The State of the PC in 2016

Eric and I discuss in detail the desktop PC in 2016. CPUs remain mostly in a status quo, while GPUs look to substantially evolve this year. I make some general recommendations:

  • Abandon full-size ATX motherboards, unless you really dream of triple graphics cards
  • Forget dual-core CPUs
  • Build small
  • SSDs all the way
  • Efficiency is a win
  • GPUs rule
  • 1080p monitors are dead
  • Skylake / DDR4 unless you’re on a tight budget; AMD quad-core+ if you’re on a tight budget

On the tools front, I love my new Beyerdynamic MMX300 headset, and I lust for the new Trek Domane SLR, with its ability to absorb even more road vibration.



Eric picks up an eVGA GTX 980 Ti ACR for his VR rig, and digs it so far, and considers adding more SSD capacity.

We’ve been playing a lot of The Division for fun, as well as reading. I just wrapped up the novel Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii, an interesting take on where technology such as CRISPR might take us in the near future. I also managed to bring Forbidden Stars, the Fantasy Flight board game set in the Warhammer 40K universe, an in-your-face game of aggression and conquest.




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