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  1. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    For me, it was never worth a DIY PC if you were going to be happy with a sub-$1000 Dell/Acer/HP etc. The savings only came in the over $1000 builds, not just in GPU selection (as Sam said) but in quality of components like motherboard selection. Pre-builts tended to use the lowest common...
  2. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I was in exactly the same place, Patrick! I guess we're both old farts. :laugh: For the record, this is a fantastic resource: https://techbuyersguru.com/tbg-pc-build-comparison-page Not only for building a PC, but if you look at the some of the builds, the top option will be a pre-built with...
  3. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Sure. But I got confused because 1) I only have NVMe on a Windows desktop, not a laptop, and 2) my original point about Windows closing the gap was the quick way it booted up from a cold start, versus the minutes-long ordeal that my old work PC on W7 took. I really hadn't ever had experience...
  4. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I never put my machines to sleep if I can avoid it. I'm trying to be as eco-friendly as possible and with the super fast bootup time, I don't mind waiting the 11 seconds for my desktop at home to boot up. It's better than leaving it on sleep all day.
  5. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Yes if control over parts is important, the Mac platform won’t accommodate that. It’s part of the reason I built my PCs years ago. I was willing to give up hardware control in 2006 because the MacOS was really starting to hit its stride and Windows was in a bad place then. But with Win10 MS...
  6. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    So I've now been full-bore into my Windows 10 machine and have been growing to...dare I say...really like the experience? I even put in a new Samsung 500GB 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD, which I just benchmarked to have 3400 MBps read speed and 2400 MBps write speed (sequential). It reduced my bootup...
  7. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    A lot of gaming PCs don't include an optical drive, and many cases today don't even have a spot for it. That's because most games are now downloaded versus available on-disc. And also these gaming PC cases are trying to optimize airflow to keep CPUs and GPUs cool (especially if they're...
  8. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I built PCs for myself and others in the late 90s through mid-00s, and I still found a significant price savings...but only for higher end gaming builds. If you were just trying to build a productivity/office PC, you definitely saved very little. And of course having control of the parts you put...
  9. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    21" iMac I'm tempted to say no. I mean it would be really low settings and pretty low framerate, because the base version has an integrated GPU. Even the higher level 21" iMac with the Radeon 560 4GB would not be considered good for games, but will be a marked improvement over the iGPU base...
  10. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Good to know! My advice is, if you want a good Mac because you do a lot of Mac type stuff, and want to game, then yes get the iMac top build. But if you want a primarily gaming machine, especially FPS at maxed out settings, then save money and build your own (or buy a similar one to the one I did).
  11. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    So that's a bit of a tricky question. First, when you say the config is pretty good, I'm assuming you're talking about a maxed out iMac Pro or a Mac Pro, right? Because the iMacs and MBPs run mobile versions of the graphics card and are not "pretty good" in terms of PC gaming. Second, even...
  12. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I think I've gotten to an interesting space in my Win v. Apple tech. I think for mobile computing, I will for the foreseeable future stick with Apple's laptops. They powerful, slim, very well built, and run what they're supposed to run very well. And it pairs really nicely with my iPhones and...
  13. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Well it's an interesting set of trade-offs. They're using the locked 8700 vs. the K variant so you're losing 500MHz speed on the 6-core processor. But using the M.2 SSD is cool, and slightly higher speed RAM (though 2400 vs 2666 is really not going to be a measurable difference, you'd need to go...
  14. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    For sure. I know at $399 you're going to get a compromised monitor. That ASUS costs more than my entire PC setup! I was just happy for basically $2K I was able to get a pretty good 4K gaming machine and monitor.
  15. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    What's interesting is this is one site I was using to spec out parts: https://techbuyersguru.com/1500-high-end-gaming-pc-build I have a better CPU and a comparable card, but that has the M.2 SSD. And was within $100 of it.
  16. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Some sample pics, as promised Pretty clean build. The SSD is at the bottom. I presume the traditional HDD is on the other side of the mobo-mount, strapped vertically to the case. LED has a remote to change/cycle colors and intensity, or be shut off completely. Cool LED keyboard. Tons of...
  17. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    It supports Freesync and not Gsync, but to be honest I'm not going to be so into gaming that it's a showstopper. And XB1X supports Freesync so there's that. Two: yes it's not "true" HDR (I think that's, what 1000 nits?), but again I don't really care because I run my monitors pretty low light...
  18. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Sorry @Sam Posten I was on mobile. Now I'm on my laptop. It's the LG 27UK600-W. I have both my XB1X and now my PC hooked up to it. But I'm tempted to get a second one...if I only had the desk space. :D
  19. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I have the link in my post. I can’t remember the exact model number. LG 27” 4K with HDR.
  20. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I honestly couldn't believe the price. Yes I know IBP is not paying Newegg/Amazon prices for their individual components directly from ASUS, Intel, ASRock, etc. But whereas the previous price premium was a 25% or higher markup for pre-built vs. DIY, this was seriously within $50 of the DIY...
  21. Carlo Medina

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    In 2006, when Apple switched to Intel CPUs, I began my move to the Apple ecosystem. Several Macbook Pros and iPhones later, I'm still neck deep in it. However I wanted a desktop PC. The current crop of Mac desktops are aging, and honestly, I wanted to see if I could try my hand at PC gaming...
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