Custom Portable Gaming PC
This is a small form factor rig that I put together. I found a broken laptop that had been left in a hot car that warped the whole frame, killed the screen and battery, and screwed up the keyboard, and got the inspiration to turn it into a sleek LAN pc. The finished product was under $200, and turned out really clean.
i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 2gb, 8gb RAM, 128gb SSD, 1tb HDD
Here's what I replaced:
- New 17.3" HD display (larger than original, but cheaper than the actual one and still had the right ribbon cable to hook up to the motherboard)
- New battery (super cheap)
- New SSD
- Custom wooden enclosure
- two buttons for power and fan overdrive
- Aluminum vent material
- upholstery fabric and padding
- strip of leather for handle
- Screws, upholstery studs, staples, hot glue
Compact Mechanical Keyboard and mouse I already had. Still need to make the lid, and want to cnc an aluminum side panel maybe. But the jury's still out on how I want to do that, and it's usable as it is now.
Wow, that's seriously impressive! I'm not really a person that makes things but the design looks brilliant. It must be really satisfying to make a whole new device out of something that was broken.
Are you upholstering the lid as well?
@jemaslt This actually impresses me, I would love it if you could share how you designed this. Plastic is amazing in the unique way you can weld it to create almost any shape you can imagine. I've been toying with the idea of using a Rigid 22" toolbox (The deeper, chest version without the wheels.. Although the wheeled version could be interesting also.) to make a pc case with one of those aluminum test benches mounted inside with a monitor panel mounted to the lid. With plastic welding, you can use so much more space more efficently if you have the juevos to just use outside-the-box thinking...
I was also toying with the idea of adding enclosed speakers into the build, but due to the exterior aesthetics of the case, I can't come up with an easy solution.