the Battle Cat, on 17 June 2015 - 01:03 PM, said:
Then 8.1 it is. There's going to be a free upgrade to 10 from 8. If it's better I'll take it. I just need the OS to launch games, not going to be a user in the traditional sense.
This is what I'd recommend. I went ahead and went with 8 over 7 when I got Kestrel, and regretted it for the couple of months it took before 8.1 was released, but 8.1 changed things by getting rid of pretty much 90% of my complaints about 8. It's faster and way the hell less buggy than Windows 7 (Windows 7's myriad annoying as FRAK and complete nonsense issues being what I was fighting with The Mail Man about back in the day). It pains me to say it, but 8.1's been every bit as fast and stable as OSX for me. Just a lot uglier with its flat, lifeless UI... but hey, now OSX is copying that look, so it's not so big a difference.
If you turn off the annoying live tiles and advertising crap and get things to a sensible uniform size, the Start screen's not much different from a tiled version of OSX's Launchpad. It's actually easier to organize, truth be told. 8's also been more friendly to being run as a guest OS on a Mac via Parallels than 7 was. So if you, on occasion, want to play a Windows game under OSX without rebooting into Windows, Parallels can do that rather well as long as it's not an overly demanding title.
I feel like Microsoft sans-Gates and sans-Ballmer is actually kind of getting its act together.
the Battle Cat, on 18 June 2015 - 11:24 AM, said:
I'm thinking I should have gotten that 680.
Nooo! At this point, get a reflashed 980 from MacVidCards. Works flawlessly in Mac Pros, has the EFI screens, pulls a low enough wattage even at full tilt that it's not an issue for the Mac Pro motherboard's power delivery, and even with half its cores tied behind its back it'll dance all over the 680 and your current card. Under Windows it pretty much turns the 5,1 Mac Pros into a high-end gaming PC.