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You can't swap out motherboards, CPU's, or GPU's in laptops. Most of the time the CPU and GPU are soldered to the mobo.
You can in some laptops. 8].

I just ordered an m14x. Felt like a better investment than the $150 less m11x R3.
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Why yes! You can! (( upgrade motherboard assembly which contains the unified CPU + GPU + appropriate optimus chipset )) Chassis itself is the same though so you can keep the LCD / backlit keyboard and other stuff from your old one... Only caveat is that some of the components on M11X R3 changed (like new USB 3.0 on the IO panel for instance so I can't say for certain if parts like those will still work work.

Call dell @ 800-357-3355

... you'll have to buy a motherboard since the M11X CPUs aren't swapable (original post didn't ask that)
Bonus is that you'll get the M11X R3's newer GPU with the correct optimus chipset to support it.

The part numbers are below are for M11X R3 motherboard assembly.

i5 2467M --> 3JHG4 (dual @ 1.6ghz / 2.3 turbo)
i5-2537M --> RDK8T (dual @ 1.4ghz / 2.3 turbo, though the bus size is smaller)

i7-2617M --> Y98C0 (quad @ 1.5ghz / 2.6 turbo, bus size is somewhere between the two)

If you don't feel like ordering straight from dell, there are also some people selling them on ebay or otherwise.

I only dug up this info because I had buyer's remorse after getting a M11X R3 with the i3 processor / no turboboost.

Teardown video -- Alienware M11x Teardown (uploaded by "alienware services")

The video leaves out "bios service tag" step & how to put stuff back in, so this might help too:

Dell's own instructions, including how to put stuff back in

Hope this helps. I'm debating on keeping mine as-is, getting an i5 / i7 motherboard, or waiting to get an R4 motherboard for it. They're all the same size and MOST of the parts (mine already has USB 3.0 ports on the IO, and a bluetooth card, solid state storage, etc.) won't need to be replaced.

Rather than shell out for dell's stupid exchange / upgrade / etc. plans where you send in your old laptop. "buyback insurance" or whatever just seemed stupid so I didn't get it either.

---- EDIT:

You'll love it -- 540M is so fast, apparently I found out what my main bottleneck was -- I had a dated video card..... Even my i3 version of the M11X R3 plays games WAY better than my main system.

Main / semi-retired system specs:

That has q9450 (mmm 12mb L2 cache) overclocked to 4ghz stable ("TRUE" / air-cooled) and an old 8800GTS 640mb on an evga 680i motherboard which I slightly hard-modded (vdroop, etc.)... now I just use it for burning / ripping / streaming / torrenting / raid array / home file server / etc... and also it spends a lot of time as my home-theater PC too since one of the monitors is a 40 inch 1080p mounted on the wall & the remote I have for it doesn't interfere with games, etc. being played on 2nd monitor lol.

...I had a blast building this thing back when I first joined this forum. Prolly oughta track down the old superpi thread and upload a screenshot with my time now that it's finally 4ghz stable *shrugs*

Edited by kuzetsa - 11/14/11 at 11:54am
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Holy crap that motherboard is tiny! XD to think I thought mITX board were small... that thing is just downright dinky! XD
     
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