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M17X R3 SSD and GPU Help!

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Hello Techies!

 

New to the forums and I own a Alienware M17X R3 that has never had anything done to it and finally after 9 years the HDD crapped out, i purchased a Samsung SSD that I will be receiving next thursday so just getting a low down on what the proper procedure is. I currently have Bios A03 which will not give me SATA III speeds either from what I have read and will need A08? Will the Dell Bios update work for me or should i be trying to go with A12 unlocked? Can i do the update off windows as soon as do a fresh install on the new SSD? Or do I have to make a bootable usb? Sorry im not dumb with computers but not as smart as I want to be haha Thanks in advance for every ones help!

 

I also want to upgrade my GPU at some point which current is an Nvidia 460M, what is the best/cost effective upgrade I should do and do I have to have a certain Bios to run that as well?

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It's been a while, but I believe SATA III works on at least one of the ports on the stock BIOS.  For sure, there's unlocked A08 and A12 BIOS versions out there with a "SATA fix" as well.  Should be easy to find if you google for m17x r3 unlocked bios sata.  You can flash the BIOS from a utility in Windows.

 

As for the GPU, I'm not sure.  It mostly depends what you can find for sale nowadays.  Nvidia 5xx/6xx should definitely work.  Maybe more than that.  I currently run an AMD 7970m, which replaced my 6990m when it died.

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im running a gtx1070 on an m17x r4 but im sure the R3 can run preety much most of the mxm cards now, search well before pulling the trigger, I would go for 980m and check compatibility

 

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