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Windows 7: How to connect external Graphics Card

28 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
How to connect external Graphics Card

Toshiba a665-s6050 Laptop
Core i3 M350
8GB RAM Dual Channel
Intel Graphics

I have no idea how external video card works so here are my questions i hope somebody will be able to answer these

1.) i have no background knowledge about this so, is this even possible for a notebook?
2.)if this works, what kind of slot/port do i need to make it work
3.)are there 3rd party devices that i need to purchase (adapters etc.)
4.)specifically what kind of graphics card can i hook up with my laptop?

i would really appreciate legit replies, and if possible for me to understand the topic, i know its too much to ask, can i get a graphical presentation(diagram) or youtube links that can help me thanks and godbless

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28 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

1. Yes but it won't be a good idea given the specs of that laptop especially the low end i3 which would bottleneck graphics performance.
2. A spare mPCIe or Express Slot
3. Yes adapters and an external PSU to power the card.
4. Anything but your laptop will create a bottleneck.

DIY eGPU experiences

It would be better to invest in a gaming PC, it's not worth pairing an external GPU with such a low end laptop.
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28 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1


In laptop lingo, if it's called a Notebook, usually means lower end laptop for general use: surfing, email, watching video/movies, and other basic apps.

Not meant for a gaming rig and no chance of making it a good one, no easy swap parts on the inside...
You need a higher tier laptop from the start.

Starting point for a gaming laptop in my mind, atm would be one like this: - GIGABYTE P2542G-CF3 Notebook Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 15.6" 8GB Memory 750GB HDD 7200rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M

But rather have this...

But, for that price get a much better desktop gaming rig by far.
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29 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

i really appreciate these 2 replies, now about the bottleneck, actually uhm the reason why im interested in this topic is because i want to play something that doesnt require much process and much graphics processing, like for example,

my friend have a dual core 2.?? ghz
1gb videocard
works smoothly on his PC

if i hook these external GPU, do you think there will be an improvement playing DOTA 2? i usually get about 15-30FPS
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