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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 01:04:17 AM
I'm getting a new Windows computer with an SSD and a hard drive. I'm toying around with the idea of taking the primary hard drive out of my old computer and installing it as an extra internal drive in the new rig. How much of a pain in the ass is this? Also, if this isn't a good option, would it be more practical to get an external hard drive housing kit and use the old drive in that? Thanks for any help icon_biggrin
162  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 06:21:32 AM
After some more head scratching I've altered my proposed specs to:

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 240GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional

I lowered the power supply from 1000 watts to 750, which seems more reasonable. Also the motherboard is now the Asus® Z87 Plus rather than the Asus® Z87 deluxe, which I don't think I need for the extra USB ports.

I am wondering however, is a 240 GB SSD enough to install the OS plus the usual overhead programs plus a few games? I don't usually leave that many games installed if I don't intent to play them very much, but things do tend to accumulate on the hard drive. What are other folks experiences with this?
163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 08, 2014, 05:44:14 AM
There are a lot of horror stories about using Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 7 would seem to be the way to go on this.
164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 12:12:19 AM
After being disappointed with the new generation of consoles, I've decided to go ahead and get a dedicated gaming PC. I want to get it now while I can still get Windows 7 since I'm not impressed with what I've heard about Windows 8. Please check out the projected specs and let me know what you think. I'm using this pretty much only for gaming; no video streaming, no Photoshopping, nothing but gaming (and email and a little word processing).

Power Supply: SilverStone® 1000 Watt Modular
Motherboard: Asus® Z87 Deluxe
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 240GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam/F2P]Loadout on: February 05, 2014, 09:59:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 05, 2014, 09:15:54 PM

but with gore, nudity and profanity.

Damn, sounds like holiday dinner with my relatives icon_biggrin

Thanks for posting the video! It looks like it might be fun, downloading right now.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 04, 2014, 10:28:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 04, 2014, 10:15:19 PM

That's making try and think of what the absolute worst "We Legally Can't Say Mech" alternative mech name is.  Right now the "Hercs" from Missionforce Cyberstorm come to mind.

Aw, Missionforce: Cyberstorm, that brings back a lot of fond memories. I still have my copy around here somewhere.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Live - 12 month code, 20 bucks off on: February 01, 2014, 07:32:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up. My current subscription doesn't expire till the end of June, but I might pick this up anyway.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: January 31, 2014, 04:50:36 PM
Alpha 17 is out, here's the video.

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= Armed guards
    You can now hire armed guards to patrol your prison, intimidate your inmates, and put down trouble
    You must research the Armoury first, and your armoury requires a weapons rack and one locker per armed guard on site
    Armed guards have a strong "Supression" effect on all prisoners near them, making the prisoners less likely to misbehave
    They can be instructed to follow a patrol from the Deployment screen
    They will only use lethal force if you give them permission - by clicking the "Weapons Free" emergency button
    They will always shout a warning first, unless a Prisoner is attacking a member of staff (guard, armed guard, administrator etc)
    They will also shoot on site any prisoner who is about to escape, without shouting a warning, so long as they have "Weapons Free"
    Note: Armed guards who genuinely fear for their lives may still shoot, even if you have not given them permission via "Weapons Free"
    Note: The Armoury must be very secure. Your most dangerous prisoners will attempt to raid it during a riot or mass escape event
   
= New Forestry zone
    Automates the process of growing trees for the purposes of felling them and using the wood
    Saplings will be planted automatically by Gardeners
    Fully grown trees will be felled, and the logs taken to Storage or your Workshop if you have one
    Trees now take much longer to grow to full size : 5 game-days on average
    Trees no longer scale up as they grow.  Instead there are three discreet sizes : Sapling, Young, and Old.
    You can no longer remove tree stumps. These will vanish over time after a tree has been felled.
    Note: The forestry will spend your money by ordering tree saplings automatically. Be sure you have enough
   
= Objects toolbar filtering
    The objects list was becoming too long to manage, and no longer fitted on a single screen
    A new filtering method hides any "room specific" objects unless you are looking at that type of room
    Eg the Cooker, Fridge and Sink will only appear in the list if you are looking at a Kitchen
    Note: You can press the + button to show the full objects list at any time

= Modding continued
    - materials.txt is now additively loaded
    - The mod loading screen now looks better and displays the mod name, author, screenshot and description during load
    - Added a "Find more mods (Steam Workshop)" button that opens the steam workshop
    - Renamed "Steam Workshop" to "Prison Sharing", and made it list prisons only (not mods)
    - Made Prison Sharing sort prisons by subscribed time (newest subscribed prisons at the top of the list)
    - Fixed manifest.txt files from being corrupted due to newline breaks in Steam file description. May require people to redownload the mod.

