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The Pikachu Mafia

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About The Pikachu Mafia

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  • Birthday 1997-10-09

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  • Interests
    Video Games, Anime, Computers, Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Science, etc. You know, the normal stuff.
  • Biography
    Well I could insert a bunch of boring facts about myself here but no one would care! :D
  • Occupation
    Broke College Student


  • CPU
    Intel 5820k
  • Motherboard
    Asus X99-A
  • RAM
    2 x 8 GB DDR4 G.Skill Ripjaws V Series
  • GPU
    EVGA FTW 980ti SLI
  • Case
    Corsair 760T
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova 1050
  • Display(s)
    Asus ROG PG27AQ
  • Cooling
    Corsair H110i GT
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Blue)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Education

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  1. Yeah, $300 was around what I saved up for a motherboard, maybe slightly more. I have had some pretty awful experiences with super cheap boards in the past.
  2. Okay, thank you both for your help! Do either of you have any specific motherboard in mind that might support my configuration then? (As I understand things it would need a spare x4 slot that run off the chipset?)
  3. That's basically what I feared. If the Elgato runs at x4 off the CPU I'm not sure if it will be compatible with my setup... Also, I know right? I was pretty disappointed when I saw that the 9900k only had 16 lanes. I could in theory upgrade to a 9920x (and I do a fair bit of productivity work outside of gaming so I might be able to justify it), but I really don't want to spend more than twice as much on a CPU/MOBO combo if I can avoid it. =_=
  4. So in the next couple weeks I'm planning on upgrading several components in my desktop. Here are the relevant parts of my current setup: MOBO: Asus x99-A CPU: Intel i7 5820k GPU: 2x 980ti in sli Case: Corsair 760T SSD: Samsung 850 evo (SATA) A few months ago I had issues with a power surge that ended up frying my Motherboard and I've been without a desktop since, so I figured now is a good a time as any to do some upgrades. Right now I'm looking to upgrade the CPU, Motherboard, SSD, and Case. I also want to add in an Elgato 4k60 Pro so I can record/stream console gameplay. Ideally I would like to upgrade my CPU to an i9 9900k and pickup something like a Samsung 970 evo NVMe SSD. However I've never been very good at figuring out whether a component would use the CPU's or the Chipset's PCI lanes. My 5820k has 28 lanes which is more than enough, but the 9900k only supports up to 16 lanes. If I got a 9900k I'm pretty sure that my GPUs would run in x8/x8 off of the CPU, taking up all 16 lanes. I'm also pretty confident that the NVMe SSD would take a lane away from the Chipset instead of the CPU which is fine since the chipset has plenty of spare lanes. What confuses me is the Elgato Capture card, I'm not sure based on my research where it would draw its lanes from - the CPU or the Chipset. Would all this stuff be compatible together? If so, what Motherboard would you recommend me getting? I need something with ample space to plug everything in and space out my graphics cards. Thank you all very much in advance!
  5. Yeah, you'd have to go with some 3rd party solution for more ergonomic joy cons. However I will say that when you're in handheld or even tabletop mode the joy-cons really aren't that bad, as long as you're using both of them. I have a pro-controller for TV mode which is much better (I actually prefer it over the PS4 and XB1 controllers).
  6. The last thing I bought was a cup of coffee. But I paid for it with cash and when they gave me my change I got this little gem. Getting old coins from the cashier is like winning the lottery.
  7. I image at that point ABET accreditation doesn't matter because those schools are prestigious enough in and of themselves. By virtue of graduating from MIT - as opposed to generic university [x] - you'd be put in a class of your own and have already differentiated yourself from your peers. Of course, again, I could be absolutely wrong here since CS isn't really my industry. Personally I agree that work experience beats out a piece of paper saying "I graduated from SnobbyMcSnobs university with high honors," but employers do care about that kind of stuff when weeding out potential candidates.
  8. I would definitely look for an ABET accredited CS major. Sure employers are desperate for developers but from what I've seen they still prefer candidates who have a degree from an accredited school. I would also go for the degree over just "relevant experience." Companies say that they they'll hire based on equivalent experience, but my dad has been working as an IT Director for the past 10-15 years and has trouble applying for different jobs because his bachelors was in Philosophy. Definitely get some internship experience as well, I know a lot of people - myself included - who got job offers from doing Engineering Internship programs over the summer of Sophomore/Junior year. If you can get a part time job on campus that is even somewhat relevant (say working as a student computer technician or at a local radio station part time) that can also help you land an internship. If your credit load is too much you might be able to split it up into a 5 year program, although I know that doesn't sound ideal. Most of my friends and immediate family have CS backgrounds; however my experience may not be nearly as relevant as some of the other members on here (I'm a Senior Aerospace Engineering student working in IT as opposed to Computer Science & Engineering) and I definitely don't know the industry as well as others. So feel free to take what I say with a bucket of salt.
  9. Awesome, thanks for the information! As a final question, I'm looking at gentechPC for thermal repaste since they have a sale going on now. They also list thermal pads as an additional cooling option. Would you recommend adding in thermal pads/would they realistically improve performance ontop of LM? (I'm looking at the MSI right now for reference, I find its lower base price to be somewhat appealing).
