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  1. Personally I'd go for the gigabyte or the lenovo. I like the Lenovos larger form factor and ease of upgrades in the future. I am unfortunately stuck with the 15" version of the msi you're looking at. Piece of junk. If it comes down to the Dell's I would rather have the i7-7700hq. Decent enough processor for mobile work/gaming. As for the difference between the 1050ti 1060 and even 1070 on a mobile I doubt you will notice much of a performance difference. They power limit quick. My 1060 6gb performs about on par with a 1050 2gb desktop card. You might look into clevo/sager too. Probably the best bang for buck you can get. However quality is mediocre. Also you may look into ordering a laptop from a third party authorized rebuilder. They can reapply quality thermal paste and do any modifications you want and still honor factory warrantee.
  2. Are we talking car camping or backpacking? I backpack a lot and have experimented with bringing more, but have settled on bringing my phone, a 20,000 mah pack for anything over 5 days, a camera that runs off of disposable lithium batteries, and a standalone GPS unit just in case. Typically I use Gaia on my phone for gps, but having two GPS units and a map has literally saved my life more than once. There is no tolerable solar solution on the market yet for backpackers. They are heavy, slow, and at best risky to your electronics. Now if you are going to be camping near a car just bring a deep cycle battery and an inverter. You can add a solar battery charger to it if you want, but their worthless. The lenovo 910 series charges via usb c so a good quality battery pack is all you need. Super low power draw and the i7-7500u will play some basic games. But its double your budget for the early 2017 model and triple for the late 2017 model. In your budget maybe a used or refurbished surface pro 3 or 4. Should play basic games and emulators. Both of these would be as heavy as I would go for backpacking, but if you are within an hours walk of a car any laptop would do. If at all possible try to charge a battery pack and charge your electronics off of the pack. The voltage regulating circuitry in most of the solar panels I've tried is horrible.
  3. Avoid the msi. Constant overheating issues and piss poor quality control. Horrible build quality. I am on my third one now. If you do buy an msi laptop do not buy it at best buy. The best buy models get a cheaper display that is almost intolerable. Lenovo has their new legion line up. Gigabytes aurus line up is pretty good. The only thing I have against the Dell's you're looking at is the charging port. The charging port on the Dell's have a third pin with an identifying chip that prevents you from using non authentic chargers or batteries. This vecomes a problem after 2-3 years when the port wears out. All of the dells I have had to repair have the port soldered to the motherboard too, so its not a 15 minute repair. However the Dell's will give you the best bang for buck and highest build quality in your budget. The hp omens are junk. The entire line. Just go to a store and feel one. I couldnt tell you how they perform. The build quality was so piss poor I picked looked at 2 of the models and knew that they werent for me. Tons of screen flex and cheap plastic everywhere.
  4. for a cutout like this I would typically use my pencil air powered rotary tool (basically a Dremel on steroids and a lot easier to control) and a set of carbide bits. Same tools used to polish intake manifolds deep in the runners. Finish it off with precision files and then hobby sanding sticks. Other than that pretty straight forward.
  5. A couple problems with your cooling solution. Its only rated for up to 65 w tdp so i3 or lower. There are many 1u coolers that may work better. Also where is the air going to come from and where will it go? This style of cooler really won't work for you. It would overheat in a matter of seconds. Look for coolers from sff pcs that use blower style fans, heatpipes and remote fin arrays. Or modify an existing laptop cooler from a clevo or compatible workstation laptop. As for batteries you could potentially make a large pack out of high drain 26650 cells, but these are expensive and heavy. Not to mention you will need to integrate a balanced load charging circuit in somehow. (Possibly utilize an e cigarette or battery bank board). Then you also have to integrate several voltage regulation circuits. (Or possibly a high end car pc power supply) The cells alone should set you back over 120 is you get them cheaper they are fake. The power supply should set you back 250 or so. The cheaper ones do not work worth a damn. Make space for an LCD controller board. These are rather large and I doubt the motherboard's will have a 30 or 40 pin display connector. Unless you can design those circuits from scratch (not many people can) that just filled your entire case. No room left for motherboard, hdd, etc. As for using integrated graphics. If this is your intent, then this can all be accomplished for under $800 by buying a laptop. If you want a fun laptop fabrication project maybe try stuffing a console (xbox, ps2, or gamecube) in one. Its an actually feasible project. Not terribly hard and would put a lot of what you are trying to do into perspective. You can even fit a GameCube into an old netbook with room for integrated controller buttons provided you can find the controller board for the display. If you are dead set on trying a project like this Ben beck has an abundance of laptop fabrication guides and information. Most of it is super useful.
