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My Rig: Time To Upgrade?



Video source: Lon.TV on YouTube

I've had my current setup for almost two years and love it. I use a Lenovo Ideapad 330S-15ARR for game development, blogging and gaming. 

It has quite a modest specification: 8gb ram (2400mhz, dual channel), 256gb SSD, Ryzen 5 2500u APU with Vega 8 graphics and a 15" screen. It's light and reasonably snappy at everything I need it to do. The SSD is awesome but I may consider changing it as I need space (I have an external 1TB Toshiba drive for storing a lot of games). 

I have been extremely impressed by its gaming performance. I've played everything from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Doom Eternal, Fallout 4 and everything in between. Granted, I've often had to turn things down to 720p and play on low settings, but, for a thin and light consumer laptop, this is still impressive. The APU wasn't meant for heavy gaming so I've been delighted.

Game development has been great. Unity runs fine and hasn't crashed. Buildbox 2.3.9 and 3.2.2 run well, too. Same with blogging. 

I've edited videos and photos quickly and efficiently on the laptop as well. No complaints. It handles email, Google Docs and more brilliantly. 

Time to upgrade?

While I love my Lenovo, I have a constant thought that there may be a time when I need to upgrade at some point. I'm not sure if I will go down the desktop route as I like the portability and freedom to work in my bedroom or go to the living room if I please. I don't like being confined to a single space. 

I am considered buying a laptop with a dedicated GPU as there are games I will want to play in the future that might melt my humble machine. Horizon Zero Dawn comes to mind. I'm thinking ahead to Halo Infinite, too, and a decent rig should set me up for the future. 

I will update this post as I go on my upgrade journey and take you with me. 



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