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After doing some research it looks like it is possible to run a desktop graphics card on a laptop. Except it's expensive!

I'd love to sell my desktop but use the graphics card in the laptop I'll be buying soon. This means potability for collage and power for gaming. What's the cheapest way of doing this?



EDIT: this seems powerful enough for Photoshop, just not gaming due to the onboard Intel Graphics.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/V550CA-CJ104H-15-6-inch-Touchscreen-Corei3-2365U-Integrated/dp/B00ECBU1KM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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The only way to get an external graphics card working in a modern consumer laptop (that is, a laptop without an expresscard slot) is to get a Mini-PCIe to PCIex16 (mechanical) converter, take out your wireless card and plug the Mini-PCIe end into your laptop, leave your laptop open and run the converter cable off to the side where you have your desktop GPU propped up and plugged into the other end. And then you'd need a dedicated power supply plugged into the GPU with some way of manually starting the power supply. The gpu will ONLY operate at x1 speeds, so it will be SEVERELY hindered, you cannot close back up your laptop because you will have a cable coming out from the bottom, and you will not be able to use your wireless card (you could still get a wireless USB dongle, of course).

Basically: Theoretically yes you can, but it is so much hassle and not portable that you're better off either upgrading your desktop or getting a better laptop.
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Originally Posted by jackblack644 View Post

After doing some research it looks like it is possible to run a desktop graphics card on a laptop. Except it's expensive!

I'd love to sell my desktop but use the graphics card in the laptop I'll be buying soon. This means potability for collage and power for gaming. What's the cheapest way of doing this?



EDIT: this seems powerful enough for Photoshop, just not gaming due to the onboard Intel Graphics.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/V550CA-CJ104H-15-6-inch-Touchscreen-Corei3-2365U-Integrated/dp/B00ECBU1KM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

You don't want to buy a laptop that doesn't have a SSD... or a second bay to toss one in!

If I was you I would look at some AMD APU laptops if you plan on gaming, They pack more then enough CPU power and still have the GPU grunt Intel lacks.

Though best bet would be a i5 laptop with dedicated graphics.
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Can you guys recommend a laptop with decent graphics for $600?

I'm happy to replace the hard drive with an SSD but if it comes with one that's even better. I live in the UK by the way.
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

You don't want to buy a laptop that doesn't have a SSD... or a second bay to toss one in!

If I was you I would look at some AMD APU laptops if you plan on gaming, They pack more then enough CPU power and still have the GPU grunt Intel lacks.

Though best bet would be a i5 laptop with dedicated graphics.
At his price and SSD wont happen unless he can live with a 128

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Originally Posted by jackblack644 View Post

Can you guys recommend a laptop with decent graphics for $600?

I'm happy to replace the hard drive with an SSD but if it comes with one that's even better. I live in the UK by the way.
HP envy 15t-j100 with 1080 screen and graphics, $714-$784.
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