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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 03:45:24 AM
Picked this up and have been playing around with single races in dynamic mode. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, but it's fun. I seem to be winning more often than I think I should, but maybe that's because it's not in the campaign. I'll give that a try next.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:48:37 AM
I gave the demo a try; it's a fun little game. Maybe even not so little. Very cleverly done.

You can get the manual when you download the demo; there's also a quick start guide available from the game's forum; download link.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:27:40 AM
Linky link to the product page, which has the link to the demo.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 01:35:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 12:59:37 AM

It's "leave me alone, bitch, my Titan is ready," time.

Send me $50 via PayPal or the wife sees the post  ninja icon_biggrin
125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: March 05, 2014, 06:01:12 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 05, 2014, 02:24:44 PM

I'd be curious... it got that hot doing what? Playing a particular game? Any game? Posting on GT?  icon_wink

I've been using MSI's Afterburner to monitor / control my Nvidia cards for quite some time, including my current GTX780. I set up a custom fan profile to control fan speed v. temperature. Guess I need to read your linked article to see if somehow what I'm doing is... counter-productive. icon_neutral

I was playing Shift 2 Unleashed for awhile with all graphics settings tweaked to the max.

The article at Geforce.com is interesting regarding GPU temp. Basically it says that the card gradually adjusts the fan speed to maintain the temp at 80C for max performance. It wants the card to run hot, just not too hot. It's a fascinating article, well worth the time to read even if you don't have or aren't planning on getting a GTX 780. I learned a lot from it.


I hadn't looked at Afterburner yet because the article pointed me to EVGA® Precision X, which is also available here (the first site requires you to establish an account). I haven't done anything with EVGA® Precision X yet, I'm still gathering data. And since I've got a three year warranty, if <sigh> if the worst comes to the worst and the card goes belly up, I'll get it replaced, so I'm not really motivated to play around with the card settings unless I really know what I'm doing, which might be, err, never nod
126  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: March 05, 2014, 07:22:41 AM
So with my new rig the builder has included this neat hardware monitoring program that's open source, which remarkably enough is called Open Hardware Monitor. It has all sorts of cool data, including capturing the max values read since the last time the application was reset. He's my GPU data (max readings on the right, current readings to the left):


Now what seems to be a bit, er, interesting is that my GPU temp got up to 80 degrees Celsius, which seems pretty high to me. According to Nvidia's spec sheet for the GTX 780, Maximum GPU Temperature is 95C, but I don't know what they use for a margin of safety. Also interesting is that the associated fan on the card didn't exceed 48% of it's speed, if I'm reading that right.

So, do other folks have any feelings on this? How close does your GPU operate with respect to it's max temp limit?

UPDATE: I found this fancy article about the GTX 780 over on geforce.com which includes a discussion about how the fan speed is adjusted in small steps to allow the GPU to run at a consistently high level (80C, as it turns out) for max performance. Interesting. So I guess what I'm seeing regarding temperatures is what I should expect.
127  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 04, 2014, 10:40:52 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 04, 2014, 04:16:45 AM

I'd say so.  they added on a bunch more since this morning

NFS Shift 2 Unleashed $4.99

I picked this up, but as suggested by someone in the Steam forum of the game, I didn't install the Steam version, I just used the Steam CD key to download the Origin version. Worked fine, no issues, and there's free DLC as well.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: March 04, 2014, 08:57:40 PM
Hey guys, I'm late to the party for this, but I just got my new PC and I'm considering getting a good MP game to take the edge off icon_biggrin. What's the situation with BF4 on the PC? Is hacking and cheating rampant? Also I don't have a mic yet, is that going to be a problem? Thanks for any advice.
129  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 04, 2014, 07:22:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 04, 2014, 06:37:29 PM

I recommend against a 4GB card. Unless you're triple monitoring things your card will become outdated before you'll need the 4GB of memory. Get a 770 instead.

When I was picking out a video card for my new rig I was also confused on the choice between 3GB and 4GB and was a bit surprised that the recommendations were for 3GB over 4GB. Now this makes sense. I ended up going with a GTX 780 3GB based on a recommendation by Tom's Hardware.
130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 04, 2014, 03:35:38 AM
Does that seem to be a very large number of weeklong deals this week?
131  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 03, 2014, 06:12:25 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 01, 2014, 02:07:01 PM

Wow, looks like a monster to me. Hope you enjoy it for a long time!

I didn't think to check this till this evening, but when you right click the desktop "Computer" icon and check properties, you can see the "Windows Experience Index" which is a link. When I click the link I get the following:


So processor gets a 7.7 out of a possible 7.9, which I expected based on not getting the bleeding edge processor or getting overclocking. I notice that they rate the "gaming graphics" as 7.9 out of a max of 7.9, which is a surprise because even without going SLI or Crossfire there are more powerful video cards out there. I guess that the 7.9 represents not absolute performance but as fast or as powerful as currently recommended by a majority of games. I've made a note to myself to check this index every few months and see if the numbers come down as faster processors and more powerful video cards raise the bar, or as new games that arrive on the market raise the average recommended specs.
132  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
133  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.
134  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.
135  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.
136  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...
137  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
138  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
139  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.
140  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!
141  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"?
142  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?
143  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.
144  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!
145  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?
146  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.
147  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
148  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.
149  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.
150  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.
151  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.
152  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.
153  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.
154  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?
155  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!
156  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.
157  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
158  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.
159  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.
160  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
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