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changing laptop's graphic card

I have an Inspiron 1720 Dell laptop, and the current graphic card is an NVIDIA GeForce 8400m GS. I am looking to replace this with a better graphic card, but I have two questions. 1) How do I know if it is replaceable or not (is it stuck onto the motherboard?) 2) When I search for a particular graphic card (like on newegg for example) I get like 20 options for the same model number. What's the difference? Thanks

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Can you give me a link to one of those cards?

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GeForce 8800 GT

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That is the same link that I used when I went to the Dell website, and since they are giving instructions for the 1720 on how to remove and replace the graphics card I figured that it was removable. I am thinking of replacing my current card with a GeForce 8800 GT or something along that line. Thanks.

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Keep in mind I can't find replacements at Newegg.

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And Dell tops out with what we've listed so far.

Please share a product from Newegg you thought would work.
Bob

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tops out?

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(NT) You must be kidding....that won't go in a laptop.

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similar to current

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What are the guidelines as to what will go in or not? I thought this would work because it is just a couple steps higher than my current graphic card (8400). And Bob, what were the 3 replacements you were talking about that you couldn't find on newegg? Thanks.

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(NT) Do you have a desktop or laptop ?

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laptop

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laptop

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(NT) What are you trying to accomplish with the upgrade ?

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better graphics

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just overall better graphics if in the future I start to use graphic programs that will require such a graphic card

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Better graphics ? Hope you're not expecting a lot

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because it won't 'look' materially better ...just go slightly faster.

VAPCMD

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one more question

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I understand what you're saying, thanks for the input. I looked on newegg for the 8600 GT that is supposed to be compatible with my laptop (I even contacted dell and the agent told me that the max I can get is an 8600M GT 256MB card) and I found this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085

do you guys think that this would work? thanks

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Greg....

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Please look at the link I provided and tell me where this PCIe card would fit in your laptop?

In short, your laptop does NOT use desktop PCIe cards. You have a laptop and as such there are limited choices here.
Bob

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See the link I gave above?

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PS. What dell offers is...

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At dell.com. I see the GeForce 8600M, GeForce 8400M and GeForce 8400M GS so to change this you get the parts from them.

Is this clear now?
Bob

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ahh

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Yea, alright thanks for the help. I'll contact them about this.

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what type of slot is it then?

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Wouldn't the graphic card just go in place of my current 8400? Sorry about my lack of knowledge on this, I am just basing this on what the dell rep told me (that the 8600M GT would fit in my laptop, and to buy it from Dell it would cost 140$).

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It's "custom."

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You seem to not be grasping that the PCIe cards you have shown are far too large to fit inside your laptop. If you don't believe us, go right ahead and order one?

At 140 bucks that's a BARGAIN compared to the usual cost of having to replace the entire laptop. Go for it.
Bob

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i'll do it

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Alright, I'll order it from Dell if it's a good deal. Again, sorry for my lack of knowledge on this and my apologies for the trouble. Thanks for the help

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Like Bob said....check with Dell...laptops leave you few

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options except at time of initial purchase.

VAPCMD

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No....the GPU linked below is for a desktop PC

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with a PCIExpress slot. No way such a card will ever work in a laptop.

VAPCMD

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