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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What kind of gaming mouse are you using now? on: December 22, 2011, 12:59:50 AM
The back button on my G5 v2 started crapping out at some point after I posted in here last.

I've been through several mice since then.

G500
G400
Razer Deathadder Black Edition
CM Storm Spawn

The G500 is super comfortable and I liked all the settings and how it stored them directly on the mouse so I didn't have to run the setpoint software all the time. On the downside there's some positive/negative acceleration depending on settings and mousing surface. It's also significantly heavier than most mice. I couldn't get quite used to it. It's the most comfortable palm grip mouse out there though.

The G400 has a good sensor and has some nice settings but IMO it's just not as comfortable as the a lot of others. The lighter weight is good but the shape slopes off too sharply on the right hand side of the mouse and my hand ends up contorting kind of weird, and the buttons aren't as wide as I've gotten used to and I sometimes miss presses on the right mouse button. If you're an MX518 fan though, this is the perfect replacement. It's pretty much identical just with an updated optical sensor.

The DeathAdder is quite easily the best mouse of its style out there. It's easily the smoothest most accurate sensor of any palm grip designed mouse I've ever used. Razer really did it right with this one from a driver/sensor standpoint. My first complaint is that the click on the scrollwheel is stiff, even after a couple of months of constant use. It hasn't made me miss clicks or anything, but my My biggest complaint though, and this is kind of a theme, is that I wish it was lighter. My hands are fairly large and I have longer thinner fingers, so I do a lot of small movements with just my fingers and most larger movements with just my wrist. I tend not to move my arm from the elbow much the way a lot of people do. My palm typically only ever touches mice at the base of my palm and the very back of the mouse, and the rest of my hand ends up arched which eventually gets uncomfortable. If I could get this mouse's internals and software but with the G500's outer shell and the ability to store the settings on the mouse, but lighter weight, I would have what I consider the perfect mouse.

So that leads me to the CM Storm Spawn, which is the best mouse I've ever used. It's super lightweight. The sensor has no prediction or acceleration and tracks just as smoothly as the Deathadder. It stores your settings in memory on the mouse itself just like the G500 does. The sides of the mouse are these awesome grippy rubber pads, not a rubber coating that might at some point wear off like on the Deathadder but actual decently thick rubber pads. The click on the scroll wheel is lighter than the Deathadder. The contoured ring finger rest shaped into the mouse is awesome. It's just about the perfect mouse for me. If you grip your mouse mostly with your finger tips and don't so much palm it, or ever wanted a smaller lighter weight mouse, I think this is the best one on the market. It's also cheap compared to most gaming mice. I got mine for $32.
2  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can you play MKV files on android tablets? on: December 15, 2011, 09:58:30 PM
I couldn't get MOBO player to work.

I use a combination of MXVideo Player and VPlayer.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I bought a new tv on: November 11, 2011, 11:34:04 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on November 11, 2011, 11:24:41 PM

The wife and I replaced our aging 32" behemoth with a 55" Led. I really can't believe how much better games look now, we should have done this earlier - I've obviously been missing out smile

Anyway, is "burn in" a problem with these? I'm letting the signal determine the ratio and i'm a little concerned about the black bars burning into the screen.

At this point no. It's not a problem.

You might be able to make it happen if you intentionally just abuse the TV by pausing images and leaving them on there for days, but in any kind of normal use situation... nah. Don't worry about it.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New computer.... for my wife! booooooooo on: November 11, 2011, 11:16:23 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2011, 02:37:19 PM

Would she notice if you swapped all the internals between your two computers...

Wonderpug asks the important questions.
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 29, 2011, 02:05:17 AM
I had some micro-stuttering in certain games with my dual GTX460's in SLI before.

I have none in any game that I've played to date with my Crossfired 2GB 6950's.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 30, 2011, 05:29:45 PM

Quote from: Crawley on August 23, 2011, 06:04:04 PM

"The Man From Nowhere" which has a bit of a "The Professional" feel to it.

I thought it felt more like just a Korean version of Man on Fire. Only hero guy is a lot more fond of knives. Either way, I really really enjoyed the movie.

Also had a ton of fun with Ip Man. It's slightly cheesy, but it's just a waaay fun martial arts movie. The tone changes rather drastically part of the way through, but as long as that isn't too jarring for you it's a great movie.

The troglodytes afraid of subtitles need not apply  slywink
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How NOT to make a movie trailer on: September 30, 2011, 05:17:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 30, 2011, 04:34:25 PM

Actually, the director said that the trailer reveal happens within something like the first twenty minutes and the story has plenty more twists and turns after that.

