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

פורסם בתאריך 14 אוג 2017
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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  • 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!

    • what's the wireless keyboard that you showed in this video?

    • You just love what you do, and we will keep watching how clever you are inventing brilliant new products and ideas from used older items. Just terrific. Hope I learn something electronically speaking but for now looks too complicated for me. Just amazing

    • I found the finished result to be absolutely beautiful, the entire design and building process was so enjoyable to watch actually.

    • bro can you make laptop using samsung galaxy J7 which as a micro USB

    • i have 5 laptops... or had they seemed to have walked away to some other zone gutted lol

  • me: looks at my laptop the laptop: please don't

    • Lol

    • My laptop couldn't even be taken apart! lol It's so bad it likely wouldn't go back together! And, it would also be waaaay to bad to do that..... I'm on it right now XD

    • 😂😂😂

    • LOL

    • @Kane Smith XD

  • This Guy predicted the look of the PS5!

    • lol

    • @Menelaos 29 yeah

    • Anybody Here In 2022?

    • @Xarce Chronus you missed the joke

    • @Xarce Chronus whitout the case

  • You maybe should have shown the after-temperatures as well :)

  • The way that 17:43 ties perfectly into 0:00 while both accomplishing different purpuses in the narrative is just mesmerising, clearly the product of great writing and self-direction. Quite fun to see that kind of attention to detail in a DIY project vlog.

    • I noticed that too!!! Genius

  • Guys remember to remove the battery from your laptop when starting to disassemble it. And before you remove the keyboard near the panel there's a wire that attaches the keyboard to the motherboard inside the laptop so carefully lift the keyboard and then where the wire is connected open the cap of the plug then remove the wire. This way you can safely remove the keyboard without breaking anything.

  • As a SFF PC builder, I want to say this is beautiful and also what a great way to upcycle a broken laptop. Well done and inspiring! You didn't even need a CNC machine!

  • I love how he made the desktop pc from the old laptop and the design was amazing! I look forward to seeing more of these builds!

  • I would really like to try this out on my old laptop but I don't have the electrical knowledge and confidence when attaching things specifically. Maybe one day though. It's pretty dope to have something like that attached to your TV 👌

  • This project will give you enough skills and courage to build your own full scale aircraft carrier

    • It seems really simple

    • Space X is too expensive so let's make our own rocket, all you need is an old laptop, a soldering iron and some solid oak from your local dealer.

    • Royal navy

    • 😂😂😂😂lmao

    • @MISSINGNO I will build a bitch and sleep with her , and live my whole life with her ❤

  • I wish I could send my laptop to this guy. It's literally being held together by duct tape and binder clips and I haven't been able to close it in years. I'm going to brainstorm some desktop ideas lol

  • The design is beautiful. I want to achieve something that screams 'steampunk'. A friend of mine who worked at a textiles plant gave me a detour around the massive place. He showed me various machines, some with dials and knobs and old school needle meter type screens with reinforced glass and nice round head screws holding it in place. I got inspired by these machines and most notably the controls. I would like to build a PC which is a throwback to the late 70s and very early 80s audio-visual equipment crossed with some steampunk inspired ideas. I was born in the late 70s but if anybody is old enough to remember the Panasonic PV-1100X VHS VCR, and recall its design then you're half way there in understanding what I'm gunning for in terms how I'd want my PC Chasis to look. I'm stuck in 'design purgatory' at the moment and can't seem to get further than silly drawings and conceptual art with this :-|

  • What would be cool would be installing linux on this! Love the design :p

  • Thank you SO much for this video guide!! I've been wracking my brain wondering how best to go about this exact concept. I simply knew it had to be possible and was even further motivated when I've had a few techy friends scoff at the idea as if impossible.... I have an incredibly reliable Asus laptop that recently the screen glass was shattered on... Despite its 6yr age it's heat sinks are incredible, the whole thing still performs to modern standards (though I chose to upgrade to SSD and will be doing a couple things like RAM increase and whatnot to even further it's longevity), and I'm honestly just not ready to scrap it and fork out another $1-2k to buy a new version when there's nothing wrong outside the screen damage. I initially considered "why not build a custom encasement?"; so seeing this was surreal. Truly grateful as you've now shown me I absolutely CAN keep my little gem going in a remarkably unique (and cost effective) way. I cannot thank you enough!!!! I'm beyond excited to get started!

