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41  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Buliding a PC on: March 15, 2016, 02:39:09 AM
I cut and pasted what I commented on below your nice article as my comment doesn't seem to want to post up.

Johnnyguru is your source for over the top power supply reviews.  One thing I almost made a mistake on when building my recent PC was that there are drives that fit the M.2 format but are not actually M.2 drives.  Samsung Evo850 was the drive I was looking at and was about to put into the cart when I noticed the 6Gbps spec vice the 32Gpbs I expected to see, it actually is a SATAIII drive in the M.2 form factor.  Thankfully I did notice it before buying and ended up with the predictably more expensive Samsung950 drive a true M.2 drive. 

As you said on you review of your M.2 drive, the screw to mount it to the motherboard is the smallest screw ever.  It is a M2 sized screw and when I couldn't find mine at first (it doesn't come with the drive) I went to the hardware store but they only have M3 screws as the smallest around.  I was looking in the wrong place for mine, I got fixated on the screws that came with my case and it wasn't until I hit my head with my hand and said "look in the motherboard box idiot!" that I finally found the tiny screw.  Longest part of the build was dealing with that screw and only due to me overlooking the inclusion of the screw in the MB box.

I think one great resource for building a PC is pcpartpicker.com and maybe worth a mention in the article as it can flag items that won't work together.  Here is a link to my build list https://pcpartpicker.com/user/OtterChaos/saved/#view=Pffqqs  hope it works.
42  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: weird artifact on: March 12, 2016, 03:41:04 PM
No idea what the issue could be but did you try switching the monitor to the motherboard video output instead of the 980?  Might help determine if it is the card or monitor.  Of course you would need a different video cable as I don't think most motherboards have a built in DisplayPort connection.
43  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 12, 2016, 02:37:43 AM
Just did a quick run of Rebel Galaxy which also supports the 3440X1440 resolution and wow does it look great!  Rebel Galaxy has a lot of dark menu areas so I could evaluate my backlight bleed and I didn't see anything to complain about.  Also look up a LCD dead pixel webpage that displayed solid black/blue/white/green/red screens and saw consistent display across the board so I'd say my X-34 has no issues.
44  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 12, 2016, 02:09:31 AM
My monitor showed up today and it is very very good, have yet to look for light leakage that seems to be an issue with other X34's but I've played Dying Light at 3440X1440 and it is great.  Dying Light is the only game I have installed on the new computer that supports 21:9 but the other games I've installed are Dark Souls 1 and 2 and both of those take some extra tweeking to get them to display correctly and I'm not sure I want to go that far for those games.  I'm going to try Rebel Galaxy now and see how that looks.  rittchard I did notice that the first time I plugged in the X-34 the nvidia control panel did not have a section for enabling gsync but there was a driver update for my vid card and once I installed that the option to use gsync was available to me.  Also if you've read about the X-34 you may realize it comes setup with a default refresh rate of 60Hz and you have to go into the menu and set it up for 100Hz, I didn't have any trouble doing that.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 11, 2016, 06:25:50 PM
I think I'm level 6 so not that much time into it so far.  I will say that so far the game is fun but the loot grind isn't grabbing me yet but of course I've barely touched many of the games systems.  I'll probably be back on today to play some more once my bandwidth frees up after Diablo 3 finishes downloading onto my new computer.   
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's happening with E3? on: March 09, 2016, 02:50:48 AM
I figure the Indies get their exposure at the various PAX's throughout the year, I imagine it costs less to show at a PAX than E3.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 07, 2016, 06:03:21 PM
A bit worried about the size of the map too but I like the loot system I'm seeing so far.
48  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 07, 2016, 06:00:55 PM
FedEx now saying 3/11 by the end of the day so that's nice.  Decent shipping speed from an Amazon 3rd party seller.  All the parts to build the new computer are out for delivery now so I'll be building it later today and hopefully playing on my old/dying Dell monitor soon.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/08/16) on: March 07, 2016, 04:54:05 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 07, 2016, 04:19:07 AM

