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  • Les Orchard 12:27 am on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Building my couch computing station 

    Remember when I posted about gaming from the Orchard House couch? The key part was figuring out how to get a laptop-quality LCD monitor working in the living room, preferably attached to my trusty IKEA DAVE. Well, despite my best attempts at ruining my materials and tools, I managed to get it built!

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    • fluffy 11:52 am on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe I’m missing something (perhaps the hack-for-hacking’s-sake aspect), but why not just use a VESA-mountable desktop monitor?

      • lmorchard 12:04 pm on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well, the smallest 1920×1080 LCD desktop monitor I could find was around 21.5″ and too heavy to mount on my laptop stand. This thing ends up weighing just a couple of pounds, and 17″ is great for the distance it sits from me on the couch.

        • fluffy 12:05 pm on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, makes sense. I didn’t realize there weren’t desktop monitors using the high-DPI panels that laptops do.

  • Les Orchard 1:37 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gaming, , home, lcd,   

    Gaming from the Orchard House couch 

    I like playing video games; it’s one of my favorite things in life. I also like hanging out with my wife; she’s my favorite person in the world. This is a post about ensuring these two things can happen together. This is also a post where I played with SketchUp for the first time.

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    • Steve CP 2:39 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Built a rig for work that would also be an excellent gaming rig (but I run Linux). It is whisper quiet and makes less noise than my xbox or Wii. It is quite possible to get energy efficient, quiet towers. Don’t put it under the couch – Not enough ventilation.

      BTW, if I sign in with Twitter I can no longer publish a comment. Being signed in hides the name and email box, but those are still required fields. Just an FYI

    • George Hotelling 10:05 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Are you following the NVIDIA Shield? It’s basically providing a wireless controller+display (like the Wii U) for PCs.

      When I went through a gaming rig build 6 months ago I started with the Tom’s Hardware $500 PC guide and then put it into PCPartPicker to upgrade (here’s my build). PCPartPicker is amazing for finding cheap prices on hardware, and it caught that my processor wasn’t compatible with my motherboard (a closer read of Tom’s showed that I needed a donor CPU to upgrade the motherboard).

      /r/BuildAPCSales is also really helpful for finding cheap components.

    • The Girl 11:14 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yay, best friends! :)

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