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tyburnjig

Member
Ey up

I'm currently waiting on a new laptop from PCS (as below) but lurked the forums beforehand. Thought I'd actually introduce myself! Hi all.

Been gaming since a Sinclair Spectrum 48k. From there to Amiga 500, then to PC once I saw Doom 2 and Mechwarrior 2. Brief dalliance into PS2; the console, not the keyboard. My first PC was a hire purchase P120, 16Mb RAM (no GPU), which cost me a laughable £1700, paid for with my paper round (via my dear old dad). Current rig is a 1070Ti, i5 8400, 16Gb RAM, Hannspree HG 324 QJB screen. Happy enough with that setup for the moment - it's not killer, but it lets me max pretty much everything, RDR2 and MSFS notwithstanding. I've also got an Oculus Rift S, which works very well with that.

I'm a merchant navy engineer, so spend half my life at sea. As a gamer, I need as much entertainment as I can get while away. I bought a PCS spec in 2014, and it's done me proud, but it's time to upgrade. I'm happy with the below build:

Chassis & Display
Ionico Series: 17.3" Matte QHD 165Hz sRGB 100% LED Widescreen (2560x1440)
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen™ 9 Eight Core Processor 5900HX (3.3GHz, 4.6GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3070 - 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated Micro-SD Memory Card Reader
AC Adaptor
1 x 230W AC Adaptor
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Battery
Ionico Series Integrated 91WH Lithium Ion Battery
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless Network Card
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
1 x USB 3.2 PORT (Type C) + 3 x USB 3.2 PORTS
Keyboard Language
IONICO 17 SERIES RGB BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Keyboard & Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 11 working days
Promotional Item
Get 6 Months Founders Membership to GeForce Now w/ select RTX 30 Series Laptops
Welcome Book
PCSpecialist Welcome Book - United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
 
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Bigfoot

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Welcome to the forum. My grandfather was in the merchant navy in WW2 and several of my uncles and cousins were also at sea. I haven’t done that myself, but have had several sessions of offshore survival training at the Warsash merchant navy training centre, including being dangled beneath a helicopter in a transfer between a lifeboat and a Zodiac.
 

tyburnjig

Member
Aye, I'm deep sea, three months on, three off. Though covid has kinda ruined that. Still, I need a good gaming laptop with a load of storage!

Both grandfathers were at sea, one RN who was on the HMS Dorsetshire when they sunk the Bismarck (then got sunk later off Sri Lanka), the other was Merch running North Atlantic grain convoys.
 
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tyburnjig

Member
yeah, does 3 weeks on and 3 week off shift i think it is, then another nephew is a first mate on a private yacht
Yacht work can be very lucrative. It's a massive shame we don't really have a merchant fleet anymore. An island nation which is comparatively rich should be at least making ships. Certainly we should be using shipping to cart stuff around rather than clogging the roads.
 

Bigfoot

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
My grandad was on a hospital ship that was sunk in WW2. He was then a private chef on some yachts for a while before coming ashore. When my grandparents went on holiday and to visit 2 of their children to Australia in retirement, they went by ship - a Russian merchant ship that took a few tourists.
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
At the age of 10, I was let loose on the helm of a ferry crossing the Irish Sea for all of 30 seconds or so as thanks for going round with a charity bucket collecting money during the crossing. That's about the extent of my maritime experience.

Welcome.
 

tyburnjig

Member
At the age of 10, I was let loose on the helm of a ferry crossing the Irish Sea for all of 30 seconds or so as thanks for going round with a charity bucket collecting money during the crossing. That's about the extent of my maritime experience.

Welcome.
Heh, you don't want to have deck experience. Engineering or nowt!
 

tyburnjig

Member
My grandad was on a hospital ship that was sunk in WW2. He was then a private chef on some yachts for a while before coming ashore. When my grandparents went on holiday and to visit 2 of their children to Australia in retirement, they went by ship - a Russian merchant ship that took a few tourists.
There are still some container ships that take passengers, though it's getting rarer.
 
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