If you’re planning on getting a gaming PC, please read this.

Consider building it yourself, or hiring someone else to do it. It’s not as challenging as a lot of people think it is. If you don’t feel like you can handle the responsibility, consider hiring someone local. You will save hundreds of dollars, probably $200 to $300.

If you end up buying a pre-built, do NOT buy Alienware. It’s trash. It’s marked up to disgusting prices and the hardware selection is God awful. Which moves me into my next point.

When you’re looking at PC’s or hardware, don’t go for the i7. Is an i7 a good processor? Absolutely. Does that mean its best for a gaming PC? No. The most important part of a PC that you will be using primarily for gaming (and of course other mundane stuff like work/school and the internet) is the graphics card. GPU GPU GPU, not CPU. All of these pre-built’s use i7′s because they’re known as “EXTREMELY EXTREME i7 FOR EXTREME GAMING FOR EXTREME GAMERS”, when that’s not true. Does that mean get a shitty processor? Of course not. Save $100 on a processor and get an i5, and spend the $100 on a better graphics card. An i5 will perform almost identically to an i7 (When it comes to video games, VFX and rendering is a different story), and an extra $100 on your graphics card will be a HUGE help when running demanding games.

I’m so tired of these big companies like Dell and ASUS making these PC’s with an i7 and people buying it thinking its the best gaming PC for the price. My friend just got an ASUS ROG G20 for $1200. It’s not worth the money for the performance you’ll be getting.

Submitted by @jpcresho:

Cpu - i5 4670k @ 4.4ghz

Gpu - MSI Gtx 970 OC’d 100 million edition

RAM - 32 GB Corsair Vengeance 

PSU - Corsair CX750 

CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212 Evo

Motherboard - Asus ROG Maximus Hero VI

Case - Corsair Carbide Series 300R

250 Crucial SSD

1TB Western Digital HD

Logitech G110 Keyboard 

Madcatz RATT 3 gaming mouse 

Acer 24" 1080p LED monitor

Laptop choosing guide for students!

I know it can be overwhelming to try and pick one laptop from the sea of choices you have, so here’s a guide to make it a little easier!


This is the bare minimum you want to have in your laptop so it doesn’t die halfway through a semester:

Memory: 4GB 

Storage: 500GB HDD

Processor: Intel i3

Display: 1366x786

Screen size: 13.5″

Good for: Surfing, playing videos, typing, data storage. Just a decent consumer laptop will last a few years.

Price point: $250-$500

Examples: ASUS chromebook, Intel premium, HP 15


These are a good idea if you only plan to use your laptop for light notetaking, or if you need a backpack-friendly machine to supplement your bigger one at home. These usually tend to run smaller, and heat up more easily.

$375 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

  • Intel Core i5 processor, 4gb ram, 128gb SSD, HD 5000 graphics
  • 720p touchscreen display, 3.5 lbs, 11 hr battery life
  • Heats up easily, but good thinkpad build

$550 Asus Zenbook

  • Intel i3 processor, 8GB of ram, 256 GB SSD, HD 515 graphics
  • 1080p IPS touchscreen, 3.0 lbs, 12 hr battery life
  • Generally good laptop, value for money

$700 - Asus Zenbook UX330

  • Kaby lake i5 processor, 8GB of ram, 256GB SSD, HD 520 graphics
  • 1080p IPS display, 2.6lbs, 12 hour battery
  • Sleek, scratch resistant body

$1000 - Microsoft Surface Book

  • Skylake i5 processor, 8GB of ram, 128GB SSD, Intel HD 520 graphics
  • 4K IPS display, 3.5lbs, up to 16 hours battery life
  • Arguably one of the better 2-in-1s on the market, great build quality and battery life.

