Transform a laptop into a stunning desktop media PC (for CHEAP)

  • Published on Year ago

    DIY PerksDIY Perks

    Runtime: 18:48

    In this video I'll be showing you how to build a beautiful desktop PC out of an old damaged laptop for peanuts (aka, not much money). This is a great way to re-use old hardware for cheap, and it's a fantastic creative outlet. I used veneer to make it look like an art piece, but I reckon that leather would look nice if done right, as would vinyl wrap. Go wild guys!
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DIY Perks
DIY Perks

Judging by the comments it looks like the design divides opinion, which is great! The best bit about this is that you can design it to your own personal tastes. My tastes lean more towards rustic wood and industrial design, rather than RGB and 'gamer lines', but each to their own! Judging by the huge number of likes this video is getting though it seems that the vast majority of viewers like it, which is lovely. :) Thanks guys! By the way, I may do an FAQ video soon, so tweet me any questions (not project questions... think more general) you want to ask me and I may answer them in the video. Regarding the questions asked on this video: *What are the temps like with the small fan?* As the fan is small and spins slowly, the airflow is very low, but as the heatsink is so large it keeps it cool enough for a media PC. In general use it is unlikely to ever get over 40c. *This isn't a cheap project, why advertise it as such?* Because it's just that - cheap. The laptop cost me £12, and I salvaged a few bits to upgrade it a bit (like the SSD, which is an older model now so isn't worth much). The other costs went on the aluminium, MDF, etc, so I'd estimate the cost of the build itself is about £25 max. Compare that to even a low spec NUC PC, and it's tremendous value... not to mention it's actually significantly more powerful than a cheap NUC or PC Stick! *Why not just connect the laptop to the TV?* Boring. Ugly. Tasteless. Besides, I'm literally in the business of making cool projects for everyone to watch. Cheerio for now!

Year ago
Callan Rustad
Callan Rustad

What is the model of the small chipset heatsink

Month ago
Alexandros Mangoshvili
Alexandros Mangoshvili

+DIY Perks Hi, great video!! can you please explain how you connected the power button with the computer? what I am asking is how is the connection with the power button, the ribbon cable and the board were the ribbon cable is mounted.

Month ago
warious warious
warious warious

DIY Perks why don't you do this again

2 months ago
MarkSpines9
MarkSpines9

Why did you call my wife's boyfriend the n-word?

3 months ago
Jasan Nagra
Jasan Nagra

DIY Perks I

4 months ago
thom0530 thom0530
thom0530 thom0530

18:00 is the face of memes and happiness

17 hours ago
Markus Rosenhave
Markus Rosenhave

this pc would work great with Plex embedded os

Day ago
Taste Tha Rainbow 1337
Taste Tha Rainbow 1337

haha aluminium sheeting 🤣 even after a nuklear attack u can still use the pc

Day ago
Spicy meymeys
Spicy meymeys

atleast itsbetter than a macbook in every way.

Day ago
Enemy of the State/ VCD King
Enemy of the State/ VCD King

I luv the design. idea and etc ! Everything is resourcefulness !

Day ago
Esti Fernandez
Esti Fernandez

I hate the English accent.

2 days ago
urmish101
urmish101

Where can I find that aluminium power button ?

2 days ago
urmish101
urmish101

Where can I find that aluminium power button ?

2 days ago
John Dias
John Dias

Where is the CD ROM drive?

2 days ago
Domino_Dancing
Domino_Dancing

While I did cringe watching you solder... great design and concept. Bravo! Nicely made video as well.

2 days ago
Clay Fogleman
Clay Fogleman

Any suggestions for what to do when the power button is attached to the keyboard of the old laptop?

3 days ago
Bilal Patel
Bilal Patel

5:10 oh come on. Atleast remove the fucking dust first

3 days ago
Caleb Holland
Caleb Holland

Check out this app 👉 https://sweatcoin.org/m/caleb328556 ... It pays for walking

3 days ago
Diego CJ
Diego CJ

Easiest true way: sell the laptop, buy a media desktop pc

3 days ago
Paul Chung
Paul Chung

Sweet

4 days ago
pavilionman
pavilionman

Nice idea but the result is ugly like demon's ass.

