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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 02, 2014, 08:07:01 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 02, 2014, 07:05:29 PM

The Falcon 4.0 Manual was better than a lot of school study\research books. It had the look, feel, and content of a real deal Pilot's go-to reference manual.
So did Longbow-2, but not as good as Falcon. I miss those sims.

Luckily I still have my copies of those plus pretty much all the Jane's Sims
122  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 02, 2014, 01:35:58 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 02, 2014, 12:28:18 AM


Thanks for posting the link, there's some interesting information there. I'll probably just use the default path from now on, just changing the "C" to a "D" as needed.
123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 02, 2014, 01:29:01 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on March 02, 2014, 12:24:55 AM

May I ask what your purpose is in keeping the ssd as clear as possible?

I wasn't being "clear' in my statement. I meant that I wanted to keep my SSD clear of programs I would seldom use and don't need to be as quick as possible, like LibreOffice. I plan on using the SSD for games. I just installed Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag on the SSD and holy smokes, it uses 25GB. A few more of those and that SSD will be filled up pretty fast.
124  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 01, 2014, 10:50:24 PM
I just got my new rig and was installing LibreOffice. Since I want to keep my primary drive, the SSD, as clear as possible, I installed it on the secondary drive, which is my HDD. When I was installing the program the default path was "C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4". I changed it to "D:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4", then decided I didn't really need it to be in the Program Files (x86) folder, so I just put it in "C:\LibreOffice 4".

My question... is there any reason to install programs in a Program Files (x86) higher level folder? And if there is, does this only apply on the primary, OS drive? Thanks for any help.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 01, 2014, 10:36:26 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 01, 2014, 09:17:35 PM

What do you need a manual for? Most games don't have one (a real one) these days anyway.

So sue me, I like to read manuals Roll Eyes. Back in my day, the manuals were HUGE!!! Of course, they were on stone so even a GTAV size manual weighed more than Fred Flintstone's car. And don't get me started on how long it took to load a program from a cassette...
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 01, 2014, 08:58:04 PM
Just got this game as a bonus for getting an Nvidia card. So far I'm enjoying it, but it was a download and I can't find a game manual except the one in-game. Is there a downloadable PDF manual? I tried a Google search but it got me to all these weird sites eek
127  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 01, 2014, 06:38:30 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. As I said, because this was a custom machine I was limited in the range of components. This is the configuration I finally went with, a compromise between cost and performance. I opted for no overclocking as I'm more interested in this rig lasting as long as my previous one, which was nine years. I ordered it mid-February and it arrived yesterday. So far so good, things seem to be working fine.

Power Supply: SilverStone® 750 Watt Modular
Motherboard: Asus® Z87 Plus
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4770K 3.5GHz
Processor Cooler: Asetek® Liquid Cooling
Memory: 1866MHz 2x8GB (16GB)
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB
Hard Drive 1: Crucial® M500 SSD 480GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium
128  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: March 01, 2014, 06:30:50 AM
I finally found the link to the article on Tom's Hardware, Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2014. The linked page is the high end card (which I got) but the drop down at top gives you access to their choices in other price ranges.
129  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question on admin permissions on: February 28, 2014, 08:43:56 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 28, 2014, 05:45:04 PM

Yes, that was it. Thanks for the help!
130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 28, 2014, 08:42:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 28, 2014, 08:37:09 PM

it's EA's response to Steam and gets a lot of hate for that.  in actuality, it's a functional client for downloading games but lacks the polish and bells and whistles of Steam.  if you go this route, get the 'PC download' option;  it gives you the keys you punch into Origin.  the other option works similarly to Humble Bundle games now where the code gets added to your account once you buy it.  takes more work to set up though.

Thanks for the quick response! I notice Mass Effect 3 isn't on Steam. Is this one of those "it will be on there someday" or "EA is never going to put it on Steam because it takes away from Origin's business"?
131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 28, 2014, 08:24:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 28, 2014, 06:20:58 PM

if you aren't adverse to Origin, Amazon has the trilogy on sale for $11.99

I've been a console player for several years, so I'm not familiar with Origin. What kind of adversity would I be seeing dealing with Origin?
132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 02:52:54 PM
My new computer also has a GTX 780 3GB and so far so good. I run at 1920x1200 but I'm not real finicky on all the AA, FSAA and other those other settings which I've forgotten how to use Roll Eyes.
133  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question on admin permissions on: February 28, 2014, 02:28:26 AM
Just got my new computer (Win7) and I'm getting this dialog box every time I try to copy a folder to my C: drive:



I got rid of this message on my last Win7 machine but I don't remember how I did it. Any help would be appreciated!
134  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 27, 2014, 06:37:16 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 27, 2014, 06:19:46 PM

2/27


$4.99
Digital Deluxe is $7.49
ME1 + ME2DD is $9.99

Lowest Price: $4.99 at Steam
Historical Low: $4.99 at Amazon on Wed Feb 26 2014
Number of times this game has been in a bundle: 1

If I get ME2, is it worth getting ME as well? Or are the game mechanics so much better in ME2 that ME would be a disappointment?

