Dell Studio 17 laptop, Is it possible to upgrade Vid card???

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  1. bobthesnake

    bobthesnake Newbie

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    Today, there was a price error on dell's site that if you took the T9550 processor, It substracted 135$ instead of adding it. I got that laptop (850 with tax and shipping cdn :D ) since it was a good deal but the problem is I want to be able to run games. The only vid card option i could take was 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 and I didnt take it since in my mind it wasn't powerful enough to run the new games smoothly enough.

    So, if I can upgrade I'll keep the laptop, if not I will cancel or return it since I want to play games.

    Here are the specs. all basic except upgraded the processor.

    thanks for the info.

    Studio 17 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9550 (2.66GHz/1066Mhz FSB/6MB cache)
    System Color Option Midnight Blue
    Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
    Built-in Keyboard Options Standard Keyboard (included in the price)
    LCD Panel Glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440x900)
    Video Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    Labels Windows Vista™ Premium
    Hard Drive Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
    Combo or DVD+RW Drive 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0
    Wireless Networking Cards Intel®WiFi Link 5100 802.11agn Half Mini-Card
    Camera Module Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
    Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) Microsoft Works
    Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 30-Days
    Battery Options 56 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
    Hardware Support Services 1 Year Limited Warranty w/1 Year Return To Depot Service
    Direct Line Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
    Processor Branding Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
    Finger Print Reader NO FINGER PRINT READER
    Misc 5 Please contact me with more details
    Media Center Enhancements Creative Noise Isolation Earbuds EP-630
    Congratulations! You have qualified for $230 savings with your online purchase. - $230.00
    Subtotal: $755.00
    Shipping and Handling: $0.00
    PST: $0.00
    GST/HST: $98.15
    Total: $853.15
     
  2. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Notebook Virtuoso

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    NO!. Integrated video cards are built in to the motherboard. The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is inside the chipset, and the video connectors are soldered on to the motherboard. There is NO WAY to upgrade without changing the whole motherboard.

    Notebook Video cards are not generally upgradable. Read this for more information.
     
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  3. bobthesnake

    bobthesnake Newbie

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    Thanks. Yeah I found a post that said the integraded X4500 are not upgradable.

    Its a shame I will have to return this computer. Such a good deal :(
     
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