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.

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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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