Images of the Lenovo Ideacentre K450

The K450 desktop case

This is the frontal view of the K450’s excellent and simplistic case. You can see the elegance the designers put in their tower.

A side view of the K450 tower

A side view of the K450 tower

Essentially the same picture as the first one but from the side. Here you’ll see the little “edge” on the front that kind of defines the K450’s design. It’s simple and doesn’t try hard at all, unlike other computer designs.

Back of K450

This is more for those that are interested or concerned about the interior and exterior design for technical issues. For instance, you can scan the picture to check if certain ports are there and if there are enough.

Hope these images helped!

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Lenovo Ideacentre K450 Common Questions and Reviews

Greetings once again, readers of K450 Review by Shandi, my own personal blog on something I love! I am back with another series of information about this K450 computer.

Today, I  want to discuss common questions I see posted frequently on places like online forums, blog comments, and even personal emails some of you have sent to me. Also, I will address some of the commonly talked about reviews about this computer and see if they are accurate. Let’s get going!

Lenovo Ideacentre K450 Common Questions

Alright, so the first question actually came from a reader on this blog — thanks a lot for the question, by the way! It lets me know you guys are interacting so please keep them coming! — So the question asked is “will the computer support both a DVI and VGA monitors at the same time?”Lenovo K450 Common Questions

My answer to that is yes it will! As you know, the Ideacentre K450 has a GTX 650 video card, which if you are aware, has three display connectors. All you have to do to make this setup work for you is have a DVI converter for the VGA input and have the other DVI plug into your monitor and the computer. Done and done!

The next question was: “What is the voltage of the power supply and can I upgrade?”

My answer is 280 watts for the power supply (more on power supply here), but that is based on what I received a year and a half ago when I purchased it. I don’t have the kind of money to buy another K450 desktop just to check what kind of power supply they package nowadays ;P. However, the next part of your question is a yes! You can upgrade probably up to a 600 watt power supply for the K450. However, I would not push past that since power supplies can get expensive and you really wouldn’t need that capacity for this desktop. Also, I mentioned the power supply on my most recent post, which you can find here on the homepage of my blog.

Common Reviews on the Ideacentre

Ideacentre K450 gameplayWhat I see commonly said about this machine is the inclusion of a 2 terrabyte hard drive. That’s 2 TB, folks. Not the largest, but certainly spacious for a computer like this. You want to fit not only your pictures, movies, and whatnot, but actual games too! We all know how many games can take up to 50-75 GBs each on average. One of my games takes up a whole 100 GB, so definitely add this hard drive a pro on your list, if you were to purchase it. Click here to read a VentureBeat post on video game size.

Another thing is the combination of the i7 processor it comes with, plus the GTX 650 graphics card it comes with. Those two are definitely a workhorse and will provide you the power you need when you need it. Gaming is definitely a breeze (depending on your expectations — do not go expecting to play 2015 games on Ultra high settings while running other video games in the background, etc).

For more on the Ideacentre K450, be sure to check out this link: http://reviews.mysteryblock.com/lenovo-ideacentre-k450-review/

More About the K450 PC by Lenovo

Hello again everyone! In my last post, I discussed a few of the specifications and features of the Lenovo K450 desktop. Here, I want to step it up a little bit. I will go a bit deeper into the specifications, and check out more of the features — since there are quite a lot of them — as well as give my own personal input to all of this. Stay tuned.

Ideacentre K450So as you read earlier, the Lenovo K450 is quite beefy. It does not have the gaudy stats and specs of other high-tier desktops, but it does do the work for you. Also, not to mention those “high-tier desktops” are also the same computers that will run you a couple thousands back.

Features

Lenovo has a few pre-built settings on the desktop. They are called the “Three Speed Power Switch” and basically they are little profiles that will change how much power the computer consumes. There is a Turbo mode, good for trying to get that extra “oomph” out of a video game. It lets you get more power, but at the cost of extra power consumption. This is when I would recommend you do not go cheap on purchasing a power adapter if you were to purchase and build your own gaming rig. There is a Cool mode, which is essentially the opposite of Turbo. Basically, you lose a small chunk of your computer’s performance for the benefit of less power consumption. This is a great option if you’re just browsing or using your computer to watch videos.

The last option, which I default to when I am not using the other options, is basically a meet-in-the-middle option, called the Auto mode. Their product page on Amazon shows that it switches between the two automatically but I have found personally that it doesn’t switch at all. It actually just stays rigth at where it was in factory setting. So this is an optimal option if you aren’t tech-savvy and don’t want to play around with these settings.

