So how much power can you get from a laptop for under 1K without compromising portability? Lets find out. (bearing in mind something simmilar from alienware is just over 2K)
(This is still under construction, next update due friday)
So what do we have to start with?
The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A660-11M, with the core i7-720QM processor @ 1.6Ghz, 4Gb RAM @ 1066Mhz, 500Gb harddrive, and Nvidia GeForce GT330M @ 135Mhz, with 1Gb RAM. Not a bad deal for £750.
Although this is fairly fast for a laptop, there is much more to be got out of it:
8Gb RAM @ 1333Mhz (£70 per 4Gb stick)
OC CPU from 1.6 to at least 2.8, possibly 3.2
Fit water or heat-pipe cooling, as the stock cooling is not sufficient for the original speed (hits 82 degrees C)
Try to OC graphics card a bit.
Fit SSD. (60Gb Patriot inferno, 275Mb/s write speed, £100)
Construct custom cooling pad to allow constant use & house external HDD and batteries.
Yes, i know the photos go in the wrong order.
Step 1: Disassembly
Pot to put the screws in.
Small phillips screwdriver.
Small flat bladed screwdriver.
Earthed work area.
Step 2: Turn it over
Overall, a particularly easy laptop to disassemble.
Next time: Removing the MB, Identifying the PLL, sizing up the cooling system, and why does the fan fail?
The fan appears to be ineffective as the intake vent on the base is blocked by what appears to be some flash from the moulding.
Feel free to leave any comments/suggestions.