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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: September 01, 2015, 04:57:20 PM
How do you guys feel about refurbished monitors. Worth it or dangerous?
2  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 31, 2015, 01:16:31 PM
Nice articles! Ideally, it does seem I should save up to get a Card and monitor at the same time if I want to go 4k. Thanks for all the help guys. It's a hard choice. I've been gaming for a @ 1650 for a long while and since I built my rig with a 770 when they first came out everything has run smooth maxed out. Even Witcher 3 with hair effect on. I've gotten way used to the smooth play. But 4K does look amazing. What to do.......
3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 30, 2015, 04:09:43 AM
Good points.
4  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 29, 2015, 07:58:10 PM
Shows it doable. With room to spare for rpg's. Considering that's 5K not 4K, and not gsynch. Thanks-good stuff.
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 28, 2015, 01:12:34 PM
Actually I'm not committed to this monitor. But in the latest PC gamer round up it was the most affordable with what I want, so I used it as an example. There are others out there. I am interested in 4K, resolution is most important to me. And I'm an nvidia fanboy so I want gsync. So the big question for me was weather a 770 could drive 4K at all without making games a slide show.
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 27, 2015, 08:04:06 PM
Thank you AK. I value your opinion so I have been checking every day to see if you would chime in. I am so torn on this. Since it is a possibility I'm going to have to check out the display in person.
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 22, 2015, 09:12:35 PM
You can play pretty much any modern game in 4k as long as you have the card to drive it. And gsynch will help some, but maybe not enough for me. And Engine #9, thanks for your imput. I do agree with Lee though, it really looks like something to se a game running in 4K. I don't play action games, mostly rpgs and strat. Still, I get the feeling I can't get away with it until I can get a 980 at the same time.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / 4K gaming on: August 22, 2015, 04:36:10 PM
So I'm getting hot for the Acer predator XB280HK. 4K gaming and Gsynch. However, after shelling out $680+ for this, I would have to stay with my nvidia 7702GB. Is this foolish?
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 01:06:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 03, 2015, 04:56:55 AM

I think it may have a good sheen of nostalgia over the top of the flaws.  I certainly have forgotten a few of them about Mafia 2 that have come to light while watching a streamer play through that one.  For example, the checkpoints are so badly spaced and arbitrary that you can lose hours for small and stupid deaths.  One mission in particular pits you against 2 dozen enemies, half of whom are entrenched and throwing molotov cocktails.  The insult comes after you finish the mission.  To advance the next mission, you needed to pay a character 10's of thousands of dollars.  If you had not saved up for this surprise payout, your options to raise enough cash were limited to robbing the few and sparse stores, along with the associated cost of changing clothes and risk of death, or farming cars for the scrap crusher.  You did this without so much as a checkpoint from the beginning of the mission, before the shootout. 

I saw a player spend an hour getting the shootout down enough to beat it, only to die to a random carjack victim who put up a fight after grinding cars to meet the payout for an extra 45 minutes. 

This section was so bad I remember almost rage quitting after playing it on hard, and that was without the money grind afterwards. 

Interesting. I must have sailed through that somehow. I don't remember any of those tough spots in Mafia 2. I remember quite a few in the first game. The infamous car race, the parking garage shootout, the airport. Here's hoping in 2015 they put in save anywhere.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 28, 2015, 12:30:29 PM
Awesome! Love this series. Just gotta hope a new developer doesn't screw it up.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/17/15 - Ant-Man Edition on: July 17, 2015, 06:21:52 PM
Should finish up Witcher 3. Then back to Legends of Eisenwald. I played the early acts, now I get the full game!
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 27, 2015, 02:42:31 PM
I hit a point where I leveled to far ahead of a batch of quests. Once they grey out you get 5 exp points for them. Kind of a bummer. And I seem to have a mess of level 12's when I'm at 19. Not sure how that happens. Almost done with them. I'm sure I will like things a lot more when I'm advancing.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 05, 2015, 08:37:29 PM
I do have to get around to TWD season 2 at some point, but for now it's all Witcher 3.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 05, 2015, 07:00:45 PM

Quote from: Travis on June 05, 2015, 05:45:04 PM

Is that after today's patch?  I have a 4 gb 770 and cannot play at max with hairworks and really get much better than 30 fps.

