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8401  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 09:09:48 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I've been really looking as well, and comparing Velocity Micro to Alienware.  I think I like Velocity Micro more right now.  They are about the same price, and that Alienware case looks horrible.

I also really like the fact that Velocity Micro's customer support is 100% based in America (no Alienware info that I saw on theirs, but if they share with Dell, good lord...).  Velocity Micro's CEO posts frequently on HardOCP as well, helping out people.

I'm skeptical that the video cooling is worthwhile, especially on the 7950.  Reviews I've seen of the 7950 say its relatively quiet on its own.  Comments on Alienice I've seen in general claim its a rip off (from various forums).

My other question was going to be to go with the Soundblaster X-Fi or not...

Velocity looks like it ships quicker as well.


Hmmm... may have to take a gander at them for sure.

Thanks!

gellar
8402  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 07:38:54 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
As for yours, did you not want a secondary SATA drive RAIDed out?


Not really, no.  I have a couple other old HDs and a pair of external drives for storage.  The 250GB on it comes with is just for installs.

gellar
8403  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 07:36:46 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
How much is it?


$2600 shipped, no Sales Tax (YAY!)

gellar
8404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 20 gayest video game characters on: July 31, 2006, 07:18:01 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"


I applaud this effort.

gellar
8405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 31, 2006, 07:02:17 PM
Since I still can't find the price drops on Newegg, nor can I order a Conroe from anywhere as a bare chip, I started looking around to buy a full rig.  I was surprised that Alienware has them for a price that is quite comperable to building it myself... thoughts on this build?

Link to Hardware Forum thread
8406  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [update] New PC purchase? - Velocity Micro delivers early - gellar happy on: July 31, 2006, 06:58:53 PM
Cross posted on teh BC, but I wanted to get your opinions as well:

Quote from: gellar on BC
Alienware is surprisingly cheap.  Sure I won't get it for a month, but I don't really care that much when they are building it for such a reasonable price.  It's a bit more than I wanted to spend... but it's also way more than I was expecting to get.

System is below:
[1] Area-51® 7500

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz 4MB Cache 1066MHz FSB
Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Service Pack 2
Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis - Space Black
Chassis Upgrades: Alienware® AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling
Power Supply: 650 Watt Alienware® Multi-GPU Approved
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Motherboard
Memory: 2GB DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ 8MB Cache
Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
Graphics Processor: 1024MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7950 GX2
Monitor: No Monitor
Sound Card: High Performance 7.1 Audio - Standard
Keyboard: Alienware® USB Full-Size Keyboard
Mouse: Alienware® Optical 3-Button Mouse with Scroll Wheel
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
Alienware Extras: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - $99.99 Value - FREE!
Alienware Extras: AlienWiring - Exclusive Internal Wire Management - $99.99 Value - FREE!
Alienware Extras: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager

Thoughts, sirs?

gellar
8407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: July 28, 2006, 04:54:07 PM
Assuming the game isn't buggy, I call the Kings.

gellar
8408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: July 28, 2006, 02:24:41 PM
Every year that 2K releases a hockey game, I pine for the days of NHL2K3 (still the best hockey game ever made, other than NHL 94 slywink).

I wish I could say I'll pick this up on release day, as I am quite interested in it, but 2K has not exactly had a stellar track record with non buggy, playable software as of late (MLB 2k anyone?).  Even my copy of NHL2K6 still locks up on me frequently.  I'll have to take a wait and see on this one.

gellar
8409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / State of the Forum - Software Change? on: July 27, 2006, 08:10:40 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I say we just ban Eduardo_X. That'll solve all my problems right there.


I like your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

gellar
8410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best catfight you've see in a movie? on: July 27, 2006, 05:34:27 AM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
2 Days in the Valley. Catfight between Terri Hatcher and a then unknown Charlize Theron. MEOW!!


Hell.  Yes.

gellar
8411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 02:43:28 AM
Current gen consoles are nearing their end of life... the fight will begin a new when all 3 new consoles are out.

