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About ApolloX75

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  • Birthday 1986-12-05

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    I tinker with various hardware; build boats; restore a classic (to me) car and drive a Camaro a lot. I do a lot of things.
  • Biography
    I worked for an engineering firm building large industrial line production robots. It was pretty awesome, but then became boring. So I went back to building boats. I'm an Electrical Technician by trade and an amateur mechanic as well. I have abandoned my stale marine career and have been invited to join a dealership team as an apprentice, we'll see how this plays out.

    I've been a computer tech both semi-professionally and amateur for the better part of a decade, and I built my first real gaming system in 2000 out of an Athlon Thunderbird and a Diamond Stealth 3.
  • Occupation
    Mechanic Apprentice


  • CPU
    Core i7 7700HQ
  • Motherboard
    Alienware 15 R3
  • RAM
    2x8GB DDR4 2400
  • GPU
    GTX 1070
  • Case
    Alienware 15 R3
  • Storage
    ADATA SU800 512GB, 512GB M.2, 256GB M.2
  • PSU
    Dell 240W
  • Display(s)
    Dell 1080p 60Hz IPS w/ Gsync
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Razer Atheris
  • Sound
    Logitech G933 Artemis
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64

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  1. My personal experience with Alienware has been lukewarm at best over the last year and a bit. Support has been responsive yet frustrating. Overall build quality of my 15 R3 is excellent but the cooling solution leaves a LOT to be desired, and needed a hefty undervolt to keep things under control, even after several heatsink replacements. So I wouldn't give a hearty recommendation, but I also wouldn't steer you away from them, your mileage may vary when it comes to Alienware.
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    As an AW 15 R3 owner I would not buy one ever again.
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    The Most JANKIEST Cooling Solution that Gets Amazing Temps

    I have a socket A block strapped down to the socket with a bent AM2 fan retention bracket, and used 1/4 clear vinyl tubing from Canadian tire with brass plumbing fittings. Does that count?
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    P5QL/EPU vs GA-EP43C-DS3

    The two boards are very similar in terms of features. I think it will come down to which has the nicer BIOS input and overclocking interface, which will probably be the Gigabyte. Asus at that time was a little sparse on non-enthusiast boards. As for the socket modding; in my relatively extensive experience "trimming" was not needed for a 771 to 775 mod.
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    XP Gaming Build - Single or Dual Core CPU

    Athlon XPs paired with an FX series or X series card is where it's at for peak XP era hardware. I love Core2s but I consider them too new for an XP build. My setup runs Oblivion flawlessly.
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    Asus ROG Strix GL702VM Laptop Won't POST

    Is it really out of warranty already? That's outrageous. Sounds like a dead motherboard, my Alienware has done that to me twice now. Edit: Ugh. Motherboards are going for over a grand on eBay. I think you might have to eat the cost and get it fixed unless you want to bin it and get a new laptop.
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    Has anyone modded a laptop BIOS?

    I run a custom BIOS made by Svet from the MSI forums for my GT780DXR. Unlocked a ton of great extra features and settings.
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    Washer and oven - question

    Nuisance tripping of an RCD can be caused by inrush current, so an electric motor starting up could be the cause.
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    I have a Q.

    Judging from a quick look at some youtube vids of similar systems I'd say if your average is 75 FPS then it's a little below normal, but it is highly dependent upon what is going on screen moment to moment. This also depends on your resolution, are you at 1080p? Higher?
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    is it reasonable?

    Motherboard is crap and the MX440 is about as junk as an old video card can get, they were junk even brand new. No. Find some better hardware if you want to build a vintage setup.
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    Ryzen 3000 Leaks

    Yessssssssss. 12C/24T. I am looking forward to Ryzen 3, even if it's all hype, I don't care anymore.
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    FSB overvoltage for q6600 oc

    G series boards are terrible. Find yourself a P series like the 35 or 45, they're usually quite common.
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    FSB overvoltage for q6600 oc

    FSB voltage might help with stability when you're running the FSB at much higher frequencies, but that really depends on your motherboard's tolerances, it may do nothing at all. And 1.5v is nothing. I've been up to 1.7v with my QX9650 for 4.5GHz, Core2s are hard to kill.
  14. My R3 does the same thing, it's a power delivery thing. On the charger the CPU and GPU are able to run turbo much longer and don't have any power limiting. As for your temperatures the only way to control them is liquid metal and a good cleaning of the heatsinks from the inside-out every few months.
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    More Electronics Help! Kirchhoff's law!

    I hated that friggin law. If this hasn't been answered by the time I get home I'll help you out as best I can.