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RadioShackRob

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#1 10 years ago

Anyone know of a good place to shop for them? Newegg doesn't have much at all....




Bs|Archaon

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#2 10 years ago

There aren't many around. The OCZ ones NewEgg sells are the only current barebones laptops that I've seen. To be honest they're not worth it unless you feel like burning money for the sake of it.

MeBarebone laptops have been around for quite some time, never with any real impact as far as I'm aware. Every once in a while a company comes along and releases some new ones (this time around that company is OCZ) but the barebones are too expensive, too limited, and the parts for a laptop are so expensive that it's never been a financially viable option.

You've got the lowest model weighing in at $650. Now if we go for a reasonable spec for gaming, say a T8300 ($260), 4GB RAM ($50), 250GB hard drive ($70) and, of course, a copy of Windows, say an OEM copy of Vista Home Basic ($90). By this point we're at a figure of around $1120.

NewEgg is currently selling an ASUS N50Vn-X1B laptop for $1100. P8400, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, Vista Home Premium. Finally, the killer for a gaming system - a 9650M GT in place of the OCZ barebone's HD3650. With a better CPU and graphics card at a lower price it's just not a competition.

While a lot of people enjoy building PCs (me included) the fact is that most people like that are simply not daft enough to pay extra for something they have to use their time to build that actually performs worse than something cheaper out of the factory. You'd have to love building stuff to the point of it overriding your common sense to buy one of these, and that simple fact is why they've never taken off. You don't market something to gamers by saying "You get to build this but it'll be slow!" (relatively speaking) because gamers care about their speed.

http://forums.filefront.com/tech-discussion/391608-barebone-laptops.html




Kwould

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#3 10 years ago

I'm not exactly sure what your looking for, but zipzoomfly has a DIY notebook configurator where you pick your components, they ship them to you and you put it together. Link




RadioShackRob

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#4 10 years ago

Bah, I get to prove u guys wrong. Found an MSI 1651 for $250 from a trusted seller on ebay. Great feedback with this guy. 1680x1050 Res on 15.4" screen with a 9600 GT. As far as parts, my gf is paying for them, so she can have my current laptop. Its costing her $300 for my brand new gateway with a T3200, 3GB Ram, 250GB hard drive, DVD burner, 15.4" screen, and intel GM45. She plays 0 games so no worries! YAY! I am loading this with a T5750, 4GB RAM, and a 250GB 7200 Seagate. All together, it will basically cost round $600, good luck finding s system with that for that price. (should be under 600 to!)




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#5 10 years ago
RadioShackRob;4792284Bah, I get to prove u guys wrong. Found an MSI 1651 for $250 from a trusted seller on ebay. Great feedback with this guy.

And we get to verbally slap you silly when it breaks in 6 months and you have no warranty to cover it and spend 400 on the new motherboard after you spend 300 on paying a local shop to re-solder the power cords port back onto the mother board cause it seperated from the mobo. ( Hypothetically speaking of course, we're still going to verbally slap you anyways).

Whether the guy has great feedback or not, buying certain things on Ebay should not be thought of. Where laptops are concerned, a warranty is a not a luxury that you can over look. Going cheap on your gaming needs now makes you pay more later.




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#6 10 years ago
~Merrick;4792292Going cheap on your gaming needs now makes you pay more later.

It's a lesson I've learned the hard way. I thought I'd save some money on my last build by getting a cheap PowerSpec brand computer, adding a new power supply and graphics card, and figured I'd be good to go. After adding an 8800GT, it ran quite nicely, but the proprietary motherboard limits everything as far as overclocking, and games have pretty much caught up to my hardware now, so I have to start on another build.




RadioShackRob

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#7 10 years ago

~Merrick;4792292And we get to verbally slap you silly when it breaks in 6 months and you have no warranty to cover it and spend 400 on the new motherboard after you spend 300 on paying a local shop to re-solder the power cords port back onto the mother board cause it seperated from the mobo. ( Hypothetically speaking of course, we're still going to verbally slap you anyways).

Whether the guy has great feedback or not, buying certain things on Ebay should not be thought of. Where laptops are concerned, a warranty is a not a luxury that you can over look. Going cheap on your gaming needs now makes you pay more later.

1: Its still in retail box 2:I can solder the damn things myself, I have done that exact same thing before and have had not problem.