Alienware upgrades


New Member
Jul 7, 2015
Hi folks,

Don't know how active this forum is given it's low number of threads, however I thought I would see how I go.

Let me start by highlighting that I had high expectations when buying this laptop and I could not be more disappointed in the performance of this machine. Sorry Alienware lovers. The CPU (i7 5500U), for what I want, is holding this machine back significantly. I will also admit that I bought the machine not for gaming (which it may excel at) but as a good, high performing allrounder for work. I will also put out there that I was hoping to run windows in a VM as my day to day OS however this is next to impossible with the CPU constantly maxed out and the performance is terrible.

Anyhow, I am stuck with this machine for the next few years seeing as it cost so much, so...
I understand the CPU and graphics card can't be replaced easily, however I am trying to find information on how this might be possible.
Does anyone know if you can buy a motherboard/CPU and graphics card and replace the existing one. I figure throwing more money at this machine and actually getting something that works is better than how it currently is.



New Member
Aug 17, 2014
As far as the graphics go why not use the graphics accelerator port? It's not a perfect solution but it will hold a Titan X graphics card. Then you are only CPU limited.