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OCZ Barbone Gaming Notebook in-stock at Buy.com for $669.99 after mail-in rebate.

In mid-May, DailyTech broke the news that OCZ would be entering the DIY notebook market with its Barebone Gaming Notebook. Less than a month later, the notebook is finally hit e-tailer store shelves.
"For years consumers have wanted to build their own mobile computing platforms, but the product offerings and market simply did not serve them as they did in the desktop do it yourself segment," said OCZ Systems Solutions Product Manager Eugene Chang back in May. "With the OCZ Do-It-Yourself Notebook initiative, OCZ empowers with the resources like validated component guides, documentation, tech support, and a warranty to allow consumers to configure and build a true gaming notebook with the exact specification that matches their unique requirements."

Buy.com now has the OCZ Barebone Gaming Notebook in stock for $719.99 with free shipping. Buyers can send off for a manufacturer's mail-in rebate to drop that price to $669.99.
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Seems pretty reasonable given the upgradability and the hardware it comes with.
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my dream since before i built this system. (my first/only custom) was that one day companies would willingly offer this. i hope the options become more diversified though..
    
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So I take it these laptops are much easier to dismantle? Ones from Dell and the like have about as many screws as transistors...
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I just wonder how do u put the processor in do you need thermal paste or what it seems odd
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This presents two important questions:

1) Does the motherboard permit overclocking?

2) Will there be a more expensive model with an integrated 8800GS or 8800GTX?
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This presents two important questions:

1) Does the motherboard permit overclocking?

2) Will there be a more expensive model with an integrated 8800GS or 8800GTX?
I don't know about 1), but as for 2) I think the point of this is that you can buy one of those yourself should you choose to upgrade the laptop.
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I don't know about 1), but as for 2) I think the point of this is that you can buy one of those yourself should you choose to upgrade the laptop.
No, read up on it.

The video card is pre-installed, and, as with many notebooks, may be part of the motherboard.

Moreover, there is no "standard" for notebook vid cards, so even if you could upgrade it, there's nowhere to buy notebook vid cards.
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No, read up on it.

The video card is pre-installed, and, as with many notebooks, may be part of the motherboard.

Moreover, there is no "standard" for notebook vid cards, so even if you could upgrade it, there's nowhere to buy notebook vid cards.
I did read up; I don't think you fully understand. This is a do-it-yourself notebook. The consumer buys the barebones (or minimum-equipped version) and can upgrade it how they choose from there. It would defeat the purpose not to have upgradeable video cards... Also, you realize that any cards in there would be mobile versions and not the desktop version you mentioned, right?
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I did read up; I don't think you fully understand. This is a do-it-yourself notebook. The consumer buys the barebones (or minimum-equipped version) and can upgrade it how they choose from there. It would defeat the purpose not to have upgradeable video cards... Also, you realize that any cards in there would be mobile versions and not the desktop version you mentioned, right?
It comes with a graphics card, end of story. I believe its integrated, but not totally sure. I know its hard to take out. Pretty sure you can't upgrade the graphics card on this barebone.
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It comes with a graphics card, end of story. I believe its integrated, but not totally sure. I know its hard to take out. Pretty sure you can't upgrade the graphics card on this barebone.
If you read comments on that article, apparently graphics cards aren't always integrated into the notebook, and quite frankly there is no reason for them to be. Where does it say you have to have an 8600GT for the life of the laptop? If it is integrated, that defeats the whole purpose of the laptop as being gamer-oriented. I can see where the wording is ambiguous, and if it isn't integrated then OCZ probably should say so. Perhaps it is integrated; either way I won't be getting one so it doesn't really bother me.
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