Building Your Own PC – Inspiration

This post will cover some inspiration images that will (hopefully) get you off the ground and building your own desktop.

Gaming PC Build

Yes, you can build your own gaming computer (that runs 2015 games just fine; and will most likely run 2016 games even in medium settings) for just under $500. That is a sweet price to pay for something that plays games well.

Building your own computer

Lighted up interiors are stunning in terms of visuals when you are building your computer.

PC parts

Completed self built computer

The above pictures are cool simply because you can turn the first image of the two, into the second image, just through work and research. Basically, take all those PC parts and hardware (the separate CPUs, cooling systems, graphics cards, hard drives, and everything else), put it in a sleek-looking case like the second picture, install a great water-cooling system, and theme it as desired, and you have a pimping new machine that can run your games just fine.

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Building Your Own Computing Setup

Here is a short video (actually part 3 of the video I last showed you guys) that sums up building a gaming setup. It actually goes over things that you need to know, even if you are not building a computer simply for video games. Things like efficiency in hardware parts (like CPU, cooling system, etc) and how and why they work.

Give the video a watch and if you have questions, you can go over to the creator of the video (not me) or you can comment or message me instead. I am willing to help anyone that is giving this awesome hobby a try. Let me know!

Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop?

This post is for those that read my “gaming laptop” post and asked me some questions through email. They still had questions with if a laptop with gaming capabilities was a good choice for them. Obviously, that is still your decision to make. No one is going to tell you what is right and what is wrong. But I did state my opinion on them (overall consensus; if you can purchase a full gaming setup, then go for that).

Here is a video that backs up what I was saying. Watch it and see what choice you want to make. Both sides have their pros and both have their negative aspects. Your job as a consumer is to choose what is right for your situation, what you can afford , and what you need.

NVIDIA G-Sync Monitor – Throwback to 2014

This is an ode to 2014, the year where I personally believe 4K resolution monitors and displays really took off. It was back then when all this stuff seemed new, and obviously when everything was very expensive (displays are still extremely expensive, especially to the average consumer like me).

I am throwing it back to 2014, when the NVIDIA G-Sync lifted off. Check out this video from Linus Tech.

Some resolutions

Resolutions - 4k and 1080p

The above is a brief overview of how the different resolutions compare with one another. Obviously, the more dense your pixels are, the more beautiful your screen and the displays within the screen get. Ultra HD 4k is the best, with the most pixels per inch, and is also the largest of them all. Everything will seem extra clear for you.

Metro Last Light 4k

Check out that awesome picture above, displaying Metro Last Light in both 4k and the standard 1080p (which is considered Full HD. It may seem subtle to all, but this zoomed in picture shows just how beautiful 4K really is. It makes a large improvement over already good graphics.

My Opinion on Gaming Laptops – Good Idea?

Are gaming laptops a good idea? Would they suit me if I am looking for something on a budget? I really like laptops and love the portability they offer, but I still really want to play games. Am I able to do that?

The above are just some questions I have received over the past few weeks so finally here is the blog post I have offered you guys. This is my opinion on gaming laptops. Are they worth it? Should you get one? Let’s read on.

So back in 2010 I owned a gaming laptop. It was fairly expensive, clocking in at the register for just a little over $1,000 including tax. I was in the same boat as the majority of you reading this article: I wanted the portability of a laptop and the comfort it brings, combined with the power of a desktop, but I also did not want to spend that much. At $1,000 I was breaking the bank (at the time) since it was quite expensive for me. I could have bought something cheaper but decided with the laptop that I should not go cheap.

Anyway, this laptop served me well. I ran awesome video games that came out that year and the year after. However, it was 2012 when I really hit a bottleneck. That was the year amazing video games came out like Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, and Max Payne 3 (all stunning looking games, even to this day). Of course, my 2 year old laptop at the time was able to run it. But I started to notice I was unable to run those games at high settings anymore. I was beginning to tone down the video settings to just around medium. 2013 came around and it kept getting lower.Far Cry 3, Gaming Laptops

The issue with gaming laptops is that you are not able to change out your hardware parts; which is a huge thing in terms of PC gaming. You need the customizability. You need to be able to change parts out to keep the whole system running efficiently and have you the ability to play the best games at settings you prefer. With gaming laptops, you are taking that away.

Because all the hardware is in a closed case (dare I say “limited” case, since you can actually open it, but not fully to where you are able to customize parts), especially if the manufacturer went for portability in the device rather than power, you cannot upgrade any hardware. Some laptops offer the ability to change out a CPU or a graphics card here and there, but those become costly just for the sheer ability to upgrade.

Now, if you are on a budget and seriously need a laptop (perhaps you are a college student or something similar), then by all means go for a laptop. I would not push it, though, with your expectations. In my experience, I can make a rough estimation that around $500 worth of a laptop would equate to $600-$700 in value and power of a gaming desktop. That is some power, considering you are able to purchase desktops with i5 processors and decent graphics in them in the whole package.

If, however, you do not necessarily have a budget and are still interested in getting a gaming laptop, I can’t stop you. It is a pretty good idea if you have the money. Again, the choice lays with you. Do you want the portability and accessibility of having a laptop that can also run games? Do you care that in a few years, the games will eventually outdate the power of the laptop and you would have to sell/purchase a brand new laptop to have the same kind of power? Then go for it.

Those are just my opinions. I personally still have my laptop from a few years ago, but I do use my gaming desktop to play PC games (for an updated and useful list of gaming desktops that are under a decent budget, visit this post from Mysteryblock Reviews). That is all for now, but stay tuned. Ask away in the comments below or send me an email; I will be willing to answer some of your questions.

iMac 4k and 5k Displays

My goodness are these desktops getting better and better. A few days (maybe a week ago), I posted my first impression of the new Apple 2015 iMac computer (with 4K display) t hat I purchased. I mentioned how solid it was and how much of a time I got out of it just from a few days of using.

Here is a simple unboxing video for those interested in actually purchasing it. I got a few messages regarding if they should purchase, and I just replied with a link to my post. Just give that a read guys, my impressions are all over it.