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This is probably a dumb question that has a simple answer, but I've never known the truth. I've just been told my whole life that you can only upgrade the RAM and change the battery but can't install a new processor or video card. Why is this? Is this true?

asked Mar 30 '11 at 15:28

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edited Mar 30 '11 at 15:28

This isn't a dumb question. Alot of laptops come with an integrated video card meaning to updgrade it you would most likely have to replace the mobo. The mobo brings up another issue in that most computer companies have the mobos built for specific applications so trying to get an upgraded mobo for your laptop probably wouldn't happen. Same goes for the CPU. The CPU used for that laptop had a mobo built for that CPU meaning upgrading most likely isn't in the picture. Most important, laptops usually aren't worth the hastle to try and open up.

answered Mar 30 '11 at 15:37

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Not a dumb question at all, and I imagine there are many others who wonder it as well. Basically, laptop OEMs want you to have to go through them for everything from upgrades to repairs so they can take your money. They use non-standard parts for this purpose to deliberately make it near-impossible to do things yourself, because if there were standard parts, they would totally lose the enthusiast market, which makes them a lot of money. I disagree with their approach to laptops, and wish I could build and upgrade my own (which I would love doing), but it doesn't look like the OEMs will change this any time soon.

answered Mar 30 '11 at 18:39

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CPUs and GPUs on a laptop MAY or MAY NOT be upgradeable depending on the model of the laptop. If you head over to Newegg.com, you'll see that they actually sell a bunch of laptop CPUs.

Laptop GPU upgrades on the other hand, are extremely exclusive to gaming/professional grade laptops which make use of MXM interfaces for their graphics chip. But other laptops which have expresscard slots may make use of ViDocks which is pretty much an external graphic card housing which lets the laptop use a desktop GPU but externally, downside being that the games may only be played on an external monitor and not on the laptop itself.

answered Mar 31 '11 at 09:40

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