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Upgrading Vid Card on HP ENVY dv7t-7200 Quad

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November 12, 2012 7:24:35 PM

It's running Windows 8 Pro. Apparently this is the reason why HP didn't have any options above the 650m available. So I'm taking this to mean that the mobo will support a 670m/7950 etc.?? pwease halp me?
November 12, 2012 7:25:25 PM

CrackityJones said:
It's running Windows 8 Pro. Apparently this is the reason why HP didn't have any options above the 650m available. So I'm taking this to mean that the mobo will support a 670m/7950 etc.?? pwease halp me?


*Once those gpu's become compatible w/w8..
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November 12, 2012 7:29:22 PM

670m/79xxm isn't compatible with win8?
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November 12, 2012 7:59:12 PM

That's what the ho I was talking to @ HP said. I know that those cards were available w/this same laptop pre win8. So I guess the only q is: Is the upgrade something I could do by an authorized tech so as not to void the warranty?
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November 12, 2012 8:16:24 PM

CrackityJones said:
It's running Windows 8 Pro. Apparently this is the reason why HP didn't have any options above the 650m available. So I'm taking this to mean that the mobo will support a 670m/7950 etc.?? pwease halp me?


The video card on this board isnt upgradable its soldered onto the motherboard.
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November 12, 2012 8:49:14 PM

Derza10 said:
Sounds to me like its a case of a sales man (or woman) lying to you to get you to buy something.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/windows-8-solutions.html

Clearly those cards are listed.


Fack! & soldered? The option is not available online. So, for some reason they do not have anything over a 650M available atm, it appears her reason is manufactured bs. Christ I don't want to spend another hour on the phone w/those people.
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November 12, 2012 9:34:29 PM

Never will deal w/these crooks again. I asked for my order to be canceled and they said they'd try. lol.

They're going to build it and send it and make me return it, I'm sure. why the f wouldn't they have every nvidia card on the market?
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November 12, 2012 10:15:21 PM

More than likely that chassis design doesnt have adequate room for cooling a higher end card.
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November 12, 2012 11:39:28 PM

hafijur said:
670m is a pile of junk compared to a 650m. I personally think a 650m is an amazing card. 650m is basically replaced the fermi gt540m. Because of fermi parts in the 600m series it had to be named a high 650m when its just a low profile card designed for ultraportables. This gpu is as powerful as a desktop hd 5750/5770 when oc'd.

In essence a 650m takes around 30-35w power consumption wise. The 670m takes around 100-110w in actual power consumption. Reviews show the 680m consumes around a few watt less then the 670m and the 680m is over double the speed of the 670m. To be honest 670m is an ancient card, recycled and now is just designed for nvidia to make money with. Its like nvidia selling a gt 650m in 3 years time with maybe slight oc and selling it. By then new gen maxwell is out.

Either way why do you want to upgrade? 650m is plenty.


How can you say 650m is plenty when you have no idea what he expects and wants out of his computer?
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November 13, 2012 1:47:36 AM

hafijur said:
670m is a pile of junk compared to a 650m. I personally think a 650m is an amazing card. 650m is basically replaced the fermi gt540m. Because of fermi parts in the 600m series it had to be named a high 650m when its just a low profile card designed for ultraportables. This gpu is as powerful as a desktop hd 5750/5770 when oc'd.

In essence a 650m takes around 30-35w power consumption wise. The 670m takes around 100-110w in actual power consumption. Reviews show the 680m consumes around a few watt less then the 670m and the 680m is over double the speed of the 670m. To be honest 670m is an ancient card, recycled and now is just designed for nvidia to make money with. Its like nvidia selling a gt 650m in 3 years time with maybe slight oc and selling it. By then new gen maxwell is out.

Either way why do you want to upgrade? 650m is plenty.


I don't know. Talk me out of it. So I'd be spending $1800 for a very good laptop w/a mid-line card. How much can I pull out of this card w/out heat/warranty voiding issues, etc? Maybe up to a 660m? I play bf3/skyrim/etc. Seems like I could get a ibuypower or something similar w/the same amount of cash and a 675m + higher quality components (GSkill Ram, etc.), and be able to upgrade it down the road. Am I off?
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November 13, 2012 2:52:34 AM

if you are spending 1800 on a gaming laptop, it better have the best graphics card out atm. The only gaming laptops that cost more than that normally have crossfire or sli.
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November 13, 2012 9:17:52 PM

Suggestions? I actually built an MSI and got up to 3k hehe. The Ibuypower is ending up a little over 2k.

Here was the configuration of the HP:

dv7t Quad
• Windows 8 Pro 64
• 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820QM Processor (2.7 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
• NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR 5 video memory
• 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 750GB 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
• No Additional Office Software
• No additional security software
• Two 9-Cell Lithium-Ion Batteries
• 17.3-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
• Blu-ray writer & SuperMulti DVD burner
• HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
• Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
• Backlit Keyboard
• Included 2 Year Warranty
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November 21, 2012 12:29:59 PM
November 21, 2012 2:58:01 PM

My man! Thank you. I was building an alienware w/a 7970 and it looks like that last MSI will be a better deal.
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November 21, 2012 6:16:47 PM

Any reason to search for a higher end cpu than the 3610QM, though?
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November 22, 2012 7:04:32 AM

CrackityJones said:
Any reason to search for a higher end cpu than the 3610QM, though?


Well, some say mobile i5s are better for games due to their higher clock speed but i really don't have an exact idea. I usually check out this site for notebook/laptop reviews, comparisons and benches. You may want to take a look: http://www.notebookcheck.net/

P.S: Also, i don't know if you terribly need this laptop but i'd recommend not rushing. If you search more, you may find a better/cheaper model that will deserve your hardly earned money better :) 
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