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Charles S.

Charles S.

Joined on 10/23/09

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Just what I expected

Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4210U (1.70GHz) 4GB DDR3L Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Windows 8.1 E5-571-5552
Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4210U (1.70GHz) 4GB DDR3L Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Windows 8.1 E5-571-5552

Pros: -Cheap (got mine on sale, only reason I purchased) -i5 (moves surprisingly quick) -Amazing battery life (seriously.) -Nice screen -Decent keyboard -Decent size HD -HDMI

Cons: -No CD/DVD drive -Weird trackpad, but I use a mouse anyway

Overall Review: I bought this laptop on sale for three hundred and eighty bucks. Worth every penny. Like others mentioned, the Windows 8 install comes loaded with crapware, but I slapped a copy of Windows 7 on it via flash drive. Plays a few of my low-end Steam games fine (including Dota 2), which was just a bonus. A couple tips if you decide to reformat: -To install an older version of windows, you have to use f2 on startup to access bios, and swap the boot to legacy. -Up on reformatting, all the drivers from the Acer website should install smoothly, use Atheros for WLAN. Be sure to hit FN+F3 to turn your wireless card on, it's off by default.

Google Home

Google Home
Google Home

Pros: -Feature-rich and only getting better! -Amazing if you're "all-in" on Google services (Gmail, Play, etc.), so convenient -Very easy setup and customizing via Google Home App -Looks nice (opinion) -Speakers are of surprising quality, deep bass!

Cons: -Not sure what is being recorded with the mic always on (it can be turned off), NSA bla bla bla

Overall Review: -Had some trouble hearing my girlfriend at first and made her cry, but they get along now :)

WD m.2 500GB

WD Blue M.2 500GB Internal SSD Solid State Drive - SATA 6Gb/s - WDS500G1B0B
WD Blue M.2 500GB Internal SSD Solid State Drive - SATA 6Gb/s - WDS500G1B0B

Pros: -Super easy install -Great value -Even better if your motherboard supports m.2 booting!

Cons: -None

Corsair

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16

Pros: -It's Corsair, great quality and support!

Cons: -None

Overall Review: -If I could go back in time I'd grab the RGB, as the prices are pretty close

Ryzen 1600x

AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600X Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD160XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600X Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD160XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: -It's AMD, so great value is expected; but this is their greatest value in close to a decade! -Awesome perfomance, OCd to 3.9-4.0ghz -AMD will support this series for a while, more improvements on the way!

Cons: -Runs a bit warm -Was hoping for a stable 4.1ghz OC with the "X" version, but ended up around 3.9ghz

Overall Review: -If I could go back in time I'd probably grab the 1600 instead, as the included heatsink is a plus and the "X" version couldn't overclock much higher anyway

DIYPC

DIYPC VII-BK-15LEDlight Black SPCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Dual USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case with Pre-installed 2 x Blue 15 LED Light Fans
DIYPC VII-BK-15LEDlight Black SPCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Dual USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case with Pre-installed 2 x Blue 15 LED Light Fans

Pros: -DIYPC really stepping their game up recently with value! -Plenty of room -Looks like a more expensive case

Cons: -The front fan is covered by a (removable) plastic plate, so airflow is iffy with the plate still on. Without the plate your PC may gather a little more dust.

Overall Review: -Got this case on sale with free shipping for under thirty bucks, not bad!