Custom laptop building

CmdrJeffSinclair

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Hey everyone,

I want to build a custom laptop totally from scratch without 3rd party help.
Somehow I don't think anyone is going to have anything positive to say on this one. I've googled a lot and there seems to be nothing.
 

ssddx

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you can find "barebones" laptops on the market which allow you to pick a few components but they really are not the same number of choices or compatabilities as desktops would. typically you are better off buying a prebuilt.

you can game at respectable settings on a $1000-1300 laptop such as the g75/g750. a homebuilt barebones can actually cost *more* to build than prebuilts at times.

keep in mind that laptops are not meant to game with the gpu enabled while on battery power (you would have only like 30-45min play time at best) so require a power outlet. this means that you may be better off with a super portable mATX or mITX based build paired with a portable monitor design. also since desktop components can be used you get more for your dollar and parts are easier to come by.
 

CmdrJeffSinclair

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There may have been a miscommunication. I don't really need help finding parts for a build. I know pretty much every part for any laptop and desktop. My issue is finding a laptop case, mobo, cpu and GPU which all conform to each other.

It was my hope though to basically take low power desktop parts on a small mobo and fit them into a large laptop-shaped case. Something like the i7-5960x on the 2011-3 ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 to fit into laptop shaped case. I can do the rest.

If you have in mind a special site which allows people to select parts and then a 3rd party creates a custom laptop case for it all, then send me the link!

What did you have in mind? If I wanted the best laptop I'd get something with the Haswell 4700m series and an AMD radeon GPU, a small 1080p USB monitor, laptop sized gaming keyboard etc and fit it all in there and plug the USB devices into the mobo itself.

I thought it all out but there are about a million kinks due to the case, mobo, and if I use laptop parts that basically means I'm super limited to recycled laptop parts from compatible mobos.

So it was my hope to make a large laptop with desktop parts with a mobo that fits SO-DIMMs and a small but powerful GPU. Still haven't figured out the battery part, assuming any of this is possible without a PSU.
 

i7Baby

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You said "I know pretty much every part for any laptop and desktop." yet you are talking about a LGA-2011-3 mobo and CPU. They won't fit in any laptop case and they would get too hot to be put in a small case.

You will find that to build a laptop, you'll need to get the case, screen, keyboard and motherboard from one laptop. They don't fit each other. There's no 'ATX' standard for them. You can choose ram - that's compatible with the motherboard. And in some cases you can choose a CPU - but low power, certainly not 140W X99. And you can choose storage.
 

CmdrJeffSinclair

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I see. I do know parts but it's like an unsolvable puzzle to make a custom laptop. As you said, I'd basically need a laptop with everything already. It sounds like I'm !@#$ out of luck.

I was thinking of geeting a PS4 and simply attaching a USB monitor or a small HDMI portable monitor to it. That's the only thing I can think of to play games on the go without dropping $3k on specialized laptop stuff for shiz and giggles I don't need. In fact, a PS4 would be a little smaller than my current mongoid laptop from the stone age, M17-R1. 11lbs. over 300W
 

ssddx

Glorious
Moderator
you can find "barebones" laptops on the market which allow you to pick a few components but they really are not the same number of choices or compatabilities as desktops would. typically you are better off buying a prebuilt.

you can game at respectable settings on a $1000-1300 laptop such as the g75/g750. a homebuilt barebones can actually cost *more* to build than prebuilts at times.

keep in mind that laptops are not meant to game with the gpu enabled while on battery power (you would have only like 30-45min play time at best) so require a power outlet. this means that you may be better off with a super portable mATX or mITX based build paired with a portable monitor design. also since desktop components can be used you get more for your dollar and parts are easier to come by.
 
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