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Why would someone go out and buy a computer from a manufacturer like Dell or Gateway, when they could build a more powerful computer for less money? The answer, they do not know how to build it.

This may sound like a complicated process, but in all actuality, it is very simple.

This guide will help you build your very own laptop computer.

DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any damage done to hardware during installation.

I also do not want to be contacted about computer problems. Go to your local repair shop (NOT GEEK SQUAD) and get it fixed. If the computer that is having problems was the one that you built (or tried to) then I will help. I just don't want a bunch of people who are asking how to fix unrelated issues.

I hope you enjoy building your computer. I did. In fact I'm using the computer pictured right now.

If you want to build a desktop computer, check out my Instructable on that
 
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Step 1: Buy parts

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The first thing you will need is the barebones notebook, or a barebook as some call it. These can easily be found by using the Google Product Search. The barebones notebook should be the base, screen, keyboard, and touchpad of the laptop. Many sellers will offer almost every part to go with the laptop. I suggest that the only thing you buy with the laptop is the CD/DVD drive. These are different for every laptop so go ahead and buy it with the laptop.

I used an Alienware base for my computer.

As for the other parts, you should be able to find them separate. Here are the parts you will need besides the CD drive:
-Processor (check the barebones notebook for socket type, new ones should have socket M or P for Intel and socket S1 or FS1 for AMD)
-RAM or Memory (check the barebones notebook for memory type, new ones should have DDR2 style)
-Graphics card (some may have it already built into the motherboard, check to make sure it's not before buying one)
-Hard Drive (check the notebook for hard drive type, new ones should be SATA)
-Wireless card (check the notebook for wireless card type, new ones should be Mini PCI-E)

You should be able to find most of these parts at Newegg.com, or eBay.
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AssossaGPB.9 months ago

I want to build my own laptop for programming and maybe light gaming, but I can't find any bare bones kits online that don't have a processor and gpu and are under $500. Could you please link me to where you can find these? Thanks!

Just buy a regular laptop, or build a desktop. Trying to "build" a laptop is useless and it will be very expensive.

Ok, seems easy enough to make one from scratch but how about if I ordered a laptop (e.g. Alienware, Acer etc) would I be able to modify the GPU, RAM, CPU and hard drive? If so how much would I be looking at spending and how can I modify it?

Depends entirely on the manufacturer. I would suggest just building a desktop or buying a laptop and not trying to upgrade it. The market for laptop parts is very niche, therefore parts are extremely expensive.

colum.peel10 months ago

Just curious. When updating a laptop, can any processor be used or must a laptop specific one be used. I have been eyeing an i5-4670 to update my alien with, but will this cause countless software and running issues.

A 4670 is a desktop processor, so no. The sockets have to match exactly.

Chances are it's laptop-specific, and any upgrade would be marginal due to different sockets and chipsets. There are a lot of details that are different these days. Check your current processor against any other processor at ark.intel.com

JakeGoesHam10 months ago

okay, so I need to replace the GPU on my laptop, and I was wondering is there a specific GPU i have to buy? or? Because i dont want to spend the money and then it not fit in my laptop.

I have a Gateway NE56R41U Laptop with the following specs:

Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU 2020M @ 2.40Ghz 2.40Ghz Processor

4.00GB of RAM

64-bit Operating system, x64 based processor.

If someone could help, I would really appreciate it,

You can't add a GPU. It has integrated graphics.

also how do you know which parts will fit the laptop that you have? how do i know that the cpu will fit the laptop that i have?

where can i get a laptop base?

AivarV1 month ago

Heyhey,
I'm totally new to building laptops but I'm keen to try building my own.
Firstly I've got an ASUS G75VW which is about 2 years old.
(16GB RAM, 17.3" FULL HD 3rd Gen i7-3610QM 3.30Ghz Turbo nVIDIA GTX 670M 2Gb)
My first question is - can I modify it by upgrading the motherboard, processor and graphics card? The new ones would be: Motherboard - Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO; processor - i7-4790K and Graphics Card - 4G GTX 970. Could I use my existing 16Gb RAM, 1 TB HDD and 250GB Kingston SSD?
Sorry about these beginner questions, I guess I have to start with the basics...
Aivar

Hey bro, I wouldn't do that... There's no way that a laptop would fit a desktop motherboard or fit a desktop graphics card... The guide is a little misleading, but there is no big parts marketplace for laptops like there is for desktops. The CPU Motherboard and GPU are going to be pretty top of the line for your laptop as well. So sorry :( it's pretty much impossible unless you design your own laptop case and battery :D

Thanks, I didn't realize that these parts were actually desktop parts. I'm having a bit of trouble finding laptop ones as it almost never sais what type they are for :) I might go for a desktop instead then, just feeling like building something :)

gavinh61 month ago

I wonder if i could recase a laptop instead of the cheap plastic put something like alnium

I am very interested in doing something like this, however, as a general reference, how much did this cost (roughly) and what are the specifications?
GoopesH3 months ago

where can i find a laptop case, and they only show stands when i search for things like "laptop base" or "empty laptop shell"

i have an old dell lattitude d531 and im wondering if i could strip it and then put in new everything except for the keyboad and disc player?

