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Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 59

by PopeRatzo (#47809047) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

I'd say just a new GPU would be fine. I use an Asus 770GTX and can play everything I've tried on max settings @1440p, so you should fine @1080p.

That's good advice. Do you happen to know if new cards like the 770 are backwards compatible with motherboards that don't have the latest PCI-e 3.0? My motherboard has PCI-e 2.0.

Oh, I guess I can go look it up. Thanks for the good advice.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 59

by PopeRatzo (#47809011) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

If one takes care of their responsibilities appropriately and is prudent in their spending, it doesn't really matter if a grown man plays computer games or watch telly tubbies or whatever they like so long as it doesn't screw up other people's lives.

You're not married, are you?

Thanks for the advice, though. Right now, "Can I Run It" shows that most of the games that have published requirements will run on my machine. I'll save the dough and wait and see. It's not like I can't get a new video card in a day or two from Amazon or Newegg, if it turns out I need it.

Comment: Re:What about Lightworks? (Score 3, Informative) 32

by bill_mcgonigle (#47808879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

It's free and pretty powerful.

It's only free if you're OK with 720p output, limited input, and not being able to move your source material to a different editor. The latter is actually the bigger risk because if Lightworks goes away (let's hope not) there'd be no way to buy the 'pro' version and get your data exported.

Otherwise it's $279 or you're on a subscription plan. It's probably still the best choice available, but be aware you don't just go buy a GoPro or a Nikon and plan on dazzling folks with the HD output with free Lightworks. From what I've seen, even iMovie parity on Linux costs $79/yr.

Even if you're very frugal and can use Free, it's probably smart to buy a month once in a while and export your projects.

Comment: It still sucks. (Score 2) 32

by Lumpy (#47808845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Nothing is really useable and stable enough. Lots of people dabbling, NONE doing feature length or even 30 minute tv episodes.

I go down this road every year and crawl right back to the single Windows box with Sony Vegas and After Effects on it. I really wish I could replace it with a linux system but it will never exist as the open source options are still not as good as even Adobe Premiere in 2004.

All pro and prosumer cameras record in MOV or AVCHD and if your editor can not handle those natively it is a major failure. I have no interest in spending 8 hours converting video and introducing generational losses right off the bat.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 1) 247

by Lumpy (#47808585) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

A free society is messy....

Only to those that get off on controlling others. The sane people that are ok with other people being different have no problems with it.

Want an example? Black Woman married to a white man. The blacks go into a racist rage as hard as the whites do over this. and it's only the controlling insane ones that do.

The sane people are happy for the couple. Sadly sane people are outnumbered 3 to 1 on this planet.

Comment: Re:Time to cut prices (Score 1) 59

by jedidiah (#47808571) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

> I suspect my next CPU will be arm(MIPS). I am astonished that I see I CPU the cost of several 1080p tablets.

Yes. And you will have to "outsource" any interesting computational tasks like something as simple as voice recognition. ARM based devices are good enough only so long as your use of it fits narrowly defined parameters driven by what speciality silicon is on your particular SoC. Even that is limited.

ARM lags behind even ancient and discontinued x86 processors. PCs also have more interesting "speciality silicon" too.

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? (Score 1) 241

by bill_mcgonigle (#47808365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

"We don't support Linux, use windows"

Because Linux users are a pain in the ass.

You can find a bugzilla from about five years back where I had a problem with the built-in NIC on an ASUS mobo corrupting memory. Several others had the same problem on the same series of boards, and we were exchanging notes and working together on the bugzilla. Initially ASUS was helpful and looped in Atheros. But once we had a clear pattern (I mean a pattern of bit inversions in the hex dump), both went radio-silent.

I mean, what were they going to do, recall all the motherboards in that line just because they were no good? My time was worth more than the $90 for the mobo but we figured initially that its was a Linux driver bug and were trying to get to the bottom of it.

Anyway, had to rip it out and replace it (no slots left for another NIC in that application). Went to MSI ("oooh, jap caps") but those toasted (literally, burn marks on the mobo) quickly, found ASRock and haven't looked back.

I have an ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 in my cart at Amazon. Now don't you guys go buying them all before I put in the order on Friday. ;)

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 104

by bill_mcgonigle (#47808237) Attached to: Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Do you ever feel responsible or bad for all the lives 4chan have ruined?
I mean there's a lot of anons that have a very unhealthy relationship to their favourite board and spends most of their waking time posting.

You're assuming the premise that these posters would have had normal, healthy lives if they didn't spend all their time on 4chan. If we know they engage in unhealthy mental behavior by spending all of their time on 4chan, then it's not a stretch to posit that they may have otherwise been involved in crime, drugs, or other self-destructive behaviours. That 4chan is a detriment in these cases is far from proven, and reason raises the possibility of an opposite effect.

Comment: gaming rig (Score 1) 59

by PopeRatzo (#47806983) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

OK, since Slashdot is running these weekly Tom's Hardware-type posts, lemme axe you something:

I've got a system I put together maybe three years ago. I used a good motherboard bought a good case, good RAM, very good PSU. It was when the first i5s were coming out, so it's an i5-750 (2.7ghz, I think). I didn't spend a lot of dough on a GPU, but I've been able to play everything up to and including Watch Dogs on this setup.

I want to be ready for the fall games (The Crew, GTA V, Dragon Age Whatever, Witcher 3, Arkham Whatever). Should I just start over with a new mobo processor or can I get value out of a new GPU (say, an nVidia 770 or AMD R9 285)?

mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UDsomething
RAM: 8 gig
GPU: HD 6850
SSD for system drive and Caviar black for games (maybe I should drop $150 on a 250gig SSD for my games? I'd have to trim down how many Steam and GOG games I have installed though, because now I've probably got 300gig including Wolfenstein (40+gig!)
24" 1920x1080

So what about it. It looks like this fall I might bump up against some of the new games requirements. Whole new rig or can I get mileage out of a new GPU?

Also, my wife thinks a grown man playing computer games is a little bit pathetic, and I can't really argue with her, so it's probably best if I keep the same big coolermaster case so maybe she won't notice I've spent more money my gaming rig. Bad enough when that new keyboard with the Cherry MB Brown keys came and all of a sudden my keyboard was glowing bright blue and I had to explain why I had to replace the old logitech keyboard.

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