Upgrading my m17x r4 graphics card

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Upgrading my m17x r4 graphics card

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Is it possible that i can upgrade my m17x r4 graphics card? I currently have a geforce gtx 675m and i realised that it will not be able to keep up with new games like crysis 3. i have an i7-3630QM CPU and an 8gb ram ,these are fine. I need help in where to purchase graphics cards and how to physically put them into my system (i will probably not be able to do this myself). i have seen graphics cards such as the 680m on websites like ebay, nvidia and amazon  but it seems too big for my laptop and i do not know if they are compatible with my laptop. Also i have read about overclocking but this could potentially  lead to overheating and other problems so i am not really considering this.

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  • Hi,

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  • May I know how to upgrade as well?

  • I was conned into the 675m as the dell sales rep told me that the HD7970 wasn't a stable card but looking on utube just about all are saying the HD7970 is excellent and in  most games gets higher frame rates than the 680m.so after having my alienware M17X R4 for only 4 months if that of owning my gaming laptop I'm going threw upgrade process (just waiting for a part to come in)I'm upgrading to the HD7970 its costing me £430 for the card new heatsink and it to be fitted by dell engineer,expensive but compared to the 680m which was going to cost £730 and as I've said the HD7970 gets equal or in most cases better fps nvidia do have better drivers and can be overclocked more stabley but their is no way I would pay an extra £300 for that,I was going to go down the root buying a card from eBay but their are so many things that can go wrong like different size cards or simply not working and I don't want a £2000 paper weight,hope this helps you I no its been an expensive lesson for me.If I do buy another Alienware in the future  I will be going with my research and not with a dell sales rep trying to get rid of old cards like the 580m which the 675m really is

    Alienware M17X R4 i7 3840QM Crucial m4 512gb ssd+ 500gb+32gb caching ssd for storage Nvidia 675m upgrading to HD 7970

  • Dear shankc

    Thanks a lot for your explanation. So I take your answer is a YES that the graphic card can be replace in the future for further upgrade.

    Getting the parts from Dell is it much more reliable and safe rather buying from out source?

    Actually I just get my Alienware M17X R4 with GTX 660M only due to limited budget.

    Just hope that in future, when I have extra fund, I able to upgrade rather buying a new one.

  • Yes Alienware laptops are made to be completely upgradeable if you have any problems when u want to upgrade I would be happy to pass you onto the Alienware technician who  is dealing with mine,just leave me a message on here

    Alienware M17X R4 i7 3840QM Crucial m4 512gb ssd+ 500gb+32gb caching ssd for storage Nvidia 675m upgrading to HD 7970

  • Dear Shanks,

    May I know roughly what is the price? So that I can do my budgeting.

    Thanks and best regards.

  • Hi Anttan the prices I was quoted was £430 for the HD7970  and £730 for the 680m if you read my post above it will help you PS that includes all parts and fitting,I'm getting the HD7970 I'm just waiting for the heatsink to come back into stock anything else you need help with message me and I will get back to you as asap

    Alienware M17X R4 i7 3840QM Crucial m4 512gb ssd+ 500gb+32gb caching ssd for storage Nvidia 675m upgrading to HD 7970

  • Hi Anttan the prices I was quoted was £430 for the HD7970  and £730 for the 680m if you read my post above it will help you PS that includes all parts and fitting,I'm getting the HD7970 I'm just waiting for the heatsink to come back into stock anything else you need help with message me and I will get back to you as asap

    Alienware M17X R4 i7 3840QM Crucial m4 512gb ssd+ 500gb+32gb caching ssd for storage Nvidia 675m upgrading to HD 7970

  • Sorry about double post stupid tablet

    Alienware M17X R4 i7 3840QM Crucial m4 512gb ssd+ 500gb+32gb caching ssd for storage Nvidia 675m upgrading to HD 7970

  • Thanks a lot Shankc ^-^

    Nice to meet you.

  • Hi Natalia, can you help me out too? I have an AW M17XR4 and want to upgrade my GTX680M to a GTX780m. Is that possible for me? I bought my Alienware from Dell Germany.


    Regards!

    Angelo

  • Hi 

    I have a i7-3740QM @2.70 GHz (8 CPU) with 32 Gb RAM but my graphic card to bad. and was thinking to upgrade it to GEFORCE GTX TITAN BLACK.

     

    Please let me know can this be done

     

    it urgent as I will be leaving soon