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May 29, 2016 3:01:52 AM

Hey I have a HP pavilion 15 with a intel core i7-5500u 8gb ram 1tb hard drive geforce 940m 2gb vram. I seen that another model of my computer used a gtx 950m and I was wondering how hard it would be if possible at all to upgrade it thanks.

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May 31, 2016 8:38:26 AM

Open the laptop and see if the video chip is in an MXM slot, if it is, it may work. Although you have to think about how much you want that faster chip vs the risk of you ripping a connector of or something while swapping it out and killing the laptop.
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May 31, 2016 8:41:37 AM

I'm fairly confident -- though far from certain -- that this laptop's GPU is soldered.
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June 1, 2016 12:02:58 AM

Cheers guys I'll open.her up and have a look, is there any other way I can boost gaming performance it's just not running games the way I want it to what about a gpu overclock?
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June 1, 2016 12:10:48 AM

Superbean said:
Cheers guys I'll open.her up and have a look, is there any other way I can boost gaming performance it's just not running games the way I want it to what about a gpu overclock?


Realistically, not a whole lot. The small form factors of laptop both make upgrades much less practical and because heat dissipation is a much larger problem for a laptop form factor than a desktop, you tend to be extremely limited with how much you can push them.
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June 1, 2016 3:15:47 AM

Okay cool so how much would a ssd boost my fps I think the hdd in it is 5400rpm?
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June 1, 2016 7:23:31 AM

Superbean said:
Okay cool so how much would a ssd boost my fps I think the hdd in it is 5400rpm?


An SSD wold do pretty much nothing for games, but it will make the system overall a lot faster, especially going from a 5400 rpm drive.

The only real upgrade you can make for gaming is to replace the laptop with a faster one.
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June 1, 2016 7:24:30 AM

Superbean said:
Okay cool so how much would a ssd boost my fps I think the hdd in it is 5400rpm?


Games will load faster and general use for the laptop will be quicker, but it won't have a meaningful effect on your fps.
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June 1, 2016 7:46:37 AM

hang-the-9 said:
Superbean said:
Okay cool so how much would a ssd boost my fps I think the hdd in it is 5400rpm?


An SSD wold do pretty much nothing for games, but it will make the system overall a lot faster, especially going from a 5400 rpm drive.

The only real upgrade you can make for gaming is to replace the laptop with a faster one.


DSzymborski said:
Superbean said:
Okay cool so how much would a ssd boost my fps I think the hdd in it is 5400rpm?


Games will load faster and general use for the laptop will be quicker, but it won't have a meaningful effect on your fps.


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June 1, 2016 7:49:49 AM

Yeah the laptops literally 5 days old I just spent $1500 on it, I feel so stupid because I thought it was suppose to have a gtx 950 in it but idk I've got good fps on everything on medium high res but I keep getting stutter but no drop in fps no idea what it is..
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June 1, 2016 8:46:43 AM

Superbean said:
Yeah the laptops literally 5 days old I just spent $1500 on it, I feel so stupid because I thought it was suppose to have a gtx 950 in it but idk I've got good fps on everything on medium high res but I keep getting stutter but no drop in fps no idea what it is..


HP should have a 30 days return policy, or maybe contact HP for an upgrade/exchange
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June 1, 2016 10:15:08 AM

Superbean said:
Yeah the laptops literally 5 days old I just spent $1500 on it, I feel so stupid because I thought it was suppose to have a gtx 950 in it but idk I've got good fps on everything on medium high res but I keep getting stutter but no drop in fps no idea what it is..


Where did you get that laptop for $1,500? For that much you can get a system with a 970m video card made for gaming. If it's new, return it, and look for something else. This $800 laptop will be a lot faster in games https://www.amazon.com/Dell-15-6-Inch-Quad-Core-i5-6300...*Version*=1&*entries*=0

For over 1,000 you can check in www.xoticpc.com for some gaming specific laptops.

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June 2, 2016 12:52:55 AM

I would like to note that another factor that you should take into account is that the gpu cooler may not be good enough in order to make the gpu run as it should or may even overheat and destroy the whole laptop.
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June 7, 2016 11:23:01 PM

Yeah thanks for the input I bought it from harvey norman and I told them what I needed it for and they told me.it had a gtx 950m and I didn't check the specs I just trusted there judgement it.first even.have a quad core cpu I'll.Call them.now
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June 8, 2016 10:33:43 AM

Superbean said:
Yeah thanks for the input I bought it from harvey norman and I told them what I needed it for and they told me.it had a gtx 950m and I didn't check the specs I just trusted there judgement it.first even.have a quad core cpu I'll.Call them.now


That's an Australian shop, your prices in AU dollars will be a lot different than US prices.

I thought you were talking about US dollars when you said you spent $1,500 on the laptop. If you are looking for a system for gaming, the 940m is the lowest you should go even for low settings with games, and some demanding games won't run well even on low. I'd look for a system with a 960m video card for gaming. Once you buy a laptop, you are not upgrading it.
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June 9, 2016 9:45:42 PM

Yeah I've returned the laptop for store credit and paid a extra $200 and got an msi apache pro intel core i7-6700hq nvidia gtx 965m 2gb 8gb ram 1tb 7200rpm hybrid 250gb ssd.
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June 10, 2016 4:13:30 AM

Good choice. Pretty much any new game will be playable at medium settings (and some better) at 1080p.
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June 14, 2016 5:26:00 AM

Superbean said:
Yeah I've returned the laptop for store credit and paid a extra $200 and got an msi apache pro intel core i7-6700hq nvidia gtx 965m 2gb 8gb ram 1tb 7200rpm hybrid 250gb ssd.


For an extra $200 that is a good buy, you have a full quad core i7 now instead of the slower dual core, and a 2.5 step up video card, very good deal over the HP.
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