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    posted a message on Windows 8
    Quote from Wolffe

    Anybody digging the new app store? I know there isn't a lot in it yet, but the ability to play Xbox Live games on it is pretty cool. There is a small selection of helpful apps as well.


    Its alright I want a non fullscreen version of it. You cant play xboxlive games you can play some titles are are crossplatform.

    In your post you mentioned you saw improvment with you CPU perfomrnace under win8.
    Games is something that should see gains or anything else that is lightly threaded.
    If you still have a win7 install anyway you would be nice enough to test a few games.
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    posted a message on I need help with finding good computer specs.
    Quote from Ankenmann2

    Yeah, but why didn't you go with Asus or Sapphire?


    Because the OEM brands only real difference is warranty quality and fan design.
    HIS is fine.

    Quote from jppk1

    FYI, the GPU is nowhere near top quality and the mobo can't stand 4GHz with that CPU for longer than a few months due to the power phase design. That PSU has bad efficiency(~77% at peak) and it should be labeled as a 450W unit as you can't pull more power than that from it.


    HIS is fine as a I said above.
    I know several people who OC and run that motherboard and its fine.
    That's not how PSU efficiency works I have covered this before several times on this forum.
    Lets take a 600w psu and it has a 77% efficiency it will require 798w of power to provide 600 watts.
    Efficiency in PSU is how much power the PSU provides compared to the draw from the wall outlet.
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    posted a message on Best GPU For Under $510
    Quote from teckmaster

    Probably a GTX680


    The 7970ghz edition is cheaper and faster.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

    Fastest GPU in your budget.
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    posted a message on Valve steam box? PC console thingyyy?
    Quote from HeavyLobster

    Would a program designed for x86 and x86_64 architechtures compile on an ARM CPU?


    You can compile C++ for ARM but its never as easy as switching compilers I don't know the specifics but just that it is not that easy.
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    posted a message on If you had an unlimited budget, would this be the dream overall computer?
    Quote from The_Doctor_123

    Damn, those are overpriced monitors. Well, it's Dell.


    How are they overpriced? It is not that badly priced for what it is.
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    posted a message on Valve steam box? PC console thingyyy?
    Quote from Satharis


    Okay why does it have to be an x86 CPU? In fact why do they have to make it? Xbox 360 uses a PowerPC processor and PS3 uses a cell broadband. There are tons of CPU designs and architectures out there and many of them would be pretty easy to license out or buy manufacturing orders for. It's not like companies creating consoles flat out manufacture all their hardware.

    Xbox 360 uses a Xenos GPU which AMD manufactures for them, they never had to design anything, Valve could just as easily have a GPU manufactured for their system. I think people here are making a bit of out of proportion guesses to what Valve can or cannot do. They certainly have the money for it.

    Okay so wait you were arguing against the guy above by replying with equally wrong statements? I do not understand. Then you just kind of finish it off with "well they'll have to have everyone manufacture the stuff for them!" Your above statements imply that they couldn't get them manufactured, no console producing company out there that I know of flat out manufactures their parts.


    I was just giving reasons why it would be unreasonable and then said what I would expect them to do in this situation.
    I am expecting x86 or ARM x86 would keep compatibility with games currently but ARM is a possibility and a lot of companies make ARM cpus.

    That's my point Valve can not afford to make a GPU or make a CPU due to budget reasons and licensing reasons.

    I was expanding on my earlier point and then I speculated a bit I should have separated my statements to make it more understandable.
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    posted a message on Valve steam box? PC console thingyyy?
    Quote from Razeredge

    The same can be said for all the other parts, however I don't personally think that they'll actually be doing any of that. I was just justifying that guy's statement.


    Except it can't be said for the other parts Valve can't make a x86 CPU Intel owns the rights and AMD holds the rights to x86-64 it would be impossible for Valve to
    Valve can't afford to make GPUs they don't have the budget.
    Valve will make the controllers and the box if they do and then hire AMD/Intel to make the CPU and AMD or Nvidia for the GPU and foxxconn to make the motherboard.
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    posted a message on opensource programs.
    Quote from Einho

    When talking about software "free" and "open source" don't mean freeware: you can read more in the wikipedia pages.




    When you say firefox or VLC is popular because its free I assume you mean free as in free beer regular users don't give a flying **** if its free as in freedom.
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    posted a message on opensource programs.
    Quote from Einho

    As I said free and opensouce software might not be perfect but at least it's ethical and gives you choices.


    Wait its unethical to pay for software?
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    posted a message on Valve steam box? PC console thingyyy?
    Quote from Razeredge

    A console needs a GPU.

    However, it would be more beneficial to them to just get AMD/Nvidia to do it for them.


    Unless its ARM based then it will probably be PowerVR or Nvida.
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    posted a message on Linux Opinion Poll
    Quote from Knuckl3head

    Linux is smaller and faster. It may not be good in power management, but it makes up for that by being a free, open source operating system. Most people get Windows because it is "User Friendly," for my needs, linux is the best!


    Ya its faster except when its slower.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_ivybridge_winlin&num=3

    Phoronix is a Linux website so if they were to be biased one way it would be to Linux.
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    posted a message on Valve steam box? PC console thingyyy?
    Quote from SupremeHawk

    Who knows. . . Maybe they'll go into the GPU business.


    I doubt it Intel has a massive R&D budget and is still trying to catch up to AMD in IGPs/APUs.
    Nvidia and AMD would destroy them in the x86 GPU market. Nvidia spends almost in R&D alone as Valve as a company is worth.
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    posted a message on opensource programs.
    Quote from ThrillD

    The GPL is a license that protects the freedom of the users at the cost of distributors. And at the end of the day, the end users don't really care. How many PC users know C and can modify their programs? So in that respect, the GPL is bad.


    Forced freedom is not freedom. With open source software the users are the distributors and developers not all of them but some of them. Even RSM has recommended against using GPL for libraries and other things. I like opensource software I like the idea Ubuntu can give things away for free. But I also like the idea red hat can charge for a distribution and the support for it if they chose.
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    posted a message on opensource programs.
    Quote from ThrillD

    Or you could throw on a different DE, or use a different distro, but...



    What exactly is wrong with the GPL? The GPL is basically any other free software license (you can modify this, redistribute it, blah blah blah), but ensures GPL software remains free software by saying that, when a program is redistributed, it must stay under the license. This is a very good thing.

    If you want to use GPL programs in proprietary software (which kinda kills the point of "free software," but whatever), you can theoretically break the software down into a GPL portion and a proprietary portion.


    I hate GPL for the reason that take Bukkit for example If i make a bukkit plugin I am required to keep it under the GPL license I cant change the license of my software that uses a GPL library.
    They fixed this issue with the lesser GPL thing but it still annoys me.
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    posted a message on opensource programs.
    Quote from Einho

    Free and open source software have a completely different approach towards users, other developers and the community: as a part of these groups I always consider the license. Have you ever tried Ubuntu? Debian stable? Your example it's full of clichés and hate. Plus it doesn't make sense either: with packages and dependencies problems like those are quite rare.


    In the Firefox download page you can read "Non-profit - Innovating for you - Fast, flexible, secure". We all know that those features made its fortune and all of that is because of its license: the GPL.


    Ya Ubuntu has a really great approach to users called **** them over with a subpar UI with performance issues.

    GPL is a terrible license Apache license ftw.
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