Can someone please help me?
I'm wanting to upgrade a Alienware R2 – intel i7 4910, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880, 16GB laptop bought in 2014. Its now not keeping up with current games
Can someone please advise of the components that I can upgrade. I'm happy to strip the whole machine.
That's not a 17 R2. That's a 17 R1.
You can upgrade the CPU, GPU, RAM, screen, and storage, but you won't get much out of upgrading anything but the GPU; however, since the GTX 880m is the best Alienware validated for the laptop, any other GPU would require some additional effort.
Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold) | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)
You could install a 980M, but as Game7a1 mentioned it will require some additional effort. In all honesty, it will never be an elegant solution because the Haswell and Ivy Bridge Alienware laptops need a BIOS upgrade for Maxwell compatibility and Alienware is no longer providing the support those machines need. Their preference would be for you to purchase a new system, but beware... all of the important stuff on the new models (CPU and GPU) is soldered to the motherboard and can never be upgraded. So, ultimately, not as good as what you are wanting to upgrade, since what you have is fully serviceable and can be upgraded.
Better to sell it and buy a newer machine. Either build yourself a nice desktop or buy a Clevo with a socketed desktop K series CPU and MXM graphics cards, then you'll be set for repairs or upgrades with a modular machine. Two such examples are the machines shown in my signature.
ALIENKILLER II // EVOC P870DM3
7700K @ 5.2GHz ● GTX 1080 SLI ● 17.3" QHD 120Hz G-Sync ● 64GB DDR4-3200 ● 780W AC Adapter
EL CUCUY // EUROCOM TORNADO F5
7700K @ 5.0GHz ● GTX 1080 ● 15.6" FHD 120Hz ● 32GB DDR4-3000 ● 330W AC Adapter