Three weeks after its unveiling, the OCZ DIY Gaming Notebook has hit online retail. Buy.com is selling the machine for $669.99 and quotes a 1-2 business day lead time on shipping, although it also points out that stocks are tight.
If this is the first you've heard of the DIY Gaming Notebook, the machine is pretty much what you might expect: a "bare-bones" notebook that leaves it up to the user to select key components. OCZ has outfitted the laptop with a 15.4" glossy 1280 x 800 display, an Intel PM965 chipset, an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 512MB graphics module, a DVD burner, a fingerprint reader, and a nine-cell battery. Folks can select their own processor, memory, storage, and Wi-Fi card, and slap everything in themselves.
To make things easier for customers, OCZ has released a list of validated components spanning 45nm and 65nm Core 2 processors, OCZ DDR2-667 SO-DIMMs, and a pair of Intel Wi-Fi cards (the 4965AGNMM1WB and WM3945AGM1WB). OCZ has put a detailed PDF how-to-guide on its website, as well.
With a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo T8100, 2GB of OCZ's own DDR2-667 memory, a 250GB Western Digital Scorpio hard drive, and the aforementioned Intel 4965 802.11n Wi-Fi card, the price of the notebooks jumps to around $1,060 by my count—not all that expensive for a game-worthy laptop. OCZ's DIY portable does weigh in at 7 lbs (3.2 kg) without any extra components, though, and at 1.5"-1.7" (38-43 mm), it's no MacBook Air.
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