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NeilCanton
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Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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My dell receipt says my video card is: intel graphics media accelerator X3100

My device manager display adapter says: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family

The program I want requires: NVIDIA or ATI Video card fully supporting OpenGL with 128 MB of RAM

Looks like this will work: nvidia GeForce 8400M GS

Now, will this physically fit into my laptop or is my current graphics card attached to the motherboard?

If it will not work and I need to replace the motherboard, what board would I have to get for the geforce 8400 to work?

*Note - I may be able to find these for cheap so replacing my system is the last option, I would at least like to see how much the graphics card and/or motherboard upgrade would cost.

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Bay Wolf
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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Your video card is integrated into the motherboard.

If you want to have a dedicated graphic card, you will need this motherboard.
www.parts-people.com/index.php

In addition, you will have to purchase the video card.

 

 

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NeilCanton
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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Hi Bay Wolf thanks for the fast reply!

I found the motherboard here for $125

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-1720-Original-Intel-Motherboard-No-Board-Video-UK435-HD-Connector-/3006...

I found the nVidia GeForce 8400M GS here for $14

http://www.redplanettrading.com/Dell-nVidia-GeForce-8400M-GS-KU907-YY634-GM716-Video-Graphics-Card.h...

Are these the correct working parts that would meet my program requirements ?

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Bay Wolf
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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It does appear to be the parts that you want.

Here is the manual showing how to install the graphic card.

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NeilCanton
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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Thanks for your help Bay Wolf, do you think those purchases are a good deal?

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Bay Wolf
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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Whether it is a good deal or not depends on your expectations. Is spending a $100+ for a better graphic card that improves the performance some worth it?  Are you getting the bang for the buck?

I personally wouldn't replace the motherboard and purchase a new graphic card to get a better graphic card but that is just me.  I'm cheap. 

I would suggest that if you go that way, contact the outfit that is selling the graphic card and get them to guarantee in an email that it will work in your system.

 

 

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NeilCanton
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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I personally wouldn't replace the motherboard and purchase a new graphic card to get a better graphic card but that is just me.  I'm cheap.

You're preaching to the choir I agree 100%

My reasoning was that I figured $150 was better than having to buy a whole new laptop...

The only purpose was so I could run this software. I suppose I could get a new laptop but that just opens a whole new can of worms...

I just don't know what to do...

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keiooz
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Thanks for the suggestion. It only means that you need to change your motherboard if you want to change other parts of your laptop like GPU. It is better to have desktop than laptop if that's the case.

Good science means good observation! 

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NeilCanton
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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Thanks for the suggestion. It only means that you need to change your motherboard if you want to change other parts of your laptop like GPU. It is better to have desktop than laptop if that's the case.

you're right, only thing is that I don't plan on doing anymore upgrades. I've had this laptop for almost 5 years now. lol not bad eh?

I will most likely be getting a new system by the end of the year

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NeilCanton
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1720 graphics card upgrade

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actually that card is for the 15" model. my mistake. i found the 1720 model though. thanks for your help i truly appreciate it.

so i can just swap in the new motherboard and video card without reinstalling windows ?

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