  • I like your videos very much! Sometimes, though, (especially with your older content) I could use a lot more detail on some of the steps involved, as I'm unfamiliar with working with aluminum for example. Have you considered a sister channel where you post (mostly) raw footage of doing this work? (e.g. Technology Connections and Technology Connections 2, and LGR and LGR Blerbs). Something like DIY Perks and DIY Perks Workshop?

  • I think your work on this project is just beautiful. Lovely design and materials. I'm reminded of Volvo's more recent design language, which uses mixed materials and has an authenticity which runs counter to most other auto manufacturers. Your design is quite luxurious in a high-end audio sort of way.

  • Dude, you are in a class by yourself. Love your projects.

  • Good job bro, love his design and knowledge, only when we have a very strong laptop we can do this, if your laptop too cheap better buy a new one or buy a pc instead, cheaper.

  • It's a great looking project, Matt - good imagination and presented with such verve and enthusiasm.

  • I love your videos and the quality of projects you made. This one is not different. This is a great idea for re-using an old piece of 'junk' and turning it into a precious living room smart machine.

  • Awesome videos dude. just love watching every video you make; especially the folding suit case monitors particularly for gaming. Epic stuff man. You rock 🤟😎

  • Great job in these project. I have watched a few of them. One suggestion I have, is if you could avoid socket head bolts, that show on outside. Maybe you could try button head ones.

  • 2:49 Flashbacks to my old pc, which worked 10 years straight. And even allowed me to play games. Very good laptop!

  • I’m sure you’ve heard this before but I wanted to say it anyways....It’s an absolute pleasure watching your videos. I just recently found your channel and wow it is good :) I’m all for recycling e-waste and making new things out of it. Your ideas are great and inspiring:)

    • Me a year later with the same sentiment as you. What he puts together is absolutely amazing! It’s a lot of fun seeing and understanding what all those gadgets on the inside of the computer actually do.

  • Hello! I have to say, you constantly surprise me with your knowledge. The fact that you know that a hard drive is a bottleneck for a PC is... amazing. I know some PC techs that don't even know that.

  • .... awesome build! it has that retro 1980's look in it with the aluminum and wood trims.

  • Put an Apple logo on it and you could sell it for $5000

    • @Crispy Shaman And you gotta have the 700 dollar wheels.

    • True

    • Your not wrong

    • 😂😂

    • Power Mac Slim? (I was stuck on whether to put Apple in the name or not...)

  • The cooling system is still a mystery for me. I always thought we need a fan and those aluminum parts are for nothing 😅 it is very cool

    • The heatsink increases the surface area to spread out and reduce the heat. With a fan it just lowers the surface temperature of the metal allowing it to pull more heat from the processor.

  • Now that's awesome, especially for a computer scientist and phone repair dude like me, thanks for sharing it!

  • I have a plastic tub full of old laptops - some working, some half working. I’m definitely going to repurpose them. I have worked with veneers before, but I’ve never ironed them in place like this. Totally brilliant technique and I can use that in my guitar builds.

  • Wow. You make it look so easy but this is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship most viewers won't be able to replicate.

  • Very nice! I have a 17" HP Touchscreen laptop with a shattered case, both top and bottom. Everything is else is functional. Since it is a big touchscreen display, it is a great candidate for a desktop conversion such as yours. However, there are far more ribbon cables given that I want to use the original touchscreen. Questions: do you think I will be able to find longer versions of the needed ribbon cables and will the longer length of these be a problem? Thanks, MosFetMan

    • depends on how confident you are in you soldering ability... You can buy ribbon cables in almost any with and tear them down to everyting else but the contacts may be a little close

  • The electronics part is easy. My problem is I suck at woodworking skills or anything concerning woods and metal. Mine looks like garbage but functional. hehehe. Yours looks so Slick. You have some awesome and meticulous skill in wood and metal. specially the one you bend, then chisel too look smooth that requires a lot of skill.