Before the patch. Are you playing @ 1650 or 1900? And I only have a 2gb 770-boy do I hate that decision now. Anyway, my game is completely smooth. I figured this is because I'm playing at a lower res that most people. I have an i7 4770K and 8 gb pcs ram.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 05, 2015, 05:29:04 PM
I've finally hit the spot where I know how all the symptoms work and can just play. It really makes me feel like I'm a witcher out in the land looking for work when chasing down anything outside of the main quest. Not that the main quests are bad, just that then I feel like I'm following a story more than an adventurer out in the wild where anything can happen.  The variety of alchemy stuff is kind of overwhelming and I haven't found any advanced blacksmiths or armorers yet but I'm sure that's part of it. Wish I could get my hands on more skill points-yes, I know about places of power-but too many would unbalance everything. I'm glad I stayed with my 1650x1080 monitor. For the longest time it was because my old video card wouldn't handle more. Now, my Nvidia 770 can play this game with everything maxed including the hair effects.
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Adding memory on: June 03, 2015, 02:31:15 PM
Thanks Turtle!
17  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Adding memory on: June 03, 2015, 12:29:09 PM
I have a Z87 plus MB with 4 memory slots. I have 2 filled with 4GB sticks. I'm thinking of adding some. I can't find any PC3 with the exact 8-8-8-24 timmings. Do I have to match up exactly? I am using dual channel but this would be another channel. Also, do I have to stick with 4X4 or could I do 8X8 in the empty channel?
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Long weekend edition - 5/22/15 on: May 24, 2015, 12:59:00 PM
Continuing with Lords of Xulima. Bard has an insta death song now. Yet I still have fights too tough to try yet. Want to start Witcher 3 but dislike playing two games at once.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 09:52:23 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 19, 2015, 08:21:40 PM

I was doubtful about how things would run on my comparatively modest 2600K i7 processor and Nvidia 780 graphics card, but at least in the early areas, the game seems to maintain a completely solid framerate well above 30.  It's easy to tell because lowering the framerate limiter to 30 diminishes the smoothness of all the animations, particularly during combat.

The one setting I'll definitely be keeping off is the Nvidia GameWorks Hair.  It looks pretty amazing, even just on Geralt, but single-handedly lowers the framerate by at least 15 fps.  Maybe more.

Wild Hunt looks shockingly good, especially during dialogue sequences where I get so engrossed in looking at the character details that I get distracted from what they're saying.  It's enough to make me wonder if it can possibly maintain this level of detail throughout.  The Witcher 2 held the award for the best looking game I'd ever seen for many years after its release, but that had the luxury of discrete maps where the designers could lavish detail onto everything.  It'll be interesting to see if Wild Hunt can wow me this much as I move beyond the starting areas.

The one concern I have is that the combat feels almost weightless so far, with the only feedback I get on the success of my swings measured in whether or not the enemy's lifebar shortens.  My sense is that the sound effects for a successful strike are simply too subtle, lacking the force and gristle you get from melee combat in something like Bloodborne, Dragon Age: Inquisition, or Arkham City.  Even Skyrim, with relatively simplistic mechanics, has a satisfying crunch when you hack something with your sword.  I may try adjusting the sound balance to see if it makes a difference.

-Autistic Angel

Should I just assume you are playing at 1080? My specs are similar to yours so I would like to know. No offense, but I see so many posts about frame rate without saying what they are playing it at. Should I be just assuming 1080 unless otherwise noted?
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 12:44:02 PM
Added this to last weeks thread by mistake. Was going to try and wait for price drops on Witcher 3 but yesterday got the "last chance" pre sale from gog. It just made me pull the trigger. I'm still going to finish Xulima before I start W3. I am loving Xulima.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 17, 2015, 01:29:08 PM
 The Witcher 3. Downloading now.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 5/8 on: May 09, 2015, 03:22:11 PM
Lords of Xulima for me. Man this game hits all the right sweet spots for me. And though the graphics are simple, it still has great atmosphere. It's tough, but so far pretty fair.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 05, 2015, 03:43:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 05, 2015, 01:41:20 PM

Was that Clouds of Xeen?

Loved that game.

