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Dell Inspiron graphics card question

By xtimmmyx
May 8, 2008
  1. Hi, I just purchased a laptop from dell and over much debate forced myself to go with the Inspiron over the XPS laptops. I know it sounds crazy but I got a $1,450 for 1,100 with coupon combinations, etc.

    My biggest concern, and my only problem with the laptop is it is running a Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100. I've read reviews on its performance, and well, im very distraught.

    Me being a gamer I have to have some kind of video performance.

    IS THERE ANY and i mean ANY way this could be upgraded? Even if it would only take a few hardware component swaps, please tell me that one day I can make this a beast of a laptop. Here are its specs, and the reason why I chose it over the XPS. Im sure you will agree its a great laptop, only lacking in graphics capability (and possibly HDD RPM).



    -- Inspiron 1520 --
    -- Intel® Core蒂 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
    -- [223-5726]
    -------------------
    -- Memory --
    -- 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
    -- [311-7216]
    -----------------------
    -- LCD Panel --
    -- Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
    -- [320-5460]
    -----------------------
    -- Video Card --
    -- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    -- [320-5457]
    -----------------------
    -- Hard Drive --
    -- Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    -- [341-5453]
    -----------------------
    -- Operating System (Office software not included) --
    -- Genuine Windows® XP Professional
    ------
    -- Network Card and Modem --
    -- Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    -- [430-0493]
    -----------------------
    -- Adobe Software --
    -- Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
    -- [420-7468]
    -----------------------
    -- Combo or DVD+RW Drive --
    -- CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
    -- [313-5197]
    -- [420-8183]
    -----------------------
    -- Sound Card --
    -- High Definition Audio 2.0
    -- [313-4783]
    -----------------------
    -- Wireless Networking Cards --
    -- Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
    -- [430-2337]
    -----------------------
    -- Camera --
    -- Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
    -- [320-5691]

    -- Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) --
    -- McAfee SecurityCenter 15-months
    -- [410-1183]
    -----------------------
    -- Battery Options --
    -- 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
    -- [312-0525]

    -- Doms Camera Module --
    -- Jet Black color w/ 2.0M pixel Camera
    -- [320-5806]
    -----------------------
     
  2. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    have you checked dell website for upgrades? I believe there is non available but just to make sure
     
  3. xtimmmyx

    xtimmmyx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Well, im kind of asking from the standpoint of a laptop building expert. I know Dell didnt offer me any upgrade options. Of course, they've done that to me many times before.
     
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