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  1. This is the thing, so much "old" hardware is more than capable BUT the hardware being released constantly is to keep feeding the industry and churning profits. Making people buy more regularly basically. Maybe I'm too contrarian for a lot of folks when I say that, but seriously games haven't advanced so quickly that hardware needs constant upgrades. I upgrade every 3-4 years and even then it's not because I can't play the newest games in max settings.
  2. Didn't they cost between $1,000 and $1,500 when they were released? I'm specifically referring to laptops in the OPs price range. I've literally owned dozens of laptops that cost between $400 and $800 (some on release) which lasted maybe a max of 2 years. Some didn't even make it 12 months. What I'm saying is that you get what you pay for basically. There are definitely outliers, but generally, I find the cheaper stuff doesn't last long at all.
  3. I agree with what has already been said, your current laptop probably doesn't have the functionality for that. Another key point is - laptop life expectancy. Most laptops don't last a super long time and assuming it's already an old laptop, buying any upgrades for it is a waste of money... Far better to keep saving for a better laptop, higher quality laptops will offer you what you're looking for and will last longer.
  4. Amazon - AWS S3 + Route 53 is as cheap as it gets and it's super fast... Basically you only pay for usage. It's a little more technical but being a comp-sci grad I think you can handle it and the little bit of googling to figure it out Basically costs me $0.09 a month to host a site I use for messing around with HTML, CSS & JS.
  5. Toby for Chrome is pretty cool as well because you can just stick all tabs on a custom homepage basically and sort them as / when needed. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/toby-for-chrome/hddnkoipeenegfoeaoibdmnaalmgkpip?hl=en
  6. CCleaner is my preference, but like someone else said you can go too far and actually do damage. When using programs like that it's smart to make backups before you do so, especially registry entries etc.
  7. So much for don't be evil! I think that's a policy they haven't followed in a long time. I know for a fact that Google have been filtering sentiment for years. Not only is there a lot of info out there about it, but I actually decided to sign up to one of those free blogs and publish a 'negative' review of a shitty product I had tried. It never did make it onto Google, yet shows up on Bing, DuckDuckGo etc. The only reason big general review sites make it through is because the sentiment isn't one or the other, so overall it comes across positive or neutral.
  8. I think regardless of the equipment, software etc you're using the most important thing is that your content is good and you work hard. Most people I'm subbed to get big and barely put in the effort after.
  9. I don't think it'll destroy your performance alone. I'm kind of new around here, but I'm sure there must be some nice guides to help improve performance of *insert operating system you're using here*. That could help you a lot.
  10. Not sure I can add much to this topic, but I'm pretty sure PeerBlock is a nice bit of software along with a VPN as some others have suggested. But yeah if you want secure, Windows isn't the way to go in 2018.
  11. I think 16 is going to be better for you if you game and run anything in the background. Someone on here mentioned that most AAA games are going to use 8gb minimum as standard. If you're running Discord, Steam, a browser, Spotify or whatever in the background that's going to effect performance. If you're not gaming, doing video production or anything that is resource heavy you should be fine with 8. Most people are doing something or another these days... 16gb is kind of average these days for a basic med-spec PC.
  12. A new router should do the trick. 802.11ac only has the 5Ghz bands which don't usually mess with bluetooth to the best of my knowledge. Pretty good overview here > https://breech.co/guides/wireless-routers/
  13. There goes the retirement fund... Oh wait, buy now and then when it shoots back up we are #winning