If you are going to play on XB1 and have the Nvidia code, you can sell it for $30-40.  Not sure where but people on reddit have been doing it.

pre-installing on XB1 now, as for the PC version I will keep it and try it out on the new computer tentatively named OtterChaos's folly
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/08/16) on: March 07, 2016, 03:19:45 AM
The Division on XB1 I think, I just bought a nvidia card that qualifies for a PC copy of the game so maybe I will play it there.
51  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 06, 2016, 09:40:21 PM
Well I got the notice that my monitor has shipped via Fed-Ex but no more detail than it should arrive between Mar 10th and Mar 14th.  Now the second guessing and hoping a good unit arrives intact.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's happening with E3? on: March 05, 2016, 01:28:35 AM
Maybe it's more of a concern for the dedicated gaming press?  Seems all these departures (other than Konami) are replaced by events that the general public can attend so why have elaborate sets and interviews.  Seems the companies are exploring new ways to get their message out there and with all the youtube stuff and so on maybe it is the beginning of the end of E3 and even more decline of professional gaming journalism (probably not the correct term there).
53  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 04, 2016, 11:05:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 04, 2016, 10:25:42 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 04, 2016, 02:08:20 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 04, 2016, 01:12:27 AM


I ended up ordering (or pre-ordering I guess) the Asus ROG version, which seems pretty similar to the Acer.  If the Acer becomes available first, I'll cancel.

Of course now my computer got delayed, so I still have time to get pre-buyer's remorse  paranoid

I lean towards the Asus from a visual standing, where did you pre-order it from?  

I'd be curious to see what they put into that Mainline computer.

I'm not sure I actually ordered it now lol.  I ordered it in Amazon, but now they seemed to have totally taken that off their site.  The order still seems to be in the system but I expect it will eventually be cancelled so I'm back on the prowl.  I guess you could call me a predator, snort chortle snort.


Edit:  I went ahead and cancelled the Asus and went for the Acer off of Amazon from "Triplenet Pricing" - seems a little shady but we'll see.  They don't charge tax for some reason and normal shipping is free, so that makes a big difference.  I am expecting something to go awry, will keep my hopes up.

Let's hold hands because I just did the same thing.  No tax and free shipping actually saves me over $50 over getting it at list price plus tax directly from Amazon.  The price at Triplenet works out to be the best I could do anyways.  I believe you are in California as well?  Who gets theirs first?  I did look at Triplenet's ratings on Amazon and they seem legit so fingers crossed.
54  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 04, 2016, 02:08:20 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 04, 2016, 01:12:27 AM


I ended up ordering (or pre-ordering I guess) the Asus ROG version, which seems pretty similar to the Acer.  If the Acer becomes available first, I'll cancel.

Of course now my computer got delayed, so I still have time to get pre-buyer's remorse  paranoid

I lean towards the Asus from a visual standing, where did you pre-order it from? 

I'd be curious to see what they put into that Mainline computer.
55  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 04, 2016, 02:04:54 AM
I'm using this site http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/monitors/  to track stock on the X34 and the Asus one. 

Here is my final parts list from pcpartpicker http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VDDTXL Yikes!  but what did I work for all those years but to buy stupid expensive stuff?  I did buy most of the stuff from B&H photo to avoid tax and shipping charges and the case, memory, keyboard and mouse from Amazon.  All this stuff will be here on Monday so I'll commence building then.  Some stuff I went for that added cost to build were the motherboard, getting the Deluxe vs the A added twice the cost but better featrues, The SSD is a true M.2 drive, my original choice was a Samsung 850 Evo that used the M.2 form factor but was still a SATA3 drive so more limited in through put vice a true M.2 drive and I stuck with 512GB when I figure I could get by with 256 but again what is my money for? 
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ode to shoveling on: March 03, 2016, 11:57:45 PM
On the coast, no snow
In the garage, no shovel
Outside sunshine bright
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: March 03, 2016, 11:55:00 PM
I'm with Gratch from Oct of last year.  Looks fine but need to get an idea of the gameplay elements before committing to buying it.
58  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 02, 2016, 07:24:06 PM
I have read the Diablo 3 will support 21:9 in windowed full screen mode while Starcraft II won't with some thinking that Blizzard feels the increased view is a competitive advantage.  Watched a youtube video of Diablo in 21:9 but at a lower rez than the 3440x1440 the X34 can do. 

