Improving/Upgrading/Adding graphics card for MacbookPro 2010 model 13"

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  1. rozeboy1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I download COD 4 and it is really slow and jittery on my 13" standard MPB 2010 model.

    Is there any way I can add a graphics card so that I can get superior gaming quality?

    Also has anyone got advice on the best graphics card in terms of performance?

    And some advice on getting it up and running? I assume it will be external, as I dont think you can mod the internal graphics card can you? And is this process known as "flashing?"

    Thanks a lot. :)
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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    What you want to do is not possible. You will have to buy a new computer to get a better graphic card.
     
  3. Jonze macrumors member

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    I dont think its possible. The Graphics in the 13" MBP are onboard I believe.
     
  4. rozeboy1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok,

    so is there no way at all (if I give a graphics card power separately) of adding it to my mac?

    thanks

    Oh and I wanted email notification and only saw it on the second post
     
  5. Jonze macrumors member

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    Nope dont think so.
     
  6. s2ksleepy macrumors newbie

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    There is nothing you can buy that will let you do what you want to do.

    Maybe you should try playing on low settings.
     
  7. rozeboy1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    the 13" MBP uses integrated graphics. there is no connection available to add another graphics chip, nor is there firmware for it, nor is there even room to put it.
     
  9. sk3tch macrumors regular

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    You could buy an Xbox 360 or a PS3 - both will play that game with better graphics quality and the system + game (~$300) price is probably what this mythical upgrade would have cost (if there were the capability to do so) - win win!
     
  10. rozeboy1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    if i was going to build a PC is there a graphics card available that beats the capability of an X360?
     
  11. Cory Bauer macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, pretty much any of them; the xBox 360 is almost seven years old after all. But the thing about PC gaming is that the graphics card alone costs as much as a whole xBox 360.
     
  12. rozeboy1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok cheers.

    I reckon its worth it coz the games are usually cheaper.

    Whats the best graphics card there is? I'm sure its slightly down to opinion but anyway...
     
  13. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    The most expensive one.


    I just built a gaming pc for $440 after tax. Using it now.

    $130 more than an xbox 360 and better graphics. I did have a copy of Windows laying around already though. And a mouse/keyboard.

    Don't have to spend much.

    It's even as noisy as the old 360. :) Maybe more so. :(


    SKU DESCRIPTION QUANTITY PRICE PER TOTAL
    048140 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) 1 $39.99 $39.99
    261503 PHENOM II X4 840 Boxed Processor HDX840WFGMBOX 1 $99.99 $99.99
    140442 A780L3G AM3 760G mATX Motherboard 1 $0.01 $0.01
    063891 eXtreme Power Plus 460W ATX Power Supply 1 $24.99 $24.99
    473454 Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case 1 $52.99 $52.99
    646901 Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1 $59.99 $59.99
    421008 GH22NS50 22X Internal SATA Super Multi DVD Drive OEM 1 $17.99 $17.99
    788091 GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card 1 $149.99 $149.99
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    Tax » $27.87

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    minus $30 rebate
     
  14. rozeboy1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome thanks.

    Does it take more than a good graphics card to have a good gaming pc?

     

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