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July 21, 2012 7:38:15 PM

Hey everyone i was just wondering if anyone knew anything about building a laptop? please feel free to post ideas
(and if this thread is in the wrong place i apologize i wasnt sure)

Part prefrences:
Processor:intel
OS: Mac OS Mountain Lion
the rest i just dont know what will be available

all help is much apreciated!

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a b D Laptop
July 21, 2012 7:49:34 PM

All Laptop components are OEM and cannot be purchased through retail outlets. Some components can be found used through various ebay stores but that's it.

We also can't help you install OSX on a non-Apple computer as it is against the licence agreement and is considered copy protection.
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July 21, 2012 7:52:59 PM

okay thank you for telling me! O.o
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a b D Laptop
July 21, 2012 8:00:41 PM

The only components that can be safely changed universally in a Laptop are the hard drive(s) and memory. Even then, some laptop manufacturers have taken to soldering SSDs and memory modules directly to the motherboard.

However, most high end laptops can still handle 1 or 2 2.5 inch hard drives (note that 2.5 inch hard drives which require a 12 volt power supply such as the WD Velociraptor will not work in laptops) and 2 to 4 204 pin SODIMM memory modules.

If possible buy a laptop with the bare minimum hard drive and memory configurations and upgrade this with aftermarket components.

Batteries and chargers can sometimes be swapped out with compatible replacement parts but they are not universal and OEM replacement parts are almost always better than third party replacement parts. Some internal components may be replaced with identical parts if they are not soldered directly to the motherboard. Many mobile graphics cards use OEM specific firmware, two GPUs of the same model made by different OEMs are not necessarily interchangeable.
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July 21, 2012 8:04:18 PM

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July 21, 2012 8:08:46 PM

there arent much options for building a laptop
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a b D Laptop
July 22, 2012 3:13:11 AM

Laptops can be custom built just like anything else. Clevo is probbaly the most widely known....they were the OEM for Alienware pre Dell. Once ya pick ya chassis, which includes the casing, MoBo, screen and KB, and these odds and ends

Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera
Built-In Fingerprint Reader
Built-In Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Built-In 9-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS DUO/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire
1 USB 2.0 Ports
3 USB 3.0 Ports
1 eSATA Port (USB 3.0 Combo)
1 HDMI 1.4a Output (with HDCP)
1 DVI-I Port
1 Display Port 1.1
1 Kensington Lock Port
Built-in Microphone, 2 Speakers and 1 Sub-Woofer
4 Audio Jacks for Headphone, Microphone-In, S/PDIF-Out, and Line-In
1 100/240V Autoswitch AC Power Adapte

These are ya typical options:

Base model = P170EM

Screen Options
17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Glare Type Display, Super-Wide Viewing Angles
17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Matte Type Display [add $30.00]
17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) Glare Type 90% NTSC Color Gamut Display [add $185.00]

CPU Options
Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor, 2.3 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.3GHz), 6MB Smart Cache
Intel Core i7-3720QM Processor, 2.6 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.6GHz), 6MB Smart Cache [add $160.00]
Intel Core i7-3820QM Processor, 2.7 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.7GHz), 8MB Smart Cache [add $350.00]
Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-3920XM Processor, 2.9 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.8GHz), 8MB Smart Cache [add $870.00]

TIM
OEM Thermal Compound
IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU [add $35.00]

Memory Options
8GB, PC3-10600/1333Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 2GB [subtract $50.00]
8GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 2GB [subtract $25.00]
8GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 2 x 4GB
16GB, PC3-10600/1333Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 4GB (Regular $60, Now $20, Save $40) [add $20.00]
12GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 3 x 4GB [add $40.00]
16GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 4GB [add $80.00]
24GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 2 x 8GB + 2 x 4GB [add $250.00]
32GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 8GB [add $335.00]

GFX Card Options
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M w/1.5GB GDDR5 with Optimus Technology for Power Saving
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M w/2GB GDDR5 with Optimus Technology for Power Saving [add $100.00]
AMD Radeon HD 7970M w/2GB GDDR5 [add $200.00]
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M w/4GB GDDR5 [add $495.00]
NVIDIA Quadro 5010M w/4GB GDDR5 [add $1,950.00]

1st HD Options
500GB/7200rpm 16MB Cache Buffer SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s)
750GB/7200rpm 16MB Cache Buffer SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s) [add $20.00]
500GB/7200rpm Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/4GB SSD Memory SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s) [add $50.00]
60GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $70.00]
128GB Transcent SATA II Solid State Drive [add $75.00]
128GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive [add $85.00]
120GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $100.00]
750GB/7200rpm Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/8GB SSD Memory SATA-600 (SATA III 6GB/s) [add $115.00]
180GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $160.00]
256GB Lite-On SATA III Solid State Drive [add $165.00]
256GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive [add $195.00]
250GB Intel 510 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $200.00]
240GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $210.00]
480GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive [add $445.00]
512GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive [add $550.00]
600GB Intel 320 SERIES SATA II Solid State Drive [add $815.00]

2nd HD Options
Same as above

3rd HD Options
3.6mm INTEL MSATA 310 series SSD 40GB with ISRT Preconfigured and enabled for max performance as "Hidden Drive" (Windows 7 purchase required) [add $120.00]
3.6mm INTEL MSATA 310 series SSD 80GB use as OS Drive (Primary Drive “C:”) (Windows 7 purchase required) [add $200.00]
3.6mm INTEL MSATA 310 series SSD 80GB with ISRT Preconfigured and enabled for max performance as "Hidden Drive" (Windows 7 purchase required) [add $200.00]

RAID Options
RAID - None Enabled
RAID 0 Enabled (Striped Set) Dual Same Size and Speed Hard Drives Required
RAID 1 Enabled (Mirrored Set) Dual Same Size and Speed Hard Drives Required

Optical Options
8X Max. DVD±R/RW Writer/Reader / 4X Max. +DL Super-Mulit Drive
4x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive [add $65.00]
6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive [add $80.00]
6x Max. Blu-Ray Writer/Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive [add $135.00]
500GB/7200rpm SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s) with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $90.00]
500GB/7200rpm Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/4GB SSD Memory SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s) with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $125.00]
750GB/7200rpm SATA-300 (SATA II 3GB/s) with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $110.00]
750GB/7200rpm Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/8GB SSD Memory SATA-600 (SATA III 6GB/s) with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $185.00]
Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy (No HDD) [add $15.00]
600GB Intel 320 SERIES SATA II Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $890.00]
128GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $160.00]
256GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $270.00]
512GB Crucial M4 SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $625.00]
60GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $140.00]
120GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $175.00]
180GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $235.00]
240GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $285.00]
480GB Intel 520 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive with Caddy Case in ODD Bay [add $520.00]

LAN Options
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth Combo
Intel Wireless Lan N2230 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo [add $5.00]
Intel Advance-N 6235 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [add $25.00]
Intel Ultimate-N 6300 Wi-Fi [add $35.00]
Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1103 (3x3) [add $60.00]

Now this are the choices you will find on may boutique build sites ..... WidowPC, falcon Northwest, Sager, XoticPC and many more. If ya look around and ya convince the supplier you have "the juice", you can find all the parts on your own....the chassis will be the hard part as Clevo has taken action against many unauthorized suppliers. Of course, you could try and become one of those.

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