Quote from: gcason on September 25, 2023, 05:02:36 PMQuote from: Desert Fox on September 25, 2023, 04:51:49 PMQuote from: gcason on September 25, 2023, 04:32:53 PMJust some silly LED light circle around one of the fans. Totally pointless, like putting ground effects on a minivan. I'm quite a bit more educated than the public at large, so I knew it wasn't any kind of gaming machine. But, for the price, it was good for what we needed.
I agree that some people could be tricked by the term "Gaming Machine." But, Farmville is a game, right?
I assume the i7 already had an SSD as the boot drive? If so, one cheap upgrade is to double its. If it has a single stick of 8 Gb, increasing to 16 GB also make it run in dual channel mode and simply 16 GB of ram helps a lot. A bit more expensive, assuming that it is a full height case, but you could put a GTX 1070 in there. Can get them on eBay for about $100. There are also power adapters that you can turn sata power into video card power output.
Yes. That would help get it closer to a gaming system. But, it's about 33% the footprint of a full tower and we bought it to use as a mini-van, so to speak, so it's good to go. I do have a for real gaming machine, albeit a middle of the road one we discussed in the Everyday Driver thread.
I agree with you that people get tricked into buying these low-end refurbs as gaming machines. They definitely are going to be a disappointment.
One should note that even older i7 CPUs are pretty damn capable even today. I know that all of the new Tomb Raiders, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and even Assassin Creed: Odyssey can be run on a 4th gen laptop i7 and GTX 980m (4 GB) decently. Usually can be run at high settings. Very high and ultra are usually issues however. I know because that the hardware of my old gaming laptop. Still have it as a backup.
Problem is that most I have seen are not i7 but less powerful CPUs and not paired with anything equal to a GTX 980m, which is a laptop GPU so not up to the desktop GTX 980 performance.