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About DrkLrdChckls

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  • Birthday 1992-05-30

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Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Bowling Green, KY
  • Occupation
    Automotive Sales


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 2500u
  • Motherboard
    Acer Nitro 5
  • RAM
    16 (2 x 8 GB) DDR4
  • GPU
    Radeon Vega 8 iGPU, Radeon RX 560X
  • Case
    Acer Nitro 5
  • Storage
    500 GB SanDisk SSD
  • Display(s)
    15.6" 1080p IPS
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  1. I just picked up a corrupted ASUS Chromebit to use as a home desktop. It only cost me $19, and I’m hoping my SO likes it.
  2. I also drive a car that requires Premium fuel, 93 Octane to be specific. If I fill up at Sam's Club, it costs about $2.75/gallon, anywhere else is upwards of $3.20/gallon right now.
  3. I was just able to pickup a pre-owned gaming laptop. It is an Acer Nitro 5 with a Ryzen 5 2500u, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB SanDisk SSD, and an RX 560X. It was cheap and basically brand new.
  4. Hello Everyone! I am looking for a laptop to replace my current laptop and desktop. I have a Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 15.6" with a Core i5-8250u, 8 GB RAM, and HD 620 Graphics; I also have an AsRock DeskMini with a Core i3-8100, 16 GB RAM, and an integrated GPU. I'm ideally looking for something with a ThunderBolt 3 port so I can get an eGPU to use as a desktop replacement. I use my laptop at work, typically with web-based content and light Premiere video editing. My desktop is mostly for web surfing, but I would like to get back into gaming. What I am really looking for is something light and portable, probably with a 13" display, Core i5 8th gen, Thunderbolt 3 port, and 6+ battery life. My budget is $750 and I am located in the US. I will consider Used, but prefer something new. Thanks for the help!
  5. I definitely wouldn't buy a Prebuilt off of some random eBay seller, but I always search what is out there from major OEMs when I'm looking to replace a PC. Currently, I have an AsRock Deskmini and an Alienware X51 R2 that I purchased barebones so that I would have a little more control over what parts went into them. I guess I prefer a barebones Prebuilt, if I can find one that fits my usage. I happily recommend Prebuilts to people who ask my opinion because it gives them a warranty, and hopefully support, so I don't beckon their de facto tech support at their beck and call anytime they need it. I've made that mistake too many times.
  6. I picked up an Alienware X51 R2 late last year as a project. It was barebones with just the case, motherboard, RAM, and external PSU. I finally got motivated and bought the rest of the build. I ended up with an i5-4460, RX 570 4 GB, and a TEAM 240 GB SSD. All in, I spent $268.60 for everything.
  7. I used to have a SlingBox that would allow me to watch my satellite TV at college. It used that exact cable to control the satellite remotely. It is definitely an IR Blaster.
  8. I work in the Marketing Department of a franchise car dealership. I was provided with a Dell Optiplex 9020 Mid-Tower with an i5-4570, 4 GB RAM, and a mechanical HDD. They also provided a 17" 4:3 Dell monitor and I added a 23" 1080p Dell monitor of my own. I also added my own mechanical keyboard and wireless trackball. I have started using Adobe products more lately, so I have started bringing my own Lenovo IdeaPad 330s with an i5-8250u and 8 GB RAM.
  9. OuterVision has a PSU Wattage calculator, and with just the CPU and GPU, it recommends 516 watts. I would pick a higher wattage PSU. Probably something in the 850w range or higher.
  10. In use: AsRock DeskMini 310 (i3-8100, 8 GB, 500 GB SSD) Lenovo IdeaPad 330s (i5-8250u, 8 GB, 16 GB Optane, 1 TB HDD, 15.6") Backup: Lenovo IdeaPad 330 (Celeron N4100, 4 GB, 250 GB SSD, 15.6") Currently trying to get rid off: Desktop (2200G, 8 GB, 2 TB HDD, GTX 970) Dell OptiPlex 790 (i5-2500, 8 GB, 250 GB SSD, GT 1030) HP 21" All-in-One (Celeron of some kind, 4 GB, 500 GB HDD) Broken: Alienware M11x R3 (i7 2nd Gen, 16 GB, 256 SSD, GT 540m) [powers on intermittently] Alienware X51 [bought as barebones] I currently have eight, which is pretty low for me. I just moved in with my SO, so I have been working on pairing down on my excess computers. I just built the DeskMini last night, and it is great to have that power in such a small form factor. I use my laptop for work, so I keep the Celeron laptop as a backup. My M11x failed on me at work, and I can't have that happen again.
  11. I tend to keep the hardware related badges on my PCs, and I have even ordered replacement badges for ones that have started to peel. I do remove any extra stickers, especially from laptops, that make general statements about battery life or portability. I don't see why laptops even come with stickers like that.
  12. Laptop: Alienware M11x R3

    Core i7-2617m 1.50 GHz | 2 x 8 GB Patriot DDR3-1333 MHz | 256 GB ADATA SU800 | Intel HD 3000 | NVIDIA GeForce GT 540m 1 GB | 11.6" 1366 x 768



    AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.85 GHz | 2 x 4 GB Team DDR4-3000 MHz | ASUS GTX 970 Turbo 4 GB | 2 TB Seagate Barracuda

  13. I recently bought the 17" (GL72m) version of this with the same CPU and GPU. I play GTA Online around 60 FPS on medium. I have been quite pleased with it so far. My only qualm with it is the case is not very stiff, with lots of chassis flex.
  14. Just yesterday, Best Buy had a flash sale for an Acer Helios 300 with a 1050 Ti. It was on sale for $599, and I would be surprised if it didn't go on sale again.
  15. You may be better off buying a new laptop instead. The GTX 1050 ti is roughly on par with your current 970m, and a GTX 1060 would be even better than a 980m upgrade. The cost gap is quite small compared to the replacement motherboard.