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

  • Published on 9 months 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!

9 months ago
MarkSpines9
MarkSpines9

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

23 days ago
Jasan Nagra
Jasan Nagra

DIY Perks I

Month ago
Batty PC
Batty PC

I know I'm incredibly late, but couldn't you just use a motherboard jumper to trick the motherboard into booting?

Month ago
Ben Ingledew
Ben Ingledew

DIY Perks what is the name and model of the laptop

2 months ago
Djredz Bynoe
Djredz Bynoe

Hey DIY Perks?

2 months ago
Money Account
Money Account

Heat Heat Heat!!!

11 hours ago
Seven09
Seven09

I really enjoyed your project, nice job man :)

2 days ago
Joe Manfred
Joe Manfred

It would be cool if you did that but also included an eGPU dock as part of it

2 days ago
Coleção Nintendo
Coleção Nintendo

Oh ! Is a very garbage ! Really

3 days ago
Max Power
Max Power

Wood? seriously?

3 days ago
Eryk Kilianek
Eryk Kilianek

ill try this

3 days ago
Fernando Cruz
Fernando Cruz

the design of the case deserves a better motherboard laptop

4 days ago
Div Ab
Div Ab

I think we have very different opinions on what is CHEAP!!!

4 days ago
Forerunner The Interloper
Forerunner The Interloper

How did you get the cpu back plate/pcb fan screws off?

4 days ago
NBeev1
NBeev1

Id love to do this, but the old laptop I have does not have a HDMI out put. Any suggestions?

5 days ago
jose matos
jose matos

i Have Bean Wanted to do this for a while know got all the tools just dont know wen to begin ?

5 days ago
Ted Bat
Ted Bat

Love it, thank you for the idea.

6 days ago
Makara
Makara

I'd be a little worried to put the SSD right under the CPU. Sure, it has a heat-skink, but it still gets quiet hot. Could possibly mean damage for it in the long run, from what I as an amateur know.

6 days ago
Thomas Müthing
Thomas Müthing

OR, you could spare yourself all the crap and JUST BUY A MULTIMEDIA PC! ;)

6 days ago
FFLYN Sixtynine
FFLYN Sixtynine

Repair and be creative, that's the real fun. Congratulation for another fine project!

6 days ago
samofta
samofta

can it run crysis thought?

7 days ago
GrimmWarrior19
GrimmWarrior19

Awesome...but you still need to go buy a screen, keyboard and even a mouse. It really is neat if you already have salvageable materials but kinda useless otherwise.

7 days ago
tamilan's tech
tamilan's tech

nice

7 days ago
Kenneth Liu
Kenneth Liu

May I ask what program do you use to check your CPU temperature?

7 days ago
howtobebasic1
howtobebasic1

is the computer designed so u can rip it apart and it will still work

8 days ago
Harry Emmott
Harry Emmott

Would it be possible to strip the CPU from an old laptop and mount it onto a new motherboard?

9 days ago
Dyfrig Shandy
Dyfrig Shandy

Now install gtx 1080ti on it

9 days ago
Miljan Krkic
Miljan Krkic

I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to discover repair laptops try Saankramer Electronic Magazine System (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my partner got cool success with it.

9 days ago
Ulterior Motive
Ulterior Motive

Do you think it could work if you used an actual stain on the wood instead of the veneer? Does the veneer provide anything other than improving appearance?

9 days ago
Paul Frahm
Paul Frahm

thanks for the video, but the added noise gave me a headache

11 days ago
Benja Amiel
Benja Amiel

A bit of a silly questions, so I do apologise for wasting your time. I have never done anything like that or any DIY before and would love to learn how to do so, what would you say are some of the key skills to learn to be able to attempt the projects you post?:)

12 days ago
nuka_dorm
nuka_dorm

So uh... I think I just killed my mobo

13 days ago
Terry Evans
Terry Evans

Awesome build! I'm tearing down three old computers and it occurs to me that I might rebuild one using a home made case similar to the one your made. THANK YOU!

15 days ago
Brian Tromp
Brian Tromp

you look like Frodo from lord of the rings...

15 days ago
MrPufins
MrPufins

i made an original xbox that had died into a pc by cramming a Mini ITX motherboard with Core i5, low profile graphics card, small Server PSU and 1 SSD and a 3.5 HDD's into it. although no Disk drive as originally intended as not enough room was powerful enough to play some relatively new games. a shame though that i had a bunch of my stuff stolen and that was one of the things taken

16 days ago
Mike Hill
Mike Hill

Astonishing!

17 days ago
Sumit Pal
Sumit Pal

Can u do a DIY on old iphone 4

17 days ago
Alvo Alo
Alvo Alo

Good idea dude, unfortunately when motherboard death, it should be modification plate, right?

18 days ago
opaz79
opaz79

not cheap

19 days ago
Asoft Raiden
Asoft Raiden

very ugly look outside, but the internal working of the case is inspiring, I liked this video.

20 days ago
cherwally
cherwally

Seen many of your DIY projects and love the way you teach others to salvage pieces of tech that many times arrive in a trash bin! You should seriously think to open a small store were you can sell some of these projects to people and sure, recover some money for future projects! Thumbs up buddy, you're doing great!

