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I have Dell Laptop and I was wondering if it is possible to buy a video card for my laptop. Right now, I'm just using the one it came with but I want to get a new one because my FPS are miserable.

I've been looking around and cant seem to find any video cards for laptops... do you have to buy it through your manufacter when you buy it?

If so that sucks, if not let me know on where I can look for some, thanks guys.
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Your video card unfortunately is built into the chipset (motherboard) on your laptop. Therefore there is no way to upgrade it unlike the cpu memory or hard drive. The next generation of laptop chipsets (motherboards) are supposed to be removeable but whether this happens or not is up to speculation. If its an ATI or Nvidia card you may be able to overclock it, however I very nearly destroyed my laptop doing this to my Radeon 9600 so I would not recommend it as laptops are not good at dealing with increased heat.
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Yeah, u cannot get new vid card in laptop, logicly if u think about it , its too small to handle xtra stuff
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post #4 of 10
Actually there are a couple companies who have given you the opportunity to replace your video card with a more powerful if you wanted to.

Here is one instance:

http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/a...i=&p_topview=1
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yeah but dell is not one of them. Even the XPS wont do it. Also the Alienwares that do are huge
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Actually it looks like dell will allow you to do it also.

Here is an example for an XPS and a 9100 notebook.

http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...s/sm/video.htm
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post #7 of 10
Nice one. I stand corrected.
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post #8 of 10
It depends on the model...Check ebay for dell laptop video cards...alot of people are selling them.
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post #9 of 10
The 'upgradeable' video in laptops is pretty much a scam to get you to buy it (and it makes it cheaper for them to warranty the gpu aswell). Alienware, Eurocom and Sager have these but everybody always runs into the same problem-- for example the 5300 series notebooks from sager can be 'upgraded' with a new card from the mobility x-- series but you wont be able to put a x1-- series card in it due to chipset limitations. So if you get a notebook with the x800 mobility in it your already at the end of the line so it can't be upgraded. Just something to consider anyway
    
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post #10 of 10
The laptop needs MXM PCIe technology to be able to upgrade the video, and really only comes with the new expensive gaming laptops.
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