can my laptop handle upgrade to gtx 970

laslns

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hi i was thinking of upgrading my graphics card to the nvidia gtx 970 and im wondering if my laptop can handle it

my current laptop is a alienware 17
cpu:intel i-7 4700 cpu 2.4
ram: 16gb
graphics card: intel(r) hd 4600
 

kampy4

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Ok I'n not sure what you mean by core and CPU??? But if your processor is the one you say it is, then yes, it'll be able to handle the gtx 970, however, how do you plan to hook up the GPU to your laptop???
 

laslns

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Sorry I don't know a lot about computers, I'm trying to upgrade my wife's old laptop to use it for myself. I don't know what CPU or GPU are and I'm new to this forum. I saw a video on youtube that tells you how to change the graphics card thats how i was planing on changing.
 

maxalge

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that laptop should come with a gtx 970m or 980m


so you have not installed the drivers for it I imagine
 

laslns

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my laptop has gtx 860 m. I was just wondering cause i want to start using the laptop as a gaming laptop and i wanted to buy the new vr headset coming out this year and they need a minimum of a gtx 970 or greater
 

bicycle_repair_man

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It's important to remember that a GTX 970 and GTX 970M aren't the same device and don't offer the same performance. The former is a fully-fledged desktop graphics card (GPU) and the other is a low-power laptop graphics card. You can't make direct comparisons.

If you want a graphics card (GPU) for VR, then you need to ensure that it will be compatible with the VR headset you're planning to get.
 

maxalge

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then you are out of luck, laptops have everything soldered in ( unless you have the very $$$$ top of the line models )

time to get a proper desktop pc
 
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