20 days ago
Sergej Prizdisráč
Sergej Prizdisráč

if i unplug my screen and plug my laptop into a pc monitor or TV with HDMI, it doesn't work, please help edit: maybe some adapter from the wierd connector to HDMI? btw i have a Lenovo G 50-70

20 days ago
Dennis Ivan Chavez
Dennis Ivan Chavez

Work station tour please! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

20 days ago
Jose Khalil Khalil
Jose Khalil Khalil

Olá amigo!! Voce pode me responder uma coisa? A madeira não vai tornar o ambiente interno muito quente? O ideal não seria fazer uma saída para o ar quente e aumentar a potência do cooler no processador, ou, colocar um cooler externo de potência superior? Se possível me envie o projeto do gabinete , Thanks

21 day ago
CX
CX

This is how you build a PC 👆🏻

22 days ago
TorSGaming
TorSGaming

When i did this my wallet is crying

23 days ago
emerald gamer
emerald gamer

were do you get it?

24 days ago
Dairo Ramirez
Dairo Ramirez

Beautiful job and excelent !! Gretings from Colombia men

24 days ago
Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett

what a brilliant video, thanks for sharing

25 days ago
adicontakt
adicontakt

what kind o cable did you use for hdd extension? a link?

25 days ago
fvrrljr
fvrrljr

aluminum, aluminium, aluminio I Like, OLE!

26 days ago
Dave Dankness
Dave Dankness

Wow that GPU looks like someone used 10x too much liquid metal thermal pasting and it oozed all over the local capacitors

26 days ago
Murilo
Murilo

Dave Dankness 7 Dollars of tax? Man, Brazil is the fucking dictatorship of taxes: For imported goods of any kind there's 60% of taxes, so this laptop you've paid 1000 dollars would cost 1600 dollars with taxes included here. In Reais it would cost something like 5200 Reais (The minimum wage here is 980 Reais). Yeah, sad but true. I expect one day get out of this shithole Brazil turned in.

26 days ago
Dave Dankness
Dave Dankness

Murilo that’s 1,000$ USD it’s an acer Helios 300. I think taxes were 7$ usd here for it. I got it for no sales tax.

26 days ago
Murilo
Murilo

Dave Dankness Wow great value, where do you live? Here in Brazil a laptop with this config costs at least R$ 5000 thanks to fucking hard taxes. Living in third world is a pain in the ass.

26 days ago
Dave Dankness
Dave Dankness

Murilo heat is definitely an issue. It ran 75c playing games max settings at 1080p 60hz.now it runs 65c. Cost not so much, it’s a 7700hq with a 1060 6gb with m.2 for 1000$ new

26 days ago
Murilo
Murilo

Dave Dankness That is one of the main reasons why i don't buy laptops for personal use. They're always running on the edge with poor cooling, poor features and they're expensive compared to desktops, if you want a high performance laptop you could build a desktop with awesome specs for it's price. Anyway, that's all a matter of taste :v

26 days ago
Skinnwalk3r
Skinnwalk3r

If i were to send you my old laptop, would it be possible for you to do a project with it, everything is working perfectly with it

27 days ago
Hải Dương
Hải Dương

How to connect the power point with mainboard???

27 days ago
M B
M B

Mad skills, man. Super 80s retro desktop.

27 days ago
Keniseg
Keniseg

вопрос: нахуя?

28 days ago
Popa Ionut
Popa Ionut

Great job you did. Also i want to say your voice sound like voice of Mr. Bean. You could easly take his place in comedy :D

28 days ago
Parsi Pax
Parsi Pax

I'm watching this for the second time and yet I'm excited! Great content!

28 days ago
xfiler2013
xfiler2013

Absolutely stunning but you must be an a design engineer, LOL.

29 days ago
Chris Chan
Chris Chan

It looks really well. But less impressive than the rope one.

Month ago
lucas kyl
lucas kyl

Ótimo Irmão!

Month ago
Shinnapat Leungphetngam
Shinnapat Leungphetngam

Can you D.I.Y my dream house? You will be paid Hansomely.

Month ago
Henrik Albertsen
Henrik Albertsen

Dear Matt, I did a similiar build, which went quite well except I ran into some cooling problems. As I kept the original cooling System from the laptop I ended up with a system with liquid filled heat pipes leading from the CPU to the fan. It took me a while to realize that they only work properly when the hot end is at the lowest point. Keep up the good work!

Month ago
VanSanPro
VanSanPro

now this is building a computer. people think plugging in various computer parts together is complicated.

Month ago
Will Herondale
Will Herondale

Hey guys, does anyone know how he's powering it? Is it using the charge and battery from the laptop or a power supply?

Month ago
Murilo
Murilo

Certainly using the charger to AC outlet, since used laptops at this price won't come with battery or the battery is plain dead.

26 days ago
cody perret
cody perret

where could i get some alum sheeting you used in your laptop mounting tray?

Month ago
PaulMasterPro
PaulMasterPro

This is easy and fun!

Month ago
Izaak Jousma
Izaak Jousma

you said you got that laptop for $15?

Month ago
Rabies Babies
Rabies Babies

I would like to give this computer to some gay bar.

Month ago
ROBINSON MOMANYI
ROBINSON MOMANYI

I believe this is now genuine PC construction. I love the design. Well done!

Month ago
Casper Lindencrone
Casper Lindencrone

Since the heatsink is elevated, wouldn't it have been better if you covered the front and the to sides of the heatsink, to make sure the air flow covered as much as possible?

Month ago
pSyce bOrneo
pSyce bOrneo

this give me a hope for my old laptop to revive and usable as classic computer

Month ago
Dragon Touched
Dragon Touched

you got my subscription after watching this second video of your channel , i am really hyped about what you managed to do with a regular Notebook , awesome job

Month ago
Stewie Griffin
Stewie Griffin

Mate, you're a genius! I wish I had the tools required to attempt bringing my dead Samsung R519 back to life.

Month ago

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