  10. Thank you for the response, it was very helpful! With regards to a Liquid Metal thermal repasting, I agree that some kind of custom repaste is a necessity on all of these thin and light laptops given their out of the box temps. However I'm not too well versed in tampering with a laptop's GPU/CPU and I've only ever done a thermal pasting on a desktop, so I would probably get a 3rd party like Xotic PC or HIDevolution to professionally install it (as a side question, do these 3rd parties offer their own warranties since I would likely be invalidating whatever warranty that comes with the laptop?) If you don't mind me asking though, what is the relative risk for using liquid metal over normal thermal paste? I love the idea of chopping my thermals down by 15-20 C, but Liquid Metal is electrically conductive and I would be very mobile with my laptop. So would I have to worry about the liquid metal leaking out at all - even if a conformal coating was applied to protect the laptop? Also would I have to worry about the longevity of the liquid metal (i.e would it need to be repasted after a period of time/will it eventually compromise the integrity of the copper heat pipes? I've seen that liquid metal can bond weirdly to copper and I'm wonder if that's just purely aesthetic or will it affect the integrity of the system after awhile?) Finally, are there any resources I can find that compare the relative performance of Liquid Metal to a normal thermal compound for these laptop models? Again, thank you very much for your time!
  11. Hey everyone, For the past several years I've happily owned a Sager NP8156 (Clevo P650HP6). There were a few things I didn't care for about the laptop - The screen was discolored in some places, it was heavier than I would've liked, it had some software bugs, etc. - but overall it was a great little machine that served my needs well. However my parents recently had a catastrophic electrical failure at their house that fried a bunch of appliances/electronics and unfortunately my laptop was one of the victims. The failure was actually due to the power lines leading to our house not being up to code, and fortunately we were able to make an insurance claim. So here I am, a Senior Engineering Student in need of a new laptop. I figured that since it's been a couple years now is a good a time as any to upgrade my laptop. Here's some information on what I'm looking for: - My budget is tentatively around $2600 USD before taxes, although spending less is always a plus. - I will mainly be using this laptop for school and some gaming. As I mentioned earlier, I'm an Engineering student (mechanical/aerospace), so on the school side I will be using programs such as Solidworks, MATLAB, Python, ANSYS, CAD software, and Microsoft Office. Gaming is not as much of a priority, but I would like to be able to run modern titles in high/ultra settings. (Tomb Raider, Fallout, Overwatch, etc.) - I also do recreational photo/video editing with Adobe Lightroom/Premier Pro/Photoshop. So I would like to have a nice panel on the laptop. - I would like the laptop to have at least a GTX 1060 in it, preferably a 1070 Max-Q - The laptop itself must weigh under 2.2kg (4.8 lbs). I often have to walk in excess of 2-3km a day to get to my classes and I always have my laptop with me. One mistake I made with my Clevo was underestimating how much it would weigh when combined with its power brick. Speaking of which, bonus points for a compact power brick. - I don't need crazy-out-of-this-world battery life, but I would also like to not be always plugged into a wall. I would like to have around 4-6 hours of battery life during productivity tasks or media consumption (Microsoft Office, coding, web browsing, Netflix/Youtube, etc.) - I would need at least a 512GB hard drive. In general more storage is better. - I am willing to purchase a last gen laptop with a 7th gen processor, although an 8th gen Intel processor is ideal. - I'm not too keen on upgrading my laptop very often. Build quality is somewhat important to me and I would like to have a laptop that will last 3-5 years. If I have to spend a little more up front to future-proof it then I'm okay with that. Given my above requirements, I'm leaning towards getting either the MSI GS65, the Gigabyte Aero 15, the Razer 15, or the Clevo P955ER. Any help or insight on any of these laptops would be greatly appreciated. I'm also open to any suggestions that meet my criteria. Thank you all very much for your time and I hope you have a nice day!
  12. Unfortunately the interest cannot be removed, and you can only get the late fee waived if you submit a payment within a certain time frame (they give you around a 2 week grace period to pay up, which is highly unfortunate for people who don't have to cash on hand to pay the DRS immediately).
  13. It is all the same money, but It's not like I'm trying to avoid taxes. I would love to see the use tax abolished after this debacle since it just seems so ridiculous, but as long as It's a law I'm not going to actively try and break it. Amazon offer consumers a much more convienent system. Meanwhile Newegg, while not being entirely guilty, still chose that an increase in the cost of business wasn't worth the integrity of their consumers. Their lack of a covienent system coupled with their disregard and willful forfeiting of private data is why I will not be shopping there in the future, which is a completely valid choice on my part as a consumer. I'll vote with my wallet.
  14. That changes the name of the game significantly in my eyes, somewhat lessening Newegg's culpability and placing it back on the State. I think they're talking about this law that was passed in July (linked below) which is super sketchy. It basically says that CT can fine any out of state company that refuses their data requests. It's not really a request if you threaten every company that says no with heavy fines. https://taxnews.ey.com/news/2017-1203-connecticut-drs-mails-notices-to-out-of-state-online-retailers-demanding-sales-records-legislature-subsequently-enacts-penalty-provisions-for-failure-to-comply
  15. I've spoken to Newegg representatives twice now over this, both times they claimed that Connecticut passed a new law. When I told them that there was no such law and asked them to cite the specific provision which required them to hand over private sales data, the only useful information they gave me was that someone in upper management told them to say it was a new law. (Also not to side track, but yeah CT is in the dumpster, I plan on moving out after graduation myself. :P)