On the PC thread below this one, boy, did I get a great response in comments and via email! I’m leaning toward going with this CPU and this MoBo that I linked last night, and scavenging the rest as I can. It would be good for me to catch up on technology, plus I have some nephews now that are old enough that they need to learn how to put a basic box together lest the tech world forever intimidate them.
I’m open on the OS, no religion either way there, but I’m kinda leaning toward at least trying Linux. Reason being it’s ummm, free, I’ve never tried it before, I can always start over and load Windows later if need be, yes? And if it comes to that, absolutely agreed on the Win7, I’ve supported it on my company’s software and am familiar with the basics and resolving the usual Win7 screw ups, whereas Win8 is a bit of convoluted unknown to me still.
It just doesn’t seem like there’s much downside on trying Linux, if purely for an experiment in open source OS. But while we’re on the topic, there’s also no need for anyone to crow or be bummed about my tentative curiosity over it. It’s just like Jacob vs Edward or Xbox vs PS — and let’s face it, this is really about you and me getting Xboxes, the rest of them are just here to help us get in the door first …
Two things: One, I’d to have a restore point, there’s a comment on the other thread that looks like it has the info on how to do that. Two, let’s say hypothetically, in addition to having multiple tabs open on dual screens while writing, every now and then I wanted to play WoW at way low quality, everything in player opts turned down all the way, really low frame rate and res. Knowing there might be occasional locks ups and crashes mid game anyway, would any of that not be possible sticking only with Linix and the onboard video of that motherboard? On the latter, would it be worthwhile to start scrounging for a video card now? I’m pretty sure I can find an older model Nvidia for free or close to it … If so, what would be a decent mid-range card that wouldn’t give me any power probs and would render at a higher, or rather moderate-ish setting by crazy obsessed perfectionist gamer standards, on an MMO like WoW?