5 days ago
Habeeb Golden
Habeeb Golden

I'm watching this August 15th 2018 making a Year this Video was uploaded. 😎😎

6 days ago
Ahmed Mostafa_احمد مصطفي
Ahmed Mostafa_احمد مصطفي

انا لسة جديد في يوتيوب بقدم محتوي ممكن يعجبك لو عجبك اشتركو وشكرا ❤

6 days ago
Ahmed Mostafa_احمد مصطفي
Ahmed Mostafa_احمد مصطفي

انا لسة جديد في يوتيوب بقدم محتوي ممكن يعجبك لو عجبك اشتركو وشكرا ❤

6 days ago
Goin_rogue
Goin_rogue

I’m gonna I this to my broken laptop, trouble is I don’t know where to get the spacer things

6 days ago
Isac Ibarra
Isac Ibarra

Or you could just buy a new screen

6 days ago
Isac Ibarra
Isac Ibarra

Or you could just buy a new screen

6 days ago
Jazon The Man
Jazon The Man

when building a pc turns into modern art

8 days ago
DarkRay
DarkRay

You should do a series where you mod famous laptops like razer or tablets/laptops like Microsoft surface pro 4

8 days ago
Guillotine
Guillotine

You give me so much inspiration

8 days ago
fu ckSociety
fu ckSociety

garbage

8 days ago
dineth bro
dineth bro

chanux bro oyat wadiya super

9 days ago
Joshua Falcone
Joshua Falcone

Why would you do this to a thinkpad??!

9 days ago
Chen Pamei
Chen Pamei

Just wow

10 days ago
城塚Chie
城塚Chie

Uhh, I love your smile 😄

10 days ago
Samuel Awolaja
Samuel Awolaja

Just stumbled across your video. And I must say I think the conversion you've done is absolutely stunning. Although the wood is not to my taste. I perhaps would prefer something more retro and industrial looking. I'm currently building my own PC. So this video has definately moved my thinking on regarding cannibalising my old laptop and transforming it into a desk top PC. THANK YOU for helping me save money and build something unique.

10 days ago
Joy Mahmood
Joy Mahmood

Beautifully rearranged! wonderful act of art!

11 days ago
Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma

By covering the fan you block it your fan didn't inhale tge air

11 days ago
Ze Naughty Company
Ze Naughty Company

all the soldering keeps me away from doing this:)

11 days ago
Arvid
Arvid

Except for your excessive use of coolant paste, you did a great job. Next time you might wanna avoid soaking your motherboard with the paste. 😊

11 days ago
Citrus Lump
Citrus Lump

I think I might see how converting my old laptop to an android device goes.

12 days ago
kaitlyn storey
kaitlyn storey

nice case!

12 days ago
Fabio Fabão
Fabio Fabão

belo trabalho gostei

12 days ago
CFCMAMO1
CFCMAMO1

this cunt is a beast! so happy i've come across this channel.

13 days ago
johnty fiveofive
johnty fiveofive

make a portable device less portable and forego the screen. Yeah, i'll do that -__-

13 days ago
johnty fiveofive
johnty fiveofive

i just saw the price of the laptop - sorry i take it back - do whatever! ^^

13 days ago
Mr. Happy4311
Mr. Happy4311

Aluminiom

13 days ago
adriantaker
adriantaker

amazing

14 days ago
Can Oa
Can Oa

Awesome!

14 days ago
LiamThePenguin8
LiamThePenguin8

Intel Core i3... pretty bad.

15 days ago
my one
my one

Hey Matt how to find Signal wire on fan 3pin connection?

16 days ago
Soufian maar die tatas zeggen soofian
Soufian maar die tatas zeggen soofian

0:01 hihooh

16 days ago
SOPNIE SHNIE
SOPNIE SHNIE

ALA VERGA TIENE UNA PLANCHA YO TENGO UNA ESTAMOS Y GUAL :V

19 days ago
SOPNIE SHNIE
SOPNIE SHNIE

SOLO PARA MILLONARIOS :,V

19 days ago
Morgan Yu
Morgan Yu

Just a question- what did you do with that thinkpad? It's pretty obvious it wasn't used in the PC buid.

19 days ago
Say my name? Harambe
Say my name? Harambe

I really like watching this kind of videos, as for me, these kinds are the equivalent of those makeup tutorial by ugly bitches turning them into beautiful princesses...

20 days ago
Maxserve Team
Maxserve Team

Great work man 👌👌👌...! Being Creative itself a God Gifted skill.

21 day ago
Marlon Bagtong
Marlon Bagtong

The cooling is great!

22 days ago
Ifthekhar Alve
Ifthekhar Alve

I don't skip a single second in this video its make me satisfied after finishing watching the video ^_^

22 days ago
Graham Hull
Graham Hull

I may not agree with the time waste on a laptop like this, but you have admirable craftsmanship . Sub and Like.

22 days ago
Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson

Can Plexiglas be used instead of eh aluminium?

23 days ago
meme ferris
meme ferris

CAN IT RUN CRYSIS

26 days ago
Russ Orler
Russ Orler

As much as it pains me to tear apart my nice laptop, the screen assembly is damaged and is no longer durable enough for traveling as it could break completely without warning. I plan to use this as a general guide to re-purpose my Satellite P55w and mount it to the back of my tv using the Vesa holes. I want to use quite a large heat sink, as this laptop is pretty powerful and can run games decently. I hope it works....

26 days ago
rip stop
rip stop

looks nice but its 2018. who still uses htpc's?

