Should I get Dell?

This is a discussion on Should I get Dell? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; Originally Posted by @nthony I wouldn't recommend laptop building just yet. Laptops, unlike desktops, are highly size-oriented, meaning that manufacturers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by @nthony View Post
    I wouldn't recommend laptop building just yet. Laptops, unlike desktops, are highly size-oriented, meaning that manufacturers may often make/design custom parts to specifically cut down on size. Since this is not an issue in a PC, generic parts can be manufactured for most motherboard/case combos at factory-line prices and installed easily. The same cannot be said for laptops, unless you're willing to put up with a chunkier, less fitted product, in which case, you're probably better of going with a desktop in the first place anyways.
    That isn't necessarily always true. When you purchase a barebone laptop, it already comes with some basic parts (CPU,RAM,etc.) you just have to worry about everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreatedByShadow View Post
    That isn't necessarily always true. When you purchase a barebone laptop, it already comes with some basic parts (CPU,RAM,etc.) you just have to worry about everything else .
    Which is exactly my point. What are you going to fit into that? generic PC components? laptop components built for other laptop's in mind? or propietary components which will be incredibly expensive that fit only into your laptop frame?
    Either way, its a bad deal, generic PC components will require that your laptop frame is relatively large, defeating much of the purpose of a laptop. Trying to fit components into your laptop that were specifically designed for other frames may prove largely unsuccesful and costly. And buying propietary components specifically intended to fit into your frame only is, needless to say, going to be costly in and of itself.

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    Actually, from my experience Barebone laptops come with everything that doesn't have a size standard. They commonly come with the motherboard, the GPU, and the optical drive. Things it doesn't come with is the CPU, the RAM, and the HDD. Basically the items that have a standard form factor throughout laptops. It's almost exactly like a barebone PC, the exception being that, as you said, the parts that are included are frequently custom to the casing.

    I personally can't wait to buy an ASUS C90S for my E6600 when I upgrade to an E6850. I just love the idea of a barebone laptop that takes a desktop processor.
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