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Kevin C. Tofel

8 posts tagged with "hardware"

So I hit the Nvidia RTX 3080 lottery

Posted on October, 2020

When I built my $900 budget gaming PC back in June, I never thought it would become a money pit of sorts. The build is now around $2,200, which is up from the $1,500 back in July. Why the big $70…

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Microsoft Surface Duo: Dual screens and dual personalities

Posted on September, 2020

The Microsoft Surface Duo I ordered two weeks ago arrived late last week. I removed the SIM card from my Pixel 4 and popped it in the Duo this past weekend and have used the Duo as my primary "phone…

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Why I bought a Surface Duo (or two)

Posted on September, 2020

After noting how easy it is to switch from iOS to Android, I decided to pre-order a Microsoft Surface Duo. Two Duos, actually, although only one is for me. A friend from overseas reached out and…

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Thoughts on switching from iPhone to Android these days

Posted on August, 2020

Earlier this month, I took the SIM card from my iPhone 11 Pro and dropped it in my Pixel 4. I have a Pixel 4 XL too, but it's a bit big for my small hands and pockets. Why do I do this? As long as I…

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I'm such a sucker: I bought an older GPU to replace a newer one

Posted on August, 2020

A few weeks back, I explained how my $900 gaming PC quickly became a $1,200 gaming PC. Would you believe we're up to $1,500 now? Yeah, I'm a sucker. Although at $900, the original system was perfectly…

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I was so wrong. Don't build your own PC

Posted on July, 2020

About a month ago I suggested that most people should build their own PC at least once. That was right after I built a decent gaming PC on a $900 budget. And so far it has served me well, not just for…

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Three weeks in, a $68 PC storage upgrade: SATA SSD vs. M.2 NVMe drives

Posted on July, 2020

I dropped $68 on this Western Digital 250 GB M.2 NVMe drive from Amazon this week and it arrived today. When I built my PC last month, I wanted to keep the budget low, so I put a less expensive 50…

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Should everyone build their own PC at least once?

Posted on June, 2020

I'm going to answer my own question with a caveat. I think just about everyone should build their own PC at least once in their lifetime. By "just about everyone", I mean everyone who needs a desktop…

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