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Upgrading A laptop (Video Card, Hard Drive, Maybe Processor)

So, I have an iBuyPower CZ-17 that is dead in the water. Motherboard fried. At this point I would prefer to buy a used or cheaper new laptop, and just swap out the better parts.

My question is whether or not these parts are universal. What I'm most worried about is the video card. If I buy something with integrated graphics, could I still take the Nvidia GTX 675 and put it in there? I'm confident hard drives are universal, but still not 100% on anything.

I hear swapping out processors can be a pain, but if I did want to do it that shouldn't pose an issue either right?

My plan B is to buy a MSI GT70 (basically same model), but the motherboard issue seems to be prevalent in them as well, so I'd rather wap out to something completely different.

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Re: laptop

I'd start with assuming that everything in a laptop is as it is, with a few exceptions:
- you can replace the hard drive by one with more GB
- you can add RAM (up to a certain maximum)
- you can replace the optical drive (e.g. replace DVD by Bluray
If you have other plans, have it done by the shop before you buy it. They know what can be done and how

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Basically laptops aren't that upgradeable.

Most will allow you to add memory, hard drive and maybe an optical drive. Alot of laptops have the other components soldered to the mobo. Plus laptops don't have a standard motherboard and basically aren't interchangeable. They are designed for the specific laptop case. The laptops that are upgradeable are the high end gaming machines. Another thing is that upgrading a processor is identified as a new PC and would require a new Windows license.

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