Giving Microsoft the Boot: Part II

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2005-03-28 Print this article Print

The path to a Microsoft-free home requires many steps. Our blueprints for a home file server and basic client PC will guide your first steps.

If you had an older sibling growing up, youre no doubt familiar with hand-me-downs. Parents have always tried to foist siblings old stuff—everything from action figures to nylon parachute pants—in an attempt to avoid the expense new purchases.
What may have meant some indignity for a kid turns out to be a great way to get the most mileage out of your computer gear.
A gaming PCs useful life is only about two years, and while you can stretch it further, youll be giving up progressively more eye candy in newer games that your aging system cant draw fast enough. This problem also turns out to be an opportunity. Unless you require every system in your house to be bleeding-edge, an older gaming PC isnt necessarily a dead PC. A common upgrade strategy for gamers is to replace only those parts (usually the CPU, system memory, motherboard, 3D card) that are running out of gas, and harvest other still-good parts (hard-drive, optical drive, case, display) for a new system. But those cast-off core system components are still very serviceable, even if they cant run the latest games. Read the full story on Extreme Tech: Giving Microsoft the Boot: Part II
Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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