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Upgrading Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cowpow69, Apr 17, 2012.

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  1. cowpow69

    cowpow69 Thread Starter

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    So I'm trying to upgrade my Laptop specifically just the processor and my Graphics Card. But I have some questions. I'll post my system specs first.

    Alienware M11x R2
    Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit OS)
    Intel(R) Core i5 CPU @ 1.07 GHz
    4.00 GB RAM (3.80 Usable)
    Intel HD Graphics with Optimus Technology nVidia GeForce 335m


    My main questions are about the bolded. I feel like my RAM is sufficient enough for most easy gaming (specifically D3) and I know my computer will be able to run it even with what I have now. But I feel like I will have to run at at low settings. Which isn't terrible, I would just like to run it a little faster. Anyways, the questions I have are..

    1. What would be compatible with my computer. I have searched quite a bit, but I just do not trust myself with making the end decision.
    2. Would it even be worth it to upgrade if I plan on getting a new computer at the start of next year?
    3. If I do upgrade my Graphics Card is that somehow going to interfere with the Optimus Technology? I've read a lot about how it is very touchy and minor things can make it stop working.

    If someone could help me out with those I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Any upgrades will generate more heat with no way to dissipate it. The only place you will find definitive answers to your questions is from Dell. Laptops are custom designed and built by the OEM. The parts (other than RAM and hard drive) are not easily, if at all, interchangeable. At best, you may be able to pick from a couple of graphics cards assuming yours is removable and more powerful ones are available for that board, BIOS, and power supply.

    In my opinion, skip it. You'll have to strip the entire thing apart and put it back together without missing a single screw, snap, cable, etc. If it all works, it will generate more heat and could lead to serious problems. You might eek out some performance increase, but it's a big risk.

    And it may not even be possible at all.
     
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