I'm confused... I assume it's possible to upgrade a laptop. It's impossible not to be possible, if you follow me. But the thing I was wondering is, are there are certain kinds of gfx cards and things like that, that are specifically designed to fit inside laptops? I don't want to buy a new laptop, try and fit in a new gfx card and say "hang on, this won't work" In a nutshell, can you use normal desktop upgrades on a laptop?
In 98% of cases the answer is no, you can't. Neither can you upgrade a laptop's IGP with a standard graphics card. Apart from batteries, the only really servicable components on a laptop are the CPU, memory, hard drive(s) and optical drive(s). And even then you'll need notebook form-factor components to upgrade. (i.e SODIMM DDR instead of DDR, a 2.5" HDD instead of 3.5", a slimline optical drive instead of a full-height one, etc.)
If you're looking at a major overhaul you may as well just get a new laptop.
A handful of motherboards (and compatible chassis) have shown up on the market over the past year or so that feature a discrete graphics component. You'll know if you buy a laptop that has one, but they aren't common and your options for upgrade are limited and with no guarantee that the Next Big Thing in graphics will ever make it into that form factor.
Yeah dude, I would just get a new one. Dell(dell.com) has some good offers on xps labtops. Its also cheaper if you buy it directly from the manufacturer(usually online). And if you still are going to go with upgrades go online for that as well.
Ok, thanks all.
Sorry, gone past edit point. Sudden change of subject, but I was just browsing the market and I found a good desktop pc, it's only downside being it has a celeron d processor instead of the preferable pentium 4. Will the Celeron affect performance much?
Yes. Celerons are basically damaged/crippled P4 chips that didn't make the "performance" grade. They usually feature half as much cache as a regular P4, and come with none of the fancy on-chip features, such as HyperThreading.
Celerons are far inferior to Pentium 4s, but having said that when they cost so little you can't really complain.
*sigh* Well, I guess the bottom line is ; I cannot afford a decent computer, no matter how hard I look. D'you think I should buy this computer then? At the price of £350 it's a friggin' steal anyway. I'll be playing world of warcraft on it mostly, I should just hope a decreased-in-power-processor doesn't screw up thats performance to much.
It would help to give us the rest of the spec.