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Its time for an upgrade

Freebird7
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hi, 

I need a GPU upgrade.

let me rephrase that, I REALLY need a GPU upgrade. I am here because im not sure how to. i have done hours of research and have come to realize how much i dont know about technology.

if you want the full story and the position i am in, that will be at the end. but for now, i currently have a dell precision m6700 (decent sized laptop) with a Quadro k4000m graphics card and am willing to spend around $400 to upgrade. the reason i am here though, is even with the $400 burning a hole in my pocket, i still cant figure out how.

The question i give you, all knowing computer genius person, is A. what is the best way to get more graphics processing power and B. if i were to swap out my existing gpu for a better one, what is the best graphics card money can buy that i can directly swap out for my Quadro k4000m

I have been researching 3 paths all of which have mostly fallen flat. 1, directly swap the cards out in my computer. 2 use an eGPU housing with a thunderbolt 3.0 cable, or 3. use a beast and extra pcle port to house an egpu (and even a little bit of 4, take on a project during quarantine and build a whole new computer)

problems: 1. i have no idea which gpus i can swap in terms of the port or the physical size. 2. i dont think i have a thunderbolt connector (my computer is from like 2012 ofc) 3. ive herd this basically not possible (but i do have an extra pcle port i think)  4. a) thats a lot of money b) i have a perfectly good laptop already c) its not my laptop its the families and while i would spend money on a new one that i can take to college with me, that isnt for another couple years and (while i am open to criticism on this) am worried that technology will advance so much by that time that it would have been better to save it and wait to buy a computer. however, this is more detail than you need.

This all started when I got the idea that I wanted to buy a VR headset and found that everything but the graphics was up to spec.. (Unless I have no other options, i truthfully dont want to go with a quest.)

In conclusion, 

A. what is the best way for me to get better graphics (I am open to hearing non typical-consumer friendly ideas like getting a new motherboard that has a different bus bay)

B.what is the best graphics card money can buy that i can directly swap out for my Quadro k4000m

C. given the rapidly changing and growing industry, will i be better off saving my money for a couple years

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There are some laptops out there in the wild, where you can swap the GFX Card, but not that many, and if you are lucky and have one, then you are mostly stuck to the same generation of GFX Cards you got inside, not being able to upgrade to a recent one. 

 

With that said, building a new machine would be the better option. Even if more expensive than 400 bucks. 

2 Main Systems (mine and my late wifes):

System 1 "Igluna" AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX.

System 2 "Inskah" AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX.

 

New System in the making "Anghammarad" AsRock Taichi x570, AMD Ryzen 5800X, 32 GB Ram DDR4 3600, some SSD, Gainward Phoenix GS 1060.

 

On the Road: Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-51G-54FD, Intel Core i5 7200U, 8 GB DDR4 Ram, 120 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Intel CPU GFX and Nvidia MX 150, Full HD IPS display

 

Media System: Asrock ASRock Z87 Extreme4/TB4, Intel Core i5 4460, 16 GB Ram DDR3 1600 ADATA XPG, 1 275 GB SSD, 4 Seagate Ironwolf 4TB HDD in raid 5, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX (the 560 will be replaced with one of the 760 due to better effeciency)

 

(Abit Fatal1ty FP9 IN SLI, C2Duo E8400, 6 GB Ram DDR2 800, far too less diskspace, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX broken need fixing)

 

Nostalgia: Amiga 1200, Tower Build, CPU/FPU/MMU 68EC020, 68030, 68882 @50 Mhz, 10 MByte ram (2 MB Chip, 8 MB Fast), Fast SCSI II, 2 CDRoms, 2 1 GB SCSI II IBM Harddrives, 512 MB Quantum Lightning HDD, self soldered Sync changer to attach VGA displays, WLAN

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dang, you really think so?

the NVIDIA Quadro k4000M has an MXM 3.0 bus interface. doesn't that get me something?

NVIDIA made MXM gtx 1070 and 1080s, but i actually feel pain when i think about the fact that a used MXM 1080 is 90% the performance of the new 2060 super but costs 2.5 times as much.

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14 hours ago, Anghammarad said:

There are some laptops out there in the wild, where you can swap the GFX Card, but not that many, and if you are lucky and have one, then you are mostly stuck to the same generation of GFX Cards you got inside, not being able to upgrade to a recent one. 

 

With that said, building a new machine would be the better option. Even if more expensive than 400 bucks. 

dang, you really think so?

the NVIDIA Quadro k4000M has an MXM 3.0 bus interface. doesn't that get me something?

NVIDIA made MXM gtx 1070 and 1080s, but i actually feel pain when i think about the fact that a used MXM 1080 is 90% the performance of the new 2060 super but costs 2.5 times as much.

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14 hours ago, Freebird7 said:

dang, you really think so?

the NVIDIA Quadro k4000M has an MXM 3.0 bus interface. doesn't that get me something?

NVIDIA made MXM gtx 1070 and 1080s, but i actually feel pain when i think about the fact that a used MXM 1080 is 90% the performance of the new 2060 super but costs 2.5 times as much.

lookie here... 

 

http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/dell-precision-m6700-gpu-upgrade-gtx-1070.808646/

 

in short... not with dell precisions... not with most of the other brands as well...

 

2 Main Systems (mine and my late wifes):

System 1 "Igluna" AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX.

System 2 "Inskah" AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX.

 

New System in the making "Anghammarad" AsRock Taichi x570, AMD Ryzen 5800X, 32 GB Ram DDR4 3600, some SSD, Gainward Phoenix GS 1060.

 

On the Road: Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-51G-54FD, Intel Core i5 7200U, 8 GB DDR4 Ram, 120 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Intel CPU GFX and Nvidia MX 150, Full HD IPS display

 

Media System: Asrock ASRock Z87 Extreme4/TB4, Intel Core i5 4460, 16 GB Ram DDR3 1600 ADATA XPG, 1 275 GB SSD, 4 Seagate Ironwolf 4TB HDD in raid 5, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX (the 560 will be replaced with one of the 760 due to better effeciency)

 

(Abit Fatal1ty FP9 IN SLI, C2Duo E8400, 6 GB Ram DDR2 800, far too less diskspace, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX broken need fixing)

 

Nostalgia: Amiga 1200, Tower Build, CPU/FPU/MMU 68EC020, 68030, 68882 @50 Mhz, 10 MByte ram (2 MB Chip, 8 MB Fast), Fast SCSI II, 2 CDRoms, 2 1 GB SCSI II IBM Harddrives, 512 MB Quantum Lightning HDD, self soldered Sync changer to attach VGA displays, WLAN

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On 6/8/2020 at 11:15 PM, Anghammarad said:

lookie here... 

 

http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/dell-precision-m6700-gpu-upgrade-gtx-1070.808646/

 

in short... not with dell precisions... not with most of the other brands as well...

 

i know this was from a while ago but i didnt see it until now. I honestly thought i would be able to do it and almost bought a GTX 1070 but it was too expensive for its performance. lucky i didnt!

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