Upgradability of Laptop

Hi1307

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I want to upgrade the RAM, DD and GPU of my E5-573G.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Memory: Crucial DDR3L-1600 SODIMM CT7670007 8GB ($33.99) http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ct102464bf160b
Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: GTX 950M PCIe 3.0 x8 ($?)
Other: 3.5" Caddy for HDD ($7.98) http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-Hard-Drive-HDD-SSD-Caddy-for-Acer-E5-G771G-E5-573-E5-573G-DA8A6SH-UJ8C2S-DVD-/391052679653
Total: $65.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-09 06:53 EDT-0400

I have 3 questions.
Will the GPU upgrade work?
How to I port Windows and information over to the SSD?
How much does the 950M cost?
 

jaguarskx

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You will not be able to upgrade the GPU because the vast majority of laptops with dedicated GPUs are soldered into the motherboard. Only a small number of specific gaming laptops costing at least $1,400 have a MXM port that are used to install MXM format GPUs. They MXM GPUs are generally expensive on typically only found on eBay.

You generally need to do your homework when purchasing a gaming laptop with the ability to upgrade the GPU. There are $2,000+ laptops that do not have MXM ports for GPU. Instead the GPU is soldered into the motherboard.
 

tambeshakunt

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No upgrading a GPU for a laptop is not recommended and very unlikely to be possible. The ram and HDD should not be a problem.
If your laptop has two memory slots, I would suggest buying dual channel memory. i.e instead of 1x 8GB module, get 2x 4GB modules.

Use a disk cloning software such as Macrium Reflect to clone the existing drive to the new one. (this relies on the new drive being same or higher capacity). Watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0PyZIqecII

 

Hi1307

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I already have 1 8GB stick inside and I use crap tons of Chrome tabs so my memory peaks at like 7.5GB before Windows kicks in and puts tabs into the pagefile and I have to suffer in pain as my 5400rpm HDD fetches it.

Yes I have 2 RAM slots.
 

jaguarskx

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You will not be able to upgrade the GPU because the vast majority of laptops with dedicated GPUs are soldered into the motherboard. Only a small number of specific gaming laptops costing at least $1,400 have a MXM port that are used to install MXM format GPUs. They MXM GPUs are generally expensive on typically only found on eBay.

You generally need to do your homework when purchasing a gaming laptop with the ability to upgrade the GPU. There are $2,000+ laptops that do not have MXM ports for GPU. Instead the GPU is soldered into the motherboard.
 

Cyber-Freak

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Its best to source the same identical DDR3 memory (make and model/speed/timings). Used memory can work just as well as new.

Cloning is what some people typically do to move an OS from one HDD to another. http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-2028061/free-drive-cloning-software.html provides some information, including how you might go about going form a large disk to a smaller one.
Other cloning software can be found here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm

Alternatively you can do a fresh clean install, and then move the documents you actually need.
 
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