https://youtu.be/5hfshSAPgac
59  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 02, 2016, 07:15:13 PM
Well I started to order my new stuff.  I am waiting on the monitor right now, the only place I saw them in stock was a place called NCIX US and while the price was good for that X34 I didn't feel comfortable buying something so expensive from an unknown source.  Bought most of my stuff from B&H Photo since I've had good experiences with them and they keep up to date on Amazon and Newegg pricing, add in free shipping and no tax so that adds up in savings.  Still need to order a case and I want to test out a mechanical keyboard before buying one.  B&H was high on memory pricing and doesn't carry the popular G.Skill brand so I'll get that from Newegg who seem to have the best price $72 for 16GB (two 8GB sticks), reading up on memory it seems you don't get much performance improvement with higher clock speeds so I'll get 2400 vice the more expensive 3200.

Lets hope the stock market is stable or rising over the next day as I sent in my sell order today to fund this crazy move.
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 02, 2016, 07:18:37 AM
G-sync as I lightly understand it matches the refresh rate of the monitor with the video card (Nvidia only, AMD has similar tech called Freesync I think).  This process prevents screen tearing in some way.  I've never seen it compared to a normal monitor but it seems to get extreme gamers excited. 

No idea on the Diablo question, I assume if it supports the 21:9 resolution you would be able to see more of the area around you.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6: Apex coming to Win 10 PCs on: March 01, 2016, 06:45:57 PM
At least I'd be able to use my very nice Fanatec wheel in Forza again. 
62  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 01, 2016, 03:05:24 AM
Good point about the new gpu chipset, I just figured the new ones would be even more expensive but didn't think about the price pressure on the 980's.  Price is always a personnel thing, the cost of the Dell 34" while $500 less than the X34 would also seem prohibitive to some users.  I can afford the high price of the monitor, in fact I just realized I have two camera lenses that each cost more than a X34 and don't get the time of usage a computer monitor would.
63  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: February 29, 2016, 02:56:32 AM
I think I may wait just a bit before deciding on a monitor.  Asus is releasing what appears to be the same monitor as the Acer Predator X34 so that might spur some price cuts (or not, the X34 is sold out everywhere anyways at $1300).  Since this will be a long term monitor for me (I currently am using a Dell I bought in 2011 and will continue to do so) I tend to think G-sync and 100Hz refresh will be pluses I will want.  Ths Asus appears to be called the ROG Swift PG348Q.  I do keep thinking what Dying Light would look like on a 21:9 system.
64  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: February 29, 2016, 02:27:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 29, 2016, 02:09:55 AM

I've thought about getting a 21:9 monitor but I know I'd need to get a high end videocard to drive that.  I do like the idea of having it more wrapped around, though.  And from everything I've heard most games that don't support 21:9 do a good job of just displaying in the center.

Oh, also, Zinfan I think it would totally be worth the relatively minor cost to go with 16GB of RAM if you can.

Yeah I've been researching stuff after I posted and realized 16GB RAM minimum.  Not all that expensive.
65  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: February 29, 2016, 02:26:14 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 29, 2016, 12:36:57 AM

I didn't even know 21:9 monitors were a "thing" now lol so I looked some up on Amazon, wow!  Did you consider this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2913WM-29-Inch-Widescreen/dp/B00BIBB1KI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1456705574&sr=8-4&keywords=21%3A9+monitor

Looks pretty good to me and $400 less.

