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My Current Setup & My Slow Laptop

by ActuallyImJerome

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April 13, 2016

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Hello everyone

After seeing Rolfejc's completed build talking about his school laptop, I thought i could actually make one talking about my current setup & peripherals, and the situation I'm in trying to get myself a budget to build a PC. So if a staff member could approve this to public view, it would be awesome!! :)

About me & History of this laptop

My name is Jerome. I was born twelve years ago at Montreal, in Canada. I was never really interested into gaming or electronics until I was four or five. I was going to my babysitter's home for an afternoon, and I saw her with her brother, holding a remote, with bowling on their TV. I realized that they were actually controlling the characters on the TV. They then explained to me that it was a video game console called a "Wii" and that they were playing "Wii Sports". When I got back home, I immediately told my parents about the console. Of course, they did not buy it to me right away, but on Christmas, when I was 6, my parents have bought me a Wii. I just couldn't wait to try it (couldn't try it because I was at my grandparents home). I have been playing Wii and Nintendo DS games (yes I also had a DS) until one day, in 2012, when I was nine, I went to visit my cousin and he showed me this game on his XBox called Minecraft. I loved how the game worked (get materials, build, explore. etc) so I asked my parents to buy it to me. Of course, they would not buy it right away, but on christmas this year, they installed minecraft on my crappy 100$ laptop they had bought me a few months ago. I had a really hard time playing the game (ran at 0-20 fps) so a year later, my mom bought me this laptop that I'm talking about in this thread: an Asus x550CA. The reason why I got this laptop is because I've head on youtube that minecraft ran faster the more ram you have (I knew nothing about cpus and gpus), so I got the laptop with the most ram possible. At first, I was pretty impressed at how well it could handle minecraft (eh, pretty great upgrade; from a 1core 1.2ghz atom cpu with 1gb ddr2 to a dual core pentium cpu 1.8ghz with 8gb ddr3). I've been using this pc as my daily computer since 2013.

Why this laptop isn't sufficient anymore & how I found out about PC Building

This laptop has been okay for me for quite a while, but I want to do more than some low-low-low range gaming (TF2/Minecraft low 768p/1080p). It started when I went going around installing mods and shaderpacks in Minecraft. I then made a thread on a Minecraft forum talking about my issue that it couldn't handle shading very well, and then I got explained about CPUs and GPUs, so I asked about how to get cheap gaming PCs. I was told multiple times about PC building with a link to PCPartPicker, so I decided to check it out. I was at first doing some random part lists with my friend telling me how each part worked and recommending parts for me, but I didn't like the idea of PC building at first, so I focused on iron-side computers to actually buy myself a new PC for quite a while until I realized their prices were unbelievably high (no offence to whoever likes ironside) and that building a PC would be a very fun experience, so I created an account on PCPartPicker and I started doing serious part lists. I got more and more knowledge over the time by watching videos, reading reviews and getting tips from people on PCPP and people on the linustechtips forums, and I've started actually trying to get myself a budget (which is not easy)

Why I got expensive peripherals + What I plan to do

Alright, now you may ask me why I got so expensive rgb gamer gear when I could've put more cash in my budget instead. The reason if I've gotten my eyes on this gear for quite a while on best buy and I actually asked to get it on my birthday (I got the Toshiba external HDD, the Logitech g502 and g910 and the VN247H-P on my birthday) so the only thing I really paid is the Corsair headset and the M325 mouse (which I got with a walmart gift card a few years ago). Now what do I plan on doing with my so-called budget that I try so hard to get? That will be to determine, but here's what I plan to do. I will build a PC that is VR-capable, because I am very intrigued into VR. That means I will get (minimum) a 3.3+ghz i5 with a R9390 or GTX970. I will then buy an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive. I will after that buy a new headset (read review) and a decent chair. Also, that doesn't fit in the budget, but I will move my setup away from my room because I am getting real tired of having too little space to put my peripherals.

