View Full Version : Anyone build custom laptops??

12-14-2007, 03:28 AM
Making desktops are a piece of cake, you just get the parts from any online store and away you go.

Does anyone build custom laptops? If so where do you get your case/lcd combo and what brand do you use.

Bryce W
12-14-2007, 05:01 AM
I have never heard of anyone building custom laptops. Changing the CDRom/HDD/Ram yes. Totally custom built, no. As you know, the laptop plastic cases are specially made to fit the features of the motherboard, unlike a desktop case where the motherboard comes with a backplate/faceplate (what the hell are those things called anyway?) to suit the case.

12-14-2007, 05:23 AM
Lots of people build custom laptops. You can get the motherboards and plastics from MSI or Clevo. My laptop is a custom job. Mine is based on the MS-1039 (M655) base, http://www.msicomputer.com/NB/product_spec.asp?model=MS-1039 , thats what a working one looks like with it already built. Getting access to the parts is the tough thing. But you can get them from a few places.


Compal (a few local places build with Compal close to me.)

Quanta Computer (as they say on the page, 1 out of 3 laptops in the world is built by Quanta.) You can partner with them and get barebones parts.

And so on ... There are tons of ways to get the parts. If you go with compal, quanta, or asus's asmobile they are all part of the current Verified By Intel program which means extras like cd/dvd drives, add on cards (video, sound, ower, ect,) are interchangeable.

12-14-2007, 06:48 AM
What about cost? Is it cheaper in the end to build your own laptop?

12-14-2007, 05:19 PM
We have a company here in Cali. They build customer laptop and pc's in a huge wherehouse. A couple of my friends bought from them and were very satisfied. Their web site is cyberpowerpc[dot]com. I don't know about profitability of this, but they seem to be doing very well.

12-14-2007, 08:13 PM
Cyberpower and IBuyPower are two good examples of companies that do custom laptop work.

12-15-2007, 03:25 AM
I know you can get the barebone systems and customize to your liking, the problem is I'm not sure if I would be able to sell a built laptop at a reasonable price and still make good profit on it. The barebone laptop system is fairly high in price, I mean I do know the battery and lcd are mainly what your paying for but still not sure if it would be a good business move to offer them or not.

12-15-2007, 02:56 PM
As a company we arent doing it right now. I sell Acer because I can get them for about $450.

12-16-2007, 10:32 PM
As a company we arent doing it right now. I sell Acer because I can get them for about $450.

How do you get Acer directly? and from who?

12-17-2007, 02:56 AM
How do you get Acer directly? and from who?

We have an Ingram Micro account.

Bryce W
12-17-2007, 03:04 AM
What about cost? Is it cheaper in the end to build your own laptop?
Id like to know this too.

12-17-2007, 06:14 PM
Id like to know this too.

In the end I spent about $1250 building mine. Its got a 15.4 inch wide screen, 2 gigs of ram, 120gig 7200 rpm drive, 256meg ati radeon x1600 pro video card, 8x dvd+-r/rw, and for the cpu an amd turion 64 X2 TL-56 (dual core.)

I think thats a pretty good price for the power I put in it. That was about a year ago.

12-22-2007, 12:45 AM
I sold my own branded laptops built from shells but I stopped doing it last year. There is more money in it than desktops but within a year or two it may change. They are becoming so inexpensive now it is possible they will become throwaway items within a few more years.

01-18-2008, 10:14 PM
Im begining to look around for a new laptop and would like to explore this option where can I buy the barebone laptops from? Who all manufactures barebone laptops I see ASUS and MSI, never been much for MSI but ASUS all are vista only so I lean toward MSI here. I am just gunna use my time while I am saving up to reserch options. Id like to avoid Vista for now or if I do go with as custom system do a dual boot of XP and Vista becuase while I don't want to run Vista as my main I do want to run it. Dual boot would also then give me XP(32 bit) and Vista(64 bit)