic card (ATi's mobility or nVidia's Go) along with integrated Intel graphics like they used to come with some higher models?



Doubt it! If the machine only comes with intergrated graphics, then it is very doubtful you can upgrade the graphics for a dedicated GPU. Check HP upgrade section for your machine but I don't think it will be possible.
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December 22, 2011 6:17:14 PM

1st gen i5 for $500 with no dedicated graphics? sorry, but I wouldn't call that cheap at all.

To answer your main question, most likely no, unless a motherboard has a slot that you can plop a video card into. And even then, the cooling system probably won't have a heat sink at that location anyway.
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