Building your own laptop is not a walk in the park. It can be quite challenging, but at the same time, it can be very rewarding as well. Purchasing one from the shop can be unsatisfying since it may not contain all the components that you need. Above all, the price of the machine may not be customer-friendly. In the end, building a customized laptop for yourself could be a great option. The following steps explain how one can build a laptop.
Decide The Laptop’s Main Purpose
Laptops have different purposes. Getting to know the main purpose of your laptop will help you decide which battery to settle for.
Choose A Processor That Meets Your Laptop’s Needs
Before picking up any processor, make sure to compare different models so as to determine which will offer great speed, cooling and power consumption. Do some research on the processor that you need to ensure that it will be worth your money.
Choose Your Notebook Shell
A notebook shell will determine which parts can be used by the rest of your laptop. Normally, it comes attached to the motherboard and often dictates which memory will be used. Take note of your chosen screen size and keyboard layout since the shell is not customizable. Smaller laptops with smaller shells are easier to carry compared to bigger ones.
Purchase A Memory and A Hard Drive
A laptop will need a memory to run and especially one which will work with the motherboard in the shell. Keep in mind that faster memory will have great performance but will reduce your battery life. For a hard drive, you need to pick one that has enough space for what you need. It could be between 15 to 20 GB or more. Generally, a solid state drive is much better and faster since it has no moving parts.
Choose A Battery
Batteries have many shapes. Choose one that is appropriate for you, and one that lasts longer especially if you are planning on moving around with it. Check the battery reviews from other users who have experienced them to settle for the best.
Put Everything Together
- Get tools such as screwdrivers and pliers. Use ones that are magnetic.
- Turn over the shell so that its bottom is facing upwards to access the motherboard.
- Use four screws to mount your hard drive into the bracket and slide it into the bay.
- Install the optical drive to slide into SATA connectors and remove the panel covering the motherboard.
- Install the memory into the chips without trying to force them.
- Install the CPU and the cooling fans. If the fan lacks any paste, apply some before installing it.
- Once all components are installed, you can close your panels and secure them with screws.
Start It Up
Ensure that the battery is inserted before starting it up. Install an operating system of your choice such as Linux or MS Windows. Finally, install your drivers. Now, your laptop is complete.