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  1. Well, my Phenom rig is now 100% complete. Here's the specs and a few pictures. Asus M4A79 Deluxe Phenom 9850 @ 3.0GHz TRUE 120mm CPU cooler 8GB (4x2GB) DDR2-1066 @ 833, 5-5-5-15 Seasonic M12II 520w Sapphire HD6970 TP Link Wireless N Card (for older OS's) DIYPC case of some flavor / cheapie Iomega ZIP250 ATAPI drive Lite On DVDRW SATA drive Crucial BX500 240GB SSD White Label 2TB 7200RPM SATA HDD I have a whole lot of other stuff going on too. I'm about 99% done with my FX build. I'm about 75% done with my Thuban build. I have everything here for my 939 build minus the power and reset buttons (doing a custom case on that one). I have a second 939 build by accident (whoops) that's like 50% complete parts list. I have 2 Ryzen rigs of course. I need some high end GPU's but those are too spendy of course still. Oh, and I also ordered a Chieftec Dragon!!!! That bad boy is going to house my Socket A Windows 98SE rig (I have plans for 2 Socket A rigs, and eventually a Socket 7). Sorry for the delay on updates, the site's been dead for me / couldn't connect....and well, I've been busy scouring ebay for deals. I have every GPU I wanted either here or on its way (again short of modern high end cards starting after RX580). EDIT: The NZXT Source 210 that this rig WAS installed in previously is getting modded for the 939 build. So that's why I changed cases on the Phenom. I also figured out my GPU setups I wanted to use on these all so they'd make sense, so that's why I changed from a 4890 to the 6970 in here. This Phenom rig can play 99% of the games I play anyway still, even at 3840x1080 (it won't do native 5120x1440 for me). Honestly, I've been pretty impressed with its performance for its age. But yeah, I changed a few plans up to save myself from having to buy all new everything since I had some junk laying around already.
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  2. The dungeon county coroner released it's official autopsy last night.
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  3. But not having anything exclusive to the platform is a good thing. It's an open platform that you can use anyway you want. I'm sure soon @BWG will have a basement full of Steam Decks running [email protected] We need to get away from exclusives, not encourage more of them.
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  4. From a gadget perspective the Steam Deck is "Cool" so far as the hardware and the nerd factor of being able to play AAA titles "on the go". However I struggle to find an audience for this. Other hand helds, like the Nintendo Switch have a huge following and audience A. Due to their long hand held history and B. Exclusive game titles spanning years of Nintendo's overall history. I mean C'mon, so far as hardware... the switch is nothing special. The magic is it doesn't have to be due to the titles...that is what brings people in. Something like the Steam Deck, as powerful as it may be so far as hardware, has literally ZERO excitement factor. There is nothing authentic or exclusive about it. Nobody is going to buy it on the premise of "OMG I must have it to play the new DOOM game".... because you can play it on far better platforms. If the Steam Deck can create an exclusive portfolio or something stunningly unique. I fear we won't see a Steam Deck 2.
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  5. That's kind of the point. I have a 6 year old son who's starting to get into tech and computers. I'd like for him to know (eventually) how computers have evolved. My nephews are 7 and 10, and they have actually been asking me what some of this old gear is and how it works too, like the zip disks they caught me so excited about lol. That's why I've decided to go back even older than 939, and its what I grew up playing on myself too. I am, of course trying at the moment to see how modern I can make old junk play, but that wasn't entirely the point. "Museum" was the point. But yeah, I was surprised by the Phenom build. It plays my favorite game, Beamng.drive, just fine at 3840x1080. "Lowest" settings, but plays it smoothly, with easily an average FPS of 45-60. My Ryzen 3600 / RX580 can barely eek out playable framerates on "Ultra" same resolution, or "Normal" at native res of my monitor (5120x1440). Game is very very CPU heavy with lots of mods and cars spawned, and the Phenom can do the game playable. Kind of surprised me considering the game's requirements. I've been playing Killing Floor 2 on it too, but that's a little less surprising that it works.
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  6. It works but I'd think using an Xbox controller with a phone/steam link without the phone stand is kinda rough. There are also controllers made to fit on the sides of a tablet so for people who want a bigger screen, a cheap tablet and a controller for it is probably less than $100.
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  7. It is like a cool but functional museum! Love the fact that it still holds its own!
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  8. I was thinking about this and trying to figure out why this product kinda bothers me and I think it's because this thing will probably sell a lot better than it deserves to just because of the Valve name. There are a lot of people out there who see Valve as a company that can do no wrong while I see Valve as the first company to market with a decent digital store for PC games, and living off that success while dropping all the project that gave them an initial following. Reading comments about this online, it's clear there are tons of people who are really excited for this well beyond the level of excitement this product actually warrants.
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  9. Pretty much my thoughts exactly.
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  10. Ahh right, VRAM. This is the reason 3K series from Nvida has been dumb... plain and simple. You either have gimped cards at 10GB+....or go mental with 24GB of VRAM on the 3090. Literally the only reason I went 3090 was I knew the limited VRAM on the 3080's would bite me in the ass.
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  11. https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/amd-makes-super-resolution-officially-open-sourcefour-new-games-get-support.html Very cool..I wonder if this will improve it's effectiveness.
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  12. This is the issue with DRM, depending on the type used and how it is implemented can really tank performance. I get that it is a catch 22 with respect to developers wanting to protect their property. However it is clear DRM does not work and only serves to punish those who actually pay good money for the game.
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