13'' mbp graphics card upgrades???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adventhp1, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. adventhp1 macrumors newbie

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    ok so i love gaming but i also love my mac and all the exclusive programs it gets, i have got boot camp (windows 7 64bit) and i have the 2009 mbp with the Nevada Ge force 9000m (or something like that).

    i was wondering if i could upgrade my mbp graphics card so i could play more top tier games my specs are:

    8gb ram (upgraded recently)
    500gb hard disk (also upgraded recently)

    and all the rest is standard stuff

    so can i upgrade or should i just buy a pc:confused:
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You cannot upgrade graphics chips in Apple portables.
     
  3. adventhp1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so is there any way i can play top teir games without a graphics card??
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If a game requires hardware you don't have, you cannot play it on that particular machine. This should be obvious.
     
  5. Risasi macrumors 6502

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    You can't upgrade the graphics in nearly all laptops, and even those that support it, they are marginal upgrades at best.

    It depends on how serious you are about the games, if you're fine with running new titles at medium you can get by cheaper. It also depends on how much you want to spend, set an annual budget. It that's $3000 a year, then buy a 17" Macbook Pro every year. It's is $300 a year, you're in trouble. You'll have to buy for two years and then go back to running new titles at medium that second year. So yeah, the most cost effective way is buy/build a PC.

    Or the alternative is give up this race to play the latest game on the PC. I did that years ago.
    I still play only a few games on PC with any regularity; Rome Total War (2004), with mods. Medieval 2 Total War also to a limited degree. I did buy Starcraft II when it came out but I don't really play it. I also play Battlefield 2 w/ the Project Reality mod. For everything else there are game consoles. My 13" Macbook Pro runs all of these at Medium-High and I just don't care about new stuff coming out.
     
  6. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    When the external TB driven cards come out then you will be able to upgrade.
     
  7. Risasi macrumors 6502

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    I already got notification from Magma. $979 for the cage, plus video card, plus monitor and peripherals. It's a spruce goose. $979 buys a whole lot of PC desktop computer...
     
  8. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    Your best option would be wait until the 2012s come out and then sell yours and get a new one if you want to play games. The new Intel Ivy bridge processors are going to be one hell of a chip.
     
  9. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Agreed, but if someone wanted a PC desktop, they wouldn't have been here asking this is the first places. As long as Apple keeps the current TB connector, it will be useable for future generations of computers and then you can just upgrade the card at hopefully a lot less of an expense (but then pricing is what drives the market).
     
  10. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    Ouch. I originally thought the external graphics card through TB would be a viable solution, not at that price...

    At $200 plus video card, I'd be okay with it. But I doubt that'll happen.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not before the technology is outdated, anyway.
     
  12. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Not with a 2009 MBP. They have DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt.
     

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