Lenovo IdeacentreMy input

All of this sounds complex, but it really isn’t. Most of the gaming desktops you encounter will likely have a bunch of advanced features you want to use. However, most of them are optional so if you just want to game, then dive right in.

I personally love messing around with my desktops. I absolutely adore the three power switch on the K450 and love seeing this feature on a lot of other gaming desktops (regular computers for browsing, however, usually do not have built-in power features).

I also love the 7.1 surround sound the Lenovo K450 computer has. You would be surprised by how many gaming PCs miss out on this feature and opt for the regular sound output. The surround sound essentially gives you the output capabilities of a television. You can plug in your own speaker set (I have a surround sound speaker set, but that is for my home theater) and get the surround sound there. Likewise, you could also plug in a pair of gaming headsets and it will automatically purr out surround sound. It’s definitely an awesome upgrade going from a computer without this kind of audio (5.1 surround sound, to be specific) to playing a game like Battlefield and hearing enemy footsteps to the left or right of your guy.

The design

Lenovo K450 IdeacentreSorry for the weird structuring of this post, by the way everyone!

Lastly, I absolutely love the design of the Lenovo K450. It is designed with a simplistic mindset. No one is going to purchase this PC because of it’s shell, but it is one heck of a bonus.

Now, a lot of people do not like the same styles as me. They prefer something like what Alienware offers; freaky, kind of mysterious looking device, right? But if you aren’t into that kind of thing, then the K450 by Lenovo certainly offers quite a lot in terms of style. It looks professional and simple. Perfect if you’re going for that style in your house or if you want to set your rig on a glass table.

Overall

Well, I am done (somewhat) with this post, but not done talking about my computer. As you can see, I like it a lot. There is a bit more to cover, so please stay tuned!

Regards,

Shandi

Lenovo K450 – An awesome desktop and the specs

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So if you have read either of those posts, you would know that my current gaming setup (or browsing setup for that matter), is the awesome Lenovo K450. I bought this computer perhaps 1 or so years ago, when it was fairly new and expensive. Right now, it’s not even dated but it did drop a few in price.

Anyway, I am going to talk about the specifications and everything else about this computer. I won’t provide my full K450 review just yet — you’ll have to wait on that.

Alright, so the Lenovo K450. What’s good about it? Well, for starters, it has a nice i7 processor from Intel included right in the case when you buy it. I’ve seen plenty of gaming PCs where they hoist only an i5 or even a shoddy i3, and they advertise as a gaming computer. That’s pretty bad.

The Intel i7 on this thing (an Intel i7 4770, by the way) has a speed of 3.4 Ghz. That’s decent for what we need it  for. Not top class, but certainly capable of running video games and other hefty tasks like video editing, which I have to do a lot at my workplace, so it’s easy to work on things at home too.

The K450 computer also includes a nice Nvidia GTX 650 video card with it. Now, a lot of people will spark a debate on Nvidia vs AMD, but frankly I do not care at the moment. Sure, I realize that both have their pros and cons and each company has their own little niche, but in this case, my video card is just fine. The GTX 650 can handle a decent load of graphics. Like I said earlier, the computer isn’t designed to be the top class. It isn’t even a model that came out this year. But that just shows the longevity of this computer. I bought it maybe 2 years ago and the graphics card still holds up well to modern games. Of course, you can still replace it if you’re a more hardcore gamer.

The RAM (random access memory) is on par with the other specifications too, with a 12GB DDR3 set. I hear most gamers prefer 16GB but honestly, I have already switched between the two on this exact computer (by replacing the standard 12GB RAM with two 8 GB pieces) and the performance was hardly better. I also did just one 8 GB RAM piece, and while it couldn’t hold as much memory obviously, you can see the Intel i7 processor and GTX 650 card going to work as the performance, too, was not much of a downside.

I will talk about the other specifications later on when I complete my review, which I will link to in this article for the people that want it. Right now, I am out of time. For now, however, check out this video on the GTX 650 graphics card.

Until next time,

Shandi

Introduction

Hello everyone,

This is Shandi Roma, the long blogger of this website! I just wanted to introduce myself here on my first post and tell a little about my plan for this WordPress site.

— By the way, if you haven’t read my about page here yet, please help yourself. I explain a little about myself and what this website is briefly —

So here goes.

My name, as I said on my About page, is Shandi. I love computers, sports, and animals! My hobby foremost is computers, though, so that’s why I decided to make this blog.

Basically, I want to make this blog about my computer, the Lenovo K450. While I did get this machine a while back, perhaps a year or so ago, I do still adore it and it is my main setup right now. So why not talk about it right?

Anyway, you’ll see a ton of my posts from here on out so why not subscribe?

Thanks everyone,

Shandi