If you have an old Core i7 sitting around idle, upgrade that thing! I've been needing a PC upgrade for a while, so I was quite pleased to discover that with a few new parts, running my most demanding games still only uses 40% or so of my old first-gen Core i7. I'd love a new PC, but the smaller cost of upgrading the other components to have a competent gaming PC is surprisingly worthwhile.
The first upgrade was an NVidia GeForce GTX 760. As soon as I got it running, I realized it was a whole lot faster than both the AMD card that preceeded it and the NVidia GeForce GT 555M card in my dev laptop. I have struggled with performance problems recording video of Miranda, the PC's I had could just play it at full speed and record video at the same time, but often I would have to do multiple takes to get one that had no hitches in it which is a huge time-waster.
Next I noticed my local PC dealer had 250MB SSD's on a big sale so one of those came home. I've been having problems with Windows 10 since I upgraded that PC from Windows 7, the Start Menu just doesn't work sometimes. So I did the two birds one stone thing and installed the SSD and a clean install of Windows 10. SSD's are really great for recording video. I also discovered 8GadgetPack which gave me back the great All CPU Meter and All Network Meter desktop gadgets which are better than Rainmeter that I was using.
The last step in the upgrade was a monitor that supported 1920x1080 resolution - the resolution I record in. I found a beautiful 27" IPS monitor on clearance. Upgrade complete.
Running Miranda on the upgraded PC is silky smooth. Game developers rarely see their games running full speed but when we do, it is such a great feeling.
I've also been working on harvesting and some other things, I'll tell you about that soon.
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