OCZ Technology this week brought out a new spin on an old product: the build-it-yourself notebook PC.
OCZ's DIY Gaming Notebook (part number OCZNBIAS15DIYA on the company's Web site) includes the basics: a 15.4-inch WXGA display, an Intel PM965 chipset, an Nviida GeForce 8600MGT/512 Mbyte video card, and an 8X DVD±R/RW combo drive capable of reading and writing four-layer discs.
However, it falls to the user to buy and install the CPU, memory, hard drive and operating system himself, either from OCZ or from elsewhere on the Web. The idea is that in exchange for a little elbow grease, a customer can end up buying the specific CPU he or she wants from other vendors, without paying OCZ a markup for providing and installing it.
"For years consumers have wanted to build their own mobile computing platforms, but the product offerings and market simply did not serve them as they did in the desktop do it yourself segment," said Eugene Chang, product manager for OCZ System Solutions, in a statement. "With the OCZ Do-It-Yourself Notebook initiative, OCZ empowers with the resources like validated component guides, documentation, tech support, and a warranty to allow consumers to configure and build a true gaming notebook with the exact specification that matches their unique requirements."
OCZ did not say how much the company plans to charge for the notebook, and a search of popular shopping sites failed to turn it up.
However, "building" the notebook consists of about four steps: installing the hard drive, installing the memory, installing the CPU, and attaching the bezel. Only the last two steps appear somewhat complicated, and attaching the CPU doesn't apparently require the thermal grease that can make attaching a desktop CPU a bit of a challenge, according to an OCZ manual posted online by the company.
The new notebook will be the first of a family of products, the company said.
i m really excited for this
but i m curious is OCZ available in Pakistan?