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    Who's making moves to get ready for the new release of cards?

    I'm still on a GTX 980 here, been itching for an upgrade and was planning on doing so with Turing - until I saw the jacked-up prices! Getting said GTX 980 in late 2015 rather than waiting for Pascal was a mistake in hindsight, but so was buying the Oculus Rift CV1 at 2016 prices ($800 for HMD...
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    Fresnel Lenses Alternatives?

    I'd like to try it for myself, but the problem there is that I've never tried a Vive out of never knowing anyone with one locally. Went straight from Rift CV1 in 2016 to the Index this year, and the Index, while featuring similar lenses to the Vive, don't appear to be easily detachable in a...
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    GPU - diminishing returns reached

    All of you Pascal owners who feel underwhelmed by Turing, imagine what it feels like still being on Maxwell. I'm still using a GTX 980 I got at the tail end of 2015, new and sealed, for the price of a mere 970. Pascal wouldn't be out for several more months, and I was planning on just skipping...
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    Fresnel Lenses Alternatives?

    I can't imagine Gear VR lenses being an improvement, as I absolutely hate chromatic aberration, and the Note 4-era Gear VR (SM-R320) was rife with it. Alas, it's a tradeoff. Fresnel lenses mean substantially mitigated chromatic aberration, though you get to deal with rings and god rays that are...
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    Six 2 GB sticks for 12 GB total, you're right on that. It's partly why the whole CPU/mobo/RAM combo was so cheap, since denser DIMMs hold their value much better. Higher-density DIMMs would be preferred, but hey, it was part of a $100 bundle and saved me from having to pull RAM from my 4770K...
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    I've had an X5650/12 GB DDR3-1600/MSI X58 Pro-E setup sitting around for a long while that cost me all of $100 (just wanted something cheap with SSE4 that would run games that required it), and it's only now that I put it into service since the old Q6600 build I've been trying to move the rest...
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    Apple to start making its own Mac ARM chips in 2021 instead of using Intel. What say ye?

    The G5 was indeed IBM's big NetBurst moment - too hot and inefficient. It's not uncommon to see Power Mac G5s basically warp their logic boards from the sheer heat and cause solder joints to fail, bricking the poor things, whereas the worst that tended to plague their G4 predecessors was bad...
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    Just picked up a mac pro 8 core for cheap!

    I'm sure you can get some use out of it as a file server at the very least, but the 32-bit EFI really holds you back on the 1,1/2,1 in terms of software support. Gotta use a custom bootloader like a Hackintosh, at which point actually Hackintoshing would be a better option. The other huge...
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    Apple to start making its own Mac ARM chips in 2021 instead of using Intel. What say ye?

    Switch the Mac to ARM and lose Boot Camp? I don't see it happening, given how being able to natively run Windows was one of the biggest reasons for the Intel x86 switch to begin with. Yes, I know there's Windows 10 on ARM now, but if the Surface Pro X reviews were any indication, it's a...
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    Why did YOU choose AMD for your processor?

    All of my recent builds are Intel, but that's because AMD had lost their performance advantage both times I had built a brand new computer, late 2007 and late 2013. I still remember a time when no gamer in their right mind would've bought Intel, because NetBurst (Pentium 4/D) just plain sucked...
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    Is VR even worth it?

    The 1080 Ti is still quite a performance leap above the old 980, so I'm not surprised you can manage with just a few settings turned down. I just wish their used prices hadn't hovered so close to 2070 Super and 2080 Super territory to the point that I'm not really getting any...
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    Is VR even worth it?

    I've been using VR since the Rift CV1 released back in 2016, when the headset and Touch controllers cost $800 combined, and then you add two extra sensor cameras, USB 3.0 extensions, and an additional USB 3.0 host controller card for everything... needless to say, it's a lot more affordable now...
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    Valve Index In Stock at 10am PDT 3/9

    My order was placed on March 9th about an hour and 45 minutes (IIRC) after they went live, estimated for 8 weeks since it was rather late, they asked for confirmation and payment on April 16th, and I finally got it yesterday, April 22nd. Hang in there, it'll eventually come. Certainly beats...
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    Question for the veterans of PC gaming: why was the Radeon 9700 Pro such a big deal?

    The early 2000s were pretty much peak PC gaming, if you ask me, and the Radeon 9700/9800 lines were some of the reasons why. Alas, I only had a 9600 XT because my parents didn't feel like letting me pitch in a bit extra to step up to the much faster 9700, but oh well, I got the Half-Life 2...
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    Fully Decked out and accessorized 16" MacBook Pro costs over $8k

    I now find myself managing a warehouse's worth of desktops, laptops, and the occasional set of iPads, so I see what you're coming from regarding the system integrator thing. After three years, the old stuff gets cleared out due to warranty expiration, because time is money in that kind of...
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