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How To Build A Sonoma Notebook

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:26 am

How To Build A Sonoma Notebook

Building a notebook computer has never been easier and Legit Reviews shows you how to build a Sonoma Notebook. An average computer enthusiast can assemble a whitebox notebook chassis in less than 15 minutes and can cut the cost of ordering a pre-built notebook in half.

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Postby gvblake22 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:49 am

AWESOME! That is just totally, completely AWESOME!!! Now I'm late for class because I had to read this article, but it was totally worth it.
I would list everything I enjoyed about the article, but then I would have to re-write the article!!! haha
Great pictures and explanations. Just a wonderful, unique article that makes me glad I frequent Legit Reviews!!! :drinkers:
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Postby Illuminati » Fri Sep 09, 2005 8:22 am

This is the same notebook we showed the attendees of the LR/Intel: How to Build A Notebook workshop at QuakeCon 2005! I must say this notebook plays most the current 3D game titles without a hitch!
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Postby bubba » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:00 am

I need a better job... or atleast a second one..

very good read, full of great info.
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Postby ipatinga » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:40 am

I was thinking about getting this Asus Z71V... but, i saw that the 6600 on it has very low gpu/memory clock. I was checking the Acer 8104, with X700.

What is the frequency for gpu/memory of this Asus barebone? Did you guys play some games with it?
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Postby gvblake22 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:44 am

ipatinga wrote:I was thinking about getting this Asus Z71V... but, i saw that the 6600 on it has very low gpu/memory clock. I was checking the Acer 8104, with X700.

What is the frequency for gpu/memory of this Asus barebone? Did you guys play some games with it?

Here are all the "tech specs" nVidia lists on the GeForce Go 6 series mobile GPU's:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/gfgo6_techspecs.html

Although I couldn't find much on clock speeds there :?
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Postby Illuminati » Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:20 pm

Illuminati wrote:I must say this notebook plays most the current 3D game titles without a hitch!

Yup, we played games on it. :)
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Postby killswitch83 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:03 pm

wow Nate, you really do push building a whitbox notebook; this is the fourth article on it, and it will become part of my instruction set that I'll print out and put to good use shortly after my desktop is built (hell, I need something for the college campus eh :) ); Imagine that though: a notebook that serves the primary purpose of a college notebook, yet has the performance of a high-end notebook so after you get done with the homework, you can use your campus's native wireless connection to frag people on BF2 or CS:S in good ol multiplayer mode. sounds like what I want right there, one thing though, what do the temps usually stay around with a notebook, because I've known the older ones to get pretty warm (PIII-M's, XP Mobile, etc)? Good work Nate :mrgreen: :drinkers:
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Postby kenc51 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:38 pm

Nate your a 1 man band for Notebooks!

Seriously... BRIALLIANT!
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Postby FZ1 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:38 pm

That's awesome guys. If I didn't just get a notebook supplied by work I'd be building one!
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Postby deadly-app » Fri Sep 09, 2005 8:27 pm

kenc51 wrote:Nate your a 1 man band for Notebooks!

Seriously... BRIALLIANT!


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Postby Maklooce » Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:02 pm

Awesome article!

I am getting ready to build one myself, but would like to see some benchmarks. It has been said it can play games, but at what FPS???

Any benchmarks?

Really what I want to know is how good can this thing run BF2???

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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:20 pm

plays BF2.. I didn't benchmark that one, but I have an overclocking article that will feature some gaming benchmarks coming up shortly.
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Postby Maklooce » Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:32 pm

Sweet, would be greatly appreciated !

I have been reading on other forums, specifically - http://www.laptopvideo2go.com and there have been a lot of people saying that they are having serious issues with the 6600... either way I do realize there are a lot of people that don't know how to properly setup their system...

Anyways that article would be great.. I am looking to buy in the next couple days and would be more than willing to take pics of the system and run any and all benchmarks and submit on your site.. I just want to make sure this is the way to go..

I really dig the balance of weight/cost/performance/features of this sytem..

Thanks!
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Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:40 pm

default the video card runs at 250/500 and I'm getting over 300/700 without issues. I can run it up to 340/750 but it is not stable.
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Postby Maklooce » Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:55 pm

Apoptosis,

Thanks for the reply.

The main issue seems to be with drivers problems... A lot of people are saying that they can't run BF2 or CS because of technical issues...

Do you happen to have that article?

Any thoughts on the compitability with this card?
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Postby EvilCloudStrife » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:11 pm

this is amazing.. i didnt think you could build your own laptop... totally awesome! :)
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Postby bigblockmatt » Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:29 pm

Maklooce wrote:Apoptosis,

Thanks for the reply.

The main issue seems to be with drivers problems... A lot of people are saying that they can't run BF2 or CS because of technical issues...

Do you happen to have that article?

Any thoughts on the compitability with this card?


wow, thanks for that...I was contemplating building one to play BF2. Where did you hear/see that.
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Postby Apoptosis » Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:33 pm

I've seen that on other forums, but not sure what drivers they were running, memory, or CPU. Running desktop drivers, 1GB of memory, and an Intel 770 Pentium M processor the ASUS Z71V runs just fine on BF2 and F.E.A.R. just at reduced resolutions.
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Postby ::2dfx:: » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:44 am

Such a nice notebook, but i'm so torn between this notebook and the z70va. Any ideas on comparisons between the 2?

What's attracting me to the z71v:

-MXM Slot for graphics upgrades...z70va is NON upgradeable
-Geforce 6600 graphics

What's attracting me to the z70va versus the z71v:

-MUCH better casing (imho, plastic on the 71 looks cheap :cry: )

Perhaps I should get both and transplant the boards :D
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