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I am looking for a new laptop. Just for fun I checked the price of a gtx680m laptop and I am looking at something 1900$+ & 1200$ for the AMD 7970m.

Imagine I get a cheap laptop with like a 660m for nvidia and 7870m for amd (any mid-range mobile GPU). I see listing of 7970m & 680m on ebay for 545$ & 690$ respectively. In the eventuality the laptop is known to be compatible with these GPUs, do you think it is worth the trouble? These GPU might lose a lot of their value over time. I might skip this generation, grab a mid-range GPU good for my needs and later upgrade when I need it enjoying lower price.
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Most "cheap" laptops dont have the necessary mPCIe slots and even some of the the CPUs are integrated on the MBs. You would have to do your research to find an "upgradeable" laptop. You might also find that the components are more expensive than just buying a decent laptop on sale. I was able to upgrade my CPU and GPU on my laptop but I was able to find good deals. A laptop with two HDD bays are nice too.

MXM Upgrade Home Page

CPUs you can get from Newegg or eBay. Then make sure you have the proper drivers and flashes ready from both the laptop, and MB manufactures.
Edited by ericld - 2/15/13 at 11:38am
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As cheap I was thinking at one of these:

http://www.shopbot.ca/m/?m=660m

They already have the 660m in it & at the price it is well worth the 680m at 700$. I am not thinking upgrading now anyway. Could be in 1-2 years and at that time the 680m might lose quite a lot of value.
For the CPU, correct me if I am wrong but current gen CPU from intel will go strong in a long time. I don`t think the bottleneck will come from any mobile CPU before the GPU...
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As cheap I was thinking at one of these:

http://www.shopbot.ca/m/?m=660m

They already have the 660m in it & at the price it is well worth the 680m at 700$. I am not thinking upgrading now anyway. Could be in 1-2 years and at that time the 680m might lose quite a lot of value.
For the CPU, correct me if I am wrong but current gen CPU from intel will go strong in a long time. I don`t think the bottleneck will come from any mobile CPU before the GPU...

Yea, that Lenovo looks pretty good. The only thing is card compatibility for a future upgrade. There is also a way to OC the GPU. I use to have the link, but when I installed the SSD in my laptop, I lost it. I think it still might be in the laptop section here at OCN.
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