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PC Modding: Desktop to Laptop?

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July 21, 2013 6:21:48 PM

Has anyone ever done this? and by this i mean, taken desktop parts, place them in a custom built case, and attached at screen on hinges giving it the form factor of a laptop? im fairly certain something like this has atleast been attemped by the greater modding community, but i cant find anything on this subject.

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July 21, 2013 6:51:13 PM

ok, looking at it i wasnt wording my search on google right, so with a more appropriate wording i managed to find this: http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33522&st...

how viable is any design similar to this really? i like the idea of using a traveling case, idk why i didnt think of that earlier in my design plans. lol i have been sketching out a computer like this for over a month
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July 21, 2013 8:00:49 PM

one more thing, can someone recommend a good monitor (17-19" widescreen, 1080p) and a hard case to fit i in?
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July 21, 2013 8:08:56 PM

Richie Ricardo said:
I don't know about PCs but somebody turned an xbox360 into a laptop so I'm guessing its possible.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2007/04/x...


lots of people have doing that one for quite some time, some is even releasing a kit too make your own. it had a kickstarter campaign that succeeded in its goal. my thing about this is, ive seen a few examples now. im just worried about being able to customize it and how i would mod the screen to fit in the top half of the case
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July 21, 2013 8:14:34 PM

Well you'd have to make it so that the screen doesn't have any video output cables or power cable running out of it which has to be complicated considering how necessary (and thick) those cables are. I'm guessing you'd have to get a monitor with perfectly flat sides and a removable stand and somehow solder all the necessary cables into the monitor and somehow make them invisible.

Laptops are generally made of laptop specific components which are much smaller than desktop components so if you make a desktop laptop then it would be gigantic. Not to mention you'd have to keep it plugged in at all times since theres no actual battery. You also wouldn't be able to use fancy graphics cards or aftermarket coolers since both of those are usually very big and stick out far from the motherboard.
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July 21, 2013 8:41:48 PM

well i found a guide online to do almost exactly what i wanted to, but i closed it and will have to backtrack for the link, but i could use a riser for the graphics card and that would eliminate most of the space issues regarding that. granted i wont be able to sli or anything like that, but i have a spare GTX 670 which is more then enough power for anything ill use it to play, and isnt all that big. for teh cabling i figure i could use a flat hdmi or a dviif the port point down and use the vesa mounts on the screen itself to mount it to the case. i found a case on amazon that would more then suit my needs and accomodate a fairly decent size screen :) 
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July 21, 2013 8:51:57 PM

Keep in mind that you should give your components some space to keep them from getting overheated. Laptops die quicker probably for the reason that they're so compacted. Good luck to you. I'd love to see the end result of your project :) 
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July 21, 2013 8:59:56 PM

Richie Ricardo said:
Keep in mind that you should give your components some space to keep them from getting overheated. Laptops die quicker probably for the reason that they're so compacted. Good luck to you. I'd love to see the end result of your project :) 


i know, and cooling is the main thing im looking into now. im probably going to go with a corsair h100, bcause the cpu i intend to use is a spare FX-8120, and those things run hot beyond belief lol the case im looking at is like 22 x 14 x 7, or somehing like that, so im hoping i have enough space to fit all this. i do not plan on installing a dvd or bluray drive, just for the sake on ease of building. i cant remember the last i even used a disk lol
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