Uhhh....huh.Thanks for the reply, Luke.
First thing is first. This thing is the 3rd Sager I've bought from PC Torque, so please don't just make me out to be some kind of naysayer. I've done plenty of positive press for Sager, but I am also a customer and feel it is within my rights to express what I feel to be misleading claims. Whether or not they put things in "fine print" or whatever, I don't think I'm imagining things when I read that the PCIE graphics cards were "upgadable". Correct me if I'm wrong, but that was one of the major selling points of these cards versus their predecessors like the ATI 9000/9600/9700. As a matter of fact, I am quite CERTAIN that Sager didn't go out of their way to warn me that "this is NOT an upgradable graphics card". Again, feel free to tell me I'm wrong on that count - but I think you'd be hard pressed to say so. Point in fact, so far I see NO greater upgradabilty at ALL from the previous generation - where you also sent the unit back to get the entire mobo/graphics card changed. Seems awfully a lot like the same thing to me.
As for who's to blame, really, to me as a customer that is really irrelevant. I didn't buy the machine from nvidia or ATI, I bought it from Sager - specifically from PC Torque. PC Torque also didn't go out of their way to warn me that this machine wouldn't truly be upgradable. While I realize that the graphics card companies are not making matters easier, it is still frustrating, and I am certain I am not alone in feeling as though somehow things aren't quite what I thought I was actually buying. There's no argument against that feeling. It was the common public understanding that PCIE graphics cards on notebooks meant easy and relatively cheap upgradability. Period.
That said, I will likely buy my next Sager down the road from PC Torque again - the original intent of my post was simply an inquiry as to whether it is possible to upgrade my older generation 9860 AT ALL - considering the fact it was supposed to be the most super-duper-upgradable notebook in the universe (et cetera) when I bought it less than a year ago.
So we're waiting on the verdict, is the end result?