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  1. barlew


    Well oh my gosh!
  2. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Valeon Windows 11 drivers and Control Center?

    After using Windows 11 on my backup for a number of weeks, I was so impressed that I decided to upgrade my Valeon to 11. At this point I made the first school boy error. I performed a clean install of W11 without checking I had Windows 11 drivers and control software in the download section of...
  3. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Well i have the pleasure to announce the new addition

    Mrs Barlew has only gone and delivered our beautiful baby girl Arabella! Both of them are doing really well.
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST It looks like Intel are still employing creatures.

    I am just going to leave this here: What an arrogant lizard.
  5. barlew


    So Ubisoft have announced that a Splinter Cell remake in the works! This could be epic news as long as they don't try to turn it into some absolutely dire live service game as they have with every other IP they develope...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Valeon RTX 3080, Ryzen R9 5900HX. Its a bit of a monster really.

    Full disclosure, initially I ordered the Ionico with the same specs as the Valeon I ended up with. I had to change the order as the Ionico chassis was out of stock when PCS got to my order. Initially I was worried about switching as I thought the Valeon aesthetically looked absolutely terrible...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST 16GB of RAM no longer enough for gaming?

    This one took me by surprise. Whilst I wait for my shiny new Valeon, I have been playing BF 2042 on my back-up laptop. This little beast has an I5-10300H and a GTX 1650 with 16GB of RAM. Now I must admit this snuck up on me, having a BF sesh this evening I was monitoring the little beasts stats...
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    PCSPECIALIST Sunday lunch!

    So it begins. Looks like Mr B Is cooking for the wife and kids today. Classic roast chicken for Sunday lunch. I have today's beer from the Christmas calender and a whole host of others to tide me through the mission plus I have heart Christmas blaring out. Jingle jingle. What is everyone...
  9. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Its official. I am back with PCS

    So after a years hiatus I am a customer of PCS once again. Fingers crossed it is 5th time lucky. In the absence of any horror story's in the forum I have gone ahead and ordered this Ionico: hassis & Display Ionico Series: 17.3" Matte QHD 165Hz sRGB 100% LED Widescreen (2560x1440) Processor...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Potentially coming back to PCS.

    So after my well publicised departure from PCS at the start of the year, I have discovered the sun does not always shine brighter with the large laptop manufacturers, and they themselves do have problems. (Bear with me I will get round to explaining my story). I went from PCS to a different...
  11. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST The ongoing state of GPU's and the madness in the world.

    So after being away from the computing scene for a little while due to kids and work I have been shocked yet pleasantly surprised to find that the GPU market is still insane and isn't getting better any time soon. Due to recent events (another child on the way) my office has had to be changed...
  12. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Control is currently free on EPIC!!

    For those that haven't seen already, Control is currently free at the EPIC store. Get yourselves over there!!
  13. barlew


    So I was just having a peruse of the Italian language keyboard and happened upon a thread where a couple of users were reporting the lettering was rubbing off their keyboards. Now who could have seen that coming....
  14. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST I have just realised how ridiculous the GPU situation is.

    I have a gaming PC and a gaming laptop and I use the laptop far far more than the PC. I thought maybe I should get rid of the PC whilst its still worth somthing. So I have a quick look on Ebay and cannot believe my eyes. I have an RTX 2070 Super and the particular model I have is selling on ebay...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Forza Horizon 3 Crash to desktop

    I am an a huge fan of the Forza Horizon series and I am trying to play it on PC unfortunately it is just crashing to desktop as soon as I load into the game or very soon after. I have done the obligatory googling and I so far have found no solution. I am hoping someone here has had the same...
  16. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Final Fantasy VII remake free this month

    For those of us of the PS4 persuasion FFVII remake is currently free for PS plus members this month!
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Total Warhammer 1 and 2

    So these are two games I have had sat in my Steam library for years and have never really played either. My understanding is because I own both I can play the content from TW1 in TW2. Is this correct? Would I be missing anything if If I skipped 1 and jumped into TW2 and played Mortal Empires...
  18. barlew


    Just a quick Merry Xmas to everyone on the forum. I hope you all have a fantastic day and for those who have received a new gaming rig from Santa enjoy!
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Configure ThrottleStop to temporary fix Vyper 17" battery performance issue.

    Whilst tracking this problem for a couple of months it has became apparent that people appear to be having difficulty configuring ThrottleStop to fix the Vyper 17" battery performance issues. It has been suggested I create a guide to show people how to do it so here it is, apologies I have had...
  20. barlew

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Vyper 17 inch terrible performance when running on battery

    When I try to run the laptop on battery power I noticed i get random points where the laptop lags extremely badly. All I am doing is browsing file structures and trying to browse the internet and watch Youtube etc. The laptop works absolutely fine when plugged in. The system will run perfectly...