Indeed - I'm sort of tempted to get one of those to test at work. We churn through disturbing amounts of calculations, so reasonably cheap many-threaded integer performance isn't a bad idea.
(I'll get a 2600K if I upgrade my gaming PC this generation, though.)
I haven't used either lens, but generally speaking: Don't worry about 270 vs 300 mm, that's not a difference you'll really notice. A 70-300 will typically be better in that range than an 18-300, though ... tacking the wide end onto it makes for some compromises. There's a review of the Tamron...
Hmm, I might have to do that for indesign. I want to lay out a poster (presenting some research at a conference), and getting a license from work for the private laptop I'd be using is a multi-month bureaucratic process. Getting reimbursed for one month of usage should be much simpler.
As I said in the original location: If you can find a cheap generic card with optical out, that plus a decent DA and amplifier should work rather well. If your MB has optical out, even that should be fine.
Of course, I'm only guessing that the ultra-generic sound cards (like the intel...
Why, exactly? As long as it's set up reasonably well, it should be a slight benefit to the player compared to PTT, with no real issues for the others in the channel.
We've got a few people using it, and the only issues we've had over the years are a couple of surprising sneezes.
The safest bet might be to get something very generic with optical out, and a small DA + amplifier. It should sound rather good, too.
(Many rather plain MBs have optical out from the builtin sound, even.)
Yes, I am indeed assuming. There's a whole range of possibilities here.
On one side is "woman, 50, decides to dig up cable instead of finding job".
On the other end is "woman, 80, has no chance of getting a job and can't live on her retirement; decides to steal cables to buy food".
Mmh, I can see that happening. The main thing that makes me like D2 more is that I got bored of Torchlight roughly at the end of the campaign, while D2 lasted much longer. It does, however, have some annoyances that torchlight has polished out ... so it's probably a matter of taste.
Saying what everyone else has been implying: You should try Diablo 2 if you want something else in the genre. It's old (and these days, not too pretty), but if you liked the type of game and haven't played D2, well ... there's a reason it's the reference implementation.