I recently ordered a system from Maingear which looks to be pretty similar in terms of power to what you listed (based around single 980Ti).  I ended up paying right around $2700 including tax, but this was *without* a monitor.  I didn't pick anything too special for mobo or case, but I did go extra for the Samsung 950Pro SSD.   

My original plan/hope was to use it mainly as a Steam Host, especially since my iMac has a great monitor but weak graphics card.  Not sure how well that will work out.  Of course now that you introduced me to these giaganto monitors my plans might change and maybe I'll just dump the iMac Tongue Tongue Tongue

I'll have to do some research on that Dell, first look at specs shows it lacks G-sync tech and tops out at 60Hz refresh rate where the $$$$ Asus has G-sync and 100Hz refresh.  For the price difference I need to see how much those things matter. 

I did a proto build on http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WGL7kL and it clocks in at just under $1800 minus a monitor, keyboard and mouse.  Still giving it some thought as I balance the time I spend on my pc vs how much monies I have.  I retired last year and I am currently in limbo with the majority of my funds in IRA accounts that i don't want to touch for 4 more years but I do have what I call my bridge funds that will sustain me until then and based on my costs over the 7 months I've been off work I won't have any problems buying this system even with the expensive monitor.  Just have to get used to the fact that all that money I saved over the years is now to be spent on stuff I want/travel. 
66  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / 21:9 gaming computer on: February 27, 2016, 05:21:36 AM
In the very early stages of planning a new gaming rig for myself.  Currently I have a i5 2500k cpu with a Nvidia 670 card but I don't want to just upgrade this computer, the idea is to offload the games to the new system and use the current one for the day to day stuff.  It looks like 21:9 monitors will cause any video card to suffer but I could live with some graphic cut backs for smoother gameplay.  I think I'd splash out for the more expensive monitors that cost twice as much as the lower res ones with the idea that it can continue on as video cards catch up. 

So far I figure on a system based on
i5 6500k cpu,$250 maybe a i7 6700K for $370
980Ti Vid card $650
DDR4 ram [email protected] $80 or double to 16GB for $160
Z170 based motherboard (ASUS Z170-Deluxe ATX Motherboard perhaps) $300
Case, power supply, fans etc...$?
SSD drive plus big data drive $?
Yikes Acer X34 Predator monitor at $1300 eek

Looking at Amazon I did notice something a bit odd, the Acer X34 is a Gsync monitor and they have the same basic monitor in AMD Freesync for only $980 so a savings of $320 on the monitor alone but I'd have to leave the Nvidia camp and head over to the Radeon side of the gaming world.  I don't think the R9 Fury X can keep up with the 980Ti day to day but of course more research needed.  Also the Gsync's are out of stock (not that I'm in any great hurry).

So somewhere in the range of $2500 as a baseline.  Anything I may be missing on while planning to spend my retirement monies?  Any favorite components you would go for?  Favorite case, power supply or hard drives?


67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 07:30:37 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 11, 2016, 11:29:05 AM

I don't know that that is a bug Otter.  For Spider and EXO armor you have to build each individual piece, so you can do it multiple times.  Most of the stuff in the Proving Grounds is that way (though not all).

Ahh I guess I didn't know how that works, why that way instead of just being able to build it like other stuff such as medkits and such not.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 07:05:21 AM
I may have a bug in my game.  I researched Plate armor, Spider armor and EXO armor and I cannot build any of them.  In fact I now have spider armor back on the list of things I can research in the proving grounds but if I look at past research projects it says I did that one already.  I also have the one free set of EXO and Spider armor that you get when you finish the research so I don't know what is happening.  The only thing I can build under the armor tab is the nano-vest thing.

