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G74SX: What are my upgrade limitations?

Level 7
I've looked around a bit, but there doesn't seem to be any specific guidelines as to how much I can upgrade my computer, and I tend to hate any method other than going to a source like this and asking people that actually care! No offense to Asus in particular, I've just had bad times in the past with reliability from support for just about everything. 😞

Anyways, onto my specific question. I have an Asus G74SX, I got it for Christmas last year. I'm really pleased with the stock quality -- it runs fast, and I can play all the games I want at optimal settings with little to no lag.

However, I'm looking into upgrading my graphics card or replacing the 1st hard drive with an SSD. I just want to know, is this possible? I've looked at videos and other threads on this forum and others saying that there's no way to replace the graphics card because it's welded to the motherboard, which is unfortunate because the 600-series from NVIDIA just came out a few months after I got the computer >:[

If it's possible in any way, I'd love to know how and how safe it is! Also, if it isn't possible, what CAN I upgrade, and is replacing the primary HDD with an SSD within those limitations?

Thanks all 😄

Level 9
Thanks fostert, that is really good to know!

GA502IV, AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 2.9GHz with Radeon Graphics
Boot Drive: SSD NVMe PC SN530 (1 TB)
Data Drive: WD BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD (1 TB)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6.0 GB
Windows 10 Pro 64bit

G74SX-CST1-CBIL, i7 2630QM 2GHz (It just won't die!)
12GB DDR3 RAM @1333MHz
Boot Drive: Samsung 860 EVO (1 TB)
Data Drive: Samsung 850 EVO (500 GB)
BIOS 203
Windows 10 Pro 64bit

No problem. What Linux distro are you going to use? Hate Mandrake; never tried Ubuntu (sounds OK except for unity); dropped the buggered Scientific Linux distro (RedHat based) and am now a very, very happy camper with Debian.
G74SX-CST1-CBIL, i7 2630QM 2GHz
32GB DDR3 RAM @1333MHz
GTX560M 3GB DDR5 (192 bit)
17.3" LED 1920x1080
Sentelic TP, BIOS 203
Debian Linux Wheezy (Testing) Kernel 3.2, NVIDIA 295.40