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    Post DIY built laptop

    I want to pose the question to the masses before I start building. Has any one else built there own laptop. I've recently read about Asus making what they call there whiteboxs. A whitebox is just another term for a barebone laptop.
    Here is the article about the how to --> Building Your own notebook.

    Here's ASUS site about there whiteboxes. ASUS

    I've wanted a new laptop for some time now. Not only one to be for business but with enough raw power to play games in some LAN parties and what not.
    I like Alienware's laptops although bringing one of them into a board meeting might seem outta place. I understand I do have other options as far as packaged systems but all for a nice fee.

    So here is what i've put together for parts thus far.

    Asus A3N/Z91 Centrino Notebook- 15 inch XGA w/CDRW+DVD/Modem/Lan/Card Reader/Camera

    Intel Pentium M 755 2.0 GHz, 400MHz FSB, on-die 2MB L2 Cache

    Hitachi 60GB 7200RPM Notebook Hard Drive, Model HTS726060M9AT00 PART# 08K0939, OEM Drive Only


    KINGMAX 200-Pin 1GB DDR SODIMM PC-2700, Model MSAD42D-KI


    This seems like a pretty nice set up. As of right now it'll run me about $1,938.00 plus shipping.
    I'd like to have a removable graphics card though so I might try to reconfigure with a different whitebox for that when I get a chance. Let me know what you think?

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    Never got any response to this one but, I will be doing this over the holidays my parts are ordered and on there way. Perhaps i'll go more into detail and take a bunch of pictures.

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    Asus "whitebox"

    I checked the site and saw that they have a built on asus feature much like dell. I wonder, how did you go about the process of building the notebook? Where would you get the case and such?
    \"Cant sleep..... clown\'ll eat me..... cant sleep...... clown\'ll eat me.\"

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    You can get a case and motherboard only at Pricewatch
    Click on the No OS under latops.

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    Very interesting. It would be very cool if you came up with a quick tut on how to dismantle the notebook case and build up, most of the barebones kits I saw come with Centrino or better cpus, does it come bundled with schematics like when you build a desktop? Sensing that you have exoperience what would be the esimated build time after shipping of the parts.
    \"Cant sleep..... clown\'ll eat me..... cant sleep...... clown\'ll eat me.\"

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