27 days ago
Cofresi100
Cofresi100

Very nice

28 days ago
K3NNY O
K3NNY O

this would be cool to do with an old acoustic guitar. Imagine the reactions, lol

28 days ago
Alejo Rostata
Alejo Rostata

I made one but I managed to fit the battery inside and I use converter for Audio Jack instead of soldering it.

Month ago
MrRICEBALL
MrRICEBALL

on the bright side of youtube again , this channel is such a gem for DIY lovers !

Month ago
Moktar Hossain Tareq
Moktar Hossain Tareq

I notice ...you miss Mic socket...besides headphone line....

Month ago
stoneridge zutt
stoneridge zutt

could make it look like a book for a bookshelf and then it will be hidden amongst the books.

Month ago
UncannyLK RG
UncannyLK RG

you qualify as the Bob Ross of PC building

Month ago
query
query

this is my fuking laptop thinkpad x220 OMG iam very Luky

Month ago
JayRay00
JayRay00

You didn't clean off the old thermal paste before applying new stuff? 😤 Looks awesome though, great work 👌

Month ago
Francisco Bazáez Ibarra
Francisco Bazáez Ibarra

Pon subs en español :c

Month ago
Rick Ritzz
Rick Ritzz

How did he use the multimeter to see where he can connect corectly the power button???

Month ago
Psv 48PH
Psv 48PH

Nice Job

Month ago
MAXTER 484
MAXTER 484

I did this month's ago and everything the same but now I turn it on and there is no post on screen a and my keyboard doesn't light up. I was doing this because there was a screen problem where it just flashes white any help

Month ago
Abe Rakadabra
Abe Rakadabra

Nice ! Would be awesome if you could lose all the cables eg: screen casting , not sure how to go about the power cable though : / .I'm over cables period !

Month ago
Charlie Millhollin
Charlie Millhollin

I noticed that you applied that large heat sink to just the CPU but I saw that you left the gpu with no cooling. The original cooling method cooled both of them. It's probably fine based on how you are still using it haha. Really cool video good job

Month ago
Pratik Panchal
Pratik Panchal

Nothing less than God!

Month ago
Sjoerd Wesselius
Sjoerd Wesselius

How much ram does it have?

Month ago
TECHNO CENTRAL
TECHNO CENTRAL

Wow! Great Job!

Month ago
ExileMMO
ExileMMO

£12 for an i3 "parts laptop" that has its ram and hdd still in place. I call bullshit.

Month ago
ExileMMO
ExileMMO

£12 for that laptop? I call bullshit. The fact that ALL parts laptops at that price point have the RAM and HDD removed tells me that this is toss.

Month ago
Yk
Yk

A wooden PC had been created.

Month ago
chip2567
chip2567

i love it

Month ago
NUCLEAR DIVISION
NUCLEAR DIVISION

Including FAN into high-freqency circuit give you a lot of noise in circuit, that will be sure badly affect on data transfer.

Month ago
Benedikt Frasch
Benedikt Frasch

my old Laptop doesn't turn on …. what can i do? it's not the fan.

Month ago
RMA
RMA

bUT cAN iT rUN cRYSIS?

Month ago
RPlay
RPlay

U can only replace screen.

Month ago
zaka boy
zaka boy

Well thanks my screen is white ehen staring up now

Month ago
L Lawliet
L Lawliet

I have an old computer that runs really well, but it overheats quickly. Would it be a good idea to modify it this way with a better cooling system as a short term fix until I can afford to build my own pc?

Month ago
Mher Saribekyan
Mher Saribekyan

CPU trottleing is bad ! And what about cooling the GPU?

Month ago
TobyCraft
TobyCraft

hyyhour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fnsGHe8eE&t=1062s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fnsGHe8eE&t=0s

Month ago
Seif Al-hinai
Seif Al-hinai

Thats good for the environment instead of dumping them. Best skills ever!!

Month ago
NIK TECH
NIK TECH

I think only 1% of the viewers will make this

Month ago
Anra Shuwarso
Anra Shuwarso

Wow... awesome. I wanna try for my old laptop.

Month ago
Sergio Ropo
Sergio Ropo

Fantastic build, congrats. Don't mind the dislike clickers they are just people with no skills and a ton of jealousy.

Month ago
Rahul’s Google Adventure
Rahul’s Google Adventure

Cool! I love it!

Month ago
NASTRiiX Gaming
NASTRiiX Gaming

Wow...

Month ago
Pauls Audiolabor
Pauls Audiolabor

very nice project

Month ago
Abhishek Nag
Abhishek Nag

love!!!

Month ago
Arch Dev
Arch Dev

I think Thinkpad T420 would be AWESOME for this build :) with i7 CPU then you can add better custom cooling.

Month ago
dikky dik
dikky dik

you should have kept the battery if the power cuts out....but i love the pc though

Month ago
Ravi Singh
Ravi Singh

dont try at home. he has all the tools needed, you dont have.

Month ago

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