OK! So I finally have a PC again thanks to a scavenging friend.
- CPU = i5-4670k
- MoBo = Asus Z87-A
- GPU = GTX 770
- 620W PSU and R4 Fractal case
Full upgrade is too costly (around $500 as both the DDR-3 based MoBo and CPU would need to be replaced), and frankly unneeded for another 2-3 years, but I do want to upgrade the GPU and double RAM to 16GB.
Goals: Play any modern game at smooth 60 fps on 1080p screen on Ultra would almost certainly be the main/only constraining factor.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 DIMM 1600MHz PC3-12800 [16GB] for ~$100. Some of my apps could benefit from this and might come in handy if I need to work on large databases.
- MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti: $350, 20% less power consumption, looks nicer (?).
- MSI GeForce RTX 2060: ~$390, seem to have have 5-10 fps advantage on modern games on 1080p (much more on 1440p, should I decide to upgrade monitor), more future proof as it supports DLSS and ray tracing.
I like MSI GPUs as they tend to be quiet, reliable, have good cooling, and are OC friendly. I assume these are no different and the reviews appear to be ok.
Getting the RTX 2060 seems like a no brainer. Might be worth considering the 1660-Ti if the price differential was $80 (as it seems to be in the US), but in Russia it’s only ~$40.
Does this sound about right? Am I making any mistakes?
Meta-note: I should have never abandoned the PC master race. Thorfinnsson’s “technical” explanations regardless, I strongly believe that the problems with my Lenovo notebook were the result of God punishing me for my treason. I have gotten the message. Laptops are for bringing to work, or for travel – not for the home.
With 20 days worth of warranty remaining, I will soon send it the laptop off to get repaired, hopefully it could at least continue serving in that modest and more appropriate function.
More notable posts since the last Open Thread in case you missed any of them.
- Kazakh President Nazarbayev Resigns
- Succeeding Prez Tokayev to rename capital Astana to Nursultan. I thought the Kazakhs might be freer of the Central Asian inclination towards personality cults, but I guess not.
- Nazarbayev will retain real power. He was made Leader for Life (“elbasy”) in 2010, and he will chair the Security Council, which was made more powerful than the Presidency. I have seen speculations that he will be succeeded by his wife, or one of his two daughters.
- What If Russia Stood on the Sidelines While Crimea Burned?
- More Crimea poasts upcoming soon.
- Some good responses to my Yang post at /r/YangForPresidentHQ
Not many notable posts, as I’m only posting this a few days after the last Open Thread.
- *powerful comment*: Hail estimates the number of Muslims in New Zealand
- Elites going into demented damage control mode after Churchtown shootings:
- Sharing the video in New Zealand could get you more jail time than Brenton Tarrant will get for killing any one of those Muslims.
- New Zealand police have been demanding logs from websites where the video was uploaded to, such as Kiwi Farms./
- Britain arresting lots of people as usual.
- *powerful comment*: Thorfinnsson’s analysis of 737 MAX debacle.
- Solar Imperialist: What do stars feel?
- George Church: We should not fear ‘editing’ embryos to enhance human intelligence, says leading geneticist George Church
- *powerful comment*: E dissects internal Ukrainian discussions on what to do about Crimea on Feb 28, 2014
- Completion of the first railroad bridge across the Amur linking China and Russia; should be in operation by the end of the year
- Hyundai/Yandex strike deal on developing self-driving cars
- *powerful comment*: German_reader on how Merkel took the climate school strikes as Russian “hybrid warfare” until the Greens came out in support.
- Moscow prepares ‘White Book’ on human rights violations by Western states
- Mary Ilyushina: “RT apparently makes its employees sign an agreement banning them from criticizing or discussing the inner workings of the channel even 20 YEARS after they quit. Otherwise — 5 mln rub fine (about 77k).“
- More Zach Goldberg on the rise of millennial Pink Guards
- Trump ReTweets:
- Andrew Yang not an IQ realist (publicly)
- Airily dismissing utility of IQ tests is highly characteristic of high IQ people. But there are also purely pragmatic reasons for politicians to steer clear.
- Barak Ravid: “This is one of the most bizzare election ad you have ever seen: Israel’s Minister of Justice (!!) Ayelet Shaked plays a model, sprays herself with “Fascism” perfume and says: “Smells like democracy to me”. Viktor Orban on steroids“
- Mencius Moldbugman travel thread:
- “I’m a well-travelled guy and I recently got some comments about my travels, especially in light of the Christchurch shooter’s trips to Pakistan and N Korea. I’d like to share some thoughts on why I don’t think these places radicalised him, plus some talk about Bhutan….. Media cries of radicalisation when they see someone visiting NK or Pakistan are groundless and ignorant of reality. I’m very lucky to be extremely well travelled in unusual locales… the only place I ever felt radicalised was Bhutan.“
Science & Culture
- Alexandra Lunn: Constructing a New Russia Through Visual Design
- Inquisitive Bird: Descendents of samurais are still overrepresented among the elite in Japan today.
- Nvidia AI turns sketches into photorealistic landscapes in seconds
- Seems like Getty, Shutterstock, etc. will soon go out of business.
- Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right – after 2,469 years
- *powerful comment*: Thorfinnsson on Luftwaffe vs. modern art
- *powerful comment*: LondonBob on US Civil War alternate history
Humor & Powerful Takes
- It appears that svidomy Ukranians are now reporting my Facebook account for anti-Ukrainian hate speech
- Sailer: JPod Deletes His Account
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky: The Man Who Would Be Gog