@gin-san Oh I wasn't actually recommending one. A 2TB NVME should do you nicely, I just gave that as an example that games don't really care about slower storage at all. In my tower my boot drive is a 1 TB NVME and my games are stored on a 1tb magnetic drive, but it's getting full and I had to actually delete some stuff at the last flight sim update so it probably needs an upgrade.
@rallydarkstrike It should be fine, not much thermal mass. And snip the plastic away from the pin rather than the pin to keep the length intact.
Well, tried to solder some pins to the board today and....nope. I guess my irons are just too weedy. I got ONE pin in, but no matter what I could not get the other 5. 😞
Going to see if maybe I could find somebody local that could do it for me. There is an electronics shop I asked that I know is capable of it and he quoted me $93! It would take him like....10 minutes! I know it's a specialized skill, but that seems like a bit much to me...
@ddad there's two whole inches of clearance for cords underneath, but if that's not enough you can buy right angle adapters (or in the case of the DP a right angle cord) for pretty much any cord so there's no strain on them.
The case is still quite spacious, with plenty of cooling for a gaming rig. There's mounts for four 120mm fans and two 90mm, and the clearance on the back is large enough for an AIO.
The one downside to the orientation is that your wifi card antennas won't work under the machine but you can buy external antennas.
@rallydarkstrike The problem with parts was that a whole new screen isn't worth it for a laptop this old (would be something like $150 shipped from what I saw), and I feel like if I just tried to move the glass/digitizer/screen to a new shell, I would probably end up needing a new screen anyway since I'd surely break something trying to pry the glass off.
@facw My desktop PC is still running an i7-3770 @3.4Ghz Ivy Bridge...yes, I know it's old, but with 16GB of RAM and a 256 SSD OS Drive / 1TB HDD Data Drive upgrade, it still boots up in ~20 seconds and programs pretty much open instantly short of games
No, it can't do as much current gaming as it used to (I'd need a video card upgrade for that), but it can still do a lot of gaming which is it's primary use, I still do video editing on it and it's still overkill for most people's daily use...there are a lot of computers out there like it that are suddenly going to cut off from Win11 despite being PERFECTLY capable of most people's daily 'basic' use and even far more despite the fact Win11 isn't really any different to 10 in terms of capability and function aside from the security changes... 😞
@hammerheadfistpunch It could do basic games like Minecraft no problem or basic arena shooters like Fortnite, CS: Go or Splitgate, but nothing super fancy. I'd say you could sell it for a little bit as somebody could make some use for it!
It's worse than my current card though, so nothing I would need 🙂
@vincentmalamute I finally recycled both my p180 and p182 last summer when I moved. In hindsight it would have been pretty useful to keep the P182 at least, not for the case itself, but for the components inside, pretty much all of which I've needed for troubleshoot, and of course was suddenly lacking.
The P182 was an excellent case though, aside from being gigantic.
@facw That was an issue I just ran into tonight trying to do a rescue clone with Clonezilla of a dying Macbook Pro hard drive....tried using the --rescue command and it failed too 😞
I forget what gen my desktop's i7 is, but I know it's a fairly old one (Ivy bridge I think...). It's a quad-core 3.4Ghz, so still quite capable, but older, yeah. My mobo is an older, but decent one too...Sabertooth Z77. But no TPM support 😕
@jminer Yeah, my application is especially bad because I've got a giant-ass cooler right next to it, but I can assure you I slipped a lot trying to get the latch. Fortunately I used a plastic trim tool so there was much less chance of damaging the board with a slip, though I was still worried that the wrong slip could pry off a surface mount component or something.
@hammerheadfistpunch Same here. The contents just aren't valuable enough to justify the cost of a professional extraction. And I don't think my hands would be steady enough to take on that kind of micro-soldering. I'm intrigued by these spider boards though.
@essextee I am pretty sure my next build will be a Lian Li 011 Dynamic. You can top, bottom or side mount radiators/fans, get front IO and get space behind the motherboard for a power supply and cable management. Lots of options for watercooling too if thats a route you want to explore.
I know what I want -- rendering LEGO projects with Stud.io as well as eye-candy 1080p gaming on Trackmania, NFS, Call of Duty and CS:GO + Valorant, nothing more.
The problem is that so far, I don't trust the M1 that much with gaming (even if I can just download Asphalt 8 and wean off of that for now), and Stud.io hasn't got stable support on that SoC just yet. This means I really probably should wait until others figure stuff out AND also the next-gen chip (or an M1X in a bigger iMac, which is tantalizing). Some crossroad.
Caution is always a good thing. Although there is every reason to believe the M1 chip will be fantastic for gaming, it can't have been fully tested yet in the real world. I'd probably bite the bullet, but if you still want an Intel iMac, I believe they have a high end one for sale.