So, I thought I would take a break from my usual discussions of how every game should be released with a drm-free version instead of forcing you to use online drm services to play and instead have a discussion about IBM and PowerPC hardware.
I actually came about this thread by way of reading a lot of discussion about using the CELL processor under a windows operating system and re-purposing ps3 parts to create a PC. It really made me wonder, what would have happened if we could have built ourselves our own PowerPC gaming systems using the PS3's Cell and other variants of it with the ability to liquid cool, overclock and add in our own discrete gpus, sound cards, xdr ram etc; during the last 8 years?
I've been pondering this for a very long time.
A theoretical 2006 build I would have made would be as follows:
CPU: PS3/PowerPC CELL Processor 3.2Ghz (All 9 Threads active)
RAM: 1GB XDR RAM (4 256mb sticks)
OS: Mac OSX (due to PowerPC being open to home builders like us ,in this theory Mac OSX can be installed on any system)
GPU: ATI Radeon X1950 XTX 512MB
PSU: 500W top rated power supply
HDD: 150gb WD RAPTOR
The reason I put so much thought into this, is because I wish there was more choice of hardware. I really wish we could build PowerPC gaming systems such as the above theoretical build. Instead its all just AMD, INTEL or NVIDIA. I wish there was an IBM/PowerPC line of gaming hardware. We have only 2 CPU choices (amd or intel) and 2 gpu choices, (nvidia and amd) I wish there was a third cpu choice for ibm/powerpc/cell cpus and a third gpu choice for the PowerPC gaming lineup, assuming all companies like ASUS, PNY, evga, etc; make their own designs just like we're used to, things could be golden.