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post #1 of 17
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Hey guys, I am giving you guys who are thinking about getting a workstation laptop some advice - don't do it.

I bought a laptop for workstation uses (Always hooked up to a bigger monitor) and I must say, I could have saved a lot of money and gotten better hardware if I built it in a Mini-ITX case, or even a Micro-ATX one! Take a look at my current specs:

http://prntscr.com/31p5sc

That came along with a 15" screen, a very crappy mouse pad, and a below my standards keyboard. So I don't even use it as a laptop, it sits where my desktop sits and might as well be a desktop besides when I go to my other parents house. I regret putting out $1.8k for this laptop when I could have built it in a Bitfenix Prodigy or a 250D for $1500 with the same specs.

I built this amazing rig for under $1.7k and am thinking about selling my laptop to build it! ( http://hueythegod.com/ComputerBuild.txt )

TL;DR - Don't rack out money and make your wallet cry simply for a workstation laptop when you could build a workstation Mini-ITX and save $100+ while still having portability.
post #2 of 17
Would have to carry a monitor too... that kind of kills the idea for me! I have to admit I do get tired of the sheer weight of my Dell Precision, when traveling... Or is that just all the other stuff in my bag weighing it down?
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Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
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Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
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9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
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Lian Li PC-D600 Razer Death Adder Mouse Razer Scarab mousepad Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with sub 
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INtel 4770k ASUS maximus extreme VI  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX 780Ti SC Kingston HyperX Beast 32 GB Kit (4x8 GB) 2400MH... Western Digital 2tb Enterprise Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
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post #3 of 17
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Would have to carry a monitor too... that kind of kills the idea for me! I have to admit I do get tired of the sheer weight of my Dell Precision, when traveling... Or is that just all the other stuff in my bag weighing it down?
Well, the powerbrick can weight a lot in those older laptops. Weight doesn't bother me though.

I just hook my laptop right up to a monitor, but I don't actually use it as a laptop. I just bought it for easy traveling. If you would be using this as a laptop on the go at an airport or something, then you may actually want a laptop tongue.gif. Or, if you are crafty you could frame a thin laptop monitor that you could buy for $80 and say it's for a replacement or something. That would be a nice setup, along with a keyboard that has the mouse pad on it as well - from logitech.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by HueyTheGod View Post

Well, the powerbrick can weight a lot in those older laptops. Weight doesn't bother me though.

I just hook my laptop right up to a monitor, but I don't actually use it as a laptop. I just bought it for easy traveling. If you would be using this as a laptop on the go at an airport or something, then you may actually want a laptop tongue.gif. Or, if you are crafty you could frame a thin laptop monitor that you could buy for $80 and say it's for a replacement or something. That would be a nice setup, along with a keyboard that has the mouse pad on it as well - from logitech.

I can just imagine the look on a TSA cops face, when you try to bring that M-ITX as a Carry-on... lol! It would be worth doing just for that!
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INtel 4770k ASUS maximus extreme VI  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC 
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EVGA GTX 780Ti SC Kingston HyperX Beast 32 GB Kit (4x8 GB) 2400MH... Western Digital 2tb Enterprise Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-D600 Razer Death Adder Mouse Razer Scarab mousepad Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with sub 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
INtel 4770k ASUS maximus extreme VI  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX 780Ti SC Kingston HyperX Beast 32 GB Kit (4x8 GB) 2400MH... Western Digital 2tb Enterprise Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-D600 Razer Death Adder Mouse Razer Scarab mousepad Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with sub 
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

I can just imagine the look on a TSA cops face, when you try to bring that M-ITX as a Carry-on... lol! It would be worth doing just for that!

"Sir, I am going to have to check your bag for bitcoins"

Pfft, TSA agents.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by HueyTheGod View Post

"Sir, I am going to have to check your bag for bitcoins"

Pfft, TSA agents.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
INtel 4770k ASUS maximus extreme VI  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX 780Ti SC Kingston HyperX Beast 32 GB Kit (4x8 GB) 2400MH... Western Digital 2tb Enterprise Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-D600 Razer Death Adder Mouse Razer Scarab mousepad Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with sub 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
INtel 4770k ASUS maximus extreme VI  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC  EVGA GTX 780Ti SC 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX 780Ti SC Kingston HyperX Beast 32 GB Kit (4x8 GB) 2400MH... Western Digital 2tb Enterprise Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-D600 Razer Death Adder Mouse Razer Scarab mousepad Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with sub 
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

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I am trying to return my laptop to CyberPower now and they are not helpful.
post #8 of 17
Word of warning i bricked 2 of my msi z87s in three months (wasnt even my fault, everything done good) also on first RMA i had factory bent cpu pins on socket.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Torvi View Post

Word of warning i bricked 2 of my msi z87s in three months (wasnt even my fault, everything done good) also on first RMA i had factory bent cpu pins on socket.
Ouch. Kind of hope that happens to me so I can just ask for a refund xD
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

Would have to carry a monitor too... that kind of kills the idea for me! I have to admit I do get tired of the sheer weight of my Dell Precision, when traveling... Or is that just all the other stuff in my bag weighing it down?

You could ghetto mod a laptop screen to the ITX build, plus a SFF workstation allows you to upgrade and gives you an excuse to buy a nice mechanical keyboard to go with it like a HHKB.
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