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Paper Tape
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Thinkpad E520 Graphics/upgrades

Hello every1,


I currently have my thinkpad E520, intell core i5-2410m 2.3GHz, 4GB ram ddr-3 64-bit with intel HD graphics 3000.
I am thinking about upgrading to intel core i7-2620m 2.70GHz, 16GB ram ddr-3, change my hdd to an sdd, but I want to knwo for sure if it's possible, and what other options do I have. 
I also really want to know if I can upgrade my graphics since I can't find information about it anywhere else, and I really want to upgrade it. I saw some videos on youtube where peopel was running amd radeon HD 6630m 1GB graphics, and was wondering if my pc would support it. also what other options do I have? what's the best I can get?


Thnx for ur help in advance

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Re: Thinkpad E520 Graphics/upgrades

Your CPU, RAM and SSD. Internal Graphics card upgrade isnt feasible, but you can do an eGPU option and use a desktop graphics card.

Jin Li

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Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad E520 Graphics/upgrades

oke cool, but what are my eGPU options? like what models, and stuff, and how does it work, I've never heard of it before. 
Thnx for ur reply!

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Re: Thinkpad E520 Graphics/upgrades

Hey RRGM40,


The amount of different eGPU's you can get are huge, I would suggest you Google search and see what one you would like. Amazon, eBay and other shopping sites have many options for you to chose from and I have added a link that you could read giving you more of better idea of what eGPU is.


If you have any questions please feel free to post back.


Best Regards,



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Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad E520 Graphics/upgrades

Hi Hiro,


Thnx for ur reply, I've been doing some digging myself and I found a couple of websites with good information and DIY's, including the you've sent me. I haven't foudn much on amazon or ebay, but maybe that was jus tmy sloppy way of searchign so I'm going to dig deeper. Also I found this link that shows you how to make one with the pe4h PCI-e x16 to x1 adaptor, so that would also be an option for me. Anyway thnx for the help!



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