Why PCThe decision came after owning both an Xbox One S and later an X. I was thinking: “Microsoft is releasing all their games day one on PC. Why should I stick then to Xbox when on PC I can find now not only that but the massive catalog of Steam. I’ll get the best of both worlds”. My plan was to have then a PS4 + PC combo for all my gaming needs.
The First MistakeI bought a pre-assembled PC. Despite all recommendations NOT to do so, in early 2019 I purchased an HP Omen of the following specs:
- CPU: Intel i5 7400
- GPU: RTX 1080 3G
- RAM: 8GB
- HDD: 1TB
The Second MistakeI bought a Laptop. I swear this section is going to be shorter. As of this writing, about a month ago I purchased something I needed for my brand new nomad life style. I still really wanted that pristine PC experience I failed to obtain with a desktop, but now it had to be on the go. So I upped my budget still knowing that for the money I won’t get the same performances a desktop could. I bought a Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. A $1499 beast packed in the slimmest laptop currently on the market.
- CPU: Ryzen 9 3rd Gen
- GPU: RTX 2060 Max-Q with 6GB VRam
- RAM: 16GB DDR4
- SSD: 1TB
- Monitor: 14″ 120Hz 1080p
A massive upgrade to what the HP Omen was. This thing was FAST. It crushed Gears 4 and Sea of Thieves. I was maintaining above 100FPS on high and ultra settings and it looked BEAUTIFUL. Issues? One, it ran HOT. I’m not exaggerating when I say I could cook some eggs on the thing. That alone was already giving me anxiety to the point I didn’t want to play longer than an hour on the thing. Two, blue screens of death.They started on a random Friday. At first I got just one, the day after three, and the day after five blue screens of death in one day. The honeymoon was over. I didn’t even stress it out, I packed the thing and brought it back for a full refund. I was not going to troubleshoot a device I payed $1499 for.