Introduction: Portable PC Project Inspired by Shadowrun Cyberdeck
Gaming laptops are really expensive, but desktop pcs are hard to move. So, lets make a pc (somewhat) portable! This is more of a build log than a how-to, but if you want to build one yourself, Il detail some problem points.
This is my first post here!
Step 1: Capabilities
I wanted to be able to run a dedicated graphics card, which greatly added to the size of the machine. Also, decided on mounting a stap to sling over the back instead of a carry handle, for mobility. Minimum laptop size display for usability, also could recycle outdated laptop. Finally, so that it can double as a tv pc, mounted a detachable wireless keyboard/trackpad combo for remote control.
Used a busted keyboard from ebay as the main body for structural integrity. Bonus - metal back provides strength, and since its screwed on, would be able to easily replacement/upgrade.
Considered and rejected:
multiple graphics cards - weight and power requirements
adding a mechanical keyboard - size
touchscreen monitor - expense
dual monitors - expense, weight, room
Full size atx motherboard - would fit, opted for mini itx, still has the 1 pci express x16 slot for a graphics card
Batteries for mobile use - ones that could power a full desktop build for any sufficient amount of time way too heavy!
Step 2: Layout
Dimensions here are very important, dont forget to leave room for cabling and airflow! Here is where I decided to opt for a mitx motherboard and power supply, to leave more room.
Step 3: Assembly
This took awhile. After figuring out from layout where i wanted my ports to be, I had to cut them out with a dremel. Also had to fabricate a cover for the internals not covered by the keyboard shell. opted for simple plexiglass. didn't really need to reinforce the shell, keyboard from the 80's pretty sturdy! added some bezels out of plasticard to smooth over rough cuts.
To find the pieces you need to convert a recycled laptop display to monitor, search for Controller Board Driver Kit on ebay!
Sorry, not to much information here, didnt really take many pictures in progress. Measurements were essential! As well as a dremel! Cutting out ports in the keyboard plastic took me a while, use gentle force with the cutting discs, or they snap and throw pieces!
Step 4: Project Complete! Final Touch Ups
Went for a sweet black and gold paintjob, added chrome strips for some flair and cyberpunk, was tempted to add a glowing led strip somewhere, maybe in the future lol. Added velcro to prevent the display and keyboard flapping about when walking, and a small additional fan.
Total weight 15.5 lbs