Rolando Islas Random Ramblings

Macbook Pro Price Comparison and Custom Build

I created this while running Xubuntu. Please print and insert any Windows vs OS X squabbles into your favorite orifice.

  Apple Macbook Pro 2016 Dell XPS 15 Touch
Price $2799 $1649
Display 15.4” 15.6”
Resolution 2880 x 1800 - 220 PPI 3840 x 2160 - 282 PPI
CPU Intel i7-6820HQ Intel i5-6300HQ
CPU Mark 8716 5822
Storage 512 GB SSD 256 GB SSD
RAM 16 GB 2133 MHz DDR3 8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4
GPU Radeon Pro 455 2 GB NVIDIA GTX 960M 2GB
Wireless 802.11ac - Blutooth 4.2 802.11ac - Bluetooth 4.1
Camera 720p 720p
Touch Bar 1 0
Ports 4 - Thunderbolt 3.0/USB 3.1 2 - USB 3.1, 1 - Thunderbolt 3.0

I now want to know how much a comparable desktop build would cost. Prices from Amazon rounded to the nearest dollar: November 15, 2016.

Custom Build Component Price
i7-6700 - CPU Mark 11030 $290
MSI B150 ATX Motherboard $90
Crucial MX300 525 GB SSD $123
Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 16 GB $80
GTX 1060 3 GB $221
Gigabyte 802.11ac Bluetooth 4.2 PCIe Card $33
Logitech C270 Webcam $21
Samsung UE5900 Monitor $312
AmazonBasics Mouse Keyboard Combo $20
Corsair Carbide 100R Case $53
Xubuntu $0
Total $1243

Smite Running on Linux/OS X via Wine

For a while, years now, there have been attempts to run Smite under Wine. Unfortunately, the launcher could never get past waiting for that HiRez patch service. If your are just interested in getting Smite running in Wine check out WineHQ. If you want to go the PlayOnLinux (POL)/PlayOnMac route, I have created a POL script that should get you up and running. You can find the script in a gist on GitHub. Details are avaliable in the repo’s readme.

Edit (16 Jan 2016): Moved scripts to a regular GitHub repo.