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
Maurizio Di Girolamo
Maurizio Di Girolamo

WoW! You did a masterpiece! 👍

Month ago
Callan Rustad
Callan Rustad

What is the model of the small chipset heatsink

3 months 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.

3 months ago
warious warious
warious warious

DIY Perks why don't you do this again

4 months ago
Daniel Sanchez Herce
Daniel Sanchez Herce

Gran trabajo , mucho tiempo libre tienes tú .

6 hours ago
architect cinches
architect cinches

stupid little fan---had a really good laugh. especially on the way you said it like a documentary. hahaah

16 hours ago
cvcoco
cvcoco

I wish I could get some help to do this. I can do everything except the electronics which I fear touching, and i have no electronic spare parts and connectors and the rest. I have two eligible laptops, the worse of the two could be the donor for spare parts. What I dont have are golden hands. If i get near a board it will never function again. Wish I could send the board somewhere to be mounted and cabled and I could do the rest.

2 days ago
a k
a k

just wondering why go through all the hustle if you could just hook it up on an hdmi monitor and plug in a wireless keyboard. sounds faster and cheaper to me. i don’t have tools.

2 days ago
Luis Granifo
Luis Granifo

How did you connect with the power button on the laptop board to the desktop power button

2 days ago
Kaushik Choudhury
Kaushik Choudhury

Sir how you add hit shink beside of course heat sink is not understand to me. Thank you

2 days ago
mudassar hiroli
mudassar hiroli

what is a transfrom a laptop intona stunnig desktop media pc what is work ? in purchase online store ?

3 days ago
Dj Raztah
Dj Raztah

Looked at title, got excited to build one for my laptop with broken screen. Halfway the video, I decide to salvage my laptop and invest on a new one. Props to you tho 👍

3 days ago
Tranxikoritian
Tranxikoritian

damn, and my friends call me a handy man...

4 days ago
lephplayz 2006
lephplayz 2006

And now it's a xtop

4 days ago
Eme Nayem
Eme Nayem

0:45 that aluminium moving, right?

4 days ago
Rammawia Chhakchhuak
Rammawia Chhakchhuak

Woow brilliant work

5 days ago
M1st3rMinecraft // mr. Minecraft
M1st3rMinecraft // mr. Minecraft

Hi I know this video was uploaded about a year old but how do you put the momentary push switch into the computer

6 days ago
Pranab Mahanta
Pranab Mahanta

Minimalist design 😍😍😍

6 days ago
Daniel Strobile
Daniel Strobile

Вот это колхоз!

6 days ago
Albert Hoelting
Albert Hoelting

I liked the original version of this pc. At least I am pretty sure you already made a version of it. It is very cool that you figured out how to use an old laptop. I might finally be able to try one of your projects

6 days ago
Mr MEMé
Mr MEMé

Whaaat, NO Stikky back Plastique ¿¿¿

6 days ago
ArigatouTomodachi
ArigatouTomodachi

Wouldn't leaving the HDMI plugged into the laptop be easier if the keyboard and mouse still work? Still get the wireless keyboard and mouse of course. It would save the time taking apart the laptop.

8 days ago
Agsornsin Mua
Agsornsin Mua

why not just buy a shelf for sitting the old laptop in then plus hdmi cable from the laptop to a tv. it's would be much cheaper and easier!!! cus seems like everything works great except the display of the laptop.

8 days ago
Ulquiorra cifer
Ulquiorra cifer

privacy is the issue on the PASSWORD save/sync BS. only retards will trust that sh!t!! wtf is that "we will save your password" blah blah blah.

9 days ago
MGNS channel
MGNS channel

S'abonner sebscrayb me

9 days ago
MGNS channel
MGNS channel

S'abonner me

9 days ago
Scrapping Irish
Scrapping Irish

great video

9 days ago
KiMoX
KiMoX

wow wow wow

9 days ago
Isaac Clarke
Isaac Clarke

The work was fun and interesting but i think it was a complete waste of time...no point to transform a laptop into PC. On the other hand transforming a laptop into a monitor with the components behind would be the most efficient and space saving transform.

