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I’m traveling-but I’m cheap.

Ok, so I’m going on a trip this summer. It’s gonna be a long plane ride. I want to do some gaming, but I’m super cheap. Really cheap. I have a crappy old laptop that barely works but it’s not for gaming. What do you suggest? My budget is under $300 if possible. If not, at least keep it under $400. 

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

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Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

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Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

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Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

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Why not get a Nintendo Switch? Things are amazing!

Processor: Intel i7 11700k MemoryCorsair Vengeance 4x4GB 3200MHZ Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Elite Graphics card: Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080ti Xtreme Edition Storage: x2 120gb SSD, 1tb Samsung Evo, 2TB HDD Case: Corsair 400C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Display's: AOC AG493UCX 49"  Ultra Wide 5120x1440 at 120hz, IPad Mini with Duet Display.

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That’s a good idea but not entirely what I was thinking. Although... maybe. Any other ideas

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

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Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

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Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

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Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($59.39 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($47.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($49.85 @ OutletPC) 
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($16.00 @ Newegg) 
Other: AmazonBasics HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable - 3 Feet (Latest Standard)  ($5.99 @ Amazon) 
Other: Sapphire RX 570 4GB NITRO Mining ($99.99)
Total: $379.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-07 15:49 EST-0500

 

No monitor or peripherals tho so bring your own

Oh and it's Micro-ATX

Main PC:  MacBook Air (M1, 2020), 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage. Running macOS, maybe Solus if it gets ported

Workstation: Ryzen 5 1500X, 16GB DDR4-2400, ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC, Optane 800P 58GB, Patriot Burst 240GB, Toshiba Q300 240GB, SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 570 4GB, beQuiet! SFX Power 2 400W, Silverstone ML08-B. Running Solus Linux and Windows 10

Leafeon is the most underrated eeveelution; change my mind.

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OK, i'm not even gonna build this, but is this a good workstation?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($72.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($168.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($62.99 @ NCIX US) 
Memory: Samsung 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($256.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar He8 8TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($479.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card  ($179.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: Lian-Li PC-V2130WX ATX Full Tower Case  ($499.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1745.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-09 12:48 EST-0500

 

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Wow! Ok that looks pretty sweet. Thanks.

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

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Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

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Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

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Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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7 minutes ago, star_pilot475 said:

Ok, so I’m going on a trip this summer. It’s gonna be a long plane ride. I want to do some gaming, but I’m super cheap. Really cheap. I have a crappy old laptop that barely works but it’s not for gaming. What do you suggest? My budget is under $300 if possible. If not, at least keep it under $400. 

What laptop is it? Some of the internal components could be upgraded.

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Ooh boy- a tech forum isn’t gonna like this. It’s an old Acer Aspire One ZA3. It’s running windows 10. Intel Atom processor. 4gb of Ram I think. When I open one tab on chrome the thing just goes crazy and slows way down.

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

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Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

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Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

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Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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adjust taste, spend those 400 bucks on games done by Slitherine/Matrix games/ John Tiller software. Most of the games have a p4 as cpu requirement. Might save some money for an extra battery loader

 

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Yeah but I already have games on steam. I’m looking for hardware recommendations. 

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

Spoiler

Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

Spoiler

Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

Spoiler

Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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22 minutes ago, star_pilot475 said:

Ooh boy- a tech forum isn’t gonna like this. It’s an old Acer Aspire One ZA3. It’s running windows 10. Intel Atom processor. 4gb of Ram I think. When I open one tab on chrome the thing just goes crazy and slows way down.

There's nothing wrong with it, being a tech forum people ought to be a bit more understanding of why people could have what they do.

 

What is the exact part number on the bottom?

 

I know that the drive could be upgraded as well as the wireless adapter, however I don't know if you can add ram without the exact model. You will most likely run into a decent amount of slow down simply due to it having an older model Atom.

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Maybe a ps4? everythings already set up and it has good performance, just not sure about the games

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WD Caviar Blue 1 TB                                                              

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT White 16GB (8x2GB) 2400

NZXT S340 White

Corsair CXM 450W 

 

Lenovo H320 (Old Pre-built PC)                                      Possible upgrade for H320          

i5 650 3.2 GHz (heh)                                                                                    Xeon X3470

Motherboard unknown                                                       Same Motherboard

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Crucial 240GB SSD                                                           Crucial 240GB SSD

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Lenovo H320 case                                                             Lenovo H320 case

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I found that an Oculus Go is a great thing on long flights. It can do movies, games, no glare from the window and you won't even notice when the plane crashes in the middle of the ocean.

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GPD XD Plus.

 

It can emulate well up to PS1 / N64. I think DS games work fine.

Desktop: 7700k @ stock, 32gb ddr4 @ 3000, 1080Ti, Maximus IX Hero.

 

Laptop 1: Asus Zephyrus 701 - i7-9750h @ stock, 16gb ddr4 @ 2666, 2070 RTX

 

Laptop 2: Dell G3 15 - i7-8750h @ stock, 16gb ddr4 @ 2666, 1050Ti 

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Ok thanks for the ideas everyone! I’ll look em up and see what works best for me! Thanks so much! 

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

Spoiler

Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

Spoiler

Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

Spoiler

Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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8 minutes ago, star_pilot475 said:

Ok thanks for the ideas everyone! I’ll look em up and see what works best for me! Thanks so much! 

You can get an "okayish" for gaming laptop used or new for 3-400.  Some have like a Ryzen 3, you can probably get a used i5 laptop and use the integrated graphics, or get one with an A12-9700 that has like some R7 graphics.  Not amazing, but if you don't crank the settings up to like high or ultra you should be fine.  Or, your local craiglist might have a decent build for around that.

Home AI/Game Development, and Music Editing Workstation:

Bloodshed and the Fenris-Wolf:  https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Fx3sNP

 

Mobile Workstation:

Ryu Hayabusa:  https://pcpartpicker.com/list/37bVz7

 

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