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A suitable upgrade to my ATi HD5470 in laptop

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October 5, 2012 2:46:47 AM

Is there a 1Gb of same card or better to suit my laptop? Running i5 430M and 8GB ram. Mainly gaming and streaming
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October 5, 2012 3:00:46 AM

laptop gpus tend to not be upgradable unless it was part of a specific model that had more than one gpu choice for it.
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October 5, 2012 7:24:54 PM

what's the model of the laptop? I'm assuming since you have a 1st gen i5 and a 5470M its either a 7741G or 5741G. Most of those, BUT NOT ALL OF THOSE, had an available 5650M GPU w/ 1GB of VRAM option, so if you can find a MOTHERBOARD for your model with THAT upgraded chipset, it might work... but it would cost probably $200 (US) to do everything...

See my video, I upgraded my 7741 with Intel HD graphics to a motherboard with your 5470M:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwwzqsiJMTE

Honestly, for as much effort and money, its really not worth it. While the 5650M is a decent mid range GPU chipset, its starting to get a little aged.

If you are willing to attempt the upgrade, make sure the seller has a picture of the ACTUAL motherboard and you can see 4 VRAM chips on it and not the 2 memory chips like your 5470M 512MB motherboard has before buying it...

For $500 you can get a BRAND NEW laptop with a better 6550M or something like that out of a DV6 HP.

Also if you are interested, check out my video of adding an external GPU to the same 7741.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktUw2VTFyX4

Still, these types of upgrades typically aren't worth the time and hassle, especially since your laptop is pushing 3 generations old.

Happy hunting!

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October 6, 2012 9:13:33 AM

Thanks for the input guys. Quite interesting but yes its likely best to chuck it and buy new :) 
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October 16, 2012 3:09:40 AM

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