New Build Advice

I am debating a new Lenovo Laptop or Micro PC (I don’t need portable, but space is a big issue).

I tend to keep my computers as long as possible. My current laptop is 7 years old and really starting to show its age. Therefore I prefer to get as powerful of a machine as I am willing to pay for. Not so much because I need it (I use it for simple tasks like internet, email, documents), but in hopes it remains relevant for me longer.

IdeaPad L340 17" Gaming

Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H (2.60GHz, up to 4.50GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 cores, 12MB Cache) - - for $100 less I could get i5-9300H
Memory: 16GB DDR4 2400MHz (they don’t offer 8+8 on this build)
First Hard Drive: None
Second Hard Drive: 1TB Solid State Drive PCIe (I like to store a lot of photos on my computer)
Graphic Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 3GB
WiFi Wireless LAN Adapter: 802.11 AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 4.2


Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 vPro (3.20GHz, up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 12MB Cache) - - for $100 less I could get i5-9300H
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2666MHz (8+8 would be $80 more)
Hard Drive: None
M.2 Storage Card: 1TB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe Opal2.0, M.2 (I like to store a lot of photos on my computer)
Second M.2 Storage Card: None
Video Adapter: Integrated Graphic Card (not upgradable)
WiFi Wireless LAN Adapter: Intel 9560 802.11AC with vPro (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 5.0
First Graphic Dongle: DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (I sometimes connect to my TV with HDMI so I think I need this)

But then the ThinkCentre has a bunch of options that I don’t understand so I didn’t include any of them. But I don’t really know if I need any of them or not. The options are:

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet Port
Intel I350-T4 Quad Port Gigabit Ethernet Card

Antenna Extension:
SMA antenna adaptor

Serial Card: Serial Card (Only one of the following can be installed: Intel I350-T Quad port adapter, 4 Port Serial and 2 x USB Card):
PCIE 4Ports Serial Card

Rear Com Cable (Not available with the 2 x USB PCIe Card.):
First Serial Port Cable (Select the First Serial Port Cable to view the option for a second serial port cable.)

USBCard (Only one of the following can be installed: Intel I350-T Quad port adapter, 4 Port Serial and 2 x USB Card.)
2x USB 3.0 PCIe Card

DP Port
Optional DisplayPort

HDMI Out Port (earlier I selected First Graphic Dongle: DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter, but maybe this is what I really need?)
Optional HDMI port

External Adapter Cage
External 135W Adapter Cage

Any thoughts and/or help on the Micro PC configuration would be greatly appreciated.

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On one hand some chance of games or decent GPU performance.

And the Micro PC is going to be annoying since no chance and not upgrade possible.

My advice is to skip that Lenovo since:
"At brightness levels of 20% and lower, the display unfortunately produces some flickering at a frequency of 250 Hz. This relatively low frequency could lead to headaches or eye problems for sensitive users."
From the i5 version at

Keep shopping.

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Micro PC Upgrade

I have had my current laptop for 7 years and never upgraded it. I never upgraded any computers I had before this one either. I just use them as long as I can and then get a new one. So with that in mind, I'm not too bothered about not being able to upgrade the Mini PC.

However, I am still confused about all the build options of it. Any help on that?

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Then with no upgrade possible.

That Mini PC is what it is. This would only be an option if the only game you played was a card game like solitaire.

As to the build options, if you don't need 4 serial (RS232) why consider it?
Do you know what that's used for? While my factory test app can use up to 256 serial ports that's something of a specialty item and consumers rarely need any RS232 serial ports today.

I'd much rather see you in some not Lenovo screen flickering laptop model with the 1050 Ti as the lowest GPU today.

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PS. After two Lenovo's with that flicker issue.

I will not go near any model that notes this at review sites.

That said, here we have a lot of Asus ROG, Vivobooks and Acer Predators to fill that itch for high performance machines without breaking in the 2K USD range.

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