9 days ago
Antonis Mavromatis
Antonis Mavromatis

nice job my friend well done 👍

9 days ago
Antonis Mavromatis
Antonis Mavromatis

nice job my friend well done 👍

9 days ago
AfricanFlightStar
AfricanFlightStar

Another awesome project, thanks for that!

10 days ago
Shameer Hafeezulla Khan
Shameer Hafeezulla Khan

That's some skills and a very thoughtful use of old laptops, instead of disposing'em as we consider it to be non-functional.

10 days ago
kangfauzane
kangfauzane

Sir, how to make external power, if cpu it builded with wood. please tell me

10 days ago
Alfred
Alfred

Can't you just replace the screen

10 days ago
Gerrit Großkopf
Gerrit Großkopf

Thank you for this video, i think without you i couldn't have had the courage to fix my laptop with the Wooden case it recieved this summer :) wile it's not that easy, it really looks damn nice to have wooden parts and metal parts in the same case :D

10 days ago
Carl Morris
Carl Morris

This is amazing! Ive been trying to do something like this for my old laptop. Unfortunately i dont have the skill. Looks awesome i think. Love the wood finish with the contrasting aluminium. Wouldnt change a thing. Maybe the mesh back :) Please teach me!

10 days ago
Leirda
Leirda

@9:11 i thought you will just use a male jack instead of soldering it to the board

11 days ago
pro tange
pro tange

nice job. .try to polish alluminum .

11 days ago
ahmadwalid199
ahmadwalid199

*but how to maek a pc transform into a better pc?*

11 days ago
Miscelanea Yacatecuhtli
Miscelanea Yacatecuhtli

Hello, what model is the ignition switch ?. Thank you very much

11 days ago
zachary6656
zachary6656

i created a headless server out of a laptop with a broken LCD, saves a great amount of energy so i can host my gameservers whenever

11 days ago
gaipou panmy
gaipou panmy

I thought Mr. Bean was talking during the opening

12 days ago
KeddZ
KeddZ

Your the only DIY maker who takes things to the extreme.

12 days ago
Nathaniel Kang
Nathaniel Kang

New title: Transform a laptop into a stunning desktop media PC (for CHEAP(For pros))

12 days ago
Atlas Games
Atlas Games

In the future don't by wd drives the only 2 drives I've ever had fail were wds there cheap but unreliable I suggest using Toshiba's there still pretty cheap and are the most reliable in my experience.

12 days ago
Khoi Nguyen
Khoi Nguyen

LOVE IT!

12 days ago
Frederic Salles
Frederic Salles

is it a 60's machine ugly ?

13 days ago
AHMED ELNOPY
AHMED ELNOPY

Honestly you blowing our brains 👍

13 days ago
Ed Cochran
Ed Cochran

nice

13 days ago
N8 Mare
N8 Mare

Next, get new iPad and build time machine.

13 days ago
Luis Arevalo
Luis Arevalo

What an ingenious idea. How much energy does it use?

13 days ago
Vũ Ngô
Vũ Ngô

9:41 what is cable? Link buy ? Pls

13 days ago
Nevzat Sifa
Nevzat Sifa

At a time of 17:44 you made a sound like Mr. Bean :))

14 days ago
Иван Иванович
Иван Иванович

Очень интересно! Но как подключить внешний монитор?? Я подключал через dvi и hdmi и ничего не вышло. Работает только один метод, это подключение к внешнему монитору через видеокарту, но с дополнительным блоком питания. Как Вы смогли так просто подключить ноутбук к внешнему монитору?

14 days ago
Josef Muller
Josef Muller

Can you create a laptop from desktop computer parts

14 days ago
Cris Bernales
Cris Bernales

hi sir, this project still working

15 days ago
mAquee Macaspac
mAquee Macaspac

I remove the connector of screen and i use external monitor its not working. Its sounding beep on the board. There a way to remove the screen and use permanently the external monitor?