  6. You can do pretty much the same thing with a couple of the clevo, sager, and msi models though. This is a pointless and hard to implement correctly. If you were dead set on trying the lenovo thinkpad g580 is a little thicker and easy to find cheap. Don't forget you are going to have no way to run this off of battery and you will need to find a higher resolution screen along with the controller board for it. Running it off battery would require a 12v battery pack and Not to mention you would need a motherboard that accepts a mobile mxm graphics card and an insanely expensive mxm graphics card. No way are you fitting a full sized graphics card in there. You're going to have to make custom coolers and find a board that has the dimms horizontal on the board. Since its not going to be portable again what's the point? You could use the outer shell pieces as a case I guess. As for future Upgradeability no more so than the laptop models mentioned above.
  7. I legitimately don't know how g sync works, but I had this issue with my laptop with a 1060 in many valve games. By enabling v sync and limiting the fps to the refresh rate of my monitor it went away.
  8. I take no responsibility for your actions or if you damage something. The ram is the least likely to have been injured and if it was the ram usually it would scream at you when you power it on. Your power supply is most likely fine. Go buy a peer supply tester at your local computer store and use it alternatively Disconnect the power supply from everything and jumper the green wire in the 24 pin to a black wire. It should start up. Use a dmm to measure the the 12v 5v and 3.3v rail. They should all be right + or - a volt or less. This leaves your board and cpu. If you have another board and/or cpu from the same series you can try swapping them out to figure out which one or if both are dead. If you don't well your buying a new board and cpu most likely. If you replace the board and cpu and the system screams at you, you took the ram out as well.
  9. Have you gone into the bios and made sure the integrated gpu is turned off if there is one. If it has a integrated gpu will it display video on that? If all is all right there you may try unplugging the pc and hitting the power button while unplugged to drain any power. Reseat the card, then power on. If you don't follow this procedure to a tee my 1050 will not display video after the bios is updated or reset. Other than that follow the advice above try a different slot and/or computer.
  10. I initially bought one and it performed about on par with the 550 ti I was upgrading except the 550 ti had more room to overclock. All in all in heaven benchmark the overclocked 550 ti and even a firepro v5800 overclocked out performed it. Exchanged it the next day for a rx460 which ended up being defective. Swapped for a 1050 the day after that.
  11. That would be a good htpc assuming you used quiet fans or a good office computer. I honestly think you'll be disappointed playing any newer game. 5-7 year old games will run good. If you want a "console killer" you are going to have to shop around a lot and buy some things used. Memory is cheap used so long as you stay with ddr3. 25-40 bucks will get you a pair of 4gb sticks. Ssds are cheap used 20-30 will buy you a decent boot drive. Hard drives are cheap used. Try looking for off lease or used prebuilt for a base. For instance the i5-3470 computer I used as a base in my build can be found locally for about 200. I received mine as a freeby from a company that was upgrading. Beating this budget is tough it will require a lot of shopping and penny pinching. Also keep in mind a prebuilt will have a valid windows license to use. That's 100 dollars of your budget you can put into more memory or a better graphics card. Also the 1030 is probably not the best choice. An rx 560 or 1050 is only a few dollars more.
  12. Disclaimer I have the 7rf i7-7700hq, 1060 6gb, 16gb ram, 256 gb toshiba ssd, 2tb sshd (came with a 1tb hdd). So I will start off this review with I ended up with this laptop because of a series of circumstances. I did not pick this laptop out. I had picked out a ge62vr 6rf which I liked until the daughter board burned out 5 months later. So I ended up with the gs63vr 7rf as a warrantee replacement. The first thing I will mention about the gs63vr is I have had to exchange this laptop 3 times to get a good one. The first one thermal throttled within a couple seconds. The usb ports on the left were flaky. The second one the screen was mounted off center and did not close properly. It also thermal throttled within seconds and had a bad hdd. The third one seems to be okay. The second thing to mention is if you are considering this laptop buy it from somewhere other than bestbuy. The bestbuy models have a horrible chimei display that is very hit or miss. The brightness varies between each one a lot. Color accuracy is horrid. This problem is specific to the models sold through bestbuy. Performance wise: this laptop is okay. Once you get a good one it is pretty impressive. You are more likely to power throttle than anything else, but only under synthetic loads. Under realistic gaming loads it doesn't throttle. Thermals: the first two would go from 50ish idle (way too high in my opinion) to 105 in the matter of a few seconds. As I use this as my primary laptop and under high cpu loads frequently. The third one idles