$1400 - 2017 Macbook Pro 13" - 13.3"

  • Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris plus 640 graphics
  • 1440p IPS retina display, 3.0 lbs, 10 hr battery
  • Good build, trackpad, and battery life. I mean it’s a Macbook xD

$1700 - ASUS UX490 - 14”

  • Specs include Intel Kaby lake i7 processor, 16GB ram, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics
  • 1080p IPS display, 2.4 lbs, 9 hour battery life
  • Comes with a finger print scanner, has a spill proof keyboard, and is virtually indestructible


$350 - Acer E15 - 15.6’’

  • Kaby Lake i3 processor, 4gb of ram, 1TB HDD, HD 620 graphics
  • 1080p display (TN), 5.3 lbs, 12 hr advertised battery
  • Works for light gaming, can handle DOTA/WoW, but the fan will go crazy

$710 - Dell Inspiron 7567 - 15.6’’

  • Core i5-6300HQ processor, 8GB of ram, 256gb SSD, GTX 960M
  • 1080p IPS display, 5.7 lbs, 10 hour battery life
  • Again, prone to overheating but has up gradable RAM to help with the speed

$870 - Asus FX502VM - 15.6’’

  • Quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 16gb of ram, 1TB HDD, GTX 1060 dGPU
  • 1080p TN display, 4.9 lbs, 5 hr battery life
  • Bad TN display, but otherwise incredible at given price point. Upgradable to IPS

$1050 - Acer Predator Helios 300 - 15.6"

  • Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ processor, 16gb ram, 256gb SSD, GTX 1060 dGPU
  • 1080p IPS display, 5.6 lbs, 6 hr advertised battery life
  • Great value for money

$2500 - Alienware AW17Rr - 17.3’’

  • Kaby Lake i7-7820HK processor, 32gb ram, 256gb SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1080
  • 120Hz 1440p IPS display, 9.7 lbs, 3 hour battery life
  • Amazing display, great CPU/GPU build quality

$4000 - Razer Blade Pro - 17.3’’

  • Specs include Quad core i7-7820 HQ processor, 32gb ram, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 dGPU
  • 4k IPS display, 7.7 lbs, 3 hr advertised battery life
  • Extremely well reviewed, extremely high end gaming laptop. Very sleek, very powerful

I hope this helped. If you’d like a more specific recommendation then fill out the following form, and I’ll try to help:

  1. Budget
  2. 2-in-1?
  3. Battery life?
  4. How important is portability/weight?
  5. Gaming? Video editing?
  6. Any other specs you’d be willing to pay extra for?

It’s actually probably a little late for this because most people have already bought their laptops.  But hey you know what I’m gonna do this anyway.  

I was lucky when I bought my laptop.  My dad was big into Microsoft and taught me to be very wary and serious about buying a laptop for college.  There’s a lot to consider and it’s important to know all of the laptop jargon and everything when you’re looking for a laptop.  I never got an honest student-to-student guide on laptops so I wanted to make one.

Preface:  Rules for Looking at Laptops

1.  Consider what you will use your laptop for first.  Almost all college students will use their laptop for these things: 

- Typing 

- Watching videos

- Reading 

- Messaging

If you plan to use your laptop for gaming or video production or photo editing, you need to consider the specs of your computer and the system requirements for the products you want to use.  Consider getting a computer that has expandable storage or purchasing an external hard drive.  When buying a computer, don’t forget that the operation system and preinstalled programs will take up some of the listed storage.  

2. Do your own research.                                                                                                

Write down all the things you think you want to be able to do with your laptop.  Read reviews, go to more than one store.  Go to the Apple Store on a weekday and ask them questions about the laptop.  I’ve found that the Apple employees tend to be kind of vague unless you pester them and it’s easier to do that when the story is less crowded.  They assume that if you’re in their for a laptop, you’ll easily buy it just for the logo on the back.  

3. Look for student discounts and consider a protection plan.  Also consider your school’s tech store and your school’s location to the nearest specialist for your computer.  Do not buy a laptop that you would need to send away to get fixed if you can help it.  There’s nothing like your harddrive giving out the day before an essay is due.  Apple and Microsoft both offer like a 20% student discount if you give them proof or a student email.