- You will now be asked "Are you sure" when purchasing neighbour plots of land (to prevent expensive mis-clicks)

- The Main Menu screens now scale correctly to high resolution / high DPI screens (eg Retina Mac at 2560x1600)

- Guards now target the nearest misbehaving prisoner during fights, rather than choosing one randomly from those in range

- When prisoners urinate or soil their suits (Bowel/Bladder need maxed out) there is now a corrisponding particle effect

- Fixed : Selling finished license plates or wood manually generated only half the correct sale price

- Fixed : Subscribing and unsubscribing to your own mod in Steam Workshop will no longer delete your mod from your hard drive

- Fixed : The scrollbar in the Staff and Prisoner list screens now works correctly

- Fixed : Prisoners can no longer tunnel under lakes

- Fixed : The contraband window sometimes massively overestimated the supply of contraband

- Fixed some subtle bugs in the Misconduct System, whereby misconduct attributed to prisoners who had long since left was still recorded

- Fixed : Sectorisation of the world could fail if you had a lake covering the top right of the map (All sectors marked as NO ACCESS)
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 24, 2014, 04:17:41 AM
My current Mech:


Like the way I prefer my FPS games, I set it up to fight at a distance. So far in about eight MP matches, I've yet to be defeated, which seems rather odd, as I'm normally not that good. Maybe other folks just aren't setting up their mechs correctly.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 23, 2014, 11:00:26 PM
OK, I'd have to say that Super Mechs is getting a bit more addictive for me icon_wink. I just did my first two MP fights and won both, which seems unlikely for me icon_biggrin.

I checked out Battle Dawn, but it's not my kind of game.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 23, 2014, 06:02:19 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 23, 2014, 05:52:08 PM

I like the mech game so far.  I've got a lot of free time at work lately, so thank you for adding something fun to do.

I agree, it's interesting. Also makes me want to fire up my old Titans of Steel, still my favorite mech game.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 19, 2014, 11:25:52 PM
I kind of gave up on Black Ops 2 and didn't bother with Ghosts, but so far I'm interested in Titanfall. The maps do look sizable. I'd be getting it for the X360; will I be missing content or qualities that are only on Next Gen?
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: January 17, 2014, 11:39:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 17, 2014, 11:26:24 PM

Weird. I like the old name way better.

Everybody who has been able to get to the forum has been of that opinion.

The game has been coming along nicely, with new features and interesting play elements. However, they need to do some code optimization, as the game now seems to run slow on my machine whereas before it was fine.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 17, 2014, 11:34:03 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on January 17, 2014, 04:18:24 PM

I also did not even capture a live alien until I had plasma weapons and titan armor.
Wow, I would never have thought of even trying that. I have always gone through alien research before plasma. Maybe I'm playing the game wrong? I do know I'm always out of money right after I get my budget; I must be spending too much on facilities early on.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: January 17, 2014, 06:44:06 AM
Well, this is awkward icon_neutral

Klei has changed the game name of Incognita to Invisible, Inc.

It's awkward because there is already a company called Invisible, Inc. From their website:
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Our Invisible, Inc. family of technology companies has developed and grown in Eau Claire, becoming a complete technologies resource for Chippewa Valley businesses and beyond. Our concern has been, and always will be, to provide small, medium and large businesses the services and products not just to serve them today, but to escort them into their future. Utilizing the shared resources of our specific divisions, we have done that exceptionally well for hospitals, schools, and businesses large and small.

We know technology, from the structured cabling within your walls, to the computers, printers and networks you operate on, to the telephone systems and presentation equipment you communicate with, to your security, surveillance and fire/life systems that help to protect your facility. We provide area businesses the right equipment, supplies, service and repair to keep each area of their business or organization moving at optimum speed and efficiency.

Wonder how they fell about being associated with an espionage game?

Also, never good to give a game a name that ends in a period. Can be confusing... nod

And who is confused even more is Steam. They no longer have a game called Incognita... or Invisible, Inc. on their site. And my list of games in Steam under the main menu header (next to Community, at the top of the Steam site) doesn't show either game (oops!). It does show up in my Library and I can play it from there. I also liked the name Incognita  icon_frown
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 13, 2014, 02:50:26 AM
I really do suck at this game disgust. I think mostly it's the budget; I suck at budgets too. I never seem to be able to get to MECS. So I'm starting EW again, this time on Easy.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iTouch text file encryptor app? on: January 05, 2014, 05:28:53 AM
I've come to you fine folks because Google hasn't been much help. I'm trying to find an iOS app for my iTouch that will encrypt and decrypt a text file. I'm not looking for text message encryption (I've seen those), what I'm trying to find is something that will encrypt a .txt file. I have one for my Android device but they don't make a version for iOS. Any suggestions?
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 04, 2014, 05:57:23 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 04, 2014, 05:55:22 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 04, 2014, 05:42:45 PM

I'm confused regarding the EXALT missions. They mention how you can jam the EXALT weapons by doing something, but I'm not sure what they mean, and I wasn't able to achieve it during the mission. What is it exactly I'm supposed to do?
Do you mean the one where there's a laptop with a little spinning doohickey on it surrounded by a green beam fence of sorts?

