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Thinking about building my own laptop and would love some input/advice...


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#1 EPerd

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:17 AM

So I've been bouncing between a few forums, trying to find my ideal laptop to replace my now dead one. My budget is $750-1,100 usd and I intended to wait until cyber Monday. However, the more I dig, the more I see people recommending building my own to help meet my price point while getting the specs I want.

The thing is, I am not extremely tech savvy and I am worried about messing up :-/. So I'm here to ask what you all think a DYI laptop might wind up costing me with the specs I list below, as well as advice on what to use where there are blanks...

1. Motherboard for either an Intel or AMD processor?

Not sure.


2. Processor for either Intel or AMD motherboard?

If I went with Intel I'd want an i7 7700hq or i7 8550u. I'm open to Amd, but I do not want to sacrifice cpu performance.


3. Memory for motherboard

16gb ddr4 ram or more. Preferably with 2 slots (8+8)

4. Case to hold motherboard?

If this is referring to the shell, I am not sure. I know i would like it to have a screen already in, and at least 1 USB 3 type a and type c port. Hdmi and audio Jack's are a plus.

5.battery?

No idea. I definitely want good battery life :-)


6. DVD RW drive?

Not necessary, but a plus.

7.Hard disk drive (AKA HDD)?
2tb sshd or HDd. I believe Kingston or seagatr firecuda would be ideal

7a. Solid State drive (AKA SSD)?

Samsung Evo 960 250gb pcie/nvme

8. Video card?

I am a bit confused about video cards. I don't need anything too crazy as I will not be gaming or 3d modeling, but it would be nice to have a halfway decent one just to help everything run more smoothly(take stress off the cpu when streaming, photo editing, video editing, or making some digital designs). Open too suggestions for sure.


9. CPU cooler AKA heatsink?

I don't even know what this is, but I do know I do not want my laptop to overheat lol

10. Thermal compound for between the CPU and heatsink

Same as above :-(

11. Operating system?

Windows 10 home 64 bit

12.connectivity?

Internet access and Bluetooth functionality are quite important to me, especially the former. I do need good wifi connectivity. I read 802 a/c is currently the best, so I suppose I'd like to go with that.

If possible, I'd very much like a shell with a good keyboard. A good track pad would be nice, but I intend to use a mouse.

Anyway, I probably am missing a few things here, and I apologize for that. I'm very new to the pc tech world. If you do not want to fill in the blanks for me, that is okay. My primary concern right this second is to see what the price difference would be between building my own, and buying a pre-made or custom built model.

Thank you for your time and insights.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 12:53 PM

So you are not really Building your own laptop but buying from somewhere that offers customization? Because building a laptop from scratch requires special equipment (e.g. constructing laptop case/shell compatible for components and connecting display to it is not very simple task) and that's why laptops are almost entirely OEM stuff.

There may be some shops/manufacturers that offer some customization for laptops. In case you want to build your own desktop PC, that's entirely different question.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:16 PM

My apologies, may have misworded it. From what I've read, I would get a barebones laptop that comes with a screen built in, but then I'd need to buy and install everything else.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 04:07 PM

I understand. Building a laptop from barebones is much harder than building a desktop computer from parts. You say that you're not not extremely tech savvy and I am worried about messing up. Well, building a laptop is very easy way to mess something up. So I cannot recommend doing that.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

My apologies, may have misworded it. From what I've read, I would get a barebones laptop that comes with a screen built in, but then I'd need to buy and install everything else.

 

Barebones Laptops 

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=barebones%20laptops&Submit=ENE



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 07:29 PM



 



My apologies, may have misworded it. From what I've read, I would get a barebones laptop that comes with a screen built in, but then I'd need to buy and install everything else.

 

Barebones Laptops 

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=barebones%20laptops&Submit=ENE

 

 

Interesting.  The first one I looked at uses a desktop socket (LGA 1151) and uses desktop CPU's.  Should be fast but battery life and heat could be issues...  The two CPU's mentioned in the OP (i7-7700HQ and i7-8550U) use ball grid array (BGA) socketed CPU's - they are installed by soldering to the motherboard, using specialised and expensive equipment.  If you want these, you would have to buy them pre-installed in the barebone laptop.

 

9. CPU cooler AKA heatsink?


I don't even know what this is, but I do know I do not want my laptop to overheat lol


10. Thermal compound for between the CPU and heatsink

Same as above :-(

 

Cooling solutions (and batteries for that matter) are designed as part of the laptop chassis and motherboard assembly.  You can't simply buy an "off the shelf" laptop cooler, like you would with a desktop.  They should be supplied with any barebone laptop.

 

11. Operating system? 



Windows 10 home 64 bit

 

You pay retail, so about $110.  The big OEM's will get it for a fraction of this under bulk licenses, possibly negating any cost savings you may be making elsewhere.  If you've never built a desktop, then building a laptop may be too adventurous.


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