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Putting a Graphics Card in a Lappy

By Darksaber11
Sep 4, 2005
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  1. Okay, I have some small knowledge of computers, but my expertise (if you would even call it that) lies more in software. My delima is this: I am planning on buying a ACER Aspire 3000 off newegg.com. ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834115195)
    I plan to use this mostly for schoolwork (I'm a highschool student traveling between two houses 2x a week) but I would like to use it for a small amount of gaming as well. I'm somewhat confident that the onboard VPU can handle some simple stuff such as StarCraft and, to a lesser extent, WarCraftIII, but I might in the future wish to upgrade to an actual Graphics Card.
    What I don't know is how to do that with a laptop. How do I know what my motherboard can support? Are there different types of Graphics cards for lappys? Would installing a Card in a lappy be something I, with my limited knowledge, could do?
    I really appreciate any help on this subject, as purchasing this lappy has so far been a rather unpleasant task for me. Thanks.
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    You cannot install any video cards in laptops. There are some exclusive models with replaceable video but in general you are stuck with whatever is onboard.
     
  3. Darksaber11

    Darksaber11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I wondered if that might be the case. What do you think of the onboard VPU?
     
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I don't think it's very good, but most laptops aren't. You'll have to look for one with a good gpu.
    But then, your laptop basically starts at about $1200 instead of $600.

    Here are some of the cheaper laptops with decent graphics, like the x700 and 6600.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834115196
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834114148

    Here you can see how bad the sis grahics are.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20050415/micro_atx-09.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20050415/micro_atx-08.html
    All the poor results are on sis graphics, yeah, a whopping 2fps in doom 3.
    The good result(dfi board) has a 6800gt graphics card, so that's why it kills the sis integrated.
     
  5. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 125

    Laptops with ugradeable video

    While some new vid cards will require a MOBO upgrade, the cards themselves are PCi-E. www.pctorque.com
     
  6. Darksaber11

    Darksaber11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Thanks to everybody who replied to this, I can't even express how much I appreciate the help.

    @ vnf4ulrta:
    Those Laptops are probably a little out of my price range, but thanks anyway.

    I wish Laptops were as coustomizable as Desktops, I can never seem to find quite what I'm looking for.

    Thanks again.
     
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