Computer upgrades you DON’T need.

Apple Mac Pro Wheels Kit – $1,049.00

“Put your Mac Pro on wheels with the Mac Pro Wheels Kit. The custom-designed stainless steel and rubber wheels make it easy to move your Mac Pro around, whether sliding it out from under your desk or across your studio.

Installation required. A 4-mm (1/4-inch) hex bit is included, but additional tools are necessary. Replacing the Mac Pro feet with wheels adds approximately 25mm to the height of the frame.”

-Apple product page.

While putting your desktop on wheels can be a smarter idea for heavy liquid-cooled setups, wheels priced at over $1000 are definitely not required. You can find multiple types of caddies that will fit a typical ATX Tower that has wheels on them. You can also get rollerblade style rubber  wheels for office chairs and retrofit that to your chassis, as a much cheaper solution ~$50 $150.

RGB

Your computer does not perform better with RGB. In fact, RGB software takes away resources from the tasks you are trying to do, consumes more power and generates more heat, not that it is easily detectable. It may look cool but it does not make you a better gamer.

Wireless Peripherals

A wireless mouse and keyboard is not required for your computing experience, Wired is cheaper, longer lasting, has better performance envelopes, and is better supported. Wireless is sensible in many user scenarios, like with laptops that you use in multiple locations, or a family room streaming computer setup.

Laptops

A laptop being purchased for a permanent office setup makes little sense to me. They are more expensive and thus have a much lower performance per $ ratio compared to desktop setups. As they are in a smaller form factor components in a laptop have smaller thermal design power (TDP) compared to their desktop equivalents. Therefore a RTX 3080 desktop GPU runs with a better performance envelope compared to its laptop namesakes. 

Laptops are best as mobile computing solutions where flexibility in location is required. Desktops will always win out as flexibility in i/o  out classes laptops.

Any component with “Gaming” in its name.

This is not a hard and fast rule, but, in most cases an item with “gaming” in its title is akin to a license to charge more, similar to the phenomena you find with any wedding products or services. And you can find “gaming” on anything computer related. Examples include gaming chairs, chassis, desk and mouse pads, 

There are exceptions like mice and keyboards, they have extra buttons and functions to better facilitate certain playstyles. Gaming monitors also will typically feature better response times and refresh rates that are sought after by people like FPS gamers.

Smart choices to improve your PC.

  • External Drive for back-ups.
  • Universal Power Supplies
  • RAM Upgrades.
  • Second Monitor
  • SSD primary drive upgrade

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