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    Graphics card installation

    Hi.

    I just purchased a laptop, one with actually decent specs, a far cry from my desktop. I realized the fact that decent computers allow you to play cool new games. So, I bought Bioshock. Turns out the game requires at least an ATI x1300, and my laptop, this one specifically, has an ATI x1200. So, is there any relatively simple fix or upgrade? I have an understanding of computers beyond that of the average person, but certainly not as much as most people on these forums, I imagine. I've never opened a laptop or installed a new graphics card in a computer. Can I do it? And how cheaply? Please and thank you.

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    I doubt you can do that. Most laptops do not come with changeable video modules. In addition, getting into the case can be daunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo1763
    I doubt you can do that. Most laptops do not come with changeable video modules. In addition, getting into the case can be daunting.
    I figured it'd be pretty difficult to open the thing, but it'd be nice to know I could fix the dilemma relatively easily.

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    Ok, well, I'm taking the laptop I have back, and getting a better one after Xmas. Anyone know of any good ones in the $700-$1,100 range? I'm looking for aprroximately:

    2 gigs of ram, 2.0 ghz roundabouts, a video card good enough for games like Bioshock (but not the greatest thing in the world either, just one good enough for casual gaming), probably 15.4" screen, and a harddrive about 120 gigs or more. OS is not that important.

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    May as well just shop around for sales after Christmas then...
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    They also offer pay later option of May 1, 2008 no interst if paid by May
    ThinkPad T61p has a much more powerful video card

    Look at this on sale right now $ 1,139.45:
    T61 with Windows Vista Home Premium
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz 800MHz 4MBL2)
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
    15.4 WSXGA+ TFT 1680x1050
    Intel GMA X3100 GM965 Video
    2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
    UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) with Fingerprint Reader
    100GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
    CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 24X/24X/24X/8X Max, Ultrabay Slim
    Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN (supporting Centrino Pro)
    6 cell Li-Ion Battery
    6465: Express - 1 Yr Depot Warranty
    USE E Coupon USPSAVEDEC

    This laptop has biometrics fingerprint reader - no more passwords
    Integrated bluetooth - his res screen, high speed HD & fast Intel
    Alienware M18x R2 3740QM 16GB 7970s CrossfireX 500GB SATA
    Alienware M5750 Core 2 Duo 2.16 4GB RAM X1900 Raid 1
    Alienware Area-51 5550 P4 3.8 6800 Ultra H2O Cooled
    ThinkPad X1 Carbon i7 3667U 256GB SSD 4GB RAM

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