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ati 6650 M video card upgrade

hodgenutts

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Hello,

I am new to upgrading laptop graphics. I bought a new lenovo ideapad Z575 about 6 months ago. It has AMD A6 3420M APU, and a dedidcated ati 6650 M graphics card with 512MB of video ram. I was able to get it new at the time for $550 and thought that was a decent deal to have a laptop to play some games on. I play WoW, Diablo 3, Star Craft 2, Knights of the Old republic and am starting to play Tera. I was wondering it it is possible to just swap out the graphics card? The thing is the way it currently set up from the factory, Lenovo has it set up for AMD switchable graphics. For general use, it just uses the APU, when I start a game if I turn on the swithcable graphics, and I believe it crossfires the APU with the ATI 6650.

I was wondering, I can get a used ati 5850 M with 1 gig of video memory pulled from an alienware for about $100. Would I be able to replace the 6650 in my laptop with the 5850? I don't think the switchable graphics would work with the 5850, but I thought a 5850 by it's self would be a big improvement from my A6 and 6650 crossfired. I didn't know if the 5850 would take more power than what my laptop is sending the 6650, or if the 5850 would be bigger and not fit? Wasn't sure if laptop graphics cards were all the same size or not.

I can also get a used 5870 M with 1 gb video ram for about $140. Would that be an option? thank you very much for all of your assistance.
 
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Red Hawk

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Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade the graphics card in notebook computers.
 

hodgenutts

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Oh wow, I was under the impression you could because its an actual physical card in a slot, and not a chip soldered to the motherboard.
 

Red Hawk

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Most laptop graphics chips are chips soldered to the motherboard, except in a select few highly expensive laptops. I doubt your Lenovo Ideapad is one of those laptops.
 

Red Hawk

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"Integrated" in the context of laptop graphics simply means it shares the main system memory rather than using its own dedicated memory. Both integrated graphics chips and discrete graphics chips are usually soldered onto the motherboard in a laptop.
 

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