Even if this is true it's still a bad trailer specifically because it feels like they've revealed the whole story. Whether they have or not is almost irrelevant. Their goal is to convince me I want to see the movie. If the trailer makes me feel like I've practically already seen it I'm not going to run to the theater and pay for tickets.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Renegade Ops on: September 24, 2011, 01:42:00 AM
I just gave up and bought it on the 360.
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC Keyboards on: September 22, 2011, 09:30:48 PM
I probably should have explained my post more really. I guess popping in to link a $100+ board that to most people just looks like it's missing keys is probably pretty silly.

First off, it's a mechanical board. It uses Cherry MX switches. I've now had three mechanical boards, all using Cherry switches, and I will never again own another standard "rubber dome" style keyboard. They always feel mushy and completely terrible after spending just a few weeks on my mechanical boards. We have normal rubber dome keyboards with all our machines at work and they're absolutely maddening to sit down and type on now. I hate them.

If you need your numpad, there's tons of options out there. I also have a Daskeyboard Professional Silent sitting around. It's an excellent board and I loved it during the time i used it, but I wanted it to be smaller somehow. I don't like how far apart I have to keep my hands when I game with standard keyboards. I wanted to be able to move the two things closer together, and maybe gain some deskspace too. Then I stumbled on a FILCO Tenkeyless board on Amazon, and started doing some digging.

I bought my Leopold and haven't looked back since.

If you're ever curious how a mechanical board feels or how much more sound it might make relative to your standard rubber dome board, Best Buy usually carries a couple of mechanical boards made by Razer. I don't recommend their keyboards because they pile on a bunch of other useless silliness, but if you want to see if the keys feel different enough to you to justify the cost I think it's worth at least looking at.

Blackjack, your Illuminated board from Logitech is technically a mechanical board too, albeit with an entirely different kind of switch. It uses a variant of the scissor style switch used in most laptop keyboards which is why you like typing on it so much more than your old Saitek. When you tell people that keys on mechanical boards offer more resistance than normal rubber dome keyboards they often look at you funny and ask... why would you want keys to be harder to press? But they're not thinking it through. Having just a touch more resistance earlier on in your keystroke can help your typing out in a fairly short amount of time. It's a weird thing that I didn't really buy into when I first read it either but it ends up being true for a fairly large number of people.

They may cost a lot more, but I will never regret taking a leap on my first fairly pricey mechanical keyboard.
10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC Keyboards on: September 22, 2011, 04:32:54 AM
Leopold FC200R Tenkeyless for the win.

I'll never buy another "gaming" keyboard, with a possible exception being made for Corsair if they come t hrough and make a tenkeyless version of their new boards.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Android App/Game Recommendations Thread on: August 01, 2011, 08:22:06 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on August 01, 2011, 01:53:11 AM

Are podcasts managed natively or through an app.  Is Google listen any good?  I've got some free and a few subscription podcasts I'd like to update over the air when I'm not on wifi.

Google Listen is kind of ok, but if you think you might ever need a feature like pause/resume on in progress downloads or other things like it... well they're not there. Listen works, but it's incredibly basic. It's also no longer in development or supported by Google as far as I know.

I ended up just paying a few bucks for Doggcatcher and have been completely happy ever since.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 30, 2011, 04:10:25 AM
The Artist radio thing is indeed a recent addition to the US client. It's been there for a long time for the europeans, but the US client is still a ways behind as far as features.
13  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dual monitor problems on: July 30, 2011, 03:57:08 AM
I had an entirely different problem today after I switched one of my two monitors out. I bought a 120hz monitor for my main, and kept one of my previous two as my secondary monitor. I had the new 120hz monitor on a standard Dual-Link DVI cable, and the secondary monitor on a DVI->HDMI cable. With that setup and the main monitor actually set to 120hz in windows I got stuttering whenever I watched video or played a game.

Switching the second monitor to a straight up DVI cable eliminated it.

Lots of weirdness with AMD cards and dual monitor stuff.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 23, 2011, 01:45:28 AM
Yeah, as a person who regularly spends probably $30 a month on music, but then only ever tends to listen to portions of it... this is basically perfect for me. No matter what mood I'm in musically it's got me covered. I've tried Pandora and a few other sort-of-competitors for this, but none have ever just worked as well the way I want them to.

Sold.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: July 15, 2011, 07:38:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 15, 2011, 12:56:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2011, 12:40:20 AM


That certainly looks quite a bit like Carpenter's The Thing.  Lets hope they used that as a base and just improved on it via updated effects.

They even used the music cue for the opening of Carpenter's movie toward the end of the trailer.

There's things about the trailer I don't like, but I love the entire idea of The Thing so much I'm not sure I can keep myself out of the theater for this one.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Castle Season 3 on: July 14, 2011, 12:23:44 AM
Yeah. I actually cheered at my TV when she got plugged on 24.