I think on that one, the "capture" zone is that area marked by that green beam fence. You can send your covert ops guy over to the larger spinning beacons to hack EXALT and I assume cause some sort of pause in their sending reinforcements. I was confused on that one because the objectives had big numbers on them (usually, like with the Meld, it's a turn-limit) but it didn't seem to have any sort of turn limit. I just kept my guys around the green "capture" zone and offed the EXALT guys until they stopped arriving.

The more common EXALT mission has two spinning beacon things that your covert ops guy (he usually starts on the far side of the map) needs to hack by moving adjacent to it and right clicking.

Hope that helps.  icon_smile Post a screenshot if you're still unsure. If it has the green beam fence capture spot, it's the first one I described above.

Thanks, it is indeed the one with the green fence. I'll give your suggestions a try.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 04, 2014, 05:42:45 PM
I'm confused regarding the EXALT missions. They mention how you can jam the EXALT weapons by doing something, but I'm not sure what they mean, and I wasn't able to achieve it during the mission. What is it exactly I'm supposed to do?
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 04, 2014, 01:12:17 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 04, 2014, 12:58:24 AM

Any tips for getting the second meld containers? I generally miss it. I generally start a mission having 2 groups of 3 dash in separate directions which helps me find the first one, but by then I am fighting and struggling to find the second in decent time.

For me it's hit and miss, getting that second container. What I try to do is have one fast soldier and send it out as a scout. It's ended up costing me a soldier occasionally crybaby.

I was doing OK on Enemy Within till I got to the mission with the semi-sunk ship...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Holy crap, what an awful mission! I even restarted it after finding the zombies the first time. Still didn't help. I lost my entire squad in the end. And they died badly icon_eek
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 03, 2014, 06:01:17 AM
I just picked up Enemy Within because of the sale, but figured I'd wait to get around to playing it, having other things on my plate. However, I fired it up just to take a look at it. That was three hours ago... icon_biggrin. XCOM:EU was pretty awesome, but it's been several months since I've touched it. And so far with XCOM:EW, I'm impressed. The story telling is so good. I hope someone gets clever and adapts the engine for something really out of the XCOM box (turn based Wild West gunfights?).
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 02, 2014, 04:37:16 AM
Great post Blackjack. I haven't gotten the expansion yet, but I guess it's going to be a must get at some point. I love the name "Forklift" on the one guy... sort of does look like a forklift  nod
183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 02, 2014, 02:02:41 AM
It appears to be back up.
184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 02, 2014, 01:51:37 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 02, 2014, 01:32:07 AM

steam down for anyone else?


So you're the one? It's down for me too. And on the last night of the sale...
185  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home network connection dropout issues on: January 01, 2014, 03:07:56 PM
Ah, I never did post that I found the solution. I took the Almond from it's location as a range extender and moved it to the back of my wife's computer and made it a router and wireless access point (it became a router connected by ethernet, downstream of my existing router). The Almond now sits much closer to my living room, giving me excellent wireless coverage there. I didn't bother with a firmware update to my Netgear router, as moving the Almond seemed to fix my rebooting issues.

I'll also note that the Almond is incredibly easy to set up. After hooking up the wires in the new location it took all of about twenty seconds to set it up as a router and wireless access point, although I did go to their forum just to ask if it was possible to have a router downstream of a router in a home network.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: December 31, 2013, 12:10:17 AM

Quote from: Purge on December 30, 2013, 11:24:59 PM

Redownload content on your console
Sign in to Xbox Live using the gamertag that you used when you originally purchased the content.
Go to Settings and select Account.
Select Download History.
Browse your download history and find the item that you want to download again.
Select the item, and then select Download Again.


Excellent info, thanks!
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: December 30, 2013, 09:55:15 PM
Hey, potentially dumb X360 question relating to Games with Gold. I happened to see that earlier in this thread it mentioned that Rainbow Six Vegas was the September game. I thought I had downloaded it but when I went to the dashboard and looked at "My Games" it wasn't shown. However, when I searched the marketplace for the game it said that yes, I owned it and would I like to download it again?

