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aretino2002
10-05-2011, 03:49 PM
I recently purchased a G74SX-A1 and would like to at least upgrade the empty secondary HD slot into a decent SSD. I also heard that the wireless card for the G73 wasn't great and should be replaced, not sure if that still holds true for the G74 series. Here's what I was considering doing:


Add a Vertex 3 120 SSD for the OS and games and use the existing 750 HDD for data
Replace the wireless card (haven't researched which yet)
Add another 4 gigs of RAM to get to 16


Any suggestions for these upgrades or general recommendations about something not mentioned here? The user reviews for the Vertex 3 vary from phenomenally fast to completely unstable, so I was curious if you folks had any experience.

Thanks much!

TribalLink
10-05-2011, 04:06 PM
I recently bought a g74sx-A1 very recently as well and i love it, i bought the Vertex 3 120 SSD Max IOPS and i absolutely love it, its all this laptop needs, but i also have to say that i would love to upgrade the wireless card as well but i cant find any guides on how to do this... i want to buy the bigfoot wireless 3x3 cause i heard from a few people that its a great wireless card , you lose bluetooth with that card but i dont really use bluetooth anyways, as for RAM unless you love to multi task and open many many programs then 12 GB is way more than enough, im a huge multi tasker and 12 GB is still more than enough for me :D

If you find a guide how to replace the wireless card in Asus G74sx please link it here >.< i've been searching and searching but im a bad searcher lol :(

JRd1st
10-05-2011, 04:51 PM
The wireless card is supposedly REALLY easy to replace on G74sx; just one screw and 2 antenna connections. On another forum someone had problems with the Bigfoot card. But the Intel 6300 is always spoken of highly. Or the Intel 6250 if you wanna keep bluetooth.

grungeboy2
10-05-2011, 05:19 PM
spending extra money on more ram is probably a waste.

maybe spend it on a good bag or a nice headset.

aretino2002
10-06-2011, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the advice. I figured the RAM would barely be noticeable, but it's so cheap nowadays.

Chastity@ASUS
10-07-2011, 07:55 PM
Adding the extra stick will allow the 2nd bank to operate in Dual Channel mode, for the small boost.

TribalLink
10-13-2011, 05:45 PM
edit: better if i make my own post ^^

clarkkent06
10-13-2011, 08:07 PM
A cheaper option to keep bluetooth would be the Intel 6230 (that's the one I bought). I believe the only difference between the 6230 and the 6250 is WiMax (which I don't need).

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/centrino-advanced-n-6230.html
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/centrino-wireless-n-wimax-6250.html

JRd1st
10-13-2011, 08:12 PM
Actually, 6250 was a typo and I also have a 6230 coming.

clarkkent06
10-13-2011, 08:45 PM
Ah ok cool haha. Mine's on the way as well

ballzo
12-23-2011, 06:15 AM
So I got a G74sx on BF and I'm finally getting it dialed in. I added some memory and took it up to 16GB, re- installed W7 pro to get a clean install and wipe out all the bloatware and everything is good for the most part. I did have to download the keyboard fix to get the fn keys working correctly though but that was pretty minor. I must say I was quite shocked to find this POS Atheros wireless card in this thing! I figured it had to be a driver or something when my 5Ghz networks didn't show up. I'm kind of pissed at ASUS for putting such a roach in a notebook of this caliber. I just ordered an Intel 6230 for about $30 and I hope it is easy to install! I did add an Intel 120gb SSD and extra memory which is very easy to install but I don't know where the wireless card is installed on this thing or how to get it. If anyone has done the upgrade before please post what help you can. Thanks!

BrodyBoy
12-23-2011, 06:36 AM
I just ordered an Intel 6230 for about $30 and I hope it is easy to install! I did add an Intel 120gb SSD and extra memory which is very easy to install but I don't know where the wireless card is installed on this thing or how to get it. If anyone has done the upgrade before please post what help you can. Thanks!
If you were in there swapping RAM and drives, you were right next to it! You really didn't notice it??

5104

Hint: Lower left corner..... ;)

The Nemesis
12-23-2011, 06:51 AM
Your picture is very helpful and appreciated. However, might I suggest you edit it so no one can make out your cd key or serial :)

BrodyBoy
12-23-2011, 06:54 AM
Your picture is very helpful and appreciated. However, might I suggest you edit it so no one can make out your cd key or serial :)
That was one I returned awhile back, so I don't care. (Most of the photos I post are not from the actual G74 I own and use.)