Laptop: Build Your Own and Consumer Reports Best Laptops for 2010 and 2011
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Make a Laptop
1 Research the basic laptops on the market,including their specifications, such as available memory slots and how to dismantle the laptop. Because it is pretty much impossible to build a laptop entirely from scratch, you'll want to get a very basic new laptop and customize it with better parts. You can expect to pay around $300-$450 for the laptop.
2 Purchase the laptop from your local electronics store. The best time of the year to purchase a laptop for an inexpensive price is around the fall or winter months due to people going back to school and the holidays.
3 Decide what parts you'll be swapping out on the barebones laptop. You might decide to put in a better hard-drive, graphics card, more memory and perhaps even a better sound-card.
4 Go to a computer parts web site and look around to build your custom laptop. Do a bit of research to ensure that you're only looking for parts that are compatible with your laptop and that your laptop has room for, as the worst thing you can do is buy something only to figure out it won't work. Check the Resources section for links to a few laptop parts web sites and check your laptop's manufacturer's web site for details on what is compatible and what all you'll be able to put in there.
5 Purchase all the laptop parts you'll be using to customize your barebones laptop. Depending on what you're upgrading, you might spend anywhere from $100-$400 for the parts. Most likely, even if you spend that much, you'll still be saving money as you'll be installing all the components yourself.
6 Take apart the laptop using the manufacturer's instructions. If you take the laptop apart the wrong way, it can cause it to stop working, so be careful and follow the instructions. You'll need a Phillips screw driver to take the laptop apart (from the bottom). Depending on the laptop, the way you take it apart may vary, so follow the manufacturer's guide.
7 Install each new component one by one, making sure to connect all wires properly. Again, you'll want to follow the manufacturer's instructions so that you do it just right. If you're installing many new parts, you might spend quite a bit of time doing this part of the build. You should make sure you're grounded so that you do not give any electricity off to the components of the laptop, as this can cause the laptop to stop working. Also avoid touching the thermal paste if possible.
8 Put the laptop back together (using the manufacturer's guide) and power it on. Make sure that all the components are working correctly. If they're not, troubleshoot each one of them until you get them all to work right. Don't be afraid to email the manufacturer or contact a computer forum for help. Check the Resources section for a couple of computer forum links.
9 Install any upgraded software you had planned on putting on the laptop. This might include a new operating system or perhaps some audio/video/photo editing software.