Also, the only things I would care about in the Deluxe Digital edition of ME2 would be the
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Collector Armor and Assault Rifle - Two bonus in-game items: advanced regeneration armor and a powerful enemy-shredding assault rifle.
Incisor Rifle - Bonus in-game weapon. Firing three shots with each pull of the trigger, the Incisor Rifle is designed to decimate shields.
Are they of a significant enough impact to ME2 that they would be worth the extra $2.50 USD?
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 22, 2014, 05:03:30 AM
The promotional code is already applied if you use the link he posted.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 22, 2014, 03:24:31 AM

Quote from: naednek on February 22, 2014, 02:00:50 AM

Amazon is giving the original Thief away (amazon is giving it away for free

Thanks for the heads up  thumbsup
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 20, 2014, 04:30:53 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 20, 2014, 04:14:53 AM

how does this compare to say Anno series or the older city builders (Zeus, Cleopatra, etc.)? 

I played all the Sierra City builders and I would say there is a lot of them in this game, except primarily for the military aspect and a few others. Still has that same sort of vibe. There is a series of "Let's Play" videos that will give you a pretty good feel for how the game plays.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 08:29:36 PM
I think that the game is properly coded for the resource gathering function; the player assignments have a higher priority than the AI assigned ones. The player is in control after all, or in my case, I think I am in control  Roll Eyes. I'm also guilty of assigning too many tasks or too large an area. Once I changed my approach, things ran more smoothly.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 07:09:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 04:46:26 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 19, 2014, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM

Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 

Rather than running a separate thread, I'd just redirect you to the discussion over at OO, unless of course it's uncool to link to another site's forum.

I guess it's not uncool, but the whole point of my being on GT is to read things and have discussions on GT.  slywink

I split my time between the two forums and would give GT an equal chance, but the Banish thread over there has been going awhile. After I put in a bit more time on the game I'll come here and present my impressions. So far I'm pretty happy with it, even after seven straight hours playing. However, we'll see if it has legs after a couple more days.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM

Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 

Rather than running a separate thread, I'd just redirect you to the discussion over at OO, unless of course it's uncool to link to another site's forum.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 02:49:50 AM
Got my copy this morning but only was able to play it a couple of hours so far this evening. Enjoying it very much icon_biggrin.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam "Early Access"...do you do it? on: February 19, 2014, 12:59:23 AM
I'd have to say more than occasionally, although I do regret it at times. I got spoiled by Kerbal Space Program and Prison Architect; I keep expecting all alphas to be as interesting as they are in such preliminary stages.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Space Engineers on: February 19, 2014, 12:57:01 AM
It's on sale now on Steam. Any opinions as whether it's worth getting in Alpha or wait till release... or maybe never?
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 18, 2014, 12:08:48 AM
New pricing for 7DTD:
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Effective immediately our new single unit Alpha price is $24.99 and our Alpha 2 pack is $39.99! These prices will stay effective until Beta with the exception of possible sales and promotions along the way. We thank all of you who have supported our product so far and will strive to make it the best damn zombie game we can!
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 17, 2014, 09:06:00 PM
I usually play for a couple of hours then take a break. Exceptions have been when I'm having a good day in a CoD game or maybe I'm engrossed in Farming Simulator 2013. I think the long session times recently have been in GTA5 when I kept playing over and over to complete a mission.

In the long, long ago past, I do remember several marathon playing sessions in Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising when I would string together two or three three-hour long matches on the really big maps.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: February 16, 2014, 09:00:41 PM
Logged on to GTAV a few days ago and went to my garage and found this mess:





Somebody needs to clean up this mess!  slywink
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 16, 2014, 06:41:02 PM
I'm definitely considering this for the PC now that I have a new rig on the way. I'm biting the bullet, saying goodbye to consoles and accepting that the PC is the way to go for me. The settings that msduncan is using sound great to me.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 15, 2014, 01:13:06 AM

Quote from: ATB on February 15, 2014, 12:04:53 AM

I suspect I'll have to get it sight unseen then so as not to let that impact my play experience.

I'm avoiding the trailers and the previews for this reason. I like the old franchise but I'm willing to see this as a new experience. I will wait for the initial GT review however, and of course impressions posted here.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 14, 2014, 05:29:32 AM
OK, it's now on my Steam wishlist  icon_biggrin
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 13, 2014, 04:25:31 AM
I got this as a surprise from my wife, probably because I wouldn't stop talking about it  icon_lol

I had my concerns about running it with my AMD Radeon HD 6570 video card, but at full screen 1400x900 it looks ok, not great, but ok.