Todo list:

  • Get a vr-ready machine

  • Get a vr headset

  • Get better headset

  • Move away from room

  • Get new chair

  • Get speakers

  • Get more displays

  • Upgrade PC


Even though I really dislike how slow my laptop is, I can't complain because it does the job at games like TF2 or minecraft. However I can't hide that I just cannot wait to get myself a new PC.

Thanks for your time reading this thread I wasted 2 hours to make.

P.S. I will add pictures of the leds in the dark once the sun sets :)))

Part Reviews

Memory

Pretty much the only great thing about this laptop. 8GB of DDR3 is pretty decent for a horrible laptop like this. The only downfall is that I would need more than 8gb with what I do (don't ask why xD). But yeah, it works well, I had to pop it out and back in once in my laptop's life because of repetitive crashes, but otherwise it runs very well.

Storage

Ughhhh.

This is horrible. Literally 40MB read/write speeds. Now you may think that because of that, it will run pretty quiet, right? Well nope! It runs very loud, even at idle. :(( I really want to upgrade this to an SSD. Also, DO NOT INSTALL AN OS ON THIS!! It takes literally 5 minutes to bootup.

Optical Drive

Does the job. Just like my hdd, it runs really slow and loud (and by loud, I mean really loud). And by really loud, I mean even worse than my hdd).

Operating System

Why does windows have to be the leading os?? Privacy issues, performance issues, expensive and unstable.

Monitor

If I could do this, I'd give this monitor 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is an awesome monitor. Awesome refresh rates, feels very responsive. However, this is next level fragile, I have a few dead pixels by moving it. Also, the included monitor stand is HORRIBLE!! You can't raise it to the level you want it to be to, and it just shakes every time something happens.

Keyboard

This is a very good-looking keyboard. Fingerprints don't appear, and if they do, they can we washed easily. The LED lightning looks very good, although, I prefer the BlackWindow chroma's lightning. Macros customization is easy. The software is easy to use, can be cutomised in many ways. Comes with a game mode button that lets you disable some keys while gaming (the windows keys by default). In the lightning, you can do freestyle (put a different color to every key), zones (exactly like freestyle, but using custom zones that you can change names), commands (shows active keys while gaming) and effects, which include single color, breathing, star effect, color cycle, rainbow and key pressing. The marco customization options are virtually unlimited. You can put whatever you want, from a single key to the entire dictionary: it will appear on your screen. Feels very good while gaming. The Romer-G switches are the best part of this keyboard. I have never seen switches as good as romer-g: it isn't too clicky, it isn't too hard to press; they're perfect. Oh, and it also has a sound wheel that lets you edit the sound of your computer. And in the box, you have a bigger wrist rest. However, the software can be buggy. Sometimes, it doesn't work when I put my windows toolbar on top? You also can't do custom lightning effects like you can in the K70 and the blackwindow chroma except if you download another program which is very hard to use (you must know how to program in c++, and even if you know how, I doubt anyone would use it anyway). The plate that you use to put your hands on is very peculiar; it only has space on the left side. On the right side, it is nothing. Even the bigger plate is like that, which I know will be annoying for some people. Also, the keycaps. Oh boy the keycaps are they horrible. You know the sorta holes that are used to put your fingers in? Yeah, the g910 has those, but the thing is they are horrible. Horrible. You will always accidentally hit another key you didn't want to hit, and ugh, for typing, the keycaps litteraly hurt your fingers. Why? They have very rough edges, and if you dont fit your finger exactly in the hole, you accidently hit the other key. Oh, and this keyboard is impossible to clean.

This is overall a very good keyboard. But, this is meant for gaming, not typing. Logitech could've made this keyboard a lot better.

Mouse

This mouse is amazing!!! Of course this isn't meant for gaming at all (has a hard time registering clicks while jitterclicking and there is little to no customization) however this is very useful when I decide that I want to have a wireless mouse.

Mouse

Ahh, this is called by many the world's best gaming mouse, and I have to agree with this. It registers clicks perfectly. It looks awesome and it has little to no holes. It has a lot of buttons, but it's really hard to accidentally click them. It is very ergonomic & confortable (almost as good as the mx master. The cable is very robust. The scroll wheel is awesome, I love how you have two settings for it. It took a while for me to get used to it, but it truly is great. The only downfall to this is that the rgb version released a few months after I got mine, which is crap :(

Headphones

Mediocre sound quality, but they are very confortable and I like how cheap they are. Very satisfied. I use those when I don't want to put on my huge and hot headset.

