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User Info: bman52480

bman52480
3 years ago#1
I own a Sony Viao with the following specs:

Intel Core i5-2450M @ 2.6/3.1 GHz
750 GB 5400rpm HDD
8 GB DDr3 SDRAM at 1333 MHZ

and

Stupid integrated Intel HD graphics.

I was only into old games when I purchased this about a year ago and was strapped for cash and didn't get a separate memory card. I can't afford a new machine right now and evidently it is virtualyl impossible to upgrade a laptop graphics card.

Of the above stuff, is there any reasonable way for me to upgrade gaming performance for less than, say, $200?

Basically I enjoyed the console version of Saints Row IV so much I want to play it, even on low setting, when I travel for work if possible. Saints Row III ran on my machine, but was marginal with some framerate issues.

Also, does ruinning a script that force quits windows when launching a game improve perfoamance? I had to do that long ago to run Master of Orion 2 on a newer PC but have no memory of how I did it.

Any advice is appreciated.
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User Info: MahoganyTooth92

MahoganyTooth92
3 years ago#2
Nope. Not any sort of reasonable way to upgrade apart from building a whole new machine.
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User Info: Jprime666

Jprime666
3 years ago#3
You typically don't upgrade laptops. If you even can upgrade yours, it would be outside my very limited area of expertise
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User Info: maybecalls

maybecalls
3 years ago#4
I would seek out decent newer games that will run well enough on it. They might not be 'big name' games, but there are plenty of worthwhile ones out there.

User Info: bman52480

bman52480
3 years ago#5
Wuld putting in a HDD with higher RPM's inprove performance for maginal games? Or is that mostly determined by graphics card?
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User Info: Nicodimus

Nicodimus
3 years ago#6
It might slightly improve loading times, but not performance (frames per second.) Graphics card is what will improve performance, primarily.
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User Info: bman52480

bman52480
3 years ago#7
Well thanks everyone. I enjoy playing on my laptop while the children monopolize the TV these days, guess I will have to stick with older stuff for now.
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User Info: kobalobasileus

kobalobasileus
3 years ago#8
A few years ago, there was a big fuss about the potential of external GPUs to improve laptop gaming performance. That concept seems to all but completely fallen off the Internet recently.

User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
3 years ago#9
MahoganyTooth92 posted...
Nope. Not any sort of reasonable way to upgrade apart from building a whole new machine.


The only thing I could think of would be to change the timings on your RAM/buy faster/more RAM as that can improve performance quite a bit with integrated graphics, though even then, performance is going to be pretty marginal. If you want a moderate to maximal performance increase you're going to have to get a new laptop.
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Ningishzida
3 years ago#10
bman52480 posted...
Also, does ruinning a script that force quits windows when launching a game improve perfoamance? I had to do that long ago to run Master of Orion 2 on a newer PC but have no memory of how I did it.


that would have just been like a batchfile that quits explorer.exe

only games coded in assembly can run independent of an OS, as they speak directly to a chipset/processor
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