I died several times before I decided to go zombie-less for awhile, then I didn't know what the hell I was doing, so I broke down and watched a couple of videos to get myself started. Now I'll go back and go a couple of days zombie-less so I can get a bit ahead of them and figure out what I'm doing. I know this isn't the purists idea of playing, but I got killed too many times the other way  Roll Eyes
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 12, 2014, 10:52:55 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on February 12, 2014, 10:46:52 PM

I would get it for pc too but just worried like call of duty will probably get hacked to hell on the pc.

Hmm, I remember that's what finally ruined Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising for me.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 12, 2014, 10:38:23 PM
I'm still unsure about getting TF, but if I do it would be for my new PC rig, which would make it my first multiplayer shooter in forever that I'm not playing on Xbox Live. How much of a culture shock is it going to be? Also, should I be investing in a good headset or am I better off not listening? The last few times I was on XBL playing CoD I found myself just putting the headset down because I was tired of listening to all the crap from my team mates. Any reason to suspect that Titanfall on the PC will bring in a more mature set of players?

And any suggestions on decent PC headsets would be appreciated.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 05:33:33 AM
Thanks for the info. My current rig barely meets the minimums for video, but I've got a new rig coming that should be adequate.

If you go to the Steam Store page there are several reviews that are all thumbs down. However, if you load more reviews there are quite a number of positive ones. I wish that Steam would provide a couple of additional filters, "most recent" and "most hours played" for sorting, that might make that system more helpful.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 05:11:08 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 11, 2014, 04:14:27 AM

set your server (you start one for and can limit whether it's public or private and whether to pw protect it.  set both of those so you don't get griefers). 

Is it required to run a server or is there a purely single-player mode? Not a deal breaker but just wondering.

Also, what are your system specs and how well is 7DTD running on it?
155  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: February 11, 2014, 04:02:09 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on February 10, 2014, 05:39:13 PM

Just wanted to say my i7 4770K and PNY GTX 770 with 8 gigs of Ram on an Asus Z87-plus board is working very nice. Playing AC-BF maxed, even if "only" at 1650x1080 is perfectly fluid and whisper quiet. All I could have asked for. Nice to not have to worry about game specs for a while.

Nice to see you are happy with it. I just put in my order for my new rig, same processor and motherboard but a GTX 780 video card instead. I also went with the 750 watt power supply. And I broke down and got a 480GB SSD for the OS and games, the rest on the HDD. Now I just have to wait a couple of weeks...  Roll Eyes
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 01:04:43 AM
This game is definitely on my high interest list and is one of the things that finally pushed me to ordering a new computer. I'm tempted to get it while it's on sale, but I'm looking for more impressions first.
157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 09, 2014, 07:59:03 PM
Since we're discussing hardware, I'll throw out a site that I've found useful in an "apples to apples" sense, PassMark and specifically their CPU and GPU benchmark tables. I know that everyone and their brother probably have evaluation schemes and the ones at PassMark probably are no better, but I use these benchmarks to give me some relative values information.

I also find them useful, especially the GPU benchmarks, when somebody like Steam lists minimum and recommended video cards and I haven't a clue as to whether it means my card is good enough. For instance, my current AMD Radeon HD 6570 is benchmarked at 752. Now on Steam, taking for example ARMA III, one of the minimum recommended cards is an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. Looking that up on the GPU List page, I find a value for the 8800 GT of 758, which tells me that my Radeon HD 6570 is barely good enough. And one of the recommended cards, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, is benchmarked at 3100, so I know that to get the best experience I need to get a card with a benchmark of at least somewhere near there. It's one of the reasons I'm upgrading to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, which benchmarks at 8001 icon_biggrin

Again, I know these benchmarks aren't holy gospel, they are just another rating system. It just makes it easier for me to compare this way.
158  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 09, 2014, 05:31:01 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm getting this computer built, rather than building it myself, so I'm a bit constrained on the components, but that's not too big a deal for me. I'm still playing around with my options; as you say, the video card is the pacing item. I'm preferring the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB based on this article over on Tom's Hardware where they gave the nod to the GTX 780. I'm not really looking at bleeding edge graphics as much as just being able to use this rig to run games for years in the future.

I'm not planning on overclocking; the asetek cooling comes with the rig. I did decide to upgrade to a 480 GB SSD, just to avoid having to swap out programs to keep under the limit.
159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 05:00:34 AM
Ah, I found the other info, the bays:

Three 3.5" HDD/Dual SSD Bays
One 2.5" SSD Bay
Three 5.25" Bays

I'm knee deep in extra bays, so I should be able to mount it without having to leave the SSD hanging, so to speak icon_wink
160  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 01:37:57 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on February 09, 2014, 01:09:24 AM

Any details on the drive?

According to the specs, the old drive is a 1TB Serial ATA-300 HDD (SAMSUNG HD502HI). My new rig uses a Asus® Z87 Plus motherboard.
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