No. Clouds of Xeen was 5&6 which you could combine, if I remember correctly.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/24 on: April 25, 2015, 06:31:21 PM
More Pillars of etermity. Got to get to the bottom of the paths......
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 4/10/15 on: April 18, 2015, 04:14:14 PM
Pillars of Eternity.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 06, 2015, 03:39:58 AM
I'm enjoying the game but I'm a little disappointed in how gated it is. You damn well better do things in the relative order they want you to or you will be party wiped. It's okay once I figured it out, but I like a bit of random exploration better. And no experience for killing things after the first encounter seems odd. But, these games must be really hard to balance and how the hell do you have a plot with interesting party members if you can go where ever whenever, so I get it.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: April 05, 2015, 12:52:06 PM
I had fun with DA:I overall. The only thing that annoyed me was the walk 5 feet and there is another, collectable, etc. Especially at the start. Made it hard to keep focus.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 02, 2015, 11:00:45 PM
Wow! What a difference. Much more enjoyable for me now. Even though I was loving the game before.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 02, 2015, 08:18:11 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 02, 2015, 07:12:27 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on April 02, 2015, 06:48:51 PM

Anybody wish combat was just a bit slower? I feel like I issue orders, play it out for 5 sec, pause, order, repeat. It would be nice if it could breath a little bit.
Have you tried clicking on the slow combat arrow to the left of the circle in the center of the screen?  I wonder if that would help?  There's also an option that will enable slow mode just for combat. 

I have not tried either. I will look for that next time I play. Thank you.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 02, 2015, 06:48:51 PM
Anybody wish combat was just a bit slower? I feel like I issue orders, play it out for 5 sec, pause, order, repeat. It would be nice if it could breath a little bit.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 3/13/15 on: March 14, 2015, 10:56:31 PM
Gratch, hope you feel better soon. I hate being in that space where no game grabs you.
I'm slogging away at the King's bounty Warriors of the North expansion. Your troops actually level up, which is kind of fun. Still going through the origional content though, they must have put the new stuff at the end. icon_evil
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Enderal: total conversion for Skyrim on: February 26, 2015, 03:31:59 PM
This is from the same team that did Nehrim for Oblivion. I must say I had way more fun and interesting quests and stories from Nehrim than I ever did from a Bethesda game. It's due out this year. An entire new massive game for free. I'm stoked.http://sureai.net/projects/enderal/

I must say this is the first completely new never before heard news I've gotten from PC Gamer mag in years.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 1/16/15 on: January 16, 2015, 04:18:50 PM
King's bounty dark side. Not really feeling it yet, stuck with a feeling of more of the same, but it may just be me. Sticking with it for now.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/09/15 on: January 10, 2015, 04:46:02 PM
Dragon age Inquisition.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/26/14 on: December 26, 2014, 04:55:51 PM
DA:I I'm at the sweet part now where I have down how all the systems work, actually know my way around SkyHold and where everyone is, and can just have fun exploring.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 29, 2014, 04:07:46 PM
I have the party conversation bug. My crew just about never talk to each other icon_cry  Part of me wants to shelve it till they fix it, but I'm enjoying the rest of it too much.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 05:25:11 PM

Quote from: Travis on November 19, 2014, 05:09:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 19, 2014, 04:45:20 PM

all the gameplay and exploration sections run at a solid 60 fps on Ultra-everything

What hardware do you have?  I have a i5 2400 with a GTX 770 card and 8 GB of ram.  I am not seeing 60 FPS on Ultra everything at all.  I have to knock shadows to Medium and turn off the MM something antialiasing while setting the other AA to low to get around 60 FPS in non open areas.  In the Hinterlands I get about 30-40 while battles are going.  I honestly thought my hardware would do better with the game.

Did you install the latest nvidia drivers? According to the in game benchmark I picked up about 8fps min and max. I have an i7 and a 770 and 8gb of ram. getting a pretty consistent 45 fps with the mm turned off.
Sure wish I could minimize some of the hud stuff though.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 12:44:20 AM
So I'm stuck with the hud quest notification in the upper right? For some reason I find it distracting and wish I could make it go away.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 18, 2014, 07:37:09 PM
interesting crawley what res are you at? I play 1680x1050 on ultra with an i7 and a 770 with 2gbram, 8 system ram and it all runs smooth at about 35.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 18, 2014, 05:28:25 PM
Haven't had a chance to look at the manual yet. Is there any way to disable that lame quest notice in the upper right screen? Or is it maybe/hopefully an intro section thing?
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