Alienware 17x R4 970M Upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by TomJGX, Dec 23, 2014.

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  1. Player2

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    Do you have the 17 with 120hz or 60hz screen.
     
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    60hz display I have!
     
  3. Player2

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    I have same system as you . Please keep us informed on how the 980m install goes cuz I want to do same thing .
     
  4. thegh0sts

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    it won't be for a while, maybe after my warranty expires in march...hoping to get decent paying work by then at least.
     
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    I hope you do to brother.
     
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    M15x with gtx 970m use 1 mm thermalpads, make sure you have the right once.



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    i wonder if you can reuse thermal pads or is it just best practice to change them when the new card is in?
     
  8. DaveFromGameaVision

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    I would change them, usually I have a couple that rip when the heatsink is pulled off and the stock ones are gonna be pretty meh anyways. If you're spending a lot on a new GPU you might as well buy good thermal pads. If you're running the Fujipoly ones you might be OK leaving them if they stay in one piece and aren't falling apart.
     
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    true, though the original placement is a good template as the chip arrangements are all the same so figuring out which pad goes where is easy.
     
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    So long as the pads are physically intact it's ok, if they rip then they need replacing.
     
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