4. Check to see if your school will give you the Office Suite for free. Pages and Google Docs are great but Google Docs is kind of painfully unprofessional looking and pages is kind of annoying so I recommend that you get access to Microsoft Office for Word, OneNote, and Powerpoint.  Chances are your school may also offer Photoshop CC and Final Cut for free so know what you can get for free from your school and the specs you’ll need to use those if you want to.  In some cases you can also get these programs for free to use on library desktop computers.

5. AN IPAD IS NOT ENOUGH.  Tablets are great but you’re going to HATE YOURSELF for your first all-nighter.  If you want a tablet that bad, consider buying a 2-in-1 or bringing a tablet along with your laptop.  I have known people who bring only IPads and they did not have a fun time writing essays.

Now that you know the rules let’ s get on the laptops.

I want to say that I don’t really know that much about laptops.  Like I know the basic basics but like you know whatever.  I’m gonna do my best so please let me know if there is something I said wrong or something I should add.

Processors and RAM

Processor: Your computer’s brain.  How fast can your computer do things? the higher the number the better.  i5 or i7 are usually the most common for college students.

RAM= Random Access Memory : How much shit your computer can do at one time.  The higher this number, the more things you can run at once.  This is why when you have 35 apps open on your phone it gets too hot and slow.  It doesn’t really have that kind of RAM. 8 GB of RAM is usually the base but if you do more, you can go up to 16.

College Kid Computers

I’m a big PC gal so I will vouche for that real hard. But I’m trying to be fair. 

There are generally five laptops (or laptop adjacents ) you will come across in college:  MacBook (including the Pro), SurfaceBook, the Surface, Chromebooks, and Razers.  Othe alternatives include Lenovo Yogas (which are cute as shit), Surface Laptops (I don’t believe in these because they have fabric on them but they come in cute colors), and the HP Spectre.

MacBooks are usually best for video and audio editing.  They have fantastic displays and you can get great support for them on campus because they are so common.  However, they have very little ventilation and even though on campus help is common, due to the way Apple likes to conduct itself, they will need to be sent away if you’re having a serious problem.  They can also get expensive so don’t cop out and try to buy a cheap model with low storage because YOU WILL REGRET IT.  I had a friend who did that and she had to lug around an external hard drive because she didn’t have enough storage to do projects on her laptop.  There are two types:  the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.  The Pro is probably the better option but it costs a lot more.  However, the keyboard is better and it is a little sturdier so it will probably last longer.

Surface Books are really nice.  This is the laptop I have.  It’s best for photo editing and like design because it has the pen.  The Surface Book separates into a tablet and comes with the Surface Pen.  They’re windows computers so they come with Office and if you use a windows computer at home, it’s easiest to adjust and transfer over important files.  It also separates into a tablet and has a crazy nice battery life because it has two batteries.  This computer has pretty decent ventilation and directs all of the heat it generates to the battery on the screen of the computer so it will not burn your thighs!  However, these computers are super new so there is no IT support for them on most campuses.  These computers are also HELLA ‘spensive because it is a 2-in-1.  It start at like $1500 I think.  Also, because of the tablet bit, they have a weird hinge that makes the computer gap when closed which is kind of ugly.

Surfaces are often considered to the best college PC.  They have an adjustable kick stand  and a nice keyboard.  They come with the pen and they’re nice and lightweight.  Since they aren’t really laptops though they don’t make good computers for lap work and again, because they’re on the more uncommon side, IT support on campus is weak.

Chromebooks are kind of weird.  They’re nice and cheap which is cool but that’s really about it.  There are my least favorite laptops.  If you’re going to bring a desktop to school, this is a great idea because it’s simple and it will get the job done.  But it cannot run anything in the Office suite or any other programs you might need for class like statistics software or even Arduino.  It can only run web apps and chrome extensions.  While Google Drive apps are great for group projects, they aren’t the best for writing papers and making presentations so take that into consideration.  

