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  1. synaesthetic
    2013-06-20 20:52
    synaesthetic
    Mini-ITX rigs are good for a "transportable" use case--i.e. the occasional LAN party and the like. I don't know how well the internal components would handle being lugged around in a backpack on a daily basis. The PCBs in desktop components (even mini-ITX) aren't designed for that; they're designed to be stationary.

    I'd be most worried about the hard drive--3.5" drive bays in a desktop case don't have the same kind of shock-proofing that laptop drive bays do--and the PCI-Express slot where the GPU fits in. Video cards are big and heavy and they're only secured by the bracket that attaches them to one side of the case. Frequent banging around could potentially weaken the card-edge connector slotting into the PCI-E slot.

    What you might consider doing is building or buying a "GPU dock" that connects to your laptop and then to an external display. That way at home you can have a nice, big, pretty IPS display and a beefy GPU to play your games, but you don't sacrifice portability or battery life (gaming laptops have terrible battery life) while on the go.

    These solutions looks absolutely fantastic, though you'd need a laptop with a Thunderbolt port to make use of either (and the SilverStone one is still in development).

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5352/

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7040/c...om-silverstone
  2. Vexx
    2013-06-20 20:15
    Vexx
    I keep blanching at gaming rigs mostly because of they don't modularly upgrade (though Alien did a fair job, they're owned by Dell now ... who I consider corporatist devils that make crap at this point ). But if you simply buy into the idea you might be replacing your laptop every two or three years for a couple of thousand ...

    fire away, Gridley.
  3. Vexx
    2013-06-20 19:08
    Vexx
    That was back in the 90s and early 2000s when we'd often build a lab "on the spot" for something a client might want to demonstrate (or to do forms of load testing). My last Shuttle is sitting in a box in the basement. It works but it's so noisy it isn't fun anymore even for linux. The new ones appear to have solved many of those kinds of problems but my they are pricey now.

    I suspect an SSD solves your impact concerns. My lenovo throwaway has an SSD in it. I treat the thing like a spiral notebook and it chirps along happily except for the win8 handicap
  4. Vexx
    2013-06-20 18:16
    Vexx
    Are you just talking about transporting it? Or actually trying to power and use it while in transit?

    If you're just transporting it, backpacking it shouldn't be any problem (if the hard disk has a proper safety parking shutdown). If that's a concern, then one of the newer solid state drives takes care of head crash potential. And heat isn't an issue at all if it isn't running. These things get left in crates on tarmacs, stored in unregulated warehouses, etc.

    I used to carry a small pod of those Shuttle PCs around (back when they were the size of a shoebox) for quick on the spot networks. Other than the god awful noisy fans, they never even burped.
  5. Vexx
    2013-06-14 02:27
    Vexx
    Thanks, I just watch the page views when I drop an update and that's my feedback mostly these days other than Syn and I trading critiques on her and my stories.

    I had been trying to keep an eye on the Economica story (S&W redux) but had sort of let it fall off my horizon.
  6. synaesthetic
    2013-06-11 01:24
    synaesthetic
    I don't remember the names of them, but I recommend the mods that lower spell cooldowns (so playing a mage doesn't feel terribly boring), the mods that allow you to manage party member equipment. On top of that there are a lot of mods that change the overall balance and flow of the combat as well.
  7. Triple_R
    2013-06-10 23:30
    Triple_R
    I really like Windows 7 and Microsoft Office myself. And I'm very satisfied with my XBox 360.

    So yeah, I'm also disappointed to see where Microsoft has gone with its products over the past year or so.

    Microsoft's biggest problem is that they've lost sight of customer/user-friendliness, which honestly I think used to be a strength of theirs.
  8. Guardian Enzo
    2013-06-02 19:45
    Guardian Enzo
    I probably need to give up caring about that show one way or the other.
  9. Triple_R
    2013-05-31 19:08
    Triple_R
    You're likely much more tech savvy than I, so maybe there's some things I'm just not getting here that you are getting. However, I hope you would agree, at least, that the XBox One certainly raises eyebrows at least, from a privacy standpoint.
  10. Triple_R
    2013-05-30 08:55
    Triple_R
    Right now, I own a XBox 360, and a few games for it. Prior to the XBox360, my last console system was the original Playstation. Most of my gaming has been on the PC.

    My all-time favorite gaming franchises:

    NHL games
    Sid Meier's Civilization series
    Command and Conquer
    Age of Empires
    Heroes of Might and Magic
    Suikoden (I completed the first, fourth, and fifth ones; almost completed the 2nd)


    There are a lot of other games I've tried (Mass Effect, Soul Calibur, WoW) in a lot of different genres, but I tend to prefer RTS games, and games where you're basically building a society.

    There have also been a fair number of RPGs I've played and/or completed (some of the Final Fantasy games, a couple of the "Tales" series of games, the first Xenosaga game, etc...)

    But what I find is that I just don't have enough time for work, anime, gaming, and fanfic writing. I like anime, gaming, and fanfic writing about equally, and gaming is the most expensive of the three, so I don't game all that much. But it's certainly possible I might get more into gaming again one day (it'll probably happen once I tire of fanfic writing). It's only recently that I tried Mass Effect.

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  • About 0utf0xZer0
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    Pretentious moe scholarship, computers, PC gaming, brainstorming fantasy novels, animal-eared girls
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    Laptop: Thinkpad X120e, AMD E-350, 6GB RAM, 11.6 inch screen Desktop1: 2.4 ghz Core 2 Quad, 4GB RAM, HD4770 512MB Desktop 2: Phenom II X4 BE at 3.4ghz, 6GB RAM, 8800GTS 512MB
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    EF: A Tale of Memories/Melodies
    Bakemonogatari
    Hyouka
    Moon Phase
    Shin Sekai Yori
    Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu
    Kurenai
    Wolf Children
    Detroit Metal City
    Zipang
    Sola
    Utawarerumono
    Madoka Magica
    Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
    Hanasaku Iroha
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