Hey everyone, my name is Andrew and I currently own a Dell Laptop Studio XPS 1640.
These are my specs:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40 GHz
Memory: 4.00 GB
System Type: Windows Vista 64-bit OS
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07 Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670 Graphics Card Memory: 2295 MB
Current Display Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60 Hz)
Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1041
So, my situation is that I am currently an undergraduate college student and I just bought Starcraft 2 from bestbuy. I read through the Graphics Card Performance and Classification
thread and found that my graphics card was Class 2 but even with that, Starcraft 2 starts to get laggy after an hour or so which is really bothersome when I am trying to have a nice long gaming session with a couple friends. I run the settings on medium to low and turn off lighting and some other things that seem to consume FPS, but I usually average 40 when I first start off and then it decreases to 20 and then below 10.
I cleaned the fans and everything, optimized registry, defragged the computer, have a great wireless connection ( no disconnects and good speed), and I think the processor should be able to handle it quite well. I downloaded the RealTempGT application and my core temperature is always below 70 degrees Celsius which is at least 35 degrees away from the TjMax temperature.
I want to know what are my chances on upgrading my graphics card and how should I go about doing so. I have read that it is extremely hard and that very few laptops are able to do so externally but I did read about the GeForce cards and some external PCI modules or things like that. I'm not entirely sure/educated about graphics cards completely so if anyone could help me in this specific situation that would be great. I would love to buy a higher end class 1 card (according to the thread) so money isn't too much of an issue, I just want an even nicer graphics card that will be able to run Starcraft 2 and future games very smoothly.
If I can't upgrade it at all, then just tell me directly but if there is a way that is practical and reasonable, then please tell me and educate me
Thanks for taking the time to read this, much help appreciated.