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Updating Video Card??

by tms99 / May 5, 2005 1:11 PM PDT

Is it possible to upgrade a video card on a laptop? Someone told me if it was "dedicated" then you could. Are there any specific brands/models I should look for that this is possible on? If I got something with 64 MB video card or 128......I could upgrade to 256 at least?? Obviously I would bring it somewhere to do that, as I wouldn't know how to do it myself.

I'm looking for a gaming laptop, but I really don't want to spend more than $1500 or so....Pentium M would also be nice, but you can't have everything.....

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by damasta55r / May 5, 2005 2:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Updating Video Card?? is offering a good deal this week with the HP. Windows XP HOme, AMD 64 3500+, 1GB RAM, 100GB Harddrive, DL DVD+_RW, and 15.4 WXGA Brightview Screen for $1199.99. This is a pretty good buy. It has the ATI 200m chipset, which i believe supports PCI-Express (x16). If you don't upgrade the integrated graphics it's based on the X300, which isn't bad, but can stand room to upgrade to at least a 6600GT imho. Updating graphics card is very hard. Usually have to get the gfx card from the specific oem manufacturer. Even if you do upgrade, the only good card that can fit in a laptop above your integrated is the GeForce 6800GO which is only available through oems, which install it for you when you order your computer. Most laptops are not meant for gaming, basically defeats the purpose. Either settle for an integrated or a really-low level gfx card, or get a desktop, that's the only solution.

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not nessicarily(sp?) true
by keybordp / May 5, 2005 8:43 PM PDT
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desktops are SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER for gaming, but some modern laptops can (not as well). The problem is they are expensive. Laptops with a good video card and a Pm chip are expensive. If you don't care about weight, heat, or battery life you could get a p4 system, which would be cheaper. You CAN game on a laptop, its just A LOT more expensive and not as good.
Systems to check out:
Dell XPS gen 2
Dell Inspiron 9300
Dell Latitude D810

Budget (or something close to it)
HP ZD8000

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