A story of Frugality w/ my 2nd Clevo P870TM1 & saved about $4,000 (US)

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  1. supernovastar

    supernovastar Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I bought a used CLEVO/EVOC HIDEvolution P870TM1 with Nvidia 1080 SLI from Commandor last year in December and I like the P870TM1 so much that I decided to get a 2nd P870TM1.

    However, this time I bought the Clevo P870TM1 upgrade kit with the unlocked BIOS from EUROCOM on eBay which is essentially a barebones new Sky X9C and paid about $1,140 out the door.

    My completed Clevo Sky X9C / P870TM1 upgrade kit is running beautifully!


    To complete my build, I bought the following:

    1) New LCD Panel 17.3" 3K QHD (2560x1440) AUO 120Hz - 5ms - LED Matte Type Display (B173QTN01.2) - BTW, the B173QTN01.2 model is better than the B173QTN01.1 and the B173QTN01.0

    $125.00 with shipping included & no tax

    2) New 64GB Ram with 2 sticks of Samsung 1x 32GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM (M471A4G43MB1-CTD)
    Price: $288.00 x 2 = $576.00 plus shipping & tax = $626.95

    3) New 2 x Samsung 1TB 970 Pro NVMe M.2 Internal SSD
    $350.00 x 2 with free shipping & no tax = $700.00

    4) New Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD
    $327.99 with free shipping & no tax

    5) New Intel Wireless-Ac 9260, 2230, 2X2 Ac+Bt, Gigabit, No Vpro
    $15.99 with free shipping & no tax

    6) New Clevo P870XX US Keyboard Backlit
    $72.00 with free shipping & no tax

    7) New 89Wh P870BAT-8 battery for CLEVO P870XX
    $67.00 with free shipping & no tax

    8) Used Front LCD Plastic Cover
    $35.00

    9) New EUROCOM 780 Watt AC Adapter for Clevo P870XX
    $369.00 plus $29.99 shipping & no tax = $398.99

    10) New Intel i9-9900k Processor
    $520.00 out the door

    11) $100 in incidentals

    12) 1 Used Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU taken from my used CLEVO/EVOC HIDEvolution P870TM1 with 1080 SLI
    Estimate Used Value: $450

    Grand Total: $4,578.92

    Brand new EUROCOM Sky X9C with comparable parts: $7,898 plus shipping

    That's my story of Frugality in getting my 2nd Clevo P870TM1.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
  2. AHMED KARAM

    AHMED KARAM The Strategist

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    Great efforts, I was planning to do the same, If you don't mind sharing the links for each part.
    Enjoy using your laptops.
     
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  3. Meaker@Sager

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    That's an interesting way to go about it but you get around 700-800 bucks for the GPUs.
     
  4. supernovastar

    supernovastar Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi AHMED KARAM,

    Yes, you should definitely build your Clevo P870TM1 using the kit. The experience will give you a better understanding of the laptop and save some money in the process.

    Clevo P870TM1 upgrade kit with the unlocked BIOS from EUROCOM on eBay (barebones new Sky X9C) was about $1,140 out the door when I bought mine in Janauary and looks like they increased the price recently.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clevo-P870...rade-Kit-to-convert-your-P870DM/113431435313?

    I have most of the important links.

    1) New LCD Panel 17.3" 3K QHD (2560x1440) AUO 120Hz - 5ms - LED Matte Type Display (B173QTN01.2)

    $125.00 with shipping included & no tax

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/120Hz-17-3...E2-B173QTN01-0-H-W-1A-2560X1440/163134337605?

    2) New 64GB Ram with 2 sticks of Samsung 1x 32GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM (M471A4G43MB1-CTD)

    Price: $288.00 x 2 = $576.00 plus shipping & tax = $626.95

    https://memory.net/product/m471a4g4...2666-sodimm-pc4-21300v-s-dual-rank-x8-module/


    3) New 2 x Samsung 1TB 970 Pro NVMe M.2 Internal SSD (I actually got the Pro version, so it was a mistake listing the EVO).

    $350.00 x 2 with free shipping & no tax = $700.00

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1398244-REG/samsung_mz_v7p1t0bw_2tb_970_pro_nvme.html


    4) New Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD

    $327.99 with free shipping & no tax

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1382500-REG/samsung_mz_76e2t0b_am_860_evo_2tb_internal.html


    5) New Intel Wireless-Ac 9260, 2230, 2X2 Ac+Bt, Gigabit, No Vpro

    $15.99 with free shipping & no tax

    6) New Clevo P870XX US Keyboard Backlit

    $72.00 with free shipping & no tax

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Clevo-...M3-G-US-backlit-keybord-V149550/332514653177?

    7) New 89Wh P870BAT-8 battery for CLEVO P870XX

    $67.00 with free shipping & no tax

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-89...P870DM2-P8700S-Sager-NP9870-GX9/153051335727?


    8) Used Front LCD Plastic Cover

    $35.00

    9) New EUROCOM 780 Watt AC Adapter for Clevo P870XX

    $369.00 plus $29.99 shipping & no tax = $398.99

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/780-Watt-A...-TM1-P775DM3-TM1-P570WM-P370EM3/132624813469?

    10) New Intel i9-9900k Processor
    $520.00 out the door
     
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    Hi Meaker@Sager,

    You're right, I did underestimate the value of my used Clevo Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU and I proabably did it semi-conciously...probably for effect....to support my overestimated savings. ;)
     
  6. AHMED KARAM

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    Thank you for the guide, really useful.
     
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    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    i was actually thinking going that same route. although in my opinion, those barebone prices from eurocom are waaaaaaay too high....especially considering they dont even include display, keyboard, battery, psu.... :rolleyes:
     
  8. AHMED KARAM

    AHMED KARAM The Strategist

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    They started the price with ~$900, then rise it to $1295, way high.
     
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  9. jaybee83

    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    lol, ridiculous. but thats eurocom for ya :p id rather stick to rjtech instead :)
     
  10. Meaker@Sager

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    Yes, a bit of confirmation bias going on there but regardless, enjoy the machine.
     
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