Had a great event in a random mission.  I was in cover and spotted a group of 3 dudes two of which had armor in addition to lots of hit points.  Normally I take a chance to fire a rocket at them but this time I decided to get my sniper up on a roof and see if I could set up an ambush.  After placing my guys the enemy turn has them all jumping up onto the roof just a couple of squares from my sniper.  Lucky for me I had a rocket launcher and fired it into the group causing some good damage but the best part was they then fell down to the ground floor and the fall damage finished them off, three down in one shot.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 12:30:26 AM
I scum saved my way through that mission rittchard.  For sure I kept inching forward only to run into massive spawns that put my guys in very bad spots.  What I have trouble with is determining diagonal cover.  A few times I got shot by an enemy who seemed to fire right into the joint between two cover spots, I can never seem to get a handle on what is safe cover and what isn't.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: on: February 08, 2016, 04:20:39 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 08, 2016, 03:48:31 AM

Quote from: naednek on January 25, 2016, 06:10:42 AM

Quote from: Xmann on January 24, 2016, 11:55:07 PM

Where are you guys that predicted a blow out now?

I made a modest $200 on this game betting against people with similar predictions.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

That's in two weeks...

Hello?

Anyone home?

Didn't think so

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Good Lord who cares?  Neither one was my team so put the chip you manufactured on your shoulder back in the bag.  I don't think anyone here was that invested in either team.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XB1 Elite controller - mecca of console control, or ridiculously overpriced? on: February 07, 2016, 06:12:53 AM
When I went to grab my non-Elite controller the other day I almost slung it across the room since the plastic was much slipperier than the Elite one and I picked up the old one with too little grip to hang on to it.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 05:32:15 AM
Bokeh is the ability of a lens to blur out the background in a photograph.  Highly desired in a lens and you need a lens with a low f-stop to get decent bokeh.  Here is a photo I took with a f1.4 lens (lowest I have)


It has a very narrow depth of field meaning only the subject is in focus and the rest is bokeh.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 11:14:43 PM
Well I had decided to pass this by as I'm still into Crashlands and need more Dragons' Dogma time but the glowing reviews are swaying me and I did like XCOM quite a bit and even finished it which is rare for me with games.
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 29, 2016, 11:31:06 PM
You will be killing those heads at some point.  As for the dirt take a look at the original workbench for an idea on how them are used.
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 29, 2016, 09:43:20 AM
Cool game, very fun to run around and gather stuff for crafting.  Highly recommended.  Review on the front page by I assume inkfire.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 16, 2016, 01:37:22 AM
Still in the starting area that I know so well from the 360 version and having fun.  My issue is the sound drops out during cut scenes and when NPC's are talking and I had the frame rate issue once as well 
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 14, 2016, 10:44:47 PM
Would you think Kapernick would be a better QB fit for Kelly compared to Gabbert?  I'm with Jimmy, this is going to be an interesting few years ahead.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/12/16) on: January 11, 2016, 08:33:40 PM
Dragon's Dogma is on the list, loved the 360 version even if I didn't finish it.  Rebel Galaxy for the XB1 is a maybe, I'll run down some videos first to see how it looks on the console vs the PC.

79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment/surprise of the year 2015 on: January 09, 2016, 11:19:12 PM
Biggest surprise for me was Crypt of the Necrodancer.  Loved the music and attached gameplay

Biggest disappointment was Halo 5.  The campaign was ok until you got to a boss battle that repeated throughout the game and it was a pain to get past.  Multiplayer is where the big disappointment was for me.  The big warzone battles were the only place to redeem item cards but you didn't get to use them all that much and sometimes it took so long to earn enough points to unlock the card/weapon you had that the round was 3/4 over.  Add to that the mechanic of the team that gets the last shot on a NPC boss gets all the points and those points make or break who wins the match and frustration is the order of the day.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 08:50:53 PM
I'll wait as I'm concerned that if a 970 is min spec how much headroom does a 980 have?  I'd like my video card to be several steps above the minimum spec at least.  I worry about the Sony version as the console specs aren't that great compared to a PC running a 970 so how much can the PSVR do?  Too many unknowns for me to jump right now.
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