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Date archive for: April 2016

CouchPotato’s best gaming rigs!

The perfect get-up for low latency gaming!

With the launch of ViewQwest’s 10Gbps fiber broadband, there has been buzz around the actual capabilities of 10 Gbps. Many folks are definitely curious about testing out the speeds.

Of course, 10Gbps speed is not the only way to achieve low latency gaming. ViewQwest also offers other options like its 1Gbps and 2Gbps fiber broadband that are able to provide a smooth and lag-free gaming experience. Paired with a good gaming console, graphic lags will be a thing of the past during your gameplay.

Despite having an average ping of 4-6 in every game I played, I still experience the occasional freak crazy lag, because my desktop doesn’t have an epic graphic processor. My RAM also isn’t the best in the world, so I do get disconnected from a game at times. Worse, I end up a feeder because my screen would sometimes simply freeze at the most critical moment!

So YEAH, I know the pain of not having the hardware to support heavy duty gaming. So I went and dug up a few high performance rigs from AfterShock that are capable of supporting heavy duty gaming!

NOTEBOOK/LAPTOP (TITAN 2016 EDITION)

The AFTERSHOCK TITAN 2016 Edition is the ultimate desktop replacement gaming notebook. Equipped with a desktop z170 motherboard, a desktop processor and the new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 980 graphics card for notebooks, the TITAN SERIES is AfterShock’s ultimate desktop replacement mobile performance system. It also comes with full suite of connectivitiy options, including unique features such as dual gigabit ethernet ports and more.

Specifications:

  • Desktop Processor: Intel 6th Generation i7 6700k
  • Desktop Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE 980 GTX 8GB GDDR5
  • 120GB Samsung EVO 850 M.2 SSD
  • 17.3″ FHD IPS Wide color gamut display (1920×1080) with NVIDIA GSYNC
  • 1TB 7200RPM HGST HDD

You can find more information on the AFTERSHOCK TITAN 2016 Edition at https://www.aftershockpc.com/welcome/Productinner/titan-2016

NOTEBOOK/LAPTOP (W-SERIES)

Right behind the TITAN 2016 Edition is the AFTERSHOCK W series, for those with a tighter budget. The AFTERSHOCK W delivers desktop class compute and gaming performance in a notebook form factor. Featuring the Z97 chipset normally found in desktops, the W series are true desktop replacement notebooks that support Desktop Processors and Nvidia Graphics in a mobile form with no compromise on customisation. I’ll go for the 15 inch model because 17 inches is a little too big to carry around, haha.

Specifications:

  • Intel i7 6700K Desktop Processor (Overclockable)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5
  • 17.3″ FHD IPS Display with wide Color Gamut and NVIDIA GSYSC support (1920×1080)
  • 120GB Samsung EVO 850 M.2 SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 2133mhz (2×8)
  • 1TB 7200RPM HGST HDD

More information on the AFTERSHOCK W-15 can be found here: https://www.aftershockpc.com/welcome/Productinner/w15-new-2

DESKTOP (HYPERGATE)

Proudly named as the Tower of Power, the AFTERSHOCK HYPERGATE combines a minimalist chassis with components to deliver a next level computing experience. Chose from various graphics card options up to the NVIDIA Geforce TITAN X, the HYPERGATE is designed to deliver the highest detail settings in your favourite games in ultra sharp resolutions. The HYPERGATE also supports SLI with up to dual TITAN X Graphics Cards, with enough raw performance to power up even the most demanding games in 4K resolution.

Specifications:

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5
  • DDR4 2133Mhz (8GB x 1)
  • 120GB Samsung EVO 850 M.2 SSD
  • TOSHIBA 1TB 3.5 INCH HDD (Buffer Size 32MB)
  • Intel Core i5-6500 3.20GHz Processor
  • IC Diamond Thermal Compound CPU

You can also customize your own rig to the best compatibility! More information on the HYPERGATE can be found here: https://www.aftershockpc.com/welcome/Productinner/hypergate-new-2

Good news is, AFTERSHOCK is an official partner of ViewQwest, you can drop a private message to ViewQwest’s FB page for special bundled deals!

Of course, having a good computer is not all. Without a blazing fast internet connection to go hand in hand with your epic rigs, there is no point in getting a high end desktop/laptop. I am thankful for my ViewQwest fiber broadband regardless though. I may not be able to game as much anymore, but I can still watch my dramas without any hindrance. Hahahahaha!

Till next time guys, :)

Couch Potato’s vacay ideas!

Annnnd it’s the time of the year again to plan for a vacation! I can’t believe I am actually graduating in 2 weeks time! Makes me so excited to know I will be embarking on a brand new journey from here on. To reward myself, I am planning on a graduation trip!

