Building a laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Excellentnuke, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Excellentnuke

    Excellentnuke GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 19, 2008
    United States
    On a boat
    My parents for some reason won't buy me an Alienware M11x. They'd prefer I build a laptop. I asked my friends and none of them know where to get laptop parts. Anyone know where I can get some?
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Short answer- nowhere.

    Longer answer- there are a few companies that will allow you to custom build (custom being the key word there- they will probably machine you a case to fit their gear) but it is no better than buying an off the shelf machine and maybe sticking a bit more ram, a larger hard drive, removing the DVD drive and sticking in a better battery.

    Similarly you probably could build one from replacement parts but the overhead would be horrendous.
  3. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Additional answer: Taiwan. There are several areas in Taiwan where you can get all the electronic components to build a computer or laptop from scratch. Naturally, most people won't have a clue how to put them together.
  4. Rasas

    Rasas Banned

    Apr 7, 2010
    United States
    Alienware is usually overpriced anyway and building a laptop is extremely difficult. As a person who has tried to take apart a laptop piece by piece and broke it doing so it is not worth it. Also purchasing parts is possible but the sources that sell them usually cater to a bulk order market.

    When I look it at it is actually a pretty nice laptop for the screen size and price. I do question some of the processor though.

    Nvm Kick Ass Processor Verus the alien ware one and from experience a good policy.

    I suppose you wanted a small laptop while their are plenty of more powerful laptops most of them that have a similar small size are more expensive or have better specs but are more expensive.

    If you don't care about size I'm pretty sure you couldn't get a better one if you do care about size this is your best bet.
  5. RandomOddness

    RandomOddness GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 16, 2010
    To build a laptop the best way to do it is to use a laptop barebone which can be quite low priced on ebay, but be warned that because it is a niche market building a laptop from scratch will most likely end up costing more than a shop bought one of lower specs.
  6. jefffisher

    jefffisher GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 17, 2006
    United States
    you can build a desktop or buy a laptop by no means should anyone ever try to build a laptop.
  7. Infinite Zero

    Infinite Zero Almost!

    Apr 25, 2010
    United States
    and "building" a laptop is very expensive too.
  8. Strider

    Strider Next to the mainstream

    Oct 29, 2002
    This thread has to win the award

    WTF thread of the year!

    I hold back on naming the reasons, but there are a few.
  9. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Nah, I've seen more outrageous theads earlier in the year. This one is quite honest with a simple question, a simple answer, a slightly less simple answer, and then the rest of the not-so-helpful answers (e.g. "you can build a desktop or buy a laptop by no means should anyone ever try to build a laptop.", which is true, but doesn't explain anything ergo is unhelpful).

    There's also no need for more people to emphasize that whilst building a laptop is possible, it's not advised and will always be more expensive than a storebought option.
  10. MrCooper

    MrCooper GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 2, 2010
    United States
    The United States of retard
    Why buy alien ware in the first place, they are so overpriced! For example they charge $100 USD to overclock your processor.

    Try Newegg
  11. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    The M11x is a unique laptop, I've yet to see anything offered by another company that matches it's aspects (I'm not just talking CPU/RAM/GPU specs).

    So when it comes to building there's no way he can build something like the M11x. It'll most likely be a 17/19-inch case if he custom-builds, which is nowhere close.
  12. playallday

    playallday Group: GBAtemp Ghost

    May 23, 2008
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  13. nutella

    nutella Low Glycemic Index

    Sep 4, 2008
    Your nearest supermarket
    As everyone else said, you can build a laptop, but it's very impractical. Of course there's the generic "Save up the money yourself" advice, but I'm sure you know that. That's up to you. The other thing is to go for a slightly larger 13" screen with comparable specs. Normally, I wouldn't recommend Alienware products, but I realize the M11x really is something special. However, the price is pretty steep especially for the new models. Perhaps the Asus UL30JT might suit your needs, as the specs are pretty close but it has a bigger screen and is also cheaper.