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    what upgrades can I make without voiding warranty?

    maybe a stupid question, but as title says, what can i upgrade/swap/mod on my gl551jw without voiding my warranty?

    is it possible to replace the optical drive with a caddy+hdd/ssd? any other suggestions from anyone?

    this is my first new computer in 8 years, so I feel out of my depth at this point


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    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
    CaseObsidian 750D (original), 6xNH-A14
    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
    Headset Pilot P51 PTT *modded*
    OS Arch, Gentoo, Win7x64, Win10x64
    Network RouterActiontec T3200M VDSL2 Gateway
    Accessory #1 TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E, 1xPCIe
    Accessory #2 ASUS/Infineon SLB9635 TPM (TT1.2/FW3.19)
    Accessory #3 ASUS OC Panel I (FW0501)
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    You can swap drives. You can swap memory. You can swap battery. ROG G551 upgrade guide here.

    Asus tech support will routinely inform you that anything which involves removing screws voids Asus warranty, but don't worry about the few screws you might need to unscrew to access the user-serviceable (drive bay, memory slot, battery) compartments.

    You will lose warranty if you disassemble the laptop, remove any screws covered by anti-tamper stickers (like the "Warranty Void If Removed" label, lol) or strip any screws fastened with threadlock.

    Many people report improved thermal performance after disassembling their ROG laptops and doing a full re-paste with a premium TIM (which will outperform the cheap Asus factory pink goop), but this is an involved procedure which can easily break something. A lot of people (myself included) will just seize fate by the throat because confidence in Asus warranty is low.

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