Truth be told, I have no idea where and what I am going to do. I have a checklist of places I want to go, but all of them seem so tempting, I am definitely spoilt for choice. So I’ll need a little bit of help here; chose my vacation destination for me! I’ve narrowed down my list to just 3 destinations, and I will settle down with the one that has the highest vote. :3

1 Bali

Like the trip in early January wasn’t enough, I want to go back and bask myself in the glory of Mother Nature. Terrible traffic and securities aside, Bali is a haven of natural landscapes that are so spectacular, it will make you want to return twice.

Probably the main reason why I want to go back there so badly, hahaha!

Take a dive with beautiful coral reefs in the Bali ocean, and take exclusive selfies with exotic fauna like the barracuda! I missed that chance because that barracuda was so fast…. And partly because I was so shocked at its size that I was hyperventilating.

Or hop on an ATV and have the ride of your life!

 

2 Phuket

I’m also getting all hyped with Phuket’s water sports! I am either going to cruise on a jet ski at Phuket beach, or have a therapeutic time fishing off Phuket’s coast.

Next, I’ll probably head to the night markets along the streets that after all the water activities!

Next, I’m planning for a sumptuous dinner at the hotel before heading out to the beach for night walks and star gazing!

Sounds like some Khuntoria episode, hehehe.

 

3 Royal Carribean

Cruise away!! The last time I took a cruise was like almost 15 years ago….. ^^” It was the late Sun Cruise that no longer exist. Hahahaha, how long has it been?

I read up on Royal Caribbean cruises. Seems like I can take a dip and sun bath on the cruise with my friends and family! Sounds fantastic! With plenty of activities available on the cruise, the Royal Carribean is looking to be the choice for me!

By the way, The Yatch Show 2016 is coming! Over at Sentosa Cove, you can expect to not just see world-class yachts, but also check out an enviable range of prestige products and brands – supercars, fine dining, beautiful timepieces, hand-crafted jewellery and some of the region’s most luxurious waterside properties.

SINGAPORE YATCH SHOW 2016

And guess what? ViewQwest is giving away tickets to the show! Just sign up for any 2-year ViewQwest bundle plan and get a FREE pair of tickets to Singapore Yacht Show 2016!

The Couch Potato 101!

‘Descendants of the Sun’ episode 11 and 12 is up!! After a torturing week, new episodes are finally here. I’ve been catching up with so many other Song Joong Ki’s dramas and movie because I was having some serious JoongKi withdrawal symptoms /fangirl alert

I’ve been really lucky to be able to watch the latest episodes of ‘Descendants of the Sun’ through Viki.com. Some of you might ask, why did I chose Viki.com this time?

Actually, I would alternate between Dramafever and Viki for my dramas depending on what dramas I am chasing after. If I want to watch an ongoing drama that is still in midst of airing, I will go for Viki.com.

Because Viki.com updates LIVE. 

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‘Descendants of the Sun’ is so good, I cannot wait even a day to catch it. At Viki.com, as long as you subscribe for a VikiPass, you get to watch the episodes right after it’s aired over at Korea! Due to licensing agreements, Dramafever.com is not able to air the episode until 4 weeks later.

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Vice versa, there are some dramas where Dramafever.com gets the upper hand!

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That aside, Viki.com is also extremely nice to fangirls like me. They even have a All About Song Joong Ki collection, where you can backtrack all the dramas and variety shows he starred in! Viki.com won’t be taking all the credits though. I hopped over to Dramafever and caught ‘The Werewolf Boy’ starring Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young. They have better quality videos over at Dramafever, in my opinion. xPwolf_boy-710x450

Unfortunately, you will need to have Freedom VPN in order to access all these contents.

Sign up for ViewQwest’s Freedom VPN to enjoy Viki and Dramafever without hassle! 

Anyway, I’ve become a full grown couch potato ever since I started hibernating at home. School work is finally ceasing, and submissions is in just 2 weeks time. I feel like I am extremely prepared to start my career as an official couch potato already, hahahahaha.

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So Song Joong Ki fans, are you ready? Brace yourself for the weekend Song Joong Ki fever with viki.com, and get your gears ready! Here are 3 simple steps to the ultimate couch potato guide:

  • Get ready your favorite snacks and chips

Accompany it with a bottle or 2 salsa sauce, you are good to go. No need to leave your couch to grab food, no disturbance in between your shows!

  • 4 bottles of 1.5l water

Always hydrate yourself. You can go on without food, but not water. 4 bottles, so that you will get up for a toilet break after you are done with the 4! Not so unhealthy after all!

  • Blankets for your couch

Make it as cosy as possible, and warm yourself up. Isn’t it more comfortable with soft and cosy blankets around?

Okay, okay, I am just kidding. These are extremely unhealthy ways to enjoying your drama marathon! Always give your eyes a break after an episode or two, and head out for a proper meal before proceeding on with the next! Off to catch ‘Penny Pinchers’ now that I am done with 12 episodes of ‘Descendants of the Sun’.

Stay tuned next week! :D