Razer Blades are the most high end of the laptops.  They are fucking MONSTERS.  These are great for everything from design to video gaming.  I haven’t heard anything bad about these computers to be honest.  They’re gorgeous machines with rainbow keyboards that come with presets for how they light up which is lit as fuck.  They can run League of Legends pretty smoothly and I really don’t know anyone who has had a problem with them.  I do suggest you have some knowledge of computers before you order one of these though because I think it’s more common to order them online.  If you plan on playing a lot of games on your laptop while you’re in college this is probably your best bet. ALSO IF YOU WANT A DANK KEYBOARD OMG THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.  The click of a Razer Chroma Keyboard is the music of my dreams.

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finally thought of a prompt! if you've still got room for one can I have a happy Shiro with bunnies? (er, I didn't say I'd thought of a *deep* prompt)

Omg This was super fun but I will have you know that 90% of this artwork was done in a moving vehicle (as well as posting this post, I’m not kidding, I’m on I5 bouncing around with my laptop hooked up to my phone) so I count that as an achievement.  

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Help Gallus Buy A New Computer... By Buying Their Old One!

So, I do pretty much all of my writing/emails/bill-paying etc. out of my old Toshiba and its… literally falling apart at the seams.  They keyboard is currently held on with duct-tape.  But that’s not the computer I’m selling!  I also have This Bad Boy:

Which I originally purchased for Art Purposes but unfortunately, due to a shoulder injury, drawing with a tablet and working with this screen gives me migraines like you wouldn’t believe.  So it can be yours! and go towards the purchase of my next computer! So you also get more sweet, sweet Gallus content!

This is a 2012 iMac with the following features:

  • 21.5 inch screen (diagonal)
  • Intel core I5 quad core
  • Terabyte hard drive
  • 2.7 Ghz processor
  • latest copy of Windows For Mac
  • mouse and keyboard
  • professionally refurbished by university tech team
  • It’s in perfect working order, I just have shoulder issues.

I’m selling it for $700+shipping, or best offer.  I take paypal.  If you’re interested, please send me an ask, and if you’re not, maybe reblog this for a friend?  (Posting on 6/18/17 just so this doesn’t get reblogged for 400 years).

anonymous asked:

I'm planning to buy a laptop for uni. Which one should I get? I'm thinking of a MacBook. Is that a good idea? My budget is around $2500

Short answer: that’s a very big budget for a laptop lol buy anything

Long answer: $2500 will pretty much buy you a high-end top-performing laptop in any brand except for Apple. Apple is not value for money if that’s what you’re looking for. If you want a smooth OS and own an iPhone or other Apple paraphernalia then it works really well if you buy a Macbook, because it integrates well as a family (or if you look at it another way, it locks you into buying only from Apple because of the charger types). 

In my University Series Part 2 Getting to Class, I talk about what to consider when buying a laptop in brief. To add a few more points, it’d be good if you can get:

  • Solid State Drive or SDD for fast bootup
  • At least 4GB of RAM in this day and age
  • Ultrabooks are good for uni, but just be care if you’re buying one with a Quad HD display, because that will suck the battery life away
  • Good battery life - if it says that it lasts for around 6 hours, you’re looking at 3-4 hours real life usage. Try to buy something that advertises around 10 hours. 
  • Something not too heavy - less than 1.5kg is the goal. 
  • You might also want to consider the storage - 256GB or greater would be good. 
  • If purchasing non-Macbook, go for an Intel Processor i5 (or i7 since you have the money) or any equivalent. 

Here are some good choices for students in general. I’ve just linked Australian websites so the prices are a lot higher than US prices (even when you correct for the AUD > USD conversion). 

These are not all-in-one laptops (which you can probably go for considering your budget), but they’re good for students, and can last you for years. 