  • I wish you would list where you get your parts, such as the aluminum sheeting, veneers, etc. Beautiful build, thanks! 😍

    • Pretty sure you can just get it at any hardware store lol

  • Watching your videos and Cat and Andrew's ones, I think I'm gonna make a little NAS computer for myself with some random parts I have laying around in my apartment. But I guess the result will more likely look like a big pile of roughly taped crap 😂😂

  • Seriously, you make some stunning things! Very inspiring and that is why I am sub'd and will continue to be. I wish you could have incorporated the batteries tho...

    • Really wouldn't be a dumb idea to have the batteries attached. Then they could work as pore mans UPS for when the power goes out. You're welcome, that tip is for free ✌('ω')

    • Anthony Flagg You're exactly right. My point was that it is not a newer/high grade laptop, and had no thunderbolt. Along with, from what i saw, the fact that it didn't have an ExpressCard slot, my point still stands.

    • Thank you, that is what I thought as well :)

    • Including the battery is useful also regardless of if it is always plugged in since it can basically act as a built-in Uninterruptible Power Supply, making sure the system can be safely shut down in the event of a power outage, and keeping it properly powered through any small power flickers.

  • I would love to do this with my old MacBook Pro, but I just know I would screw something up. I tried replacing the bluetooth card in it several years back to add handoff and screwed up the screen cables. I suppose that wouldn't matter that much if I turned it into a media PC, but still...

  • I am willing to bet not a single person has ever duplicated any of his DIY projects, at least to his meticulous thought out construction.

    • @مقاطع مترجمة But he said it cost like 30$?

    • Buying new mini PC will cost much less .

    • thats because all builds will have to be different based on your equipment, materials available , design taste etc etc. thats the genius of it.

  • first of all i want to tell you that you are doing a really good job. and now I was wondering if you could share links from where we could salvage the parts you have used as well as where you got the laptop??

  • Wonderfull job. Congratulations. Great idea, I would like to do the same

  • Thank you so much it works extremely well I built this with my dad and friends it didn't take 18mins instead it took just under a week and a half it actually increased my computer quality a lot same with the speed and it you were right at the start it sounds so good thanks to the l brackets and we built it with the same materials some bit to be honest you didn't explain the best but with patience we found our way I have it in my room right now

  • Honestly, this looks like a project you would do in this long quarantine month. This requires hardwork as well.

    • @Medusa yes but the fact that he said month was what i ment.

    • @bryan espino Do you even know what that means?

    • This didn't age well. LOL

  • I love this. Is there a way to merge this with the external GPU to make an all in one gaming pc? Like could this and the gpu run off the gpu power supply?

  • Makes me want to build some things again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Google captions showed the keyboard having a “built in crack pad”, which you have to admit, is innovative thinking.

    • I mean at this point is just IA taking over us 😂😂🤭

    • lol

    • Maybe google got too much

  • This was honestly freaking amazing, I wish I could make something as beautiful yet functional like that

    • What? Thank you, Pingu. I agree.

    • A broken laptop that is fully functional? hmm don't know about that one mate

    • What? Nice attitude, Blueis.

    • he didnt make anything functional. he made a box that hides a broken laptop

    • The awesome thing is, you can.. You just need time, patience, power of will and uhh of course a bit of money

  • That really does look great. Well done.

  • Really sick project, hope I can do one myself.

  • I have been watching you videos from long time. I would like to do such DIYs but could not. Mainly because of lack of resources. But it's really please me to watch your videos. You got a subscriber today!

  • Imagine the quality of this guy if he had proper wood working skills and all the right tools. 😳

  • 17:10 For those wondering how the fan get it's air 15:17 on more information about the fan location At first I was hesitant whether it has enough airflow. But then thought about an actual laptop and those are pretty restrictive to begin with so this is probably better than a laptop in terms of airflow

    • I'm neutraly cooled

    • its actively cooled...

    • It's also passively cooled since the heatsink is out in the open.

    • its also noteable that the i3 370 only has a 35w tdp

  • I’d love to do something like this. I have a bunch of old laptops that need to be repurposed.

  • i love the design.. modern with organic touch.. ❤ keep it up bro.. 😎 amazing!

  • This build reminds me of the old camper and trailors with aluminum moldings and wood paneling.

