What's the best (and hopfully cheapest) eGPU setup for an HP Notebook?
I'm not entirely sure where to put this thread because it has a little bit of everything in it, so feel free to move this wherever you need to. I'm trying to make an HP Notebook with 3.85 gigs of RAM, an Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU N3710 @ 1.60GHz processer, Intel(R) HD Graphics 405, and a 64-bit OS into something that I can game on (Batman Arkham Knight graphics card requirements are probably the highest I'd need/want), and make 3D models for modding those games on a 3D modeling app, what kind of cheap eGPU setup equipment should I look into (for future reference, I don't care a whole lot about extra USBs, I just want to barely have enough to do the stuff that I want to do). As you can probably tell, I don't know jack-diddley-squat about this stuff, but from what I do know, it seems like it would be specific to my laptop and processers as to what I need to do. 😀 Also, before you tell me to just get a new computer/laptop (which is probably going to be forced upon me anyway), my parents, who, like me, didn't know what to look for in a computer to do all of this stuff with, bought this one for me for last years Christmas so the warranty is probably gone (I don't actually know what the warranty was) and that's $300 wasted! Sorry for rant/novel, I just want to give you all of the details you may need to help me, thank you in advance and God bless.
Heya, @jumpsh00ps. Welcome.
You would need to provide a model name for your laptop, it would allow us to look it up and see if you have any eGPU options, although I am not optimistic.
This is a very low end system. I would expect your only realistic option to be an mPCIe adapter. Thankfully, these are the cheapest adapters, but they require opening up the laptop (or an access panel) to connect them and removing the Wifi card. With your weak CPU, you will struggle to run modern games anyway, and pretty much regardless of the GPU you use the GPU will perform far worse than in a desktop on account of the weak CPU.
The most optimistic scenario for you would be a mPCIe adapter (if you have an accessible slot, and this works at all) and a desktop PSU. You can get both for about 30$. Then you add a low-end video card (a GTX660 or GTX750Ti, used, should be around or under 50$, and you can sometimes find a refurbished RX560 for 60$ or so). You'd get a boost for about a 100$ total investment, but do not expect miracles in modern games.
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Thanks for replying so fast, I thought it would take at least a day to get one. Um, for all I know it's just the Camo Special Edition HP Notebook, unless you meant the model NUMBER instead of the name of the laptop. Just like you, I don't have high expectations for this thing, but I'm holding on to any hope I can get ; if this doesn't pan out, what would your recommendations be on a new laptop or (if need be) PC for the things I'm wanting to do?
I just checked the build table and didn't see my model, *heavy sighs and sobs* I hope that's not the only way to check.
HP 15-bn070wm - Camo Special Edition - 15.6" - Pentium N3710 - 4 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - US
Yep, that's my laptop.