I do not look forward to seeing her face in anything ever again. That she's going to be poisoning one of my favorite "fun" shows with her presence is disappointing.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 01, 2011, 02:40:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 26, 2011, 02:52:12 PM

Watched the first couple episodes of Archer last night.  Holy shit, that show is funny.

It just gets better the longer it goes biggrin
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 6-29-2011! on: June 29, 2011, 05:21:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 29, 2011, 03:44:27 PM

anyone hear if the 3D is worth it for this one?  the nearest theater is 3D only, but the other has both versions.  looking at their listings is humorous though: 4 screens of Cars 2, 3 of Transformers 2 and 3 of Green Lantern.  almost half of their screens are taken up by 3 movies.

At least one reviewer I listen to regularly said that while the movie itself is incredibly awful, he said the special effects and 3D were probably the best anybody's put in theaters since Avatar.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 6-29-2011! on: June 29, 2011, 11:42:04 AM
Quote from: Norm Chan's Twitter
Prepare for a torrent of [spoiler-free] transformer 3 reactions

Was followed by...

Quote
Most racist movie of the year.

Overt product placement: Lenovo, Mercedes, Nokia, Cisco, and oh yeah, the Military.

The movie pisses on star trek and rubs it in.

We've also come full circle with cgi movies. Phantom Menace needed an edit to remove cgi characters, this needs an edit to remove the humans

Took a photo of the three of us before the movie started. Seems like a lifetime ago. Those poor poor fools.

Shia Labeouf has topped Tom Cruise as the best "running really fast away from exploding shit" guy in movies

And he seemed excited to see it beforehand.
20  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Computer Build: Video Card and Case Question on: June 08, 2011, 11:05:22 AM
Quote from: Atomic

Quote from: Thin_J on May 23, 2011, 08:09:51 PM

Go for either a Corsair or a Fractal Design. They both have cases that will fit the card, be fairly quiet, and be fairly easy to do a clean cabling job on. And the Fractal Design cases are even fairly cheap.

Told you! Tongue
21  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Computer Build: (Updated) on: May 30, 2011, 07:06:51 AM
I still wouldn't buy that case personally. Like Freezer and I and others have mentioned, the width of the bottom section is exactly the same as the larger videocards on the market, so you have exactly zero extra space at the end of the card. If you get one where the 12v cables connect on the end instead of on the side they actually won't fit. It's just a hassle. I don't understand the bullish want for a case that will limit your hardware choices in the future.

Also, I kind of hate case reviews that don't include a picture of the damn thing with the actual hardware in it. You have the thing built. You're already taking other pictures. Why in the world would you not take one of the thing with all the hard work done? Let people see exactly how much room there really is.

But no. That would make sense.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 27, 2011, 07:39:57 PM

Quote from: skystride on May 27, 2011, 01:38:30 PM

SC2 is the first Blizzard game I never even finished.  I'm sure a lot of people who aren't heavily into MP RTS were disappointed with SC2.  I guess it was underwhelming compared to a lot of innovations we've seen in other RTS.

Diablo 3 on the other hand should be fine following the formula since I don't feel that the ARPG genre is as saturated as the RTS genre.  I can count good ARPGs on one hand; there's not much competition.  RTS, there's so many...

The innovations and changes made to the formula in other RTS games have all been things that lower the skill ceiling. None of them would have been viable changes for Starcraft unless Blizzard wanted to piss off and alienate the largest competitive gaming scene in existence.

You're in the minority. Doesn't make your opinion invalid, but it does mean expecting them to massively change the formula with soemthing like Starcraft 2 is totally unrealistic.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to stop a fight in less than 5 seconds on: May 27, 2011, 05:46:51 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 26, 2011, 10:18:06 PM

Quote from: theohall on May 26, 2011, 09:15:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2011, 07:20:20 PM

well that just makes no sense at all.  That's like something that is inflammable not being able to be lit.

inflammable - capable of being set on fire; combustible; also known as flammable.
regardless/irregardless

The silliness of the english language.

Irregardless ain't a word.

 thumbsup  icon_lol
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 26, 2011, 02:35:55 PM

Quote from: skystride on May 25, 2011, 08:44:37 PM

Why doesn't Blizzard try to make original stuff?  Even if they took a risk and failed, it would barely hurt their profit margin.  I suppose their reputation is at stake but with all their money, I'm pretty sure an original title would get the crap tested out of it and would almost certainly succeed.

Two reasons: They don't need to and their fanbase doesn't want them to.

You're part of a pretty friggin small minority if you don't really love at least one of Blizzard's games. I hate WoW and despise what they did with Warcraft 3, but Starcraft 2 is pretty much perfection in RTS form.

