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Big Ted

Laptop into Custom Case

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey Guys, I'm a newbie to custom design and modify of hardware as I have only ever built systems they way their intended and bought cases. I have this really wacky idea to take out my second laptop from its case and pretty much just stick it on a piece of plywood and customize it from there. The reason is that the system itself struggles heavily with cooling and I would really like to do something like hook up a liquid cooler to the CPU. Another idea was to get an external GPU on the wood as well so I can put my own full-size card. I'm worried about a few things. Is it compatible, Dust and having an "open case" and whether or not this is just a really bad idea. Just a heads up this is not some rig that I'm trying to save money by using the old laptop motherboard but more of a project. I would also like to add more ram but all the dims I think are taken up. If I could either get told how much of a bad idea this is or a few tips it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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What laptop do you have? That'll greatly impact whether or not you can have an external GPU hooked up to it.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 hours ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

What laptop do you have? That'll greatly impact whether or not you can have an external GPU hooked up to it.

@Crunchy DragonIts an MSI laptop from around 2016 I don't really know much more than that. I'm guessing you're referring to the fact you need thunderbolt for an egpu. Is there any way I can connect one without this as it Doesn't have one. It currently has a 950M if that helps.

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1 hour ago, Big Ted said:

@Crunchy DragonIts an MSI laptop from around 2016 I don't really know much more than that. I'm guessing you're referring to the fact you need thunderbolt for an egpu. Is there any way I can connect one without this as it Doesn't have one. It currently has a 950M if that helps.

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If it has a mini PCIe slot, you can adapt a GPU to that.

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