  • I really enjoyed your video. I also make all sorts of things as I get bored too easily. My only gripe was how you cleaned the TIM off the CPU but that's me just being picky. Well done on the creation. I like it!

  • 1: Clicked on Video 2: Ooh, finally I can turn my bad laptop into... 3: Welp, nevermind, this seems to hard.

    • @ATRG81106 // Ahmed The Random Gaming bro thanks a lot. this goes a long way to giving me enough confidence to actually try it!

    • @Eren Yeager Really?

    • A lot of the hard parts he did were mostly unnecessary (i.e. all that soldering) and he did just because he knows how to already and for relatively minor, superficial improvements. If you care less about appearance and only prioritize function, then it's actually not much more difficult than building a regular pc.

    • @ATRG81106 // Ahmed The Random Gaming wah thanx

  • Recently upgraded my a530 with an SSD (and soon 8gb of ram) and that thing still runs good after 8 years of daily usage :)

  • This is awesome, better tutorial ever. But would be more nice if the necessary tools and equipment's used in this project is listed

  • This is well over my abilities... But fun to watch 👍 Great job!

  • I know this is a bit of an older video by now but what software did you use to host the media server? It seems like it'd be more efficient to use something like an application on Linux than to keep it on a bulky OS like Windows. I also have a netbook with a few bits soldered on like the processor, would that still work for a project like this, you think? It is an HP Stream 11 so I imagine the biggest issue would be that almost everything is soldered to the motherboard. I'm thinking the best choice for it is to see if I can get a larger laptop SSD and add an external one, plus an external wifi card since the wifi card is integrated in the eMMC SSD.

  • "Our next video will be a bit more complex: we'll turn an old laptop into a horse. Stay tuned!"

    • This reminds me of the Mumbo Jumbo minecraft Redstone videos: "Hey guys, today I'll be recreating the human consciousness with only redstone"

    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • That's pretty simple all you need is arduino, coding skills and a lot of high quality specialized motors and

    • 😹

    • lenovo ghoda

  • What options did you choose into the multi-meter when you find the on+off switch of the power button? thanks

  • Very nice modification! Can you explain the connection of the fan? I have a broken laptop and planning to do the same. Hope you'll notice my comment and I will wait for your response

  • You are doing all this hard work in these videos and then I’m just at home doing nothing and being lazy. Good work!

  • I feel like he could make a business making custom made pc

  • The moment you realize that his ,,old laptop" is far more powerful than mine

    • @Inanilmaz 5 Lik bot

    • To naštve 😂

    • Me to don't worry

    • The next moment, when you realise that searching Craigslist for "broken laptop" gives you results that you can use... ... which is exactly where he got this laptop for $26.

  • So you can use this for gaming depending on the insides? Also does it have to be that shape or can I make mine square like and I dont want it to stand so I might lie it down

  • This is cool and I thought about doing it, but I just settled for fixing the heatsink and adding an SSD. Then plug the TV into my laptop. Plug in wireless USB receivers for KB/Mouse. Fold laptop and put into tv stand. Tiny and perfect.

  • This is an awesome project, thank you 😉.

  • Quite a stunning invention.

  • Brilliant! Minor aesthetic criticism: You could clean up the top piece with a file or de-burring tool and run the brushed pattern down its length to create a more uniform aesthetic with the other aluminum panel. I think a veneered basal platen would look snazzy as well.

  • This guy is so happy showing us that how this pc just changed his life for the better and how everything before was a mirage

  • looks great fella i love making laptops into desk tops. ive done macbooks and windows machines. good work.

  • Think i've just found my new favourite youtube channel. You are extremely talented mate. Thank you for sharing your skills.

  • Great job, really good idea. Well done👍

  • Matt is like that stereotypical pleasant neighbor who always gives cookies and decorations to people that live near him

    • Ned flanders detected!!!!

  • Hi, After adding the fan how much was the temperature drop? Nice work though!

  • Every time I see someone cut those fan cables I die a bit inside. You can take off the housing and use the metal fasteners on any bare-pin header, AND put them back into almost any of those plastic mountings. No need for soldering, just swap the plastic.

  • I waited until the end to see a test on the cooling solution you came up with. How did it work out?

  • Great work and inspiring !!! I would try soon