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Hello all, just taking the time to introduce myself to this forum. I am a young bloke from Australia, who is slowly but surely attempting to reduce and simplify his lifestyle. One of the transitions on this narrative was technology, which brings me here.

Growing up with extensive exposure to all kinds of computing technology from a very young age, my family and I would always have some kind of tech. Whether it be an old-school laptop (that was seemingly inspired by the design and weight of a cinder block) that we played Commander Keen on, or a gaming console on the lounge room TV, it was present.

I took this interest with me as I grew, and began tearing down, building and fixing computers. Simultaneously, computers became a primary source of entertainment and information. Because I used this technology to such an extent, I sold myself on the idea that I 'needed' the best I could get.

This idea drove me until recently, where I just got over it. Why did I 'need' the best? Why did I need a custom built desktop as well as two high end laptops? I didn't need them at all, and they brought me no closer to God or happiness or anything really. The frame rates were nice though.

Ultimately, this is what brought me here. I sold everything and purchased myself a single refurbished laptop, an eGPU, and a second hand graphics card. So far I have enjoyed it greatly, and the best part is that I have been enjoying it for what it is, and want no more. 

Regards, Boltoway. 

For those interested in the hardware, I have a Lenovo Yoga S730 (Also known as the Ideapad 730S, depending on where you are in the world), a Razer Core X and an Asus AREZ Strix RX 580. I have really enjoyed this laptop from Lenovo, and kind of consider it a MacBook Pro that only cost ~$700 USD ($1000 AUD). I will be uploading a full build and laptop review soon.  

Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 16GB RAM, 1TB Samung 970 Evo Plus) + Razer Core X + AMD RX VEGA 64 Limited Edition + Acer Nitro 27" VG271UP

2019 13" Dell XPS 13 9380 [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  

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@boltoway Nice introduction! It's good you found a happy medium. Keeping up with the latest and greatest is an endless chase.

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2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 [11th,4C,H] + RTX 3080 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 // my 3rd RTX 3080 build [build link]