03-09-2013 12:38 PM
I have the HP Pavilion dm4-1160us and I was wondering if it was at all possible to upgrade my graphics card? Currently I have not modified my system at all, I still have all default hardware. Intel HD integrated graphics is simply not powerful enough for the games I wish to play on my system, and if it's soldered into my mother board, I'd even be willing to potentially upgrade the motherboard if it would get me at HD3000 graphics, not necessarily a dedicated graphics card. I appreciate any help anyone can provide, thanks.
03-11-2013 02:54 PM
Notebooks in general are not intended to be upgraded and modified with key components. This isn't just with HP so much as it is just how notebooks are designed. There are some rare exceptions, but the notebooks that are capable and designed for this type of feature typically come with a premium price.
The graphics card is typically soldered directly onto the motherboard, so the motherboard would need to be upgraded. However, this may also require several other components to be upgraded as well and finding one that fits the notebook case with existing components may prove to be more costly in the end in terms of time and money.
If this is something you wish to pursue, I recommend reading this document created by Erico (a community expert).
The original discussion with this document can be found here.