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Aegis Kay

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  1. As part of a networking makeover at home, I decided to take a look at routers with the intention of replacing the ISP's provided router in favour of one that could provide a little extra performance over WiFi and have a few extra features to improve the general experience online. My search into high end routers took an unexpected turn into the "gaming router" world and I have to say; what in the actual f**k are these incredible monstrosities and why don't I own one already? My question is mostly is the aesthetics worth the extra cash of these demon spawn devices? Presumably it is mostly marketing behind these, but am curious to see if they do provide functional improvements over their non-gaming counterparts. Presumably, there are some networking priority changes and optimised traffic routing for specific applications. Personal experience with something like these would also be greatly appreciated. I've provided a few images below for reference.
  2. My brother has a projector for his PC and I can see the advantage of using one for a home cinema, but not for gaming. Maybe this is the kind of thing to change my mind?
  3. I can't get enough Payday 2 but you'd need friends to play the game with you. Its regularly on sale too. Its not for everyone though so best thing to do is see if your friends play it before getting it. Warframe is pretty cool too, its also free to play so might be worth checking out. Also take a look at Depth. Think Evolve, but with sharks. Strategy wise, since you don't like turn based (so no Civ 5) and you already own Planetary Annihilation you should look into something like Cities: Skylines. Strong modding community through Steam means you'll get a great experience on whatever you run it on. Best advice though is wait for a Steam sale, one is coming up before December. It'll throw loads of ideas at you.
  4. The i5 6600K. For gaming, it'd mean a cheaper motherboard, cooler and less power consumption for the build with better gaming performance (less frame spikes). For reference, I owned a 9590 for video editing. Sold it after 6 months. Basically have better gaming performance out of a FX-6300 with moderate overclock.
  5. If Zen was competing with Haswell or below we have to remember that the price point will need to be competitive at that level. While I think Intel will probably still have the "best" CPU's on market after Zen, AMD will probably bring one or two surprises that might make them a consideration. If its anything similar to their GPU architecture then we're in for a treat. Frame for frame, the Fury series never could keep up with Nvidia's high end cards (running DX11) but as more and more evidence is showing they made the right move experimenting with HBM. If Zen is going to push something new (like possible compatibility improvements between mobile and PC based CPU's) then it might be the case that they're doing something to line up with Microsoft's vision of one OS across multiple platforms. If that is the case then Zen will just be a practical CPU architecture over a high performing one. Software developers will love them, performance seekers won't.
  6. I love the whole PC Master Race thing, only because of the positive conflict it generates. Remember the 360 vs PS3 war? It was a great time for PC because of the traction Steam got and fueled the PC Master Race thing (praise Gaben etc). It also helps make console games better and more importantly, console ports. If anything the whole PC Master Race thing really is just about the "perfect" experience, the ultimate way to enjoy games and media on the most flexible and customizable platform.
  7. You can't compare web telemetry and low level application telemetry as the same thing. If I ran a website, I'd want to know the number of times someone visted my site from a particular browser, not how often that user started that browser. Its a nightmare keeping our systems at work secure when information from the intranet is trying to make an external connection to upload local client information. Its not safe, especially if that information was to get in the wrong hands. We don't want people to know which security software we use, which is information that would be collected in this data, plus how often we use it. Its absurd and unnecessary data collection and its more like traditional spying, which is why everyone is worried.
  8. Except now its live information being streamed to a remote server, so instead of needing a warrant for information on a machine, they have the live data. Think about how many low level functions you use in a day and each and every single one is recorded on a Microsoft server. That's a hell of a lot different to what hardware is in your machine.
  9. They updated Windows 7 and 8 to spy on those machines too
  10. Been playing around with Debian myself but the only thing that refuses to start is Steam which is a shame. It does seem a shame that Microsoft has a monopoly on PC gaming, but the question is it changing or are we just seeing more and more Windows exclusives? Edit: Not 5 minutes after writing this I get Steam working. Linux is a bitch.
  11. SteamOS has entered its preview testing stage and now seems like a good time to ask the question, will you be converting? Since Microsoft is closing its platform to compete with Apple, hence all your information being sent to Microsoft, SteamOS is a Linux OS based on Debian 7 which is very much an open platform. I for one am very exited by the possibility of SteamOS becoming an actual contender in the OS market with Valve funding its development. Even compatibility between platforms has been considered and with the open source nature of the platform its only a matter of time before streaming from a Windows PC to run an executable becomes running it natively within the OS, provided the platform is popular enough. So who will be willing to give it a try? Are you not at all interested? Are turnips intelligent beings threatening to take over the world? Are you already running the SteamOS preview? Post your thoughts!
  12. To answer some or all of your questions; I am under no illusion that even a dual core i3 is faster than the 860k, no its not for me nor will we build this computer at all in its discussed state, no the budget will not shift for this experiment and you can assume the memory is any generic +1800MHz component of any size. Even as a thought experiment I've pulled my hair out on this one. Getting a second hand i5 was my first port of call but Intel cpu's tend to retain their value similar to how Apple products retain theirs (very well it turns out). In any case the evidence is going against this one so perhaps its a lost cause. It also exposes a little on why AMD didn't continue their experiment with hyper-threading as a cost saving solution, even if it was still the wrong move.
  13. Here's a topic where I really want Intel fan boys to go nuts. Here's the scenario: I've been challenged with building a very specific machine. The PC is on a very strict budget but has 2 necessary requirements. The first is it requires a fast memory speed and capacity (which I have covered), but the second is for compatibility with certain software REQUIRES a minimum of 4 physical cores. Back in the day my old Q6600 would have fit the bill rather nicely but since getting any new 775 socket hardware rules out the high speed memory rule. On the AMD front I already have an CPU/Mobo combo in the Athlon X4 860K and the Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2, but I'm looking for an Intel alternative that is likely faster and at the same price point. While this is all theoretical at this point, I do think that this machine has stretched me somewhat. I've never touched a Xeon in my life and really hate the fact i5's are just so expensive comparatively even at the lowest end. Show me what you can find. Remember, the mobo must support fast memory (+1800Mhz) and the CPU must have 4 PHYSICAL cores (Hyper-threading after the fact is optional). They are bizarre requirements but it seems like its trying to be two machines in one or is trying to retain future compatibility as dual core is phased out with software support (Far Cry 4 fiasco comes to mind). In any case, I'm not questioning the requirements, I'm just doing a job. Make me proud and show me what you can come up with
  14. From the sounds of it you've got overkill in some areas and undervalued others. It sounds like you need to step back from what GPU to buy and re-think your system if you want to game on it with that budget. You're spending way too much on the CPU and Mobo if they're new if your GPU budget is $150. In fact, you'd probably benefit from a smaller m-ATX system so you can get the maximum budget for a good GPU while still getting the full kick out of it.
  15. Anyone who's just installed an Intel 750 AIC SSD is probably kicking themselves at this news *wink* considering the possibility of a product release next year. Then again, we might also need something entirely new just to take advantage of the speed it offers.