at 38, averages 45-55 surfing the web, under 100 percent load it stays under 95 and power throttles before thermal throttling. These numbers are tolerable but not great. The gpu on all three never gets above 83 which I never understood, but the cooling for the graphics card was consistent. Aestetics: I really don't care for this ultrabook craze. It just means worse battery life and harder maintainence. For me this is not something I would pick out at all. I don't like the form factor. However if you get a properly assembled one which is a big if they look pretty sharp. Durability: VERY FRAGILE. This is not a good laptop to carry around. The areas around the I/o are very fragile, especially under the ethernet jack. Pick up with both hands do not flex and use on a flat surface. Upgradeability: it has all of the ports you could want. M.2 slot, sata hdd slot, 2 ddr4 slots. The downside is for anything but the hdd the motherboard has to be fully removed. I/o: very good. It has everything you could need. Battery life: seriously? Playing a game 45 in to an hour tops. Surfing the web or typing 2 hours or so. Portability: you can take it anywhere so long as you pack it very very well, have a flat surface to work on, have a power outlet nearby supplying 200w continuous, and dont mind lugging a power brick that weight more than the laptop around. Bloatware: the worst out of any laptop I have ever owned bar none. Another quibble about this laptop is the fan speed and power control do not work out of the box. You have to install the msi update and dragon center update first. You cannot install these until you install the creators update. Not that anything tells you this. Also the bios the laptop ships with doesnt allow the laptop to switch between dgpu and igpu properly. Right out of the box you have to go through msi's super unintuitive bios update procedure. It still doesn't switch back after playing doom, but that is the only game it does that on now (out of the box it has this issue with almost every game). Overall I would give this laptop a 3/10. It is a cool concept very poorly executed by msi. It is my understanding that the 6rf model had much better thermals and overall higher quality.
  13. I use a butane reflow heat blower. Works well for a clean melt. 99 percent of the time when I am doing this I am upside down under a car dashboard. Wrap the area 0.5 cm below the intended cut with electrical tape, then hit the end with the heat gun for a few seconds until they melt together. Sleeve your cable, cover both ends with heat shrink, heat the heat shrink. Call it a day. A hot knife works too if you are in a really tight place, not as well, but it works.
  14. You could get below that price point, but your not gonna get all new parts and possibly gonna have to look for a cheap prebuilt pc to start with. Right now is a really good time for this with all of the back to school specials running. If you wanted to build it yourself and beat that price I cant do pcpartpicker as it doesn't show combos. Microcenter has a special on fx-8350 and mobo for 115 Pick up a used pair of ddr3 4gb sticks for 30 Pick up a used ssd for 20 Pick up a 1tb hard drive for 15-40 Pick up a 1050 or rx 560 for 80-120 Pick up the cheapest case you can find 15-50 Alternately Spend 150-250 on a off lease or refurbished mini tower. Try to avoid hp and dell if you think you will want to change the case. You should be able to find something decent. Check the government auctions too, sometimes you can get something decent without a hard drive for next to nothing. Spend 80-150 on a rx 560 or 1050. Keep in mind most of your refurb and off lease pcs will come with a valid windows license. Which is 100 or so. Windows 10 free upgrade still works so get whatever's cheapest between 7 8.1 or 10. Upgrade immediately so you have a digital license, then run whatever you prefer. Neither of these have any upgrade path, but should play most games on medium settings. My super cheap budget build will play doom on low-medium at 1080p pretty well. My exact build would run you 500 even. However i got my base prebuilt pc and case for free it would not have been my first choice. I am 240 into my build.
  15. I was just kind of curious how my super cheap budget build stacks up. I have a dell optiplex 7010 I obtained for free, which I ripped out of the factory case. I5-3470 8gb memory I threw it into a coolermaster wavemaster case for nostalgia purposes. Got all of the factory front I/o working and the coolermaster power switch and less working, which was a nightmare. This part was free (it was my dads favorite case). Swaped the fans in the front for arctic f8's. The rear fan is a coolermaster 80mm pwm with the dell connector soldered on. The two f8s were 13, the pwm was 10 For storage I am using a 60gb edge ssd boot drive, a 1tb seagate sshd for a steam drive, and two 500gb seagate spinners for storage. Ssd was 20 1tb sshd was free out of an old laptop One of the 500gb drives was free, the other 12 dollars. Video card is a msi 1050 oc edition. This was the most expensive part at 115. Added another 8gb of ram for 16gb. This was 25 if you don't include the defective sticks of ram I received. I added an additional usb 3.0 card and a pci sata card to run my two optical drives, which yes I do use frequently. All of this was around 45. This is supposed to be a htpc that I can play most of my games on. I'm about 240 all in.