15 days ago
foutus
foutus

Building for dummy's tip 1 Never use 3 liters of thermal paste, btw never use white, but silverpaste.

15 days ago
Dark Ninja
Dark Ninja

Does it work

16 days ago
Gaby Avila
Gaby Avila

La probreza :v

16 days ago
Godwin Siabukandu
Godwin Siabukandu

Wow!!

16 days ago
Chrrlees Whitesand
Chrrlees Whitesand

I hope i can buy that 15$ laptop.. lol

17 days ago
Ashley Cabreros
Ashley Cabreros

How and Where did you learn all of those things ?

18 days ago
ColinMcRae
ColinMcRae

Funny to see that the PCH was cooled. My 2017 gaming laptop doesn't have any heatsink on the PCH ^^

19 days ago
Samsung/Android Is the best
Samsung/Android Is the best

I would add a fan

19 days ago
Arnold Lewis
Arnold Lewis

What is that PC OS?

19 days ago
David Isawesome
David Isawesome

Had me at CHEAP. Fucking lost me with all that equipment and work needed to make the case. 😂😂 Looks beautiful though!

19 days ago
Colin Wiens
Colin Wiens

looks so good gimme that vaporwave

20 days ago
Mouâd tabénâzite
Mouâd tabénâzite

Your video is inspiring

20 days ago
Mass Mail
Mass Mail

Why if we just change the screen or the keyboard instead change pc !!!!!!!!

20 days ago
Who Am I, Who Ar You
Who Am I, Who Ar You

Great video, loved your idea and work to this solution, I might copy your idea a bit though.... ;)

21 day ago
Mazhar Zandsalime
Mazhar Zandsalime

You sir are an artist, respect is the only word i can attach to your work. Thank you for bringing class to PC world.

21 day ago
Lieutenant Websir
Lieutenant Websir

i like the idea but remember kids, dont just randomly look at places to hook up a fan. Not a good idea, in fact its a very very bad idea.

21 day ago
off grid and happy
off grid and happy

Looks great . I am very impressed with how it looked when finished.

22 days ago
dgmf kkd
dgmf kkd

What did you achieve by such a transformation after spending a lot of time ?. The mobility is lost and so is the screen. Did you add any value ? Same old laptop as desktop. Can you explain what made you to do this ?

24 days ago
laserhawk64
laserhawk64

Couple of thoughts from a friendly neighborhood nerd ;) One, that case looks friggin beautiful... well done! Two, that chipset needs a MUCH bigger heatsink, and thermal epoxy ("thermal glue" is epoxy) is never ever ever rated highly enough for that application -- you would have been better using a 40mm square 'sink of some reasonable height (or larger, which would be even better), for that, along with the same thermal paste you used for the CPU, or simply allowed the huge heatsink to cover the chipset. Three, use better thermal paste! That stuff in the video is silicone based, which is the bottom of the barrel. Over a few years, it will bake itself solid. I have serviced Pentium 4 systems where the CPU was pulled out from the socket by the thermal paste and heatsink, because the manufacturer had used silicone paste and it had become ossified from the heat. Copper based paste is better, and silver based is better than that. You don't need Arctic Silver (although their ArctiClean bottle set and some coffee filters are perfect for cleaning the old 'goop' off) but the generic silver eBay stuff will do for anything better than an Atom (which can get away with copper, although if it's old enough to use an i945 chipset, you should use silver on the chipset -- that one is nasty hungry). If you replace all that silicone gunk with cheap silver stuff, your temps will drop 2-3 degrees C. If you want to be fancy and have money to burn, get Arctic Silver Ceramique -- which will probably drop temps 5-7 degrees C. But it's incredibly expensive for what it does. Four, you can get 5v fans, which would have been better. At least use a 12v fan on seven volts (power it with twelve and a resistor, although you'll need math for that, or -- this works much better in desktops -- power it with the 12v positive lead and the 5v-side ground lead of a drive "Molex" connector (this usually works, but I offer no guarantees). Last of all -- I actually LIKE fan noise, and you should, too -- at least a little. Noisy fans tell me when they're working -- and, consequently, when they've failed. For a media PC application, if you can only turn up the volume so loud, they even make 5v quiet fans that don't move as much air. When (and it is a case of WHEN) that fan in that computer fails, it's going to take the CPU and chipset with it -- if the chipset doesn't bake itself silly, first -- and man I do not envy the repair bill you'll be stuck with, even if it's just parts cost and you do the labor yourself...

