What are your thoughts on the Spike II system?

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What are your thoughts on the Spike II system?


By LoserKid3

6 months ago



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#4 6 months ago

I was dead set against Spike for a while, but after Maiden, I decided to not worry about parts availability in the future (when I may be dead) and just enjoy the hobby. I am still interested in buying a new-used Maiden pro down the road.

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#54 6 months ago
Quoted from merccat:

And that is what I dislike about Spike II... they want to go with SMD to save money, fine with me, do that and build your games for less, make more money, hire more talent with it, etc, that’s awesome... just please when I eventually need to buy replacement parts for my machine you already made more money from up front by using less expensive components don’t gouge me on the replacement. That just hurts.
I think as a system Spike II is great and continues to get better. The negative is Sterns pricing policy for replacement components. They need to be fair there. It’s not the systems fault and it’s something that could easily be changed with the stroke of a pen.
I almost wonder if the ridiculous pricing is to prevent hobbyists from buying up spike components to build custom games or worse competitors doing so.

When are people going to learn to vote with their wallet? $1000.00 for a CPU board is total B.S. and I will not buy a Spike system now that I know that. I never inquired about the cost of a new CPU. Holly F**k! What B.S. All the cheapening up so they can (edit) you on boards! I'll stick to SAM.

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#431 4 months ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

While I had the backglass off doing an update to SWP, I noticed the the cpu heat sink to be rather warm to the touch. While I am sure the the operating temps are well within limits, my computer building geek experience took over and I installed a fan on the heat sink. MUCH cooler to the touch. This can't be bad. I ran the wires from the accessory plug and mounted the fan from the backbox cable tie bolts so the whole thing doesn't touch the cooler at all. PS- The fan is very quiet and inaudible with the glass on.
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