Guaranteed.

gellar
8412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canadians... heard of this place? on: July 25, 2006, 10:49:50 PM
Quote from: "Austin"
Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Jasper, etc... Definitely worth the trip.


Indeed.  Do it.  Do it.

gellar
8413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 25, 2006, 10:42:53 PM
I've been told it'll be out in April...

gellar
8414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why EA sucks #246: ESPN Pay Per View for Madden on: July 25, 2006, 08:07:14 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Why doesn't Visual Concepts (Take Two?) just make a football game based on the real players (though with different names and on teams like the Baltimore Crows) that allows the user to change the names (like they do for their college basketball game). Couldn't they get around the NFL license that way? I'm sure most NFL2kx fans would buy that game over Madden.


Cause they know that 567 sales won't cover their development costs slywink

gellar
8415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why EA sucks #246: ESPN Pay Per View for Madden on: July 25, 2006, 06:50:07 PM
On the one hand, this is a bit ridiculous to charge for and hope people buy it.  It's corporate arrogance and corporate ignorance at it's worst.

On the other, I honestly can't blame them for trying to make a buck on the idiots who would pay for this thing.  I'm sure EA has done enough research to know that this will, in fact, make them money.  Can't blame them for that.

gellar
8416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/24) on: July 24, 2006, 07:48:34 PM
Nothing for me, thankfully.

gellar
8417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 21, 2006, 08:11:26 PM
I just asked my ATVI people... they aren't denying it.

gellar
8418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 21/Jul/06? on: July 21, 2006, 05:17:17 PM
So much to play this weekend...

Chromehounds
NCAA
Titan Quest
Table Tennis
MLB '06 The Show

Lots of stuff...

gellar
8419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 20, 2006, 03:27:00 PM
I can't portably game at all.  I've had a PSP (lost it somewhere when I moved) and currently have a DS.  They only get playtime when I'm on a plane or in an airport.  Otherwise, if I have time to game, I fire up the PC or 360.

gellar
8420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 20, 2006, 03:25:12 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "gellar"
Yeah buddy... X2 5000+ new rig is being ordered and built the day these price drops hit.

gellar


gellar, I would seriousy reconsider that purchase and look at the E6600.  Especially since they can be cranked up to 4Ghz.


I don't overclock, as I am entirely too lazy to.  I don't even overclock my video card.

From what I can tell, the E6600 is marginally faster in the benchmarks I care about (games).  If I can get one as easily as I can the 5000+, I will certainly do so.  However, if there are supply issues or stability issues with the new mobos, I'll be going AMD for sure.  I understand I'm giving up a bit of performance for some convenience, but that's something I'm more than willing to do.

gellar
8421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: July 20, 2006, 03:20:23 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Graham"
Well, at least you can actually run in this game, but you have to make too many juke moves to do it.

The long ball looks like the way to go....just like previous Madden games.

Do we get the crappy radio commentators again?  I didn't hear any announcer during the gameplay video.

Yeah, just looks like another Madden release, just made prettier for the 360.


Dude... are you watching the same video I am?  This is a pretty significant step forward for Madden, at least in the graphics and animation category (which is all you can judge the video by).  Wow.

gellar

You can polish a turd, but it's still a turd.

I think that the game looks good.  Still, from what I can see, it's the same old gameplay.


You can gather that from a 2 minute video of highlight clips?  I bow to your abilities of perception.

gellar
8422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 09:26:51 PM
The Dynasty mode seems entirely complete to me, compared to last year's version anyway.

Also, some choice bits from that review you're referencing makes me wonder a few things about the reviewers sanity (taken from The Blog for the Sports Gamer):

Quote from: "IGN Crackhead Reviewer"
Last year, the franchise surpassed everything we could have hoped for with NCAA 06. The tight gameplay, addictive Race for the Heisman mode and immersive college football atmosphere pushed the franchise so far ahead that it already bordered on next-gen


ORLY?  WHAT?  Last year's game, while not attrocious, was by and large a disappointment.  The "addictive" Race for the Heisman mode was TOTAL garbage and to give it credit for making the franchise near next-gen... WHAT?