Edit: The left side broke after two years, but I'll be keeping four stars because of how cheap they are lol.

Headphones

The design is amazing, it looks awesome. When you put those on, you can't hear anything around you. It works. BUT, don't get fooled by the looks! It is really expensive for what it actually is. The channels are only 2.0, which means it doesn't have any surround sound. The sound quality is mediocre. It doesn't sound better than bad apple earbuds, which really disappointed me. It also feels very fragile, it basically feels like plastic and scotch tape. Also the microphone is HORRIBLE. When doing a skype call, my friends can hear me talk, but there is a huge static noise that sounds like a 70s tv, so I always have to turn my mic halfway down in order for the loud static to go away. And it's not my computer's problem, any other mic works very well. And it's not a customer-produced damage as they came like that. Also, the on/off and sound controlling button as bad, they feel very cheap. At least they work, I guess? Oh. And did I mention they do not let your ears breathe at all, which makes it really hot? x_x

This is my first corsair headset, and it will be my last. At the same price of 50-60$ CAD you can get some very better headsets. The Logitech G430 Headset is like 50 million times better than this and it's sold at 60$ on some websites. The Rosewill RHTS-8206 headset is 51$ on newegg canada and it's still better than the hs30. I do not recommend buying the Corsair HS30.

Edit: The right side broke. They are now mono. These headphones are definitely a piece of **** xD

External Storage

Not the fastest storage out there, but I like how sturdy and small it is! Another con is that is uses usb3 for connection, which is bad for older pcs, but it actually works with 2.0.

Food

Won't overclock.

Comments Sorted by:

Gooberdad 10 Builds 5 points 34 months ago

Good deal. This is your pc. Be proud. Gooberdad thumbs up. I can't upvote at this time as pcpartpicker has my voting turned off.

I feel your pain. I too am trying to game a little on my older laptop.

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks gooberdad! :))

But yeah, gaming is not an issue right now as I love tf2 and it runs smooth on this laptop, what's **** tho is that I can't go and buy other games I want like gtav :(.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Yours must outperform my little AMD cpu. I have trouble with TF2.

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

May I ask what AMD CPU you have?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

A10 5745m 2.10ghz.

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Benchmarks say they're pretty similar. I play tf2 on low at 768p and i get 30-40fps, but that does the job for me.

Growliff1234 1 point 34 months ago

Can you explain the reason you can't upvote or is that a top secret file ?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

In short i pissed of Phillip

Edit : In short I pissed off Phillip.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Obviously not enough to get banned.

Growliff1234 2 points 34 months ago

Eh sometimes I see them as overreacting but I guess that they get fed up. After they banned that guy got banned for talking bad about the CX series of PSU's (Can't remember who now) and they muted him I've been walking the line. I just don't understand why they attacked people for going after the CX series and nothing else ? Staff is probably watching, no disrespect meant but is there an actual reason behind that ?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Well the problem with people not recommending a psu is not as bad as bashing the crap out of the psu. I have two CX series that have served for years, but they are not on machines that push the wattage or temperature limits that some testing has shown the issues of a tested CX750. My daughter's CX750 hasn't given any issues. My son's CX550?(I'd have to check the build) hasn't given any issues either.

On the other question, I can't answer that with anything useful. I do know you don't have to be afraid of typing out what you think here. These guys aren't tyrants. You have to get under their skin to get a reaction. I hit a hot spot and got in trouble. I was also commenting with the website creator when I did it. Do I agree with their decision? Well hell no. It is ultimately Phillip's website of which I am a guest. So kind of like family visiting during a holiday. If they get too rowdy, they have to go. You know "My house. My rules." kind of a thing.

So I'm back to don't be scared to type what you think even when it goes against the flow. A difference of opinion or opposing argument is what brings out the best decisions. At the very least it solidifies where you stand and why.

