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Asus Q500

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I just recently purchased this laptop, and so far it has been great, it just has a very slow HD, which is the bottle neck of my system. It's fully touch screen, which I really enjoy now that I have played with it for a while. I'm usually a desktop gamer, as you can see in my sig, but I wanted to know if it is possible to add mobile graphic cards to laptops that didn't come with a dedicated one. I'd like to add like a 650M or something along those lines. I am also going to either replace or add a SSD to this laptop depending on if it has another HD slot. Any suggestions or advice is welcome! Thanks.
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Doesn't the Q500 come with an integrated HD4000? It will not be possible to add a graphics card.

There could have been a slim chance if it came with a different dedicated card.
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The best you can do is connect a desktop graphics card to it through the port on the motherboard that the wireless card is plugged into, which is a PCI-E slot. You'd have to get a special adapter that converts the desktop GPU's PCI-E to the laptop's PCI-E and the GPU will only be able to run at PCI-E x1 and you'd have a cord sticking out of your laptop all of the time that you wanted to be using the GPU, and you would need to provide power to the GPU externally so you'd need a desktop power supply on hand with the power connectors connected to the GPU.

So yes, you could upgrade it's graphic abilities, but it's very convoluted, and it is NOT portable and you lose your wireless card and would either need to get a USB wireless device or plug in an ethernet cord. There is no way to add an actual graphics card inside of the laptop.
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Okay, Thank you guys! I didn't buy it for a gaming PC, just a nice workstation slim laptop. I'm def gonna replace the HD with a SSD, then I'll be good. I plan on getting a second 7970 for the desktop, I've only been playing on 1080p, it doesn't hold up nicely at resolutions of 5K+.
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