to Customize Laptop Computers How to
Build Your Own Laptop
Customize laptop computers the easy way. We
show you exactly how to build your own laptop computer.
Steps For A
Perfect Custom Laptop
Determine Your Needs
- Customize Laptop Step 1
Determine your unique needs first and foremost. We
have numerous resources on the site the get you started.
We recommend you first check out both our
Laptop Buying Guide and
Laptop Comparisons Guide to help you pinpoint a laptop
out a pen and paper and jot down notes as you read for it will not only
help you with the later steps but it will also help you map out your
perfect laptop blueprint.
Fine Tune Your Unique Needs
- Customize Laptop Step 2
further fine tune your unique needs return once again to the Laptop
Buying Guide, but this time think about how you may be using the laptop
in the future.
Its one thing to find a
laptop to meet your needs now,
but it's another to find one that will meet your potential future needs.
left out future planning in step 1 specifically so you would have to go
back through the guide.
Why? Going through
the guide a second time will
enforce that you are on the right path and that you didn't overlook
Because our goal is to help customize the
perfect laptop, this new perspective while reading the guide will
actually help you fine tune things. Trust us!
Go ahead and
visualize 1, 2, and 3 years from now while reading through the Laptop
Buying Guide this time and adjust specifications accordingly. Remember
to jot down new findings in your notes as you go.
move on to the next step, here's a personal example where planning
ahead saved me some cash and a headache. More recently I began some
light video editing and even though I purchased my Inspiron E1505 about
a year ago it currently handles the video editing applications without
As you see, planning for not only now but the
future is the key to finding the perfect laptop.
Ask Yourself A Few Questions - Customize Laptop Step 3
Does it meet my current needs and also my
potential future needs?
If you answered yes to both feel free to proceed
directly onto step 4.
you question things even the slightest however, go scour through the
guides yet again until you are confident that you are in deed on the
Getting tired of the guides? If you are just
remember that we are preparing you for the perfect custom laptop.
Knowledge is power and patience is a virtue.
Think of all this
reading as your smart shopper education. We can assure you that all
your time spent learning now will ultimately help you later.
Determine Your Customization Route - Customize Laptop Step 4
Now that you are pretty confident to your needs,
go ahead and determine the customization route that you will be taking.
referring to customizing a laptop usually this means going to a laptop
manufacturer's website and picking and choosing components to meet your
This is the most common option and the one we are
detailing in this guide. Building your own laptop from scratch is
another story. Our guide for building your own covers that.
recommended however that you continue to follow this guide and
customize a laptop from a reputable laptop manufacture instead of
building your own.
These days laptops from manufacturers are
priced lower than ever and there is no frustrating physical
installation and configuration to be performed.
It's just simply the better route to take.
Begin Research and Take More Notes - Customize Laptop Step 5
the different laptop manufacturer websites to get an idea of what is
currently being offered in the way of features and price. Don't fall
for the wow factor of one specific laptop but instead continue to look
through each manufacturer for you may be wowed elsewhere.
there are Dell, HP, Compaq, Sony, Panasonic, Gateway, and Emachine
laptops among many others so you never know what is out there at the
giving moment. Using your pen and paper take notes to the best deals,
While you're comparison shopping be sure to check
various online coupon websites such as couponmountain.com for often you
can find discount codes that you can apply on the manufacturers website
during checkout time.
Perform Comprehensive Research via Reviews - Customize Laptop Step 6
research the specific laptops that you found interest in to get some
expert advice and opinions. Expert reviewers will shed some insight
into your purchase and may save you a potential costly mistake.
offer some great easy to understand reviews here so check them out.
Definitely check out other review sources too and we also recommend you
stop at Epinions.com for you may find some real world user reviews for
the specific laptops.
Take a Moment and Go Over Things - Customize Laptop Step 7
are almost ready to begin the actual customization. At this point you
should have a great idea of your unique needs, some laptops of interest
narrowed down, and some written notes.
If not proceed through
each step until you are in fact ready. Remember we have some great
resources throughout the site to help you out also so be sure to look
them all over.
On With the Customization
- Customize Laptop Step 8
job you've found a laptop and you are ready to customize. Once logged
into the manufacturer's website you will be walked through a
configurator which gives you choices along the way for each component.
recommend you pick specifications a bit above your needs without
worrying too much about the current price just yet because you will
fine tune things next.
Once you are to the last configuration
step simply go back through each component 1 by 1 to fine tune the
price to meet your budget. Bump down a component as necessary but don't
sacrifice one component too much for you want a well balanced laptop at
If you have questions about a component check out
our Laptop Buying Guide components list.
Perform Final Touches and Review - Customize Laptop Step 9
you proceed to the final step go through your configuration at least
one more time to make sure you've picked the best laptop configuration.
Take note to components you've bumped down in step
8 just to
make sure you didn't throw your systems balance off by sacrificing one
component to much.
For example you shouldn't go for less than
2GB of system memory if running Windows Vista. Sacrificing some hard
drive storage space would be a good tradeoff because storage space
wouldn't hurt your performance like RAM. Look at your tradeoffs with
this example in mind.
If you have questions remember once again to check
out our Laptop Buying Guide.
Seal the Deal
- Customize Laptop Step 10
you are satisfied after looking over things in step 9 you are ready to
checkout my friend. If the manufacturer gives you the option to use
coupon codes and you found some via a coupon website, usually you can
input them towards the end of checkout.
If the coupon code you apply works be sure it does
in fact give you a better deal.
seen Dell offer a discount by default and when I entered a coupon code
the discount from the coupon code was less. In this case it was one or
the other and I was in fact going to pay more with the coupon code.
coupon codes don't work either but I have personally saved some money
using them many times so it doesn't hurt to try.
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