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About byalexandr

  • Title
    Car Guy
  • Birthday Jun 28, 1999

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Profile Information

  • Location
  • Gender
  • Interests
    PCs, cars, photography, guns, etc. I'm into a lot of different stuff.
  • Occupation
    Auto Technician and Parts Specialist


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six Core AM4 Processor
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte AX370-Gaming K3 AM4 X370 ATX Motherboard
  • RAM
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR4-2400MHz Memory
  • GPU
    MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB GPU
  • Case
    Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB Chassis
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive + Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD
  • PSU
    EVGA BQ 650W 80+ Bronze Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VG248QE 3D 144Hz 24" 1ms Display
  • Cooling
    AMD Wraith Spire CPU Cooler
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 3 TKL Cherry MX Blue (Red Backlighting) Mechanical Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Gaming Mouse
  • Sound
    Bose CineMate Series II Home Theater System + Neewer NW-700 Microphone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit

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  1. Figured I'd update the thread from my new PC. I went with the $289.99 Optiplex 7010 with an i7-3770, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. I also bought a Gigabyte GTX 1650 (low profile) for $159.99, and I have to say it's a pretty good little card. It plays Smite great lol, currently installing more games now that I have access to my Steam library again. It gets a little loud when gaming, but I haven't removed the drive cage yet which apparently frees up a lot of airflow. The low profile card fits like a glove, with pretty close clearance to the PSU and the 24-pin power cable.
  2. This one looks pretty good: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Optiplex-7010-SFF-Intel-Core-i7-3-40GHz-16GB-New-256GB-SSD-Win-10-Pro/174350040680?hash=item2898127e68:g:Hw4AAOSw2xBfDx5d Has a 3rd gen i7-3770 and 16GB of RAM along with a 256GB SSD. All I would need to buy is the 1650 at that point, 256 is plenty for Windows 10 and a few programs and one or two games I think. If not SSDs are cheap and I can add another one. Not really looking to upgrade this PC for at least a couple years, hence why I'm spending so little. I just need a solid desktop for now that I
  3. Gotcha. Does Dell make the Optiplex with those 3rd gen i7s?
  4. Any CAD that I will be doing is just for designing custom car parts like small brackets or panels that would be laser cut, nothing too intensive. Most use for this PC would just be browsing the web, handling accounts and invoices in Quickbooks and Excel, and the occasional game. I'm keeping the PC in my bedroom and leaving the Xbox in the living room so most of my gaming is on the Xbox anyways.
  5. I was thinking something along these lines: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Optiplex-7010-SFF-Slim-Desktop-I5-3470-3-2GHz-16GB-3TB-DVD-RW-WIN-10-PRO/223776263367?hash=item341a1accc7:g:-bcAAOSwcrJdzy5b I know the i5-3470 is a really old processor but I don't think it'll be a bottleneck to a GTX 1650. The one in the link also has 16GB already and a 3TB HDD so I can just add a small 500GB SSD and the GPU to make a decent system.
  6. Budget (including currency): As little as possible Country: USA Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Intuit Quickbooks, Chrome, light CAD (Inventor, Fusion 360), Photoshop, Excel, occasional gaming (PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, Smite, Minecraft). Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): To save some money, I'd like to purchase a used Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. slim desktop tower and just upgrade the GPU to a half
  7. Not that I post that often anymore but is Godlygamer still a mod? I had some beef with him a few years ago XD
  8. Yep that's the post. Still a lot to do (and buy) which is why I ended up doing the head gasket on the old motor. Runs great but now I'm running into a clutch or transmission issue, replacing the clutch slave did nothing and replacing the transmission oil made it shift a lot smoother but it still doesn't let me go into gear at first startup which is super odd.
  9. Little later than that. I posted it on August 6 if that helps, you'll see the wrinkle red valve cover.
  10. Some photos I took during the process of my less than $100 head gasket change. $43 head set from work and $45 for the machine shop to throw the head on the belt sander, several hours of work and cleaning and a lot of cursing. This was the least I could do for this poor engine; I honestly don't care about it that much because I have a $4,000 long block waiting to go in, but I'm really surprised it was still running as well as it was for having a blown head gasket for over a year. I only did the head gasket as it was absolutely necessary if I wanted to get ANY more miles out of this thing while
  11. With MLS head gaskets (which our cars come with) it's basically standard practice anyway to resurface the head if a new head gasket is required. MLS is very sensitive to even minor .0015" warpage, where as an organic head gasket would still seal at .003" warpage. But yeah the car shut off by itself from overheating the one time it did. I've seen it come close a couple times sitting in the drive thru line but I always shut the car off if that happens. The one time it did overheat I was so close to my shop that I kept pushing it, when I should've towed it and not have to deal with th
  12. Well unfortunately the motor currently in the Miata is not doing so hot, blew the head gasket (in that case it is doing hot, pun intended). I'm pretty sure it blew when I first got the car, one of the little bypass hoses split open and leaked all the coolant out before I even got home, only time it's ever overheated. Fixed the leaks and have been driving it for almost a year, but it's starting to get pretty bad, spark plugs are getting fouled up, losing oil and coolant; if it wasn't running on borrowed time before it certainly is now. Luckily I got a head set and timing belt for le
  13. Nah, weight reduction bro. In all seriousness if I'm moving it's bearable. Even with the windows up, I don't have a blower motor so the vent in the wiper cowl lets in fresh air. It's the stop lights that suck, mainly because it's hot but also because I hate everyone around me for not moving.
  14. It sucks, not gonna lie. But I learned to just embrace the sweat, it's gonna happen. People pay for saunas when I get it for free every time I drive the car XD