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laptop video card

By silverwingz
Sep 11, 2007
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  1. ok so im usually a desktop guy, but i just got a Dell inspiron 1720 laptop. I know alot about nvidia's video cards but not much about radeon and I just went ahead and bought this laptop with a radeon xpress 1270 and didnt know how much crap it was =P. I got the system from dell as a refurbished system 1 week ago and saw that it had some other nice stuff in it, but I suppose the previous owner wasnt a gamer.

    anyways my question is this, I havent seen many places online where you can buy a new video card for a laptop, and im wondering where a good place would be and what kind I should get? I was thinking something along the lines of a Mobility Radeon 9600, or something that I wouldnt have to replace for a while.

    any suggestions would be great, thx
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Have you researched the board to assure the board will accept alternate video graphics cards? Look first at what Dell has to offer from their online store, which will give you a good idea of what is possible on the Inspiron 1720, then look at the premier sites such as www.newegg.com

    Be cautious as you decide, as you do not want to introduce new cooling and heat problems. Those Inspirons are persnickity about such things.
  3. silverwingz

    silverwingz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 82

    ok thanx will do

    btw on my motherboard, do you think its a problem with the board or the video card?
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Video Card or video card drivers, or chipset, or BIOS. Motherboards and CPU's can take a lot of abuse.
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  6. silverwingz

    silverwingz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 82

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