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Old 12-14-2007, 02:28 AM
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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.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:01 AM
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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.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:23 AM
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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/produc...?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.

Asus:
http://www.directron.com/notebookdiy.html
http://search.ncix.com/displayproduc...nufacture=ASUS


Compal (a few local places build with Compal close to me.)
http://www.compal.com/index_En.htm

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.
http://www.quantatw.com/Quanta/engli...ct/qci_nb.aspx

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.
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What about cost? Is it cheaper in the end to build your own laptop?
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:19 PM
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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.
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Cyberpower and IBuyPower are two good examples of companies that do custom laptop work.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:25 AM
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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.
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:56 PM
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As a company we arent doing it right now. I sell Acer because I can get them for about $450.
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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?
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:56 AM
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How do you get Acer directly? and from who?
We have an Ingram Micro account.
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