The list of missing "features", from that review, are as follows:

Race for the Heisman - totally useless.  Would've never touched it anyway.
Campus Legend - See above
Defensive hot routes - Generally a nice to have, but I can live without it.
Spring game - From what I've seen, this feature is total fluff and I'd have simmed through it anyway.
Drills - Ditto
Create-a-school - OK this sucks... I liked this feature in the past.
Stadium Pulse - I liked this in the past too, but wouldn't have noticed it was missing until it was pointed out.
ESPN Magazine - And then?

So, assuming I'm going to buy this game, I'm making the choice between the above missing "features" and the below benefits of the 360:
720p/1080i graphics
Wireless controller
Tug'O'War Mini Game (which is a fun diversion offline, but if I can play it online, would be a huge benefit)
Not having to hook up the old Xbox

Now I'm not saying that removing features is a good thing, but if they're features I don't give a crap about... I don't really care.  I don't get the big deal.

gellar
8423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UGH on: July 19, 2006, 08:31:46 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Pay as little as possible for rent because you're THROWING YOUR MONEY DOWN THE TOILET!!!

Haven't rented since 1991!!


Agreed for the most part, but there are certainly scenarios where renting is the far more viable option.

I've considered buying, but it just doesn't make sense for me at the moment.

gellar
8424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 19, 2006, 04:03:59 PM
Yeah I'm toying with the the Conroe 6600, but it's not a huge increase over the 5000+, which it's competitively priced against (I believe).  Also, the Conroe platform is newer and more costly than the AMD one, so it ends up being a bit more expensive and, in my eyes, possibly less stable (being new and all).  I still have a week to change my mind though.

gellar
8425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 03:38:50 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
I understand you, BUT why are things, ANYTHING, cut from the top of the line?
There should be everything and more in the 360 version.

I agree with Devil.  Ack...  stomach pain...  vomit...  Seriously, the 360 version should have extra stuff, not less.

I don't really care about school tests and such.  But aren't the PS2 and XBox playbooks a lot better and upgraded?  That would impact gameplay a lot.  What about some of the momentum stuff?  

How is the 360's dynasty mode?  Just as good?


I believe the 360 actually has the better playbooks (could be wrong, but Im pretty sure I read that).

Momentum is there, it's just displayed differently.

The Dynasty mode doesn't seem to be missing anything for me.

gellar
8426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Current best soccer game for the 360? on: July 19, 2006, 03:23:53 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
If you're not a fan of soccer and aren't willing to spends many hours tweaking and learning a game; Winning Eleven 9 isn't your game.

The newest FIFA is apparently quite good.  Every FIFA release comes significantly closer to the perfect portrayal of the game that the WE series offers, but without having to learn a ton of moves and spend countless hours perfecting how you play.

FIFA World Cup is your game.


Indeed.

gellar
8427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 19, 2006, 03:11:10 PM
Yeah buddy... X2 5000+ new rig is being ordered and built the day these price drops hit.

gellar
8428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much is your rent? on: July 19, 2006, 03:08:42 PM
I've got you all beat.

$2200/mo.  1500 sq ft 2 BR Condo.  And this place is a HUGE value.

SF Bay Area.

gellar
8429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 03:04:04 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"
Quote from: "stiffler"
So you only gain achievements in the Dynasty or what?


I already gained a number of the easy achievements from playing a couple exhibition games against the computer. Maybe you have to do what I did and  play on All-American skill level with 5 minute quarters?


I play Dynasty, All-American, 8 min quarters.  I got a few achievements last night.

gellar
8430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: July 19, 2006, 05:16:32 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
Well, at least you can actually run in this game, but you have to make too many juke moves to do it.

The long ball looks like the way to go....just like previous Madden games.

Do we get the crappy radio commentators again?  I didn't hear any announcer during the gameplay video.

Yeah, just looks like another Madden release, just made prettier for the 360.


Dude... are you watching the same video I am?  This is a pretty significant step forward for Madden, at least in the graphics and animation category (which is all you can judge the video by).  Wow.

gellar
8431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 05:12:17 AM
Managed to get 1 tug o war (Lots of fun... can you play this mode online?) and one full game in tonight.  VERY impressed so far, and I haven't even begun to slider tweak.

