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The Pikachu Mafia

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About The Pikachu Mafia

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  • Birthday Oct 09, 1997

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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/s
  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 c
  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 go
  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
  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 b
  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
  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-provis
  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)