This has been long overdue. I originally built my HTPC back in 2015 from parts left over after I upgraded my gaming PC. So it was basically put together from PC hardware that came out in 2012. At some point in late 2016 I got an Oculus Rift, so I put a Radeon RX 480 in there so I could play in a room with more space to move around. It has been more or less OK since then, but I would have occasional performance issues with some VR games, particularly occasional stutters and loss of tracking while playing Beat Saber. So with the release of the RYZEN 5 3600 for only $200 I thought it was a good time to ditch that old i5-3570K.
The future of the internet is at stake. No, that is not hyperbole. Do you like the idea of paying more for worse internet? Do you like the idea of your Internet Service Provider being able to slow down some websites while charging to speed up others? Imagine a future where Comcast slows down Netflix traffic to drive customers to a competitor like Hulu. Imagine a future where ISPs could charge you extra to watch YouTube in HD. Sound like something you want? No? Then watch this video below. Afterwards go submit your comments to the FCC (Clicking “Express” is the easiest way to submit a comment). Tell the commission to preserve net neutrality rules and the Title II authority used to enforce them.
At a minimum, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, intends to reverse the decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Pai hasn’t committed to imposing rules against blocking and throttling, and his proposal suggests that throttling of websites and applications might somehow be good for Internet users.Right now, comments are being taken on the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will be voted on May 18. After, there will be another three months for public comments after that preliminary vote, and the FCC will make a final decision sometime after that.
The last time I made a significant PC upgrade was back in 2014. Since then I have added storage, added ram, picked up a new video card and a new monitor. I also picked up a new mouse. Here is the current state of my gaming rig: