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Everything posted by Jaxseven

  1. Not exactly. I built a PC console inside a Silverstone RVZ03 that's only a bit bigger than an old 360. It still fits in my entertainment center and has a full sized GTX 1070ti and a 6700K. The only specific hardware I needed to make it fit was a SFX PSU but that's not hard to come by. Unless you really wanted a micro console PC, my build is as small as a console and has good enough specs.
  2. My friend asked me to recommend a gaming laptop for $1500 and I without even thinking recommended him the Asus ROG G14. I told him to wait and I needed to put in a little more time to research, but then I looked through everything and said, "Shoot, maybe there really isn't anything better right now." I just couldn't find anything that competes at that price for the performance.
  3. I remember back with OtherOS on the PS3 was a big deal, and it truthfully was to a handful of people. The issue was I believe Sony only did it to avoid some tax or fit some type of classification of computer for the PS3. I don't honestly know of anyone that used Linux PS3 other than like you said a curiosity. I'll probably go down a YouTube rabbit hole later tonight researching this topic to see what people actually used it for outside of installing Libre Office on. Well, "games without problems" would certainly be dependent on your definition. Tux Kart or a port of Doom (the original), maybe. Current games definitely not. Console hardware is highly specialize and don't have open source drivers for people to develop improvements on. I've been hacking a lot of my consoles lately, and while certain consoles like my Vita can do some amazing stuff, Linux really isn't one of them. The biggest use I've found is hacking a console to make game backup ROM files to emulate on a beefier system. RPCS3 has come a long way and Asura's Wrath is now playable in 4K, but ripping the game would probably be the only thing I'd do with a hacked PS3, and even then that generation is HD so I don't have any issues connecting to my TV compared to a GameCube or SNES. It'll probably just be worth it to pick up a new console one day just to play games on. I bought my PS4 for $150 off a coworker and my Xbox One S for $170 with a gift card, and for that price I'm fine with them only playing games.
  4. This really pissed me off to see this not only because it's super scummy to implement a kernel level Anti-Cheat program for a game no one talked about the multiplayer for well after the refund window closes, but also because Doom has been sort of the showcase for DXVK Linux gaming. There was even a sale on the game the week prior to this happening! Confession, I haven't finished Doom 2016 because I have a massive backlog and I began my transition to Linux part of the way through the game. I held off buying it because I've recently gotten into retro collecting as I'm nostalgic for plug and play consoles. I already felt like I was relenting control of my own computer when I would reboot into Windows to be able to play a multiplayer game like Dead by Daylight, but now another game with kernel level access for the excuse to crack down on cheaters? Sorry, I'll take the cheaters over losing any more control over my PC. It's the exact reason I switched to Linux in the first place.
  5. So I recently switched my board over to something with a modern NVME slot, and after all this hype about NVME storage on the new consoles I guess I should buy one. ... NVME SSD, not a PS5. Ha, thank Sweeny. Currently my set up is, well, complicated. I have 2 500GB SATA SSDs, one is my Windows install, the other Manjaro Linux. Then I have a 4TB that I've partitioned in half because Steam really doesn't like NTFS on Linux. I've decided that the golden number of drives in my rig is three. One NVME, and 2 SSD drives otherwise I will begin limiting what cases I could use and I've found out the more drives and partition present on boot up, the slower the boot up. There's two issues I'm facing while deciding how to go about this. One is that how do I handle downsizing from 4TBs to an amount of storage that isn't going to cost me an entire new computer yet give me enough space for next gen games that will probably have monster install sizes? I did plan to invest in a NAS for Nextcloud/Plex/Phone backups, so add that to the cost. The second is trying to figure out how truthful fast NVME storage is going to benefit games. The only affordable option I see for NVME is 1TB and since I don't really want to dual boot, only one OS will be on that drive if that. The alternative is to install my games on to the NVME drive for next gen games, but again I may partition that. Is anyone really convinced gaming on NVME will make a big difference compared to a good SATA SSD in the coming console generation?
  6. Yeah I get that sort of thing a lot in privacy forums and chats I frequent. It just doesn't work for a normal person, especially if you work for a big company. I've gone further than anyone I know in life, but honestly deleting Facebook and switching to AOSP is much further than people I know. Once the Librem 5 is a more consumer ready product maybe we'll be there, but it'll be hard. Web Apps and AOSP is the best I got right now.
  7. So easiest safe bet is AOSP with latest security patches and FOSS apps? I try to make it works at least. Doesn't always though.
  8. That's a great idea, also I just remembered they make a Stormtrooper color scheme so I may look at that and think about possibly spraying a design on the case if I can make it look good enough.
  9. I have seen that case and Silverstone is pretty nice. I built my HTPC in their Raven RVZ03(B?) which is a really nice case for the living room. The only downside is my motherboard is too old to support the front RGB so it's harder to tell if it's on. That said, if this for me is more cosmetic than function, than I want to do something to the SG13 to spice it up a little. I'm hoping to move into a house in a year or so, and if my needs change then I may to a transplant then.
  10. Again I do like my Manta case, and with a good air cooler I feel comfortable overclocking. I did however switch to a Ryzen 3600X so I don't really know if I'm going to see any true benefits from trying to overclock it. I've been running my parts through it and to keep most of the parts it wouldn't really shrink down the case that much. The smallest I could fit it into would be an InWin A1 Plus but then I lose my 80 Platinum ATX PSU which will probably be better than whatever InWin packages into their A1. Like I said, the Manta is a good case and I can't will myself to spend money on a cosmetic change. I'd rather save for the 30 series to replace my GTX 1080 at some point.
  11. Thank you. I was having trouble finding that section. I'm a little new despite my account being- *looks at account* Wow, 6 years I could've gotten way more educated about building PCs. Hey all of this will probably be opinion so all good. My plan originally was to be a video editor but then got a corporate job and haven't touched my Adobe Suite since. Without need of a bunch of storage drives, I could slim my case down, though I do have a Dark Rock air cooler.
  12. I recently built a HTPC from spare parts and a $200 1070 TI last winter and have sort of fallen in love with it. It's nearly on par with my 4 year old desktop. My desktop is a NZXT Manta which I think is a nice case, although the curved design didn't age too well in my opinion. There's just a little voice in the back of my head telling me to transplant my rig into a smaller mini-ITX case, but it seems a little silly. I think if I was building today (or rather during more normal circumstances like last year) I would probably build my dedicated gaming desktop into a small case. What does everyone else think? What's your preferred case size/shape and why? Also as a side question, do you upgrade your case and when?
  13. Huge into PC gaming, like many people here I assume, so I've been on Windows 10 for a long time. Last year after some terribly botched updates, I finally said enough is enough and plugged in a new Linux drive into my system. I've been astounded at how far gaming on Linux has come, and how much just seems to work on my Manjaro install. I still need my Windows drive for my Oculus Rift and EAC games right now, but EAC is supposedly in the process of being made compatible. I wanted to know how many people here have decided to experiment with Linux or try to make the full switch.
  14. So wait, how do I enter to win, because I really need to upgrade to a phone with more than 1GB of RAM, like real bad.