Damn I'm on a soap box. Hear ye hear ye. Gooberdad out.

johngerges582 1 point 34 months ago

I just don't understand why they attacked people for going after the CX series and nothing else ?

I"m no staff member, but I can probably tell you why.

It's when people go around spreading false info and claim it as fact.

I have 100% faith in Philip and the other staff members. This is their site so technically they can do whatever they want. While from an outside perspective it may seem that they swing that ban hammer in a very capricious way, but that isn't the case.

Growliff1234 1 point 34 months ago

I have 100% faith in Philip and the other staff members. This is their site so technically they can do whatever they want.

I agree, but it was kind of odd to me how other people bash the crap out of AMD and other PSU's but nothing is said about it. I don't know

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Your voting is turned off?

Why?

EDIT: nvm I read the comments

Caminon 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

You have some awesome peripherals. Loving the G910 and G502. I'm in a similar, yet less dire situation in which my peripherals are pure badassery but my PC that I currently have is only really good for running games, specifically low-spec ones. I want to get into video editing, and there's no way on earth my hyperthreaded i3 can get the job done. I'm curious as to what you'll build for your new system!

My desires for a new system are rather ambitious, here's my main motivation to get a job: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Caminon/saved/sYm6Mp Beyond the fact that it is completely overkill, I still want to build it anyway. I honestly don't recommend you shoot for something of this scale, but still something decent.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

That saved build is a powerhouse.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Can't wait to see what you build.

Redglitch 2 points 34 months ago

Ayyyyyyyyy i'm from Montreal Qc too man!

yunggamer03 2 points 34 months ago

On the same boat as you bro, pretty young as well. I've been trying to convince my parents to let me buy parts cause I always have to share this MacBook Pro (2011) with my sister. I can only really run minecraft at 100 frames if my window is minimized. I can't even full screen cause the "graphics" in it is outdated. This thing is also hella loud. Good luck on your build and can't wait to see what you do :)

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

thanks ! :))

also a macbook pro is pretty decent compared to this laptop.

correct me if I'm wrong, but a macbook pro has an i5 with intel hd 4400?

yunggamer03 2 points 34 months ago

Well, a dual core processor with 1.2 ghz? Yeah, and did I forget to say that my dad bought it off craigslist so I can't update it in any way. R.i.p but it can run 720p without stuttering at least

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PCIntake 2 points 34 months ago

Ayy another Corsair Raptor headset, just like mine. Except mine's the 40 version. Sometime in the future I'd like to upgrade to a wireless Corsair VOID RGB headset, the cable on my headset often rubs on my clothes and makes distracting noise, and it makes cable management in my setup harder. Still, it's a great headset, quality sound for the price. +1 On your build

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

If only Portable Picker had a place to post builds/setups such as this :P

Glad you posted it man, I enjoyed the read. +1

Really hope you muster up the money for your build, and you never know what crowd funding can accomplish haha :P Just kidding but not really.

tadtheman28 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Did you build this laptop?

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

No

tadtheman28 2 Builds -3 points 34 months ago

Not trying to be mean or anything but... this section is for builds not pre-built laptops. That really is kinda one of the main points of PC part picker.

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I agree but this is mostly to show off my setup, which I believe setups actually counts a lot in this section.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

And you have upgraded this unit, therefore you have modified it and made it an original AIJ edition.

Build accomplished.

Edit: oops. I miss read the description. I thought you hadid upgraded the ram. My bad.

Gojirha 0 points 34 months ago

I've never gone so far as to put together a laptop before. But you, you've done it man. +1

ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

m8 this isn't a laptop custom build lol this is a prebuilt laptop i've written a thread about xD

Gojirha 1 point 34 months ago

You're being modest young man! I know you overclocked the ram with your own two hands.

UnicornWarriorrr 1 point 34 months ago

Lmfao

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ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks! Lol and also I will indeed wait for pascal because I probs won't even have my budget in two months.

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ActuallyImJerome submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Problem is that there are not that much decent sources of cash when youre 12 years old :PPPP

But I'll just be patient. :)

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