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41  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
42  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.
43  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
44  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.
45  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.
46  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. 
47  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.
48  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.
49  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.
50  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. 
51  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?


52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.
60  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.
61  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 
62  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.
63  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.

64  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.
65  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.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 07:08:16 PM
Of course I expect they will sell out the first shipment at $599 so there is a market for it at that price.  I eagerly await first impressions of this stuff if any of you guys managed to get in on the ground floor.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 07:05:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2016, 07:02:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 06, 2016, 06:29:39 PM

$600 for a beta test of something that will probably make me nauseous.  Sorry, nope.  I'll refrain until it comes down a bit

What makes this a beta test to you?

Yeah it can't be a beta since this is the commercial release.  I will say that the entire VR systems is so young that all of it feels like beta territory right now. 
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 07:02:14 PM
I'm usually can't resist tech stuff but $599 is too steep for me.  Factor in that two other systems are coming out this year and I'm going to let this all shake out for awhile.  Oh and I'd probably need to replace my aged 570 video card so add that to the cost as well (to be fair my vid card will need to be upgraded no matter what).  I might have bit for $399 or lower but I'm not convinced on VR yet.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 06, 2016, 12:31:15 AM
Well the owners get a income bump from moving to a large market and new stadiums and then when the fan base doesn't appear they can ransom their former cities for a new stadium on the tax payer dime and move back.  The fans of course can only sit back and take the loss of their team.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: December 30, 2015, 07:53:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 30, 2015, 02:20:17 PM

Hit my highest K/D in a COD last night: 2.08!

Is it the miracle of the Christmas Newbies?
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 08:23:05 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 19, 2015, 02:17:52 PM

The movie brought back a lot of memories, and it was an incredible ride.  With that said

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wish they didn't recycle IV for the 2nd time.  I really wanted them to advance the story and instead we're destroying a bigger death star, now a death planet.  Yawn.  Story wise I wanted more, everything else was perfect.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Agreed 100% on the recycle.  I like the film quite a bit but didn't love it just because there was too far too much fan service relating back to IV for me to get lost in the movie.  It looked great and I think Ren will be a great character moving forward so I hope there is new stuff to come and less of the "hey remember in that movie when .... happened?  Here it is again in a slightly different wrapper"
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 15 on: December 20, 2015, 07:07:32 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 20, 2015, 01:33:28 AM

We showed up to the theater and the projector was broken. No joke.

Tony Romo was seen leaving the premises with a sledgehammer.

Matt Cassel probably would have missed the projector and hit the popcorn machine!
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 09:01:35 PM
Too bad I was thinking I might like to play this on my PC but the issues jz is having plus the weak graphics card I currently have (670GTX) means a pass for me.  I believe the console versions are also having issues with frame rate but I need to look further to get a sense of how bad it is.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 12 on: November 30, 2015, 05:52:08 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 30, 2015, 04:40:37 PM

Officiating this year has been terrible. If Goodell is really serious about the integrity of the game he'd be looking into full time crews and other ways to instill some consistency in officiating. I no longer have any idea what constitutes a catch, pass interference, holding, or when the clock should be stopped or let run.

After this weekend I'd add roughing the passer to that list, the games are horrible to watch as now I just look for a flag on the ground after any decent play.  I was happy to see New England lose but that holding call that lead to the final regulation TD was pretty ticky tacky and that was only one of many I saw in the three games I watched this weekend.
75  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: November 27, 2015, 06:55:41 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on November 27, 2015, 05:12:16 PM

Well, on this black Friday I bit the bullet and went for it. Microcenter has the Acer XB 280hk on sale for $499. And of course I can't leave my trusty gtx770 in there to power that, so I got an MSI GTX 980. So we shall see how all this works out in a few days. Picking the monitor up in store but getting the gpu from New Egg. Hope my normal web surfing stuff doesn't look too small.

Looking forward to your impressions.  I'm budgeting my PC dollars for VR at the moment (I'll need a new vid card as I'm running a GTX 670) but will need to upgrade my monitor at some point.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: November 24, 2015, 09:18:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 24, 2015, 06:03:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 24, 2015, 04:33:56 PM

I'm about 99% sure that in this version LMG's move at the exact same speed as AR's (except the XR-2 which gets a mobility bonus).



Interesting. Will have to try it.

Try the cheesy Gorgonzola!  see see it is a pun on the name of the LMG.  But seriously it is one OP weapon, even I can kill with it.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 16, 2015, 08:56:24 PM
I'm getting Battlefront but to honest I don't know if it has legs.  One reason I've spent so much time in BO3 is I can grind through the multiplayer modes to unlock weapons and specialists, each one that can seem different than the others.  The beta of Battlefront had weapons that seemed like slight variants upon each other and no real weapon progress like CoD has and I miss that in a MP focused game.  Halo 5 was kinda the same for me, you could only use the Req cards in the warzone mode and I struggled to even get enough points to spawn with a weapon variant and that was usually at the end of a match so no real time to use any unlocks you got so overall each game felt the same to me since I had the same weapons each time.
78  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: November 16, 2015, 08:48:20 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 16, 2015, 06:46:03 PM

Agreed.  Your point was fine.  It's your details that were wrong.  NORAD spends a lot of resources watching over the pole, as bombers and ICBMs are much more likely to come over the pole than come knocking on Palin's door.

Agreed.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: November 16, 2015, 01:34:54 AM
Oh yes I forgot the noted superhighway named the Arctic Ocean, my bad.  My point remains that Norway shares a land border with Russia and Canada has Alaska and the Arctic Ocean between them.  Sure the Russians flew a bomber that was intercepted 75 km from Canada but sheese it is still far away and in no way comparable to Norway.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: November 14, 2015, 04:59:09 PM
I would think that Norway with its land border with Russia is much closer than Canada which has the entire state of Alaska between it and Russia.  The Paris attacks may lead to increased tension in Syria now with the French wanting to clear up that state and probably targeting getting rid of the current regime while Russia tries to keep them in power by fighting the rebels more so than ISIS.
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