That should be able to work, just follow the process and it should be dandy, i suppose.

JB19058 months ago

do i have to buy a laptop to edit it?

can i not just buy a motherboard on its own and than somehow make it?

Trust me, you do not want to how the process of what you're asking, it'd be best to just follow the author of this articles instructions or just try and go find a desktop PC building article, either way, just act as if you never even asked question im replying to above.....

just kidding, but still, i hope YOU know what im trying to get at, right?!....... >_<.. .-. ._.

robinjhorton4 months ago

Would the step for installing the hard drive work if I am replacing one in my laptop? And I KNOW you said you didn't want all kinds of questions, but I'm not quite ready to BUILD one from the bottom up as it were - lol. I want to start small - and the only thing 'wrong' with the laptop I have now (other than it's 4 years old) is the hard drive. I know I need to put in Windows, (yes I'm a computer idiot - sorry) will that then 'run' - I don't need to install a separate operating system or anything?

Yes the same method will most definitely work. You would just have to locate your hard drive and remove it and replace it with the new hard drive you have. Just be careful and watch out for static electricity when you working on it. And yes once windows is installed on the new hard drive it will work without anything else.

anand364 months ago
What is the use?
I just want to make a new laptop of my own. Not to reapir the hardwares. I do not like this at all. Can ou show me how to create a new laptop of my own?
Lusacan anand363 months ago

You can not really make a "laptop" like dell, asus, or msi, because they create custom motherboard and other components that you need special equipment to do. With that said you can make a "laptop" by buying components such as a motherboard, memory, hard drive, and monitor, and making a custom case that you can fit them all into to make it portable. Another way is to use raspberry pi, a mini computer, and connect it to a screen and then make a case for it to look like a laptop or an all in one computer by putting the raspberry pi inside the monitor. You can most definitely make a laptop but you would have to buy pre-existing components and then make then all fit inside a case and make then run off batteries. If you have the skill and the knowledge and the tools then go for it, but if not then just buy a pc

aparamasivam8 months ago

what type of barebones notebook are you using?

mparanjpe4 years ago
Can you run an apple operating software on this instead of windows?

You would have to learn how to install an operating system and would have to buy an apple OS to do so, but it is possible.

You could make it a Hackintosh, which means running Mac OS X on non apple hardware. Not all hardware is compatible though, and it isn't quite legal.
stormyxia1 year ago
I was wondering if anyone has tried to crack the case of a Toshiba Qosmio?
the laptop is an 18.4" and I'm needing to upgrade it. I am having trouble finding a motherboard that would fit this laptop motherboard is going out. Specific specs are:
Qosmio X500Q930X with Serial#: 3B174363W and Mfg part #: PQX34U-01F01U.
Would anyone like to take the challenge and please help me figure out if they make a motherboard that is better than the one it came with and one that would fit this huge case. please email me at stormyxia@hotmail.com. or respond to post. Thanks all!!

Probably too late but there aren't other motherboards that will fit your laptop or any other laptop.

Laptops are specifically designed around or in their case for the most efficient layout. Your best bet would be to find an exact match on ebay or chuck it and get a Dell Latitude with similar specs (Latitudes are business grade laptops, they are better built and last longer)

I am thinking of upgrading my dell inspiron m5040. I think the big problem that I will have though is CPU Fan and heatsink will be too big to fit into thin case. Any suggestions??

ErikPH1 year ago
This made it so much easier for me to build my laptop,thanks for posting ~Erik
Bscool1 year ago
What is the list of what parts you bought and from where exactly did you buy them.
mikkel2502 years ago
Thanks for posting! I'm sure I could have figured this out on my own, just like I did with building a desktop, but it's really great to have a way to approach this task with as much info as possible to avoid (costly, annoying, easily avoidable) mistakes. This guide is great.
amitra12 years ago
I don't know really it is possible or not, i read in this post it can. Let try, and come back post again ! I found it as in social bookmarking site www.mspidy.com telling also it would be by ppl continuous try. Social media news and web tips also telling the same. !!
Aaron Stein2 years ago
ya you can totally see the license key. I don't wanna say how, but you seriously needa get rid of that.
XxsonicxX2 years ago
Can you list all the parts that are needed for the computer? Also can you list optional parts. Don't forget to add the price to the list
How much did this cost you????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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