A really dumb idea but also fun pls help

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Ok so look yes I'm a hipster (Mod edit) who loves the looks of old apple stuff but hates the hardware and I have a old 2010 polycarbonate (white plastic) mac book. I love the looks of it so much like enough to pop a stiffy. Well I know I could upgrade ram and the storage to SSD but I really want to improve my cpu. Gaming isn't my main goal as I have a very capeabkle desktop but I just want a decent fast laptop and was wondering if it would be possible to ditch the lgoic board scene all together and put a regular laptop board in it or some other alternative and raspberry pies are pretty weak if I remember and if you all know of any let me know and again I know it's a really dumb idea and a waste but I'm a schmuck and love dumb stuff so if anyone has any ideas let me know.

Summary- I want to pretty much use my MacBook 2010 case to build a decent sleeper laptop.
 
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Darkbreeze

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Good luck with that. Unless you have access to CNC equipment and specialized 3D printers, there is really no possible way to mod a laptop case to accept a different motherboard and hardware. The case, and the motherboard and power board, are co-designed to be used specifically and only with each other.
 

USAFRet

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Summary- I want to pretty much use my MacBook 2010 case to build a decent sleeper laptop.
Basically, a laptop casemod.

Possible? Yes.
A LOT of work? Again, yes.

A large problem you'll run into is filling the preexisting port holes, that don't line up with a different motherboard.


What 3D printer do you have?
What CAD application are you comfortable with?
 

USAFRet

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Agreed. Possible, but not really feasible or realistic for anybody who doesn't already know how this could be done.
I know I wouldn't do this.
Even with multi year experience with 3D printers, and a couple decades of hobbyist CAD use.

Another issue is the keyboard.
Merge the existing with a new motherboard?


In theory, with a LOT of CNC/printer work, you could make something that sort of looks like the original MAC thing.
And of course, time and a lot of $$$$.

For what purpose? To have a laptop that looks a decade old.

Laptop cases are far to specialized in their original config to try to massage with all different parts.
 

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