27 days ago
Agent Lier
Agent Lier

You are brilliant, man.

27 days ago
David F. Mejia Cascante
David F. Mejia Cascante

Hey, I am trying to do the same but when I take the MOBO out of the case it does not turn on, when I put the MOBO back in the case it powers on, any idea what could be the issue? Outside the case all parts are connected as in they were inside the case.​

28 days ago
Itzzben
Itzzben

Be careful of ESD that break my laptop

29 days ago
ferdie fox
ferdie fox

He looks like elon musks illegitimate child.

Month ago
Edson Carvalho
Edson Carvalho

amazing!!

Month ago
Ace Troubleshooter
Ace Troubleshooter

Me gustan éstos canales de habla inglesa, siempre tienen mucha creatividad y cosas que no se ven siempre, para decir la gran mayoría. *En cambio la mayoría de habla hispana son pura mierda, tirándose hate unos con otros*

Month ago
Jimmy King
Jimmy King

i have a i5 core is that better then a i3?

Month ago
Spheh Mchunu
Spheh Mchunu

check out my home made / DIY laptop to all-in-one pc transformation (cheap and without any special tool) on twitter @sphesihle_MC inspired by DIY perks

Month ago
Super Bobr
Super Bobr

дешевле купить матрицу и восстановить ноутбук

Month ago
Mikael
Mikael

It's sooo ugly.. And pretty much useless. Unless all you do on your pc is write word documents and you don't mind it taking 3-4 minutes just to open word, this is completely useless for ''everyday use''. or any other use for that matter. Any kind of productivity or even light browsing Would be such a drag on this old potato. It's junk, hence the $15 price tag..

Month ago
ScoopsTherobotreal1
ScoopsTherobotreal1

Asmr build

Month ago
MANISH SINGH
MANISH SINGH

awesome are you a computer engineer

Month ago
sultan makii
sultan makii

just don't buy a laptop and go buy a fucking pc

Month ago
Tech Gamer 940MX
Tech Gamer 940MX

Install a graphics card

Month ago
dimdim lumplump
dimdim lumplump

I have been thinking about doing this to my laptop for a while now, glad I saw this.

Month ago
Helgen X
Helgen X

This is how people built computers 20 years ago if we were in the year 3000.

Month ago
tali koyu
tali koyu

pc????? more like a c.p.u

Month ago
Slava Gerchicov
Slava Gerchicov

why not to explain how you connect a screen to your laptop?

Month ago
WULFAXE
WULFAXE

I tried it today, realize it was a dell inspiron 1720, ended destroying it and now its all scrap parts

Month ago
simon dehaut
simon dehaut

17:44 Mr Bean

Month ago
XenoContact
XenoContact

I wish there was some international market for used PCs, I have so many useful projects that just need a cheap laptop to be up and running

Month ago
Anindya Mitra
Anindya Mitra

You could use wood instead of aluminium for the strip or else it will reduce the Wi-Fi strength.

Month ago
Zizi Mugen
Zizi Mugen

An OCZ Vertex 2 is doomed to failure. I bought one as my first ssd, and every time I restarted my computer, I had to reinstall the OS.

Month ago
Yellow Waffle
Yellow Waffle

Great project ,I'm upgrading an older PC unit that I intent to use at home and this video offers so munch info about components and I get to learn some extra bits and pieces along , cheers.

Month ago
Bharat Jha
Bharat Jha

Great 👍

Month ago
Thomas Wilson
Thomas Wilson

Combining several skill sets; electronics, computers, yard sales, metal work, carpentry. None too demanding. Good deal.

Month ago

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