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Old 05-14-2009, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning to buy new laptop, but I am kind of interested in this idea, barebone, DIY.
I know MSI and Asus have barebones. And one from MSI (MS-1651 ID2) seem to be identical to GX620 (for which I have my eye on, if I will not do barebone).

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What do you think about this? Have anyone done it here before?
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I've done it. It's cool, nothing wrong with it, but it seems like after figuring in the cost of processor, ram, hd, and wifi card (they don't always come with one) it would have been less expensive and less of a hassle to buy a complete system. Plus, a complete MSI system usually has a 2-year warranty, with a DIY each piece is seperate and the chassis I think only gets a year warranty.
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hmm yes, probably so. I tried to find approsimate cost of such build, just few minutes ago, and it end up very close to complite system.

Where do you get those barebones anyways? On ebay?
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Ebay is good. you can get some at Custom Gaming PC, Desktop Computers, Workstations, Notebooks, Servers & Components (under parts category) and probably some other places but the pricing is pretty similar. If you can deal with some one who works directly with MSI it's best but that's also difficult.
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Where do you get those barebones anyways? On ebay?
Contact the manufacturer and see who sells them.
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Contact the manufacturer and see who sells them.
Oh yes, MSI has a list on their website of online retailers. Not sure if Asus does but I don't see why they wouldn't.
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Seeing that site has got me questioning on what i need to do to get a TV tuner installed.
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