Is there a reason why we can purchase 11th gen i5 motherboard but we can’t purchase the whole laptop with it?
Laptops are not built to order, they are pre-assembled into SKUs at the factory and sent to the third-party logistics provider. They sold through all the 11th gen laptops, but they still have some 11th gen mainboards left over.
I thought the diy version is not assembled?
The DIY get’s assembled at the factory too to properly test it. There was a LTT video where they explained that.
They come mostly assembled. All you have to install is bezel, RAM, SSD and input cover.
Because the 11gen motherboards that they’re selling are excess stock that they’re clearing them out. The chassis can be used with the newer motherboards.