Build the perfect laptop for audio production
I'm an aspiring musician and music producer with lofty goals, but on a limited budget. When I discovered this laptop shell I was intrigued and excited... A laptop that takes an i7 7700 desktop processor??? I'm not a gamer and don't care about graphics capability, but need extreme performance for running Ableton Live and tons of plugins, so this is perfect. Here are the parts I installed in the laptop: * Intel Core i7-7700 Kaby Lake Quad-Core 3.6 GHz Desktop Processor * 32GB (2 x 16G) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 260-Pin DDR4 * Samsung 960 EVO 250GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Internal SSD * Windows 10 Pro 64-bit I opened the bottom of the laptop, removed the heatsink, cleaned the old thermal paste off the heatsink, removed the cpu, and installed the new one, along with the ram and SSD. I installed Windows with no problems. The system is running clean, quiet, and fast. I'm very very pleased and impressed at how simple this was. My only complaint is the driver situation. The laptop doesn't have an optical drive so the supplied driver dvd wasn't much use (unless you copy to usb drive on another machine or something). And Eluktronics website doesn't have drivers for this model. However, I emailed their support and they directed me to Clevo's website, where I found all the drivers. I ended up just searching for drivers straight from Intel, Realtek, etc rather than using the drivers on the Clevo site. 4 stars... 5 stars if the drivers were easier to acquire and install.