I do miss Reggie Bush though slywink

gellar
8432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 18, 2006, 11:47:06 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
Personally I don't care too much about most of those features (except defensive hot routes). If the on the field gameplay is good I will buy it. I will probably rent it first though. EA has gotten my money for crappy games too many times before.

I'm just really tired of EA putting out crap.  They've released far to many games with missing features on the 360 and PSP, as well as games with minimal updates like Madden.


Well, to call a game feature reduced doesn't mean it's crap.  Most of the guys at Op Sports are quite happy with NCAA (and that forum, IMHO, is mostly 2k fanboys) and the general reviews (including the one you linked) are positive thus far.  The features that are missing wouldn't be missed AT ALL by me, so long as the fantastic Dynasty mode is still in tact.  I'm very excited to get home tonight and try this out, especially after all of the positive feedback thus far.

gellar
8433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 18, 2006, 06:14:20 PM
I believe mine is 52", but I'm pining for larger.  I can see myself upgrading within a year.

gellar
8434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/17) on: July 17, 2006, 06:49:43 PM
NCAA for 360 fo'sho.

gellar
8435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 16, 2006, 06:30:51 AM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Is it possible to start up a multiplayer game with only a few friends just for fun?  For example, can Devil, Lockdown and I team up and play against the AI so that we can demonstrate our complete ineptness at controlling huge lumbering machines????  Or do you have to join all this squad bullshit that sounds completely ridiculous and a colossal waste of time.  I really hate that when you have plan, study, formulate, schedule, and jump through hoops just to sit down for a half hour and play a fun multiplayer session.


That's pretty much what we've been doing at BC.  Orpheo and I have been doing 2 player co-op vs AI with the occassional 2v2 PVP.  The AI isn't all that much of a challenge, but it's still pretty fun.  Our squad right now is just a handful of us just screwing around with the game.

gellar
8436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 13, 2006, 06:10:17 PM
Quote from: "fyedaddy"
Quote from: "Devil"
Still say '05 was the worst game ever made.


Why is 05 the worst? It's the only one I've ever played and I absolutely love it. Is 04 or 06 even better? Am I missing out by not playing either of those?


04 was by far the best of the series (possibly the best football game ever made, actually).  06 was better than 05, but not by a great margin.  It certainly wasn't better than 04.

gellar
8437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 13, 2006, 05:34:57 AM
Man... my download is SUPER SLOW for some reason.

gellar
8438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 12, 2006, 06:29:29 PM
Awesome.

gellar
8439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's name off supermodels we've slept with! on: July 11, 2006, 06:53:13 PM
Ahem...

...
...

Your mother.

gellar
8440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 11, 2006, 03:37:16 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"
I'll  add this:  Bose isn't pricy, or should I say overpriced, due to quality, it's due to their enormous advertising budget.  I literally think not a day goes by that I don't hear or see an ad for them.

I've not been impressed with them.  A friend has a pair of aviation headseats from them (not cheap) and I tried them.  I payed just over half what they wanted the Bose, and mine are quieter and more comfortable.  Also, having heard a few of their stereo speakers left me unimpressed.  I'd take Klipsch over them anyday (and have).


You know... for noise cancelling headsets, I cannot recommend Shure enough.  Folks in my industry who travel a lot have been recommending them to me for years and I finally pulled the trigger a few months ago.  FANTASTIC.

They don't use the "standard technology" that the rest of noise cancelling devices do... they just simply make a damn fine earbud headphone with a snug fit to your ear (you get about a dozen different choices in the "fit kit" that comes with the buds) and it works great.  Best I've ever tried.

As far as Klipsch goes, I honestly find them starting to become a bit overrated and commercialized themselves.  Very similar to what happened to Rockford Fosgate in the car audio industry of the 1990s.  You'll find far better value and quality in the direct internet order brands, I think.

Of course, if you like it, that's all that matters.

gellar
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