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ill be getting a new laptop sooner than later but it will have a lower quality card in it, say a geforce gt 540M. and i want to put in a 560M. easy enough to do myself? im sure instructions will coome with or look on youtube or somthing. i did hard burners on desktops just hook it up and install the software. does the new card have to be a specific kind, like do i have to stick with gt 500s or can i go to radeons? can find cards for a decent price also id assume. thanx for the input.
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As far as I know, you can never change your GPU in your laptop. redface.gif
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As far as I know, you can never change your GPU in your laptop. redface.gif

You can but it only can be done in a very few models, plus it is unrecommended as the added heat and voltage requirements are pretty high.
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Theres VERY few laptops were you can upgrade or even take out the gpu.. Unless you have a alienware, in the past working for dell i used to replace dead gpu's in alienwares.
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Depends on the laptop.

Many discrete laptop GPUs are in MXM slots and can be swapped out, if it's the right version of the slot, if the power and heat profiles are similar or less, and if the new card lines up with the same cooling solution.

Significant upgrades are rarely possible, and laptop GPUs can be quite expensive at the high-end.

Also, some "descrete" GPUs are nothing of the sort; many low and mid-range ones are integrated right onto the motherboard.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230191&Tpk=Asus%20K73SV-DH51
This is what im thinking of doing. How can i tell if this can be upgraded. Looking for a gamer laptop that right aroumd this price.
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easiest way? buy a new laptop.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230191&Tpk=Asus%20K73SV-DH51
This is what im thinking of doing. How can i tell if this can be upgraded. Looking for a gamer laptop that right aroumd this price.

You won't be able to do it with that particular laptop.
 
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Find out what GPUs came with the same model of laptop. If there was more than one option, then it may be upgradable. Take a look at pictures of the motherboard and see if the GPU was integrated or if it fit into a "slot" on the motherboard.

For instance, my old Inspiron 6000 had the option to either select an integrated Intel graphics chipset, a 64MB x300, or a 128MB x300. I opted for the 128MB x300. If I had wanted to upgrade from the integrated chipset to the x300, I couldn't do it, because the integrated chipset was literally integrated into the motherboard. I could have upgraded from the 64MB to the 128MB version though.

You'll have to do a LOT of research, reading, and studying images to figure out whether it'll be at all possible to upgrade. If you don't research, and just buy a GPU out of the blue, there's a strong likelihood that it won't fit inside your laptop's current design, or that cooling will be insufficient, or that the power brick won't provide enough power, etc etc.
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One look at a picture of the motherboard will tell you if the GPU is removable.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230191&Tpk=Asus%20K73SV-DH51
This is what im thinking of doing. How can i tell if this can be upgraded. Looking for a gamer laptop that right aroumd this price.

If you don't have the laptop already, just buy one with the GPU you need.

The 540M is garbage, you can easily get a 555M or a Mobility 66xx, or even better, in laptops of similar price.
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