ِNeed Help Upgrading My Alienware M15X

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  1. Duke Nukem Rayne

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    Hello Everyone I'm Kind of of Noob here in upgrading Laptops GPU And CPU

    i Found MXM GTX 980M 8GB And i want to install it into my laptop
    i heard that i might need a new charger + some tweaks in NVidia drivers !!!
    but do I also need a bios update since my laptop bios is old A08 ?

    my laptop specs are I5 540m dual core + gtx 460m + 8gb Ram + 256 SSD
    PS: i have both a 150W and a 240w Charger Bricks

    any help would be appreciated !!!
     
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    aconix Notebook Guru

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    It is nice to see that you want to upgrade the beast instead of changing to a newer laptop.
    To run the 980m in this machine you will need obviously to upgrade your CPU to at least i7-920xm.
    However, as others have noted, heat and power are the principal issues for the 980m with 920/940xm processors near the limit.
    The best option would be the 970m but you will always need a CPU to avoid a huge battleneck, on aliexpress the i7-920xm for 30€.
    Also I would upgrade the PSU to 240w.
    We all wish you well - perhaps you will find a solution that has been missed, maybe a better heatsink for example?! One user tried once but failed.
    The last step is to modify the drivers but you have a lot of threads that explain the process and it not a complicated thing tho.
    The GPU 970m and 980m are with good price at the moment may be @EepoSaurus can help you since he had a 970m available some days ago.
    Keep us informed.

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    Thanks for your Feedback , I bought A 240w Charger as a first step for 50$ , i ordered a i7 920xm processor from AliExpress 3 days ago , but because of the pandemic that we are living, it says it may be delayed for up to 3 months , :(
    I cant wait for the CPU to Arrive , also i ordered the gtx 980m last week from a local store here in my country , it should arrive very soon , i hade it for 220$ + shipping , :) ,i think its a good deal !!
     
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    Awesome!! After tell us how it goes

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    bro you just got scammed, most if not all 9xxXM CPUs on aliexpress/from China are fakes.
     
  6. aconix

    aconix Notebook Guru

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    Hey he bought through a local store not from aliexpress. Only the CPU was from aliexpress.

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    He was talking about the CPU. o_O
     
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    Ahaha you're right! I just saw 9xxm didn't think of the i7-920xm
    Regarding aliexpress I already bought a lot of cpu's without any issue

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    Good to hear that cause i will be waiting 3 months for it !!! the company that i ordered from looks legit with high numbers of good reviews and feedbacks
    so fingers crossed !!!
     
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    No problem, if you have any issue just open a ticket and they will refund the money ASAP

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