M17xR3 GPU upgrade

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  1. brave758

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    Hey all I'm after some advice. The time has come to upgrade my GPU from 580m I have m17xr3 with the 120hz 3d display. I do not care if 3D will work or not after the upgrade.

    My questions are simple.
    1) what do you guys think would be the best upgrade, as in least complications, best bang for buck, we all know what is best performance(780m) but i've read it is not compatible with 3d screens? (any thoughts on the 770m???)
    2) Will i have any compatibility issues will i have with my 580m heatsink.
    3)recommended sellers.

    Thanks for all your help and input.
     
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    Thanks Slick, I had a read of that thread some good stuff. Upgrade my laptop for ebay states that the 780m is not compatable with 3d screen so that rules that out. How is the 7970M will that work in my system?
     
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    Once you go with the 120hz screen, you need to stay with nvidia. If you installed a 7970m, and you tried to power it on, you'd get the dreaded 8 beeps and a black screen.

    you may want to research if the 680m works with 3d. I've been away from these forums too long and I can't remember
     
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    I think the 680m will work but will only give normal picture not 3D.
     
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    ya, i tend to agree with this...if memory serves me correct, the bios determines what are valid 3d cards based on the deviceID. Because the 680 and 780 don't exist in this list, there's no 3d for them...eventhough 3d works fine on these cards.
     
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    Yup, the best GPU you can get with the R3 (and still retain 3D) is the 580m - exactly the same GPU as I have - 675m = rebadged 580m. My maximum is the 680m as dell sold the model with that GPU.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys, I'm regretting the 3d screen now as i don't use it for tha,t just the 120hz refresh was nice. I dropped a e-mail to eurocom and they confirmed the 680 is the way to go. They said that they are working on a way to get the 780 compatible but its a no-go for now. But hey the 680 will still be a nice boost right....... :)
     
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    Just remember that a 680 in an R3 is the same as a 780 in an R4, still no 3D. Eurocomm may have been confused when you asked about full functionality of a 680m in an R3? If you are not using the 3D then I would have thought there is no problem (except for needing a modded driver inf) getting a 780m to work.

    Have a look over in the overvclocking thread - I'm sure there are some 780m users already posting.
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for all you help and comments. I decided to go for the 680 in the end has it has proven compatibility and is still a huge step up from the 580.
     
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