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what is the ease of upgrade with ASUS Q501LA-BSI5 hardware

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    what is the ease of upgrade with ASUS Q501LA-BSI5 hardware


    I just purchased an Asus Q501LA-BSI5. I had a relatively tight budget, I tried it out and I like it. I intend on dual booting chromium and/or linux on it. For the time being, it is more than powerful enough, from what I can tell.... however...

    Should I want to upgrade to say, an I7 or install a graphics chipset, what is the ease of doing so? anyone know?

    Theoretically the graphics chipset should not be soldered to the board if it is dedicated, but its not, its intel HD4400. I really dont know what that means for its graphics chips install capabilities. Down the road, a 2gb GeForce 740 or something might be nice considering I am a comp-anime major and don't game much anymore.

    If it can't make any major upgrades like these, that is ok, It seems to be good from what I can tell when I used it and I liked how it felt... just curious what upgrades CAN be made...


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    Just read the specs on the model and it says that it is "on-processor Graphics." does that mean that there is any open bay for an aftermarket chipset? or is it another chip soldered on? or just none at all? ohhhhh how I love my desktop. If only it didnt take the whole back seat of an SUV and part of the passenger seat if I wanted to take it with me somewhere.
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    Only if there's an unused miniPCI express slot in the laptop, you would be able ad a dedicated video card (its not what you call "graphics chipset"), Chipset is something else. Real chipset runs all the functions in a computer and may contain graphics but with computers that have graphics embedded on same die as processor it's not needed so in theory (if MB supports it) you can replace processor only with one with the embedded graphics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Only if there's an unused miniPCI express slot in the laptop, you would be able ad a dedicated video card (its not what you call "graphics chipset"), Chipset is something else. Real chipset runs all the functions in a computer and may contain graphics but with computers that have graphics embedded on same die as processor it's not needed so in theory (if MB supports it) you can replace processor only with one with the embedded graphics.
    O.K. Awesome... miniPCI Express-good, no miniPCI Express-not quite so good... I appreciate the support. Unfortunately I do not dabble much with laptops so terms like "graphics chipset" are just things ive heard that I am repeating. Thank you for correcting me on that. I think ill go back to trying to figure out why my motherboards 2 pin fan connectors are passing through so little power all of a sudden that I need to jump my fans on start up. LOL (cheap mobo. Will be time fore a new one soon, I think).
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    I corrected you so you don't go looking for a wrong thing.
    If you have settings in BIOS that control fan speeds the temperature where they have to speed up maybe set too low, check the lower limit a bit higher. Most 120mm fans would start at 7 -9 Volts but some can do it at lover voltages. You need to know that about particular fan. If a fan has only 3 wires and can still be controlled, their speed is controlled by voltage. Ones with 4 pins are PWM (Pulse With Modulation) that always get full voltage (12v) but speed is controlled by shorter or longer pulses thru the fourth wire. That's for fans connected to MB, fans connected straight to PSU via 4 pin Molex turn full speed all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I corrected you so you don't go looking for a wrong thing.
    If you have settings in BIOS that control fan speeds the temperature where they have to speed up maybe set too low, check the lower limit a bit higher. Most 120mm fans would start at 7 -9 Volts but some can do it at lover voltages. You need to know that about particular fan. If a fan has only 3 wires and can still be controlled, their speed is controlled by voltage. Ones with 4 pins are PWM (Pulse With Modulation) that always get full voltage (12v) but speed is controlled by shorter or longer pulses thru the fourth wire. That's for fans connected to MB, fans connected straight to PSU via 4 pin Molex turn full speed all the time.
    naaaaa... its time. I was running these fans at 60% speed for the last 3 years and the mobo is 5 years old... Its been causing me all sorts of problems from dropping my OC settings, to intermittently locking up on the boot menu screen, to not letting me use normally working keyboard at startup or in bios....

    I think its time to upgrade to an 17-4770k, a new 1150 socket board and water cooling... I doubt Ill see these praticular same issues when I dont have as many fans to have stop working in the first place.
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