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About aisle9

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    Honnouji Academy Mascot


  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5
  • RAM
    16GB Patriot Viper 3
  • GPU
    MGI GTX 1070 Gaming X
  • Case
    Thermaltake Core V21
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 Pro 512GB, SanDisk Ultra II 960GB, 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue
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    Corsair RM650i
  • Display(s)
    LG 29UM58
  • Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X61
  • Keyboard
    Rosewill Apollo (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G602
  • Sound
    Yes, it makes sound.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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  1. The basic idea of watercooling a Mac Pro?
  2. If you try to sell pricey electronics on eBay and you don't have a ton of positive feedback and/or a long track record, you will get screwed. I've done well in avoiding it so far by simply listing out the condition of the item in excruciating detail, including any defects, including pictures of everything, restating my inspection results and any concerns, then stating very clearly in bold font that all sales are as-is and no returns are accepted. And if someone decided to bitch to eBay, I'd still lose. Fact of life. eBay sides with the buyer 99.5% of the time. I've gotten lucky thus far and the only person who tried to scam me did so by claiming INR...before the item was their PayPal confirmed address. Still, had I not gotten on the phone with eBay as soon as I saw that there was an open return on an item that was still in transit, I probably would have lost that claim and my very expensive piece of electronics.
  3. There's always something better on the horizon. If there's hardware out there now that will meet your needs at a price you're comfortable with, just grab it and be happy. The idea of waiting to "future proof" yourself is a fool's errand.
  4. True story, I've had better luck finding cheap, usable laptops at garage sales than I have anywhere else. You'd be amazed what a little lesson on how far technology has come since that Core 2 Duo's day and a $10 bill (or two) can get you.
  5. Not everyone will have problems with Razer shit, but it certainly seems like more have problems with Razer shit than they do with other less-flashy, less expensive brands. There are a few reasons that Razer catches shit. One, they spend all of their money on marketing and continue to puke out overpriced laptops that die in six months and rebranded Kailh switch peripherals that they price like Torpres. Two, as has been pointed out here, there and everywhere with a "submit reply" button, their customer service is an absolute joke. Three, and perhaps most damningly, there are plenty of top-tier tech YouTube channels that swear by Razer products, "buy" Blades for their entire staff and generally put out glowing reviews of everything Razer that crosses their desk, be it a $100 keyboard that can be found without Razer branding for $40 on AliExpress or the new model of a laptop that had a 20% fail rate within the first six months of ownership in the previous generation. No one mentions that Razer has quality control issues, or that their products are literally just flashy lipstick on a bloated hog with stomach cancer. That very naturally, very understandably invites the question: how much of Razer's seemingly unlimited marketing budget makes its way straight into the pockets of big-name reviewers, either by way of keeping the cherry-picked review unit(s), picking up sponsorship opportunities on the channel, just straight cutting them a check and/or any or all of the above. If Razer was universally (or even by a majority) praised for their high quality gear that lasts forever and is totally worth the inflated price, then I doubt you'd see those questions asked. Because so, so many people who've bought a Razer laptop go onto Reddit, here, wherever and share their tales of woe and why they'll never buy it again, and because Razer takes the cheapest, shittiest materials they can find and charges a premium price for them, the same few reviewers always having nothing but nice things to say about a brand with very real problems makes the question of why reviewers don't point any of that out one worth asking.
  6. So they've got about three more good months before that legendary Razer quality kicks in and they all go to shit.
  7. Because they literally pull it out of the box, turn it on and start reviewing. The many, varied and spectacular problems with Razer shit typically manifest after a few months. By that time, the reviewers have long since repackaged them and sent them back to Razer, where they've most likely been sold off as "new". Or, and even more likely in the case of big channels like Austin Evans and (sorry bro) Linus, they're simply being paid and/or allowed to keep the laptop in exchange for their "fair and unbiased" review.
  8. If the PC has an optical drive, an installation disc would be the easiest way. You can also find ISOs of older versions of Windows, like XP, and mount them to a disc or USB for use as installation media. Or you can be all cool and put a Linux distro on a USB drive and use that OS.
  9. High capacity DDR2 is getting harder and harder to find, and prices are going up. I feel your pain. I have a little Micro ATX system that would be a perfect mini-gamer for older titles, but the board only has two DIMMs and it's just not worth sinking $80 into RAM that isn't even guaranteed to work. So it goes about its Q6600 life with a GTX 750 Ti...and 4GB of RAM. Once in a very blue moon, CeX stumbles across some 4GB sticks of DDR2 desktop RAM, and they sell them for $4 each because that company is apparently full of people who've never looked at eBay before. That's not a perfect solution, though. I went in on ten different 1GB sticks of desktop DDR2 not too long ago to build up a little stock to work from. The packaging Six of the sticks actually worked, and it would have cost more to ship the DOAs back to CeX than I would have gotten in a refund.
  10. Sound cards are far from my area of expertise. I just know that if I find a PC with one in it, I usually end up pulling it out and throwing it away because it's filthy beyond repair.
  11. Whoa, no no no, not what I meant. The 6350 is worth about $5, $10 if you're incredibly lucky. It's on par with the HD 5450, which is an ancient piece of garbage that's still made because people are stupid and pay $40 for a "graphics accelerator" that's less powerful than the integrated graphics on their damn CPU. What you have is an ancient used card in nice shape. It's only worth a few bucks, but because of what it is, it does have value.
  12. The ASUS is an HD 2400 Pro. I got one like it off of CeX for $3.50 not too long ago, and after using it very, very briefly on an old build, I can say it wasn't worth that much lol
  13. I loved my Core 1000. IMO, it actually looks much nicer in person. Cheap as hell, but still a good quality case for what it cost.