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About sparkman

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    Akron, Ohio
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  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 AORUS PRO
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB DDR4-3200 CL16
  • GPU
    TBD: Big Navi or RTX3000
  • Case
    Fractal Design Meshify C
  • Storage
    Crucial P1 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 2TB, WD Blue 1TB
  • PSU
    EVGA BQ 750 W 80+
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler, 5 Noctua NF-A15 140mm Case Fans

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  1. Lenovo Ideapad 5 with Ryzen. Literally the best laptop I’ve used. I bought one for my girlfriend and it’s amazing. Nice and cool operating temps, super long battery life, Excellent screen, USB C charging with quick charging as well, fingerprint reader, it’s just a great all around laptop. Highly recommend. I got mine for $479.99 with a Ryzen 5 4500U.
  2. Well, at that price you could get a ASUS ROG Zephyrus with Ryzen 9 and a 2060 Max-Q that would tackle all your needs and really outperform your desktop. It depends though on your needs, do you want to lug around a hefty gaming laptop to your classes? Typically gaming laptops have shorter battery lives.
  3. Windows Phones. That was hands down the best UI experience I've had to date with a phone. Nothing has come close. The live tiles were very useful and gave you basic information at a glimpse with ANY app you chose to pin on the start menu, and a system-wide dark mode was available years before Android and iOS had it. The Windows phone had unified messaging, and Cortana was (maybe still is if it still works on the old phones) the best voice assistant. You could do ANYTHING with it, including singing random songs which was hilarious, and still be natural sounding. She could pick out a song on the radio, and link me to the song on Zune where you were able to download the album from the store. It was all integrated, and it was years before iOS and Android adapted that; heck, I remember when SoundHound was a thing. It was the closest we non-iOS users came to PC/phone integration. I had installed a podcast app on my phone and PC, and used Cortana to remind me when a new episode came out on whatever device I was actively using at the time. One more thing, the cameras on any windows phones were amazing, you were able to do so much within the stock camera app. I could zoom in for days on my photos and still have clarity too; and it even recorded audio in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, which made my videos sound beautiful on a home theatre system. It was cool. I think the main problems were the lack of apps (that's what did it for me) and it was too ahead of its time. It scared a lot of people to have that level of integration which is ironic... Honestly, Windows phones help shape the mobile OS's we have today to be what they are.
  4. The new Timex Metropolitan R seems to be a viable option, it’s caught my eye. Looks like a normal watch, has all the smart features, GPS, sleep tracking, steps, HR, water resistant to 100ft and 12 days of battery life. Thinking about picking one up myself. Even has gorilla glass too and should work well with your phone.
  5. Well, glad you got it resolved. Things like this is what I hope doesn’t happen for the new Big Navi cards. Man that would be frustrating.
  6. I’m with this guy. I recently repasted my friends 2600 from the stock cooler/stock paste that came on it. He was having issues with the CPU getting over 80°C under load. Cooler was literally cemented to the CPU. I honestly thought I broke it taking it out. Replaced his paste with the paste I got with my Noctua air cooler and he’s running <65°C under load now with the AMD cooler.
  7. I’m with slottr on this, I’d get a whole new system. You don’t have to spend much.