As in the “about me” thread, I did mention that I am very much an intense follower of computer hardware and that kind-of-thing. Therefore, I like my bang-for-the-buck builds.
It might be frowned upon, especially for being a self-proclaimed (i guess) beginner-level enthusiast, but I use a prebuilt as my daily driver, a laptop.
I need a laptop because I travel a lot and a portable setup is necessary, so the specs for it are below.
- Processor: Intel Core i5-8300h (Not a shitty u version, has all of the power, 4 cores, 8 threads, etc.)
- RAM: 8GB DDR4 2666Mhz. This is a decent amount of ram, especially for the speed, but I will be looking for a 16GB upgrade by the end of 2019.
- Storage: 1TB 7200RPM 2.5" drive. I plan to add a 512GB NVMe SSD (as this laptop supports NVMe) before the end of the year as well.
- GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. For the price, it is even surprising that I could even think of having this thing.
- Display: 15" 1080p IPS integrated, 21" Dell 1080p IPS panel or 24" Acer 1080p IPS panel (depending on my location)
Of course, since this is a laptop, there is nothing fancy such as a motherboard or cooler or anything like that. It’s OEM. My laptop is the HP Pavilion 15 cx0056wm. My peripherals are a Logitech G403 mouse and a HyperX Alloy FPS with Brown switches.
My old desktop has the following:
- Processor: Intel Pentium G4560 ($45 on eBay when it was like 100 bucks) - It’s bad now with only 4 threads, but was fine when I built it.
- RAM: 8GB Samsung OEM 2133MHz DDR4 (it was only $50 when ram was expensive)
- Storage: $750 SeaGate Enterprise Drive ($15 on eBay)
- Motherboard: MSI H110M Gaming ($35 on eBay open box) - Decent board, originally supported Skylake, but could support Kaby Lake with an update (luckily mine was updated by the seller before it was sold).
- GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti: Still a decent card today, especially if you are on the lower end of the budget side and you want something used. My model was from ASUS and was pretty decent.
Obviously, my laptop blows away the old desktop, but I have plans for it in the future.