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Hi, I've always wanted to try Linux. Been trying since 1996 with early versions of Red Hat. At the time the fun was always trying to install it properly. Never lasted though as a gamer I always switched back to windows. Even later when I thought to myself "no gaming", I found it hard to use without native support for Adobe products. Tried dual booting, but the fun had always been setting it up, and modifying the desktop experience with nice effects. The challenge was nice since I've always only had ATI card since 3Dfx Voodoo :) I found that Ati/AMD GPU never failed me but I had once or twice a bad experience with Nvidia cards. I know that it's not the nvidia chips, but rather the manufacturers. I've always had Saphire and ASUS ati/amd cards and always very happy with them. Now it's been a long time and I've always been trying to install and run linux properly, but my choice of graphics card has always failed me. And on top of it Adobe products, and my love for games. Tried many distros from Ubuntu to Debian to Fedora and LinuxMint. Last night I thought I try again and downloaded the latest Ubuntu version. I thought I'll check out the live dvd. No chance. I boot it, and end up with a blank screen. So my GPU failed me once again. To be honest I've been using PCs for a very long time since my Amiga500 days and my first 386. Just saying that I've been through so much fixing failing systems, and I've come to the point were I just want things to work out of the box. Don't have the patience to fix things up. I play games so I have my steam, I pay for Adobe cloud and I just want a system that can run these for me. It seems that I'll never be able to use a Linux system and that I'm stuck in the Windows world. Which to be honest has its flaws but works. I know it's not the OS but the manufacturer support. So will I ever switch to Linux? Not sure. Do I want to? Yes.. at least try it for a while but it seems that I need to go through the process of getting a new graphics card. And not only that, say I do get a new graphics card, then I'll have to go through the process of playing around with WINE etc just to get a few things working. Anyway, I thought I share my thoughts since I tried once again with no luck.
Hi knowledgeable people of the PC world, I need some advice. So I've had my gaming PC for about 2 years now, and I'm beginning to notice my framerates to be not up where I want them to be with some newer games. My current graphics card is a Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB. Along with wanting to run at the higher graphics settings on new games, I do a fair bit of modding in Skyrim and am noticing that it really starts to struggle at times. I've played with overclocking but without much noticeable improvement. So, time to upgrade I figure! I'm looking at a GeForce GTX 970, seems to be the best in my price range. Okay, questions. What sort of improvement can I expect going from my old card to new one? Will it be able to run all my pretty Skyrim mods and most newer games on ultra? Is there any issue with me swapping out my AMD card for NVIDIA? There are a few different versions of the GTX 970, such as GTX 970 G1 Gaming (Gigabyte) and GTX 970 Gaming (MSI). Are there any differences or are these just the different names given by the different named brands? My system specs are: CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 3.4GHz RAM - Kingston DDR3 8GB OS - Windows 7.1 Storage - 1 x 128GB Sandisk SSD, 2 x 2TB Toshiba HDD Power Supply - Corsair 600W Sorry for long post! Any help or advice would be awesome! Cheers!
So it appears AMD are releasing their own gaming box, small in size but large in power. Looks cool too. It will run a dual Fiji GPU, using 8GB HBM (2 x 4GB) but not sure on other specs such as CPU yet but it uses an Intel CPU apparently. Performance (SPFP) capable at 17.2 TFLOPS., while a PlayStation 4 runs at 1.84 TFLOPS, so around 9.3 more performance. It is suspected to cost around $1,500 US. I think I'm very interested in this machine. http://wccftech.com/amd-intros-project-quantum-powered-dual-fiji-chip/