Originally Posted by Firetooth1
I'm in need of upgrading my graphics card in my Inspiron 9300 laptop. I currently have the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 in my computer and according to Dell I could upgrade to the NVIDIA 9300, NV41, 256mb card. Is this a good choice or should I do something else?
What they (Dell) is telling you in Dellspeak is that the fastest card you can install in your machine is what you already have (a GeForce Go 6800). This is because the fastest "officially" supported video card for the I9300 is the Go 6800.
Of course we here all know that with a little bit of BIOS modding and an upgrading of power supply; the 6800 ultra or 7800 GTX are the fastest choices for the I9300. Read this thread which used to be stickied atop this forum http://www.notebookforums.com/thread113866.html
Neither of these two cards are any longer available through Dell directly, so you'll have to look for them here in the "for sale/wanted" section of this forum or on Ebay. But it will cost you, the 7800 GTX when they do pop up on Ebay are outrageously priced, going for as much as $300-$500. The 6800 Ultra when it shows up is more reasonable, going for around $200 - $400.
Both are now rare and hard to come by so it will take a bit of work on your part to try and find one. But when you do you'll be greatly rewarded, as either makes a nice upgrade to your current setup, with the only downside being a slight increase in heat output and a reduction in battery up-time. I hope this helps.