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Are pretty much all components in laptops upgradable? Is there anything I should beware of i.e. integrated hardware?

It really depends on the laptop you buy, usually the GPU is integrated onto the laptop's motherboard. In the case of something like Sager/Clevo they may have actual mobile cards installed. But still the limitations are still there as you can only upgrade it so much and often times the gains are not worth the cost. There's not much to really watch out on integrated other than hope it has a good wireless card and LAN port. Personally I prefer Intel over Atheros for wireless, my recent experience with a Qualcomm Atheros chip inside the HP500-164 was not so positive compared their older chips. The Qualcomm Atheros chip was so bad at picking up any signal. From the same range my older Atheros AR928X had better signal. Not much else to say.
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post #12 of 14
As anoob said it really does depend on the laptop.

often times the slim laptops have a soldered cpu and gpu, some even have onboard ram

a lot of laptops have an upgradeable cpu, hdd and memory. Then there are the gaming laptops from the likes of Alienware, Clevo based units, MSI, etc... Again some of these have soldered GPUs.

A lot of them you can upgrade everything from the CPU to the screen. You really need to do your homework with laptop upgrades, most are straight forward - RAM and HDD are easiest, CPUs are pretty easy too, just gotta verify CPU wattage before upgrading. But brands like MSI and Clevo you can even readily swap the screen when you're configuring it or after the fact.

The toughest upgrade is the GPU, because in most cases you're really only guaranteed an upgrade within that generation. For example. you buy a Sager with an 860m in it, and in a year or two you want to upgrade, the safest bet is the 880m. Sometimes it will accept one a generation after.

Alienware is much better. There are plenty of people with Alienware m17x-R2 running the original i7s. They came with 5870s, and I know of plenty of people who have put 7970s or 680s in the R2 several generations later. Dells are much more accepting of the GPU. MSI I think is fairly easy too. You just need to do your homework, and often times someone has tried an upgrade you're considering and can get plenty of guidance and info.

the problem with GPU upgrades in laptops is they're really expensive. I mean you can spend upwards of $800 on the top end nvidia card when it comes out. They also hold their value for a long time. The 680m is already 2 (3 if you count the 680mx) generations old, and it still goes for $400+
     
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post #13 of 14
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About Alienware, what does the R2 mean? I looked on dells website and I don't see anything, unless I'm blind. Also speaking of Alienware, they have a wireless card card sibeam gen 3 60 ghz wihd that is available on one of the 6 17" on their site. How does this compare to the broadcom 4352 802.11 ac 2x2 and Bluetooth 4.0. Think it is weird that it is not selectable.
post #14 of 14
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So even though it may be hotter I should still go after a 880m ?
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