What’s in Your Bag?

Hi Framework Community!

So, for fun, interest, and education… Base? Performance? Professional? DIY? Modules? What’s in your Bag and why?

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Use Case

  • home
  • work
  • photo-editing
  • potential for light graphics/3D modelling
  • future uses not thought of yet

Objectives

  • completely FOSS
  • low cost
  • be able to keep components in service for as long as possible in machine or in other devices
  • good performance/cost ratio
  • minimize dongles

Questions?

I don’t really know if I should go for the i7 and a slower HD or the way that I’ve built it below??? Thoughts? Opinions?

Configuration

$749.00

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7

  • Storage: 512GB - WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™

  • Memory: 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR4-3200

  • WiFi: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®

Customization

  • Keyboard: US English

Included

  • Bezel: Black

Included

Expansion Cards

  • 3 USB-C

$27.00

  • 1 USB-A

$9.00

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Use: Software developer’s laptop. Tech trainer presentation laptop, And limited budget. Similar config to yours (in particular the i5) but getting a bit more of it locally. I like the speed of the SN850 but need the storage of the 1TB SN750. Can always upgrade that later when it becomes cheaper. [Update: decided to switch to the SN850. Speed difference will pay off.]

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Use:
work and personal use, casual gaming

Configuration

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    not much loss from 1185G7 but cheaper, definitely wont consider the weak i5. I heard the CPU is NOT socketable so upgrading CPU requires motherboard replacement which might be expensive.

  • Storage: 1TB - WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™
    $70 more than SN750 but might be worth the performance boost

  • WiFi: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®
    don’t need the vPro, is it really useful for personal use?

  • Memory: 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR4-3200
    single 32GB stick for now, might be adding another 32GB if needed

Expansion Cards

  • 2 USB-C (I hope the USB-C support video output otherwise might need 1X DP card)

  • 1 USB-A

  • 1 MicroSD (need the handy reader to copy my photos from camera)

  • Power Adapter - US/Canada
    any one who doesn’t need the power adapter?:wink:

Finally no OS needed as I will install Linux or hackintosh (if possible)

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Hi @Johnny, the USB-C cards do indeed support DP Alt Mode for video output!

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Thanks @nrp that’s awesome by saving an extra card slot for me.

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My bag is almost maxed out DIY.
I7, 64 gb ram 2 tb 850 drive
1 each storage, 2 each usba, and c

Mixed decision on the 1185, vs 1165. Not sure if it’s worth the 400 extra

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@Edward_Gray Z sounds like you’re going all out! You won’t be lacking for RAM for a little while! :laughing:

From prior experience, maxing ram rarely hurts

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Keeping it pretty simple since I’m a desktop user looking for a dependable secondary device. Going with the i7-1165G7 DIY. Bringing a 500GB drive and 16GB RAM to start. My ports are going to be 2x USB-C and 2x USB-A with a microSD card in the bag.

I have an extra Windows 10 Pro key to use, so I’ll be running that.

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I went nearly all out and agree with @Edward_Gray 100% about RAM :slight_smile:

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  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
  • Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200
  • Storage: 1TB - WD_BLACK™ SN750 NVMe™
  • WiFi: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®
  • 2 USB-C
  • 1 USB-A
  • 1 HDMI

I use my laptop to ssh to more powerful compute servers and clusters at work, so I settled for the i5 here to save some money.

Wish I could avoid that HDMI, but there are projectors at work that only take HDMI (some take VGA so I carry a VGA-HDMI dongle!)

Planning to dual-boot Windows + Ubuntu (or maybe Mint?) so it’s nice to have a 1TB drive that I can split 50/50.

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Yes @Atul_Ingle a dual boot set up seems practical.

This laptop checked all my boxes. I wanted something between 13 and 14 inches with a high end processor and a ton of ram. I like playing with virtual machines so Ram was critical. I opted for the i7-1165G7 because I don’t have a need for the vpro functionality and the extra cost wasn’t worth the minimal bump in performance. Can’t wait for the clear keyboard and the screen bezels. @nrp any chance at a clear bezel?

Here’s the config:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
Storage: 2TB - WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™
Memory: 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4-3200
WiFi: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®

Expansion cards:

  • 2 USB-A
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 Storage – 1TB
  • 2 USB-C
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@Emery_Eggers nice build. What OSes will you be running?

@Michael_Richards Manjaro w/KDE and Ubuntu for sure and I may throw on a copy of Windows 10.

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I went full out, but didn’t see the point in maximizing storage.


The 250gb storage will be a Ubuntu drive, and the main 1TB will be for Windows.

I find WSL and especially gWSL very compelling. It almost invalidates the need for a dedicated Linux bootable system. (I am a developer targeting Windows) Time will tell. If the mic and webcam pass through work as well as the Wayland end of things, I could see me using the 250gb drive as a projects storage drive.

Although I have to say that Ubuntu with Gnome, Dash to Panel, and ArcMenu is pretty excellent. I could totally use it as a dedicated system. Steam’s work with Wine through Proton (well Codeweaver’s work) has been excellent as well.

Very excited about the system, and getting it dialed in. :+1:

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This’ll be my work laptop, not sure the OS but I’ve been thinking about just diving into Arch

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@Johnny, @Jace_Hensley, and @Michael_Richards, you guys may want to reconsider getting a single 32gb stick of RAM, and go with two 16gb sticks instead, as you are likely to have a noticable performance hit running your RAM in single-channel vs having 2 sticks in dual channel. There’s currently no cost difference between the two options, and you could likely sell the pair of 16gb sticks pretty easily later on if you need to upgrade to 64gb. Just my 2 cents. :blush::+1:

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Linux development machine. Mostly planning on using it for Rust work, but that could change in the future. Maxed out the CPU and RAM to help with compile times and hungry IDEs. Currently planning on using the 250GB storage card as a boot/root drive, with the 2TB drive used for home directories. I may reconsider that though, it might be nice to be able to reclaim that external port and still be able to use the laptop.

framework_laptop_config

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