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1:14 AM
@Braiam years ago. Prolly didn't know how horribad those recovery spammers were back then
 
Got a Clevo or Alienware laptop with an MXM video card slot(s)? Canadian Clevo system builder Eurocom now sells MXM upgrade kits: eurocom.com/ec/vgas%281%29ec
Note, not affiliated with Eurocom.
 
Bob
@DragonLord Mine is soldered on (860M) :\
Then again, it's not worth upgrading the GPU, IMO
 
New MXM cards have always been hard to find. There's finally a major Clevo vendor (and I believe Eurocom is Canada's largest Clevo reseller) selling these cards so it's finally possible to upgrade these laptops.
 
Bob
@DragonLord Eh... while not officially listed, I'm pretty sure the local resellers here wouldn't mind selling the card if you asked.
(unfortunately, one of them closed down a couple months back)
 
It's not cheap. A GTX 980M that will fit my machine costs CA$980 or US$891.
 
Bob
1:23 AM
Reasons to prefer gaming on desktops.
 
^
 
I don't currently have the resources to build a new desktop.
I don't even have the desk space to set one up.
 
I built a desktop with money I got for my birthday last year.
 
Bob
@DragonLord If you have the resources to purchase a GPU upgrade, you can probably afford a desktop for around the same price with similar performance.
Better yet, said desktop wouldn't be maxed out and would be further upgradeable for cheaper.
GTX 980M performance is comparable to GTX 960 (~$250)
The only reason to use a laptop for gaming is if you don't have space for a desktop, or you move around a lot.
 
@Bob It's one unified system for school and play.
 
Bob
1:27 AM
@DragonLord I'd say it's suboptimal.
 
Budgetary limitations means that only one system can be purchased. At least for now...
 
Bob
Jack of all trades, master of none and all that.
The size and cooling requirements of a gaming laptop simply means it's not portable enough to be optimal for school/work.
@DragonLord Thing is, though, if you have the space and don't mind swapping between two machines for different uses, it would actually be cheaper to get two specialised machines.
 
@Bob It's a 15.6-inch system, with the weight and thickness right at the limits of what I can carry.
 
Bob
Less flexible, sure. But cheaper.
 
1:28 AM
That decision was made 18 months ago.
 
Bob
A 980M by itself costs close to $1k. A 960 is $250. Plus a i7-4970k, and other supporting components, and you end up with a $1k desktop. Better if you don't go for the maxed out CPU.
 
When Skylake comes out, I'll look into it again.
 
Bob
Be back in a bit.
 
4790K.
If the funds can be procured, I might be able to select a GTX 980 Ti or R9 Fury X.
... and there you have it. A build that will easily outperform my laptop (by 2x or more under gaming workloads) for less than half the cost of this laptop and aftermarket upgrades.
Then again, this machine is 18 months old.
(Either of the above cards would add about $500 to the build, after accounting for the larger power supply required.)
 
 
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3:30 AM
@DragonLord: do you have an existing desktop?
 
Yes, but it's very old and would need a lot of work to upgrade
 
@DragonLord: define very old
 
2007, Socket AM2.
 
Ahh
Might still be a decent starting point for incremental upgrades, assuming you can put aside a little money every month
I have a c2d that's about that age. It might get a few upgrades along the way
(and my current box started off as a low end c2d about that age, and I upgraded it to a modern box with a nice case and a core i7 over 9 or so months)
I'm actually starting on my next round of updates soon, tho, most of the parts I intend to replace will be moved to other systems or kept.
(and I'm still budgetting about 400 a month total, with only about 100-150 in actual spending. Packing lunch tho, which saves a bit ;p)
 

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