I recently acquired a new desktop and before I started loading Linux on it I decided to check out Windows 8 and retry Steam In-Home Streaming. The machine has the following specs. It idles around 70W at the Windows login screen.
Asus Sabertooth Z77
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
EVGA GTX 770 SC
Corsair HX 850
Corsair Obsidian 650D
Western Digital Black 1TB 3.5″ HDD
Surprisingly, Windows recognized all of my hardware. Unfortunately, it did take several hours to download and install all of the updates. Once the updates were finished I was able to install Steam and quickly download several games.
I’ve been using Steam for some time now. While it is a form of DRM, it actually provides benefits to the end user unlike most DRM. Since I had a spare machine I decided to give SteamOS a try.
I am using the same machine that I have installed Arch on. I swapped the SSD for a 500GB hard drive.
2 x 8GB DDR3 1333
WD Blue 500GB 2.5″ HDD
Radeon HD 4350
I am unable to use the regular SteamOS installer as my machine does not support UEFI. Fortunately, Valve provides a SteamOS iso that supports BIOS. Unfortunately, the first installation did not complete. The installer gave me an error message that simply said the base system could not be installed. Upon further research, I determined that SteamOS only contained the latest video drivers. My HD 4350 was not supported.
This is fine for a server, but as this is a desktop, it would be nice to have a GUI. We will be installing Xfce. I started using Xfce when looking for a lighter weight GUI than KDE or Gnome. Openbox and Fluxbox are certainly lighter but require more configuration and setup than I prefer. Xfce was a nice compromise. Light enough for my needs while still remaining a full desktop environment.