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So, after dealing with "Ztronics" busted website (checkout cart doesn't work) I had to do a phone order. Panels A & C were supposed to ship today but when I got the confirmation email the shipping address was spelled wrong. they have the correct billing address but seemed to have noobed the entire order up. I think it has been fixed, so the rest of the panels will be here either Monday or Tuesday. Next Up I Will Be ordering the HDD and RAM. I wanted to make sure the casing could be restored properly before ordering any hardware upgrades. there no point putting shiny new parts in a busted up laptop!
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this guy must be high on crack......
Dual Core, 1440x900 screen, 3870 x2, 4gb ram, 500gb, $1,050 rolleyes.gif
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alienware-M17-R1-GAMING-LAPTOP-BLAZING-FAST-/181079123134?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item2a292824be#desc_cr

if my rig is:
Quad Core, 1920x1200, 3870x2, 8gm ram, 64gb SSD, 1TB HD
does that mean I'll get $1500 thumb.gif
Edited by HK_47 - 2/15/13 at 12:22pm
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this guy must be high on crack......
Dual Core, 1440x900 screen, 3870 x2, 4gb ram, 500gb, $1,050 rolleyes.gif
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alienware-M17-R1-GAMING-LAPTOP-BLAZING-FAST-/181079123134?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item2a292824be#desc_cr

if my rig is:
Quad Core, 1920x1200, 3870x2, 8gm ram, 64gb SSD, 1TB HD
does that mean I'll get $1500 thumb.gif

No. That's Ebay for ya. tongue.gif People are still trying to sell this laptop for $1,800... acting like it's still the fastest thing on the block. The screen is the selling point, but dayum... not for another $1,000 over what the entire machine is worth. XD
     
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No. That's Ebay for ya. tongue.gif People are still trying to sell this laptop for $1,800... acting like it's still the fastest thing on the block. The screen is the selling point, but dayum... not for another $1,000 over what the entire machine is worth. XD
well I did a bit of searching around, a barebones m17 with 1920x1200 is about $400. with the work I'm putting in my machines real value will be around $800-$900 at best, that is the price if you were to order the barebones and assemble it yourself. I don't get it these guys with 1440x900 screens and no upgrades think they are going to get $1000 out of their machines LOL
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well I did a bit of searching around, a barebones m17 with 1920x1200 is about $400. with the work I'm putting in my machines real value will be around $800-$900 at best, that is the price if you were to order the barebones and assemble it yourself. I don't get it these guys with 1440x900 screens and no upgrades think they are going to get $1000 out of their machines LOL

No. Your machine is worth maybe $500 tops. You have to consider the wear and tear factor. The use tends to murder any amount of resale value the machine has.
     
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No. Your machine is worth maybe $500 tops. You have to consider the wear and tear factor. The use tends to murder any amount of resale value the machine has.
brand new panels will be installed soon, what wear and tear factor? biggrin.gif
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brand new panels will be installed soon, what wear and tear factor? biggrin.gif

well I think your project is cool and I can't wait too see the finished product.
restoring items is just fun and some things are just worth restoring and if you like it then go for it.
just like when i turned my 1970 Ford Maverick into a 1/4 mile drag car all my firends and family asked why a Maverick
and not a Mustang, older Mustangs are too exspensive and my Maverick is all Mustang now except the body
and I like it and it's fast. I have had this car since 1986.

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brand new panels will be installed soon, what wear and tear factor? biggrin.gif

The motherboard?

Listen to me, it's a 5-year old machine that still uses a Core 2 processor. I'm merely telling you the problems associated with reselling this machine. The upgrades required to bring it up to date, and up to date refers to a baseline laptop of equal size, don't really bring it up to date since they aren't DX11 based. Any laptop that's not capable of doing the latest stuff is more than likely going to fail.

I say to sell it for what you can, and just buy a new machine. Again, the Lenovo Y580 has a setup that is considerably better than that machine in every way and can be had for around the amount you want to get for that machine.
     
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well I think your project is cool and I can't wait too see the finished product.
restoring items is just fun and some things are just worth restoring and if you like it then go for it.
just like when i turned my 1970 Ford Maverick into a 1/4 mile drag car all my firends and family asked why a Maverick
and not a Mustang, older Mustangs are too exspensive and my Maverick is all Mustang now except the body
and I like it and it's fast. I have had this car since 1986.


thanks man! at least somebody here understands the point of restoring something...
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The motherboard?

Listen to me, it's a 5-year old machine that still uses a Core 2 processor. I'm merely telling you the problems associated with reselling this machine. The upgrades required to bring it up to date, and up to date refers to a baseline laptop of equal size, don't really bring it up to date since they aren't DX11 based. Any laptop that's not capable of doing the latest stuff is more than likely going to fail.

I say to sell it for what you can, and just buy a new machine. Again, the Lenovo Y580 has a setup that is considerably better than that machine in every way and can be had for around the amount you want to get for that machine.

because I'm desperate to have a DX11 laptop rolleyes.gif
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Will Be using this laptop For DJ and Mixing purposes
it is a 4 year old machine, not 5. ordered december 2008, it arrived in january 2009, whats wrong with a dual core man? and even If I did want this m17 for hardcore gaming purposes, there is maybe 1 PC title per year that actually utilizes DX11 properly. something like crysis 3. having a DX11 card in my desktop feels almost pointless, my $300 Gpu plays one dx11 game. Battlefield 3. in fact I'm quite sure that every game in my steam library is DX9/10. pit my laptop against yours in a side by side comparison in any DX9 game, and you will see zero noticeable difference. just about 90% of the games released on pc are still dx9 ports. tongue.gif
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OK UPDATE HERE!
the rest of the panels arrived today.
I did not make a video, as I have found a video of this laptop breaking down for reference.
I have some photos of the process. I didn't take pictures of everything step by step because I was quite busy but here it is.

Started First By Removing the back Plate.


Next I took out the Hard Drives, Ram, Heatsinks, And GPUs, Cleaned All the old thermal paste off with rubbing alcohol


Removed the "old" keyboard and power panels.


finally the top panel comes off revealing the motherboard which I removed and carefully placed into the new casing.



the moment you all have been waiting for, here is what it looks like restored biggrin.gif








IT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE A BRAND NEW LAPTOP!!!! for only a little over $100!
I did power it on and the rebuild was successful, the hard drive seems to be making a death noise though.
so I will be waiting until the new drive arrives before I start tinkering with it.
Edited by HK_47 - 2/16/13 at 10:27pm
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