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  • Started 1 year ago by amkeew
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amkeew
amkeew
Posts: 661

I am looking into the cost of building a new laptop without dvd player as below
Size - 13" to 14" less than 2.2 pounds
SSD - 512 GB (Samsung 840 Pro ?)
RAM - DDR 16 GB (any tip?)
Graphics memory - 8 GB
W7 Pro
intel core i7 processor (any tip?)
Sturdy brushed aluminum case
87 key backlit key board & Touchpad
3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
Built-in speaker (16 W) & mic & 1.3 Mp camera
VGA/HDMI Outputs
RJ 45 wired LAN & Wireless LAN & Blue tooth
4-in-1 Card slot (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)

Any idea how much such a laptop would cost ?

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warlock
warlock
Posts: 4100

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=6 Until a builder comes on the site to help you, look through this thread. Are you using a kit?

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whs
whs
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Building a laptop is not common. I wonder whether anybody around here has ever done that - maybe Rick ??

In any case, I would take the Samsung 830 SSD and less RAM. And in lieu of 3 USB3 I would suggest 2 USB3 and 1 eSata (is faster).

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amkeew
amkeew
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Thank you warlock and whs. No, I am a non-geek when it comes to 'puters.

I wanted to buy a LT with SSD but here in India, a 256 Gig SSD LT costs over $2000. http://www.samsung.com/in/cons.....A01IN-spec

I looked at the price of samsung 840 ssd, which is around 500 to 700 bucks. So I thought (rather foolishly, it seems now) why not build one ?

My present LT is samsung with 1TB SATA II Hard Drive (5400RPM) with ExpressCache 16GB and with 8 GB DDR3 RAM. Any chance, I can replace this HDD with the above samsung ssd which is SATA III ?

whs - samsung 830 SSD is better than 840 pro ?

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warlock
warlock
Posts: 4100

I think fine choice on your part not to try building a laptop. The machine you want sure is nice. Wish I had one too. LOL

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Some home built laptops here,
http://hackaday.com/
But you need to search.

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

The 830 is not better but it is cheaper than the 840 pro and does the job just as well. Plus some people had reported problems with the 840 pro.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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The technical differences between Samsung 830 and 840 series SSDs.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets.....-reviewed/

No, I've never tried to build a Laptop as the components are just too hard to find and are expensive.

There is no set of mutual standards for Laptops as there are for the Larger Machines.

In the old days was able to "bread board" stuff together but that was in the 70s and earlier 80s when things were much simpler.

Rick P.

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amkeew
amkeew
Posts: 661

Thanks Lh, whs and rick.

From rick's link, it looks like samsung 830 - 500 GB is the best bet

Can I directly swap my SATA 2 HDD with SATA 3 SSD ?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Samsung 830 is just 7mm thick so you will need a spacer to fit snuggly in a standard 9mm Laptop slot.

You can swap a SATA 2 HDD to a SATA 3 SSD but you will only get SSD SATA 2 performance
unless the MB supports SATA 3.

However SSD SATA 2 Performance is MUCH, MUCH FASTER than SATA 2 HDD or SATA 3 HDD. :)

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amkeew
amkeew
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Thanks rick. I will try to look for sata 2 500GB ssd.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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The reverse is true also.

If you connect a SATA 2 SSD to a SATA 3 MB Port, the SSD will only work at SATA 2 Speeds.

Something to think about if you have MB upgrade plans as everything now is SATA 3.

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amkeew
amkeew
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How do I find out if my MB is sata 2 or 3? Samsung tech specs don't mention it.

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whs
whs
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Often you have a mixure of both ports and they differ in color. Find a picture of your mobo in the mobo specs.

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amkeew
amkeew
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Is this software safe to use ? Apparently it can diagnose the system.

http://crystalmark.info/Shizuku/index-en.html

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amkeew
amkeew
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whs - "Find a picture of your mobo in the mobo specs." How?

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

They are usually available at the manufacturer's website.

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