I'm expecting Diablo 3 to be pretty great. It's looked great so far every time they've shown it. I see no reason to doubt it now.
25  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Computer Build: Video Card and Case Question on: May 23, 2011, 08:09:51 PM
For the overclocked 580 models, I think I'd lean toward the MSI. Basically all of their Twin-Frozr cooler series cards have gotten really great reviews. In fact, looking at the reviews you linked it looks like it's 10 full degrees cooler at load than the gigabyte. Definitely the winner.

As for the case, I'll echo Zarkon. Yes, you're begging for some frustration if you buy a card that just so barely fits inside the case. The first time you want to do something in there you'll end up having to remove something that might otherwise have stayed put.

Go for either a Corsair or a Fractal Design. They both have cases that will fit the card, be fairly quiet, and be fairly easy to do a clean cabling job on. And the Fractal Design cases are even fairly cheap.

*Holy crap, that Lian-Li is $300! You can get way more room to work with or just a plain out better laid out case for that kind of money, or significantly less.
26  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speakers too quiet with headphones plugged in on: May 21, 2011, 08:50:30 AM
Audio switches almost always introduce noise. Whether that bothers you or not will depend heavily on how picky you are. If you're not then it's a good suggestion.
27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speakers too quiet with headphones plugged in on: May 21, 2011, 01:22:30 AM

Quote from: Blackhawk on May 20, 2011, 09:46:01 PM

I have a feeling that the onboard sound just isn't putting out enough oomph to run both.  Do I have any options here?

Based on your description, I doubt very much it's fixable without getting a new soundcard.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Android App/Game Recommendations Thread on: May 12, 2011, 11:56:46 PM
Awww, no Thunderbolt support frown
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Human Target Season 2 on: May 11, 2011, 08:48:06 PM
Man, I wish Human Target could have gotten rescued by FX or something and stayed on. It was just getting more and more fun as it went.

Same for Chicago Code. Both of them are good.

I liked Lie to Me, but it had pretty much run its course. I'll miss it, but not very much.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: May 06, 2011, 11:18:01 PM
I saw a big long preview of this today at the theater.

It looks omgwtfawful.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: The Run on: April 29, 2011, 09:32:27 PM
Interesting concept. Glad it's Blackbox and not Criterion.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] G.I Joe 2: Cobra Strikes on: April 29, 2011, 07:48:49 PM
I'm going to go right ahead and say that I hate anyone who sees this garbage in the theater and gives the assholes who made it more money.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cyborg Rat , Mouse Controller for gaming? on: April 29, 2011, 07:26:12 AM
No. Everybody I know that's bought one has returned it. Software bugs, tracking issues on some popular mousepads, and very questionable build quality.

Razer/Logitech/Steelseries are still where it's at as far as mice.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ Fast Five on: April 28, 2011, 09:53:27 AM

Quote from: ibdoomed on April 27, 2011, 09:47:29 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 15, 2010, 02:46:53 PM

As stupid as some of the others were, I'm somewhat ashamed to say I've watched them all except for the most recent "Fast and Furious".  They're guilty pleasures and while I don't own them I seem to get sucked into watching them every time any one is on TV.  I'd like to see the most recent one, and this looks like it could be fun.

Which is really funny as 4 was better than 2 and 3.

Yep.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FPS Terminator on: April 24, 2011, 11:28:33 PM
Yeah. No way do they get this out without a big old cease and desist notice.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Are Mac & PC People Different? on: April 24, 2011, 11:26:40 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 24, 2011, 07:54:52 PM

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Mac people are 21% more likely than PC people to consider themselves computer-savvy gearheads.

Now that's pretty funny. I thought Apple's main market demographic was people who don't know how to use computers. Would computer-savvy gearheads overpay for machines that they can't customize or upgrade?

I also found that one hilarious.

I can't think of a single mac owner I know that doesn't throw their hands in the air and screech for help at the local apple store when their machine does something they don't want it to.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I should have listened on: April 24, 2011, 08:42:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 22, 2011, 09:42:52 PM

The one I'm referring to isn't in the first book, so it might not be the same one Cort has in mind, I said later books to avoid giving an idea of when to expect it.  Trust me, if the books grab you you'll reach it soon enough.

Spoiler for which book?:
book 3


Spoiler for Hiden:
I assume you're talking about the red wedding? Cause, I mean.. yeah. That was quite possibly the most jaw-dropping moment I've ever experienced in a book ever. He keeps throwing in little pieces of foreshadowing, hinting that it isn't going to turn out well, but then it just goes about 100 levels beyond how bad I thought it could ever possibly get.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC The Killing on: April 22, 2011, 08:40:41 PM
I'm still so bummed about Rubicon.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC The Killing on: April 22, 2011, 08:09:59 PM
Agreed. Great series.

It's extremely hard to watch at times, but so incredibly well done I can't imagine not watching the rest of it.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 - Now invading other games! on: April 19, 2011, 03:25:24 AM
Yeah, since Super Meat Boy completed it moved up to about 12:30.
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