  • Dell XPS 13 (on sale at the moment!)
    • all have 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD
    • you can choose between i5 and i7
    • also super light and portable - great for uni students
  • ASUS Zenbook Series
    • Fanless versions available with Intel Core M
    • Less high-end compared to Dell XPS 13
    • Super nice design - brushed aluminium finish
    • Battery much improved compared 
  • HP Spectre x360
    • Apparently has issues with heating according to some reviews I’ve read?
    • Otherwise, super sleek and amazing design
    • Flip the screen anyway you want
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X Series
    • Realllllllly good value for money - they have massive sales occasionally. 
    • Designs are sometimes a little bad, but battery life is good!

Anyway, I’m not in the market for a laptop anymore, so some new ones might have come out in the mean time. Shop around, or if you’re not bothered to do that, just get the Macbook Pro lol

Hope that helps! ^___^

Not-doing-too-good emeto sentence starters A-J

Based on this post X  

Choose up to 3! Send me a pairing + who’s sick & who’s caring 


A. Good old basics: 

A1. “Are you okay? You look pale." 

A2. "Can you make it to the toilet?" 

A3. "Did that sound come from your stomach?" 

A4. "I think I’m going to be sick." 

 A5. "I’m suddenly not feeling so hot." 

A6. "I think I need the toilet." 

B. Drunker than they should be: 

B1. "I think you’ve had enough." 

B2. "You should sit down before you fall over." 

B3. "Just how many drinks have you had?" 

B4. "I’m not that drunk." 

B5. "Is the room spinning or is that just me?" 

B6. "I’m not some lightweight!" 

C. Over did it a little: 

C1. "Maybe you should take it easy." 

C2. "Why do you always insist on acting tough?" 

C3. "You seem kind of out of it do you want to sit down?" 

C4. "I didn’t think it was anything to worry about." 

C5. "It’s happened before and I’ve always been fine." 

C6. "I guess I should have taken better care of myself…" 

D. Our favorite gluttons: 

D1. "You’re going to make yourself sick if you eat that much." 

D2. "There’s no way you can eat all that." 

D3. "That’s your last one, then I’m cutting you off." 

D4. "Are you going to finish that?" 

D5. "Maybe I should have stopped after that last one…" 

D6. "I ate way too much." 

E. Poor thing got hurt: 

E1. "You fell pretty hard, you should sit down." 

E2. "You look like you’re about to pass out." 

E3. "You should see a nurse. You might have a concussion." 

E4. "I feel a bit light headed." 

E5. "I’m fine really I just need a moment." 

E6. "It’s starting to hurt a bit more now…" 

F. I thought that tasted funny: 

F1. "You’re really going to eat that…?" 

F2. "I told you you should have cooked it longer." 

F3. "Next time, I’m picking the restaurant." 

F4. "That’s the last time I buy food from a place with wheels." 

F5. "Maybe the meat in my food was bad or something…" 

F6. "And I don’t even like seafood!" 

G. Stop the car: 

G1. "Do you need to pull over?”  

G2. “It’s okay if you want to open a window." 

G3. "Are you sure you want to go on the ride again?" 

G4. "Can we pull over at the next stop?" 

G5. "Could you try to drive a bit more smoothly…?" 

G6. "I don’t get car sick so I’m sure I won’t get sick on a ride." 

H. Fluff fluff and more fluff: 

H1. "Would it help if I rubbed your stomach?" 

H2. "Lay your head on my lap." 

H3. "Everything will be fine I promise." 

H4. "I’ve got a stomach ache… can you make it better?" 

H5. "I just want to lay in bed until it goes away." 

H6. "Can you turn off the light…? It’s too bright." 

*A little more hardcore: 

I. Call 911: 

I1. "Why didn’t you tell me you were this sick?" 

I2. "That’s it. I’m taking you to the hospital." 

I3. "If you can’t keep this down I won’t have any choice but to get help." 

I4. "I can’t stop throwing up." 

I5. "My stomach is killing me." 

I6. "I think something’s really wrong." 

J. You can’t eat that: J1. "Those are poisonous!” J2. “Which cabinet did you find that in?" 

J3. "Drink this, it will make you throw up." 

J4. "I think I took too many." 

J5. "My throat feels funny…" 

J6. "I thought the red ones were safe." 

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