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Old 12-09-12, 05:58 PM
AustinOA AustinOA is offline
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Hey all,

I wasn't sure where to put this, so if I am putting in the wrong place let me know.

After several months of sitting on the idea, I am finally wanting to figure out a good build for a new comp and was wondering if I could put that here and get some advice.

This would be my first such customization, so if it sounds like I have no idea what I'm talking about, then that is probably true.

Anyway, I am trying to do something that I think is a little weird by most standards... because of my situation, I have to have one computer, a laptop, that is both fairly portable and a fairly powerful gaming rig (that isn't the weird part).

Most places I have read in my research say that there is no point in making a custom build of a laptop yourself because it is just too hard to work in the smaller space, among other reasons.

But, I have heard that there is a company that specializes in gaming laptops called ORIGIN that are willing to put just about anything into a custom-built machine (apparently the founders of ORIGIN used to work at Alienware).

I haven't contacted origin at all yet because I wanted to do enough independent research first. So, here's what I'm looking at:
  1. Base: Origin EON 15-S - http://www.originpc.com/eon15-s-gami...p-features.asp
  2. CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz - $280 on Amazon, $300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115229
  3. GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  4. MOBO: ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Motherboard - $260 tigerdirect http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...FUfd4Aodln0Aow
  5. RAM: maybe PNY XLR8 Quad Channel Kit 16 GB : 4 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 ) - 1.65 V
    OR Kingston HyperX Genesis X79 Quad Channel 16GB (4 x 4GB) 2133MHz DDR3 - ~$105 http://www.buy.com/prod/kingston-hyp...l?listingId=-1

...and that's all I have so far.

I know that other people on this forum have said that getting the quad-channel setup isn't really necessary, but I thought it would be nice to kinda future-proof it. I am only planning to put one set of 4x4GB RAM in the mobo to save a few bucks, but I thought it would be nice to have it be expandable if I wanted to put a second set in at some point. BUT if getting a quad-channel setup is really putting a kink in this build, I will certainly not mind just going back to dual.

Is it even possible to put the ASUS mobo in a laptop? I guess the answer to that kinda decides the possibility of the quad-channel setup anyway since it only works with X79.

Oh and also, I want this laptop to be 3D-enabled. I have done some research and it looks like NVIDIA's 3D-Vision is the best way to go on that front (hence the GPU which is 3D compatible). I don't even know if ORIGIN's laptop displays are 3D compatible (I suspect not) but I was planning to purchase an external display connected with the latest HDMI 1.4 which I believe is capable of carrying a 3D signal.

With all of these parts, I am not dead-set on them (except perhaps the CPU which is the cheapest that supports the LGA 2011 required for quad-channel). I have not really done enough research to make any decisions yet, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a bunch,

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Old 12-09-12, 06:11 PM
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I really don't get gaming laptops, I mean are you really travelling that much that you need one?

As for those specs- lulz, Your gonna want to change them
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Old 12-09-12, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by seumasbeathan View Post
I really don't get gaming laptops, I mean are you really travelling that much that you need one?

As for those specs- lulz, Your gonna want to change them
Yes, I need one.

...If you must know, any desktop that I get will be immediately overrun by the other people in my house, and anytime I put stuff on it, I consistently hear, "DUDE, WHAT'S ALL THIS CRAP YOU PUT ON THE COMPUTER?!? WHY IS IT GOING SO SLOW?!?! FIX IT!!!"
Plus I have to commute every day and use it for school.

As for those specs - lulz, any suggestions?
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Old 12-09-12, 07:17 PM
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oh lord, someone please explain to him how wrong he is because i dont think my keyboard has enough key presses to survive that long

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Old 12-09-12, 07:20 PM
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It's all incompatible - I did write a long message, but the forum messed up and deleted it, and I couldnt be arsed to type it again

2 options:
Get a barebone ('case', keyboard/trackpad, screen, motherboard) then add the processor, RAM, hdd/ssd, dvd(?)

Or just buy an MSI gaming laptop...

You'll struggle a lot going for the first option - this may help if you chose to though:
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Old 13-09-12, 09:04 AM
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As above gaming laptops are useless imo, too heavy to move around and much worse and much more expensive than a desktop. Just build a midrange gaming desktop (which will beat any gaming laptop) and get an Asus Zenbook or something like that.
This way you'll get a great gaming experience and you dont need a forklift to move your laptop.

If you still want to waste your money on a gaming laptop get one that is already built like james said.
Tbh you shouldn't be building a pc anyway considering the parts you've selected: laptop case, desktop cpu, ram and mainboard, laptop graphics card?!
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Old 13-09-12, 03:30 PM
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What i'd go for, if i were in the market for such a thing. Future upgrades: replace optical drive with HDD, and replace HDD with an SDD.
It's got a full HD screen, so the pixel density is pretty damn good. No need for high level of AA in games.

Edit: The i7 is overkill, all you really need is an i5. However, my brief glance over MSI's website showed this to be the best option for the price, hence my choice.
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Old 14-09-12, 06:03 AM
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1) Gaming laptops are a bit more difficult to fix granted the provide mobility.

2) 4x4gb Quad channel memory will be pretty hard to use unless your running benchmarks 24/7

3) No a desktop motherboard can not fit in a laptop

4) For around $800 you could have really fast yet small mobile gaming rig you can always pack up and hide (i do this to my GF lol)

5) Whats your TOTAL budget and we'll help you out with both laptop and desktop and let you decide.

6) Sharing isn't caring thats BS.
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