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Adding internal GPU to heavily modded laptop.

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#1 Karzahni


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:22 PM

Disclaimer: as with all my little projects, I know this is likely futile/pointless, etc.


I have an old netbook which I'm trying to see how far I can push with mods, spending as little money as possible. I want to know if I can add an on-board GPU using likely the ExpressCard slot and an adapter. I will only be using a cheap non-gaming GPU that won't need 6-pin/8-pin power, and hopefully won't be bottlenecked to nothingness by the Intel Atom. This will need to work without a desktop PSU.


I was thinking that maybe I could tap power from the board somewhere or use a beefier battery. Alternatively, I thought about using a desoldered laptop GPU.


Any suggestions on how this could be achieved/if this is even possible?


This is a work-in-progress, but this is what I'm planning:

Dell Inspiron mini 10v

Intel Atom N270 overclocked as much as possible

1x2 GB RAM

750 GB 7200rpm SATA HDD

large aluminium heat sinks on CPU, northbridge and southbridge

multiple blower fans (likely tapping USB power)

expansion of chassis by double to accommodate the cooling system, should also allow for a GPU.

Edited by Karzahni, 29 November 2016 - 07:23 PM.

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