Upgrading Lenovo G505S Laptop

Charlie A

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Hi there,

I've been reading up on Lenovo's dual graphics capabilities as my laptop has a sticker advertising this feature on it. The more I learn the more confused I become.

I have been looking to enhance my laptop's performance and have around £400 max to spend.

I am looking to run modded skyrim on med-high and play Shadow of Mordor more solidly, I also like to edit videos and produce music.

My laptop is a lenovo G505s and here are the specs:

CPU: AMD A10 5750m APU

My knowledge is that this is a CPU with some of the features of a GPU and behaves like one in many respects. Can I replace this with a faster CPU, and is this CPU good enough for 1366 x 768 AAA games?

RAM:

I have 8gb DDR3 RAM 1600 , 0.8gb of which is taken by OS. I want to upgrade to more and possibly a better type of RAM, but I'm not sure if this is possible.

GPU:

I KNOW for sure that I can have a GPU, as that is what 'Dual Graphics' means, but which one can and should I buy? Which ones fit?

I am looking at the AMD Radeon HD 8750m card, but would like a better one if possible.


Overheating is not an issue as I have a great cooling pad.

With this advice, I intend to get a laptop repair company to do the upgrade for me.

Please don't just say 'get a new laptop', I can't afford it. Buying a great gaming laptop is going to cost me £800, but pimping out my current laptop should be considerably cheaper.

Or 'a desktop is so much better'. I don't really care, and I'm not here to compare specs.


Regards, Charlie. Thanks for any help.


BONUS QUESTIONS:

If I got a new Graphics Card, would it Crossfire with the iGPU or render it obsolete?

What motherboard does my laptop use?

Does Hard Drive make an impact on performance?
 

Ironsounds

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Hello... Typically Laptops graphics/CPU's/MB's are not upgradeable... You can contact Lenovo about your upgrade options here... that is why we Build desktops, to have the ability to RUN High Power hardware such as Graphic cards, and Change other parts as needed.
 

Charlie A

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Thanks Ironsounds, do you think my CPU is competent for gaming? I would like to speak to Lenovo about options, do you you have a link?

I am aware upgrading desktops is much easier, but I am a student and have limited budget, I also find laptops more convenient for school and travel.

 

Charlie A

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@Ironvirgin I am well aware there is more go upgrading than 'slapping on' a CPU, I was wondering if it was possible though. I would like some pointers about upgrading SSD and RAM, my laptop can fit up to 16gb RAM apparently.
 

Charlie A

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Hey Ironsounds, thanks for the insight. Will an SSD noticeably improve gaming? Will definitely upgrade to 16gb ram as I've heard its the simplest upgrade to do.

I believe I CAN upgrade my GPU. You see, my laptop utilises an AMD APU (CPU and iGPU) but can use dual graphics, which I believe is a type of CrossfireX where a GPU is added alongside an APU, if you can provide any insight into this I would be most grateful.
 

Ironsounds

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Hello... Their product upgrade page at their WEBsite shows no product as you have described here... contact them if I have missed something here. Typically it is soldered on your Board for "Rugged portable access" GPU's technology takes a lot of Power AND Cooling to "GAME", so they do not design this into a portable/Low power/Media/work laptop.
 

IronVirgin

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There is no way to upgrade Gpu as Ironsounds said. This is laptop are limited in terms of upgrade no mater is this is lenovo model or for 2000 usd laptop you simply can't do it. There is no point to upgrade this laptop in any way more ram will not give difference. Better buy new pc or laptop.
 
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