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Postby YouGiveMeRash!!! » Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:17 pm

The CPU. Pentium M 725.


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I will have to get the barebone last since I have to wait for my deposits to show up. :x
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Laptop: Asus Z70VA, Pentium M 725 1.6@ -2.13ghz (pinmod), ATI X700 Pro, 1680x1050 native res., bluetooth, the works...
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Postby Snowfire » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:20 pm

Hey Rash! Just wondering if you had any updates on the quest for a home built whitebook yet?
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Postby YouGiveMeRash!!! » Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:12 am

No not yet. Still waiting on the stupid deposit to show up so I can order the damn thing!
Main rig: 1/2" ID Water Cooled Lian-Li V2000B, Abit IP35 Pro, Intel C2D E6750@ -3.4ghz 1.3375v, Mushkin 2gb DDR2-800 996576, one terabyte storage, evga 7900GS KO w/ Zalman VF700-AlCu cooler, Swiftech Apogee GT water block, Ultra X2 550w PSU
Laptop: Asus Z70VA, Pentium M 725 1.6@ -2.13ghz (pinmod), ATI X700 Pro, 1680x1050 native res., bluetooth, the works...
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Postby YouGiveMeRash!!! » Sat Dec 10, 2005 4:38 pm

After making a tough decision, I decided NOT to get a Hitachi 7200RPM 80gb drive.

The performance and heat increase just isnt worth it in my opinion. The price isnt justifiable. I just want to get this thing running right now.

So, I went with a 60gb 5400rpm Hitachi.

Also, I ordered one 512mb DDR2 PC4200 OCZ stick for the time being.

I have 2 CPUs right now to choose from. I already have them! One is a Pentium M 750 1.86ghz, while the other is the Pentium M 725 1.6ghz.

I'm gonna choose to use the Pentium M 725 since I'm doing the pinmod.

I might sell Pentium M 750 or just keep it as a back up.

Still waiting for that DAMN deposit to show up!
Main rig: 1/2" ID Water Cooled Lian-Li V2000B, Abit IP35 Pro, Intel C2D E6750@ -3.4ghz 1.3375v, Mushkin 2gb DDR2-800 996576, one terabyte storage, evga 7900GS KO w/ Zalman VF700-AlCu cooler, Swiftech Apogee GT water block, Ultra X2 550w PSU
Laptop: Asus Z70VA, Pentium M 725 1.6@ -2.13ghz (pinmod), ATI X700 Pro, 1680x1050 native res., bluetooth, the works...
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Postby DAVE1 » Sat Dec 10, 2005 4:44 pm

keep it as a backup if you pin mod doesn't work
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Postby DAVE1 » Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:30 am

any updates ?
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Postby tribaloverkill » Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:31 pm

You go boy! Do it yourself:)
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Postby YouGiveMeRash!!! » Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:15 pm

Sorry I haven't been on the forums for about a month, had some things to take care of. 8)

I'm done with putting the laptop together though! Large laptops are easy to put together, especially the Z70VA since everything is accessible directly underneath the laptop including the CPU, GPU, Hard Drive, and first SODIMM slot.

This Z70VA already came with bluetooth and 802.11 b/g already installed, so I didnt have to install those modules, but it's basically the same case when installing them if you get a COMPLETE barebone.

If this was a 12.1" laptop, it would have to be almost totally dismantled, but this isnt the case with this laptop since it's a 15.4"

I decided to hold off on the pinmod for a little bit because even though the pinmod is physically simple to do, the voltage settings, stability benchmarks, and settings must be correct in order for the laptop to be fully stable and I don't have time to test those things, which could take hours!

So anyways, on with some pics:


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Bottom of the Z70VA. CPU is under the top left cover, GPU is at the top right (no need to tamper with this one), memory slot in the middle, hard drive at the bottom right (nice to see extra shock protection on the hard drive cover through the use of a rubber insulator!) The battery is located at the front of the laptop. Makes for excellent weight distribution!

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The 2.5" Hitachi drive. Just slides right into the PATA connector when the hard drive cover is removed.


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Heatsink removed and CPU installed. Instead of the presence of a ZIF lever, there is a screw right above the CPU socket that turns to lock the CPU in place. I'm using the 1.86ghz 533mhz CPU for now, the 1.6ghz is patiently waiting for the pinmod when the time comes! (I'll post an update with those pics later).

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CPU installed and heatsink screwed back on. There are four tiny screws that must be tightened around the cpu. These screws screw into the metal chassis of the laptop.

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The memory slot exposed. Simply snap the ram module in place.

Believe it or not, that's all there is to it as far as basic assembly goes. Extremely simple to do. If you can snap legos together, you can assemble this thing.

Installing the pinmod will take the difficulty level up a notch, but in order to get optimal stability and performance, the correct settings must be set using a couple of programs known as Notebook Hardware Control, Everest, and SpeedFan. I will be adding screenshots of those later and details on how to set those values when I do the pinmod.

Some pics of the machine running:

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Gotta love that touchpad and the buttons. The buttons are actually made out of a brushed aluminum piece with a cut through the middle. Clicking feels extremely solid. Aesthetically pleasing too.

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Oh yeah, and it rips through games too. 8)



Stay tuned for round 2!
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Main rig: 1/2" ID Water Cooled Lian-Li V2000B, Abit IP35 Pro, Intel C2D E6750@ -3.4ghz 1.3375v, Mushkin 2gb DDR2-800 996576, one terabyte storage, evga 7900GS KO w/ Zalman VF700-AlCu cooler, Swiftech Apogee GT water block, Ultra X2 550w PSU
Laptop: Asus Z70VA, Pentium M 725 1.6@ -2.13ghz (pinmod), ATI X700 Pro, 1680x1050 native res., bluetooth, the works...
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Postby DAVE1 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:20 pm

nice I thought it would be alot harder
might have to build my own laptop in the future but for now im not even touching the inside of one
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Postby ajrox » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:18 am

what was the price out the door? including operating system?
i paid 1450 shipped for:
hp dv 4000
2.0ghz pentium M CPU
1gb DDR2
X700 mobility
80gb 5400rpm HD
DVD burner
15.4 ultra bright WXGA TFT
12 cell Lion battery
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PS...
damn that case you got there looks smoooooth!!!!
coming soon to an over clockers dream near you:
EVGA 790i tri SLI
intel core2 quad 9550
6gb G.SKILL DDR3 16000
3X EVGA 8800gts video cards
water cooled fo sho
the rest when i get paid
PS... im gonna break 4ghz easily....
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