So my question is, is there a place on the dashboard that will show me games like that, ones I've bought (or got free) but deleted from my hard drive?
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: December 30, 2013, 09:46:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 30, 2013, 06:27:58 PM

Looks like the January games have been announced, and they finally have a good, somewhat recent game in Sleeping Dogs and there will also be Lara Croft: Guardian of Light.

I had Sleeping Dogs but traded it in when I couldn't get past the martial arts combat in some places. So I guess I'll give it another try, seeing how it is free and all  Roll Eyes
189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 26, 2013, 03:51:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 25, 2013, 10:01:03 PM

also, apparently they are giving away Left 4 Dead 2 for free:

That's pretty awesome, thanks for the heads up!  nod
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Merry Christmas! My lowest review score to date - Fighter Within. on: December 25, 2013, 06:47:09 AM
My gosh, someone just got coal in their stocking!

And Merry Christmas to you, too. I'm off to visit the relatives in a few hours, maybe that's why I can't sleep (it's 1:45am EST where I am).
191  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 24, 2013, 06:36:22 PM
And right in the middle of the Steam Sale I get an email from my bank saying that someone attempted to use my credit card in a Walmart 3000 miles away from us. Thankfully between Walmart and my bank they declined the card and notified me right away. The card is cancelled and no financial damage to me, except that if there's something I need on the Steam Sale I have use use my wife's card. It could have been a lot worse. And no, I don't shop at Target  icon_wink
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: December 24, 2013, 04:43:28 AM
Still using the Race Creator and having fun, although I can't seem to find people who want to race with me crybaby. I've posted sixteen so far. My last few have been concentrating on bicycle and motorcycle races on very tough courses.
193  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 23, 2013, 05:12:59 AM
I have Oblivion on the X360, but now I have a PC that can run it well, so maybe it's time to pick it up and mod the heck out of it nod.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Door Kickers on: December 22, 2013, 12:13:30 AM
Door Kickers Alpha 7 is out!

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Features:
- Replays!
- Major improvement to enemy AI. They will seek cover. They will move around. Even we can’t predict what their doing.
- New models and animations for troopers/enemies (replaced old ones entirely)
- Added “Delete” option to final waypoint: deletes path up to the previous waypoint or the entire path otherwise
- Added personalized trooper portraits for the Stuff of Legends price tier
- Improvements to the random mission generator
- Various gameplay/control/graphics improvements
- Modding / Structure changes: Can use secondary weapons for beaching (modding request)

Fixes:
- Moved game files on Linux from ~home/DoorKickers to ~home/.local/share/DoorKicker
- Game should run smoother on older hardware
- Fixed a crash from 0.0.60
- Fixed accuracy being incorrectly calculated for shotguns
- Fixed a bug where troopers’ names were not visible
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: December 21, 2013, 08:09:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2013, 12:33:04 AM


I haven't played FTL in a long while, but this update sounds pretty good. And because it's free, even better  nod
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: December 17, 2013, 05:40:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2013, 05:18:13 AM

hit T for the chat window, then you put in the commands there.

Thanks!
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: December 17, 2013, 05:16:49 AM
Ok, I'm on MP... how to I enter commands like /tp racetrack? I tried the tilde key (~) but the console window I get doesn't seem to accept the commands.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: December 17, 2013, 04:16:15 AM
I tried the demo and turns out it runs pretty well on my rig, so I got the Just Cause 2 collection, which has all the DLC and also the original Just Cause. I had played the original when it came out but really remember little about it. Anyway, I figure I'll be on JC2 MP in a couple of hours, just to see the craziness for myself.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: December 17, 2013, 03:46:18 AM
Thanks CeeKey thumbsup. I'm downloading the JC2 demo right now just to make sure my basic video card has the chops to handle this, but like you note, it's so damn cheap right now, it would seem to be worth picking it up.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: December 17, 2013, 03:33:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2013, 01:14:53 AM

I was just on a server with 1000 other players, and everything seemed to be running smooth.  I think the biggest server I saw had room for 10K players.

I played through JC2 on the 360 and even though it's pretty cheap right now on Steam (80% off), is it worth getting it just for the MP mod? Is the gameplay organized at all, or just a bunch of running around and random shooting?

Also, should I pick up the JC2 collection with all the DLC, or is the basic game enough to enjoy the MP mod?

UPDATE: And one more question, is there any requirement to complete some portion of the SP game before being able to play in the MP mod?

Thanks for any answers you might be able to provide  icon_biggrin
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