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You want 7. 8 is godawful, continuing in the Microsoft tradition of every other Windows release actually being the alpha for the eventual actual product, released early to get people to migrate off the current platform and be left with an awful OS and desperate for a better one. (see: ME -> XP; Vista -> 7.)
You can always check if your place of employment has a home use program. My last job and my gf's current job both did; I got 7 pro for $20 that way.
I'm going to be buying a new gaming PC this holiday season. Any thoughts (from you or anyone else here) as to whether I'd be better off with Windows 7 or 8? I'm assuming 9 won't be out until 2015.
Microsoft seems to be moving in the direction of free upgrades (their upgrade revenue is small, so that's no big sacrifice for them), so I don't think you have to worry too much about the cost of upgrading.
I'd wait until after Broadwell (Intel's new "tock") as you might see some pretty impressive gains with the new architecture
In general, almost all games these days are GPU bound, not CPU bound. If your budget is say $800, I'd spend an extra $50 on a GPU rather than an extra $50 on CPU. NVIDIA is also going to be releasing their high end "Maxwell" based cards sometime soon and while AMD is always competitive in the GPU segment (not in the CPU segment imo) it might push NVIDIA ahead on a performance per dollar ratio around Christmas time.
Any Broadwell (or Haswell) based i5 is going to be more than enough power for gaming. There is zero reason to go i7 unless you're doing a lot of CPU intensive stuff like audio production or video encoding.
Wow. I, uh.... wow.
If you've been happily humming along on Vista for six years, just get whatever's easy. You're never going to notice or care about any difference.
TGF: No, it wasn't a slam. I'm just genuinely surprised that any person exists that has been happy with Vista for years. Power to you, my friend.
Speaking of hard drives, my external Toshiba desk drive died a month ago and I lost a ton of data. It's still under warranty so I can replace the drive but what options do I have to get my data back, besides spending $200+ or Toshiba telling me tough ####.
Plus, Garrus and I bro so hard. I like him more than I like some of my real life friends.
So any recommendations on a good SSD?
Is the GTX 770 the video card of choice now?
Do I get an i7 CPU?
For gaming? No, an i5 will effortlessly run any game on the market and any that will come out in the next few years. If you do other CPU intensive activities like video/audio production/editing, maybe.
Thanks, all you people sheep buying iPhones! Keep buying iPhones!
Is the GTX 770 the video card of choice now?
Do I get an i7 CPU?
What the hell does Microsoft see in it? I mean I get it's a pretty big cultural phenomenon now (to my surprise), but the market has to be close to full saturation now.
It's the kids. I've never gotten into Minecraft, but talking with parents and it seems that EVERY DAMN KID between 5 and 12 is into Minecraft, or hangs out at a friends' house that is into Minecraft.
That's a huge future marketplace that you can draw into your fold with "New Minecraft Stuff!" or "Minecraft 2!"
Minecraft has a gigangic mod scene and those modders are the ones that are going to really take it in the ass, I suspect.
Yeah I get that, just still have a hard time accepting it and seeing the revenue stream. I played mincraft back in the day during alpha, and just never really saw it becoming what it is now. I like it, and still fire up a world from time to time, but just doesn't have much staying power. Still seems like more of a "fad" to me that will eventually be replaced by whatever toy/game elementary kids will be into by 2016.
They haven't had a single gaming "hit" in house since maybe Halo.
If you just arrived from 1998, I'll try and break it to you gently: Microsoft hasn't exactly been renowned for shrewd business moves the past decade.
The word going around is that Notch approached Microsoft, not the other way around.
I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO...
It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.
Well $2.5 billion buys a lot of therapy sessions...
This entry gives that more context, if you are interested. I don't know how much of the $2.5B hits his pocket, but I can imagine pretty easily the desire to back away from the thing that Minecraft has become.
Pay for the rights to the Myth franchise and remake them?
I'd definitely buy a lower level league soccer club in England,
I run something valued at around 1/10000th as Minecraft and I can tell you there is usually once a day where if someone just offered me 300k I'd walk away no questions asked. I can understand the emotional toll of trying to separate your product from you and hell if my thing was worth around 2.5 billion I don't think I could sign the papers fast enough to walk away from it.
I've often thought that if I was a billionaire, I'd create a game company and buy the rights to Descent: Freespace and Freespace 2 so that I could remake them and make newer games off of that franchise. I loved those games and still play them from time to time.
Said every FM addict, everywhere!
those old WH40K RTS things
I've noticed that Dan is also playing Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, so I was wondering about his initial opinions. Borderlands has been my favorite FPS series for a long while now... I'm not much good at PVP and thus prefer PVE co-op multiplayer, and Borderlands is the type of cartoonish, insane game where I can accept the fact that the goal is to massacre millions of poor enemies as opposed to a more "realistic" FPS, so I figured that I'd probably really enjoy the new one.
After three hours I can say that I was right. The game is fun, the low gravity dynamics are pretty awesome, and I get to play as a Claptrap! Also, now I get to kill rednecks from Australia the Moon instead of the deep south Pandora!
Borderlands the Pre-Sequel is a ton of fun, though it's kind of short. It really should have probably been a $30 DLC for Borderlands 2 but still, it's quite enjoyable.
I'm considering getting an XOBX controller for my PC;
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