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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 13, 2013, 04:24:25 PM
Hrm... I don't know if I think of my wife/kids as accomplishments per se, but I'm enormously proud of both.

Things that I've done on my own that I'm pretty proud of:
Putting out several albums and doing some touring behind them.
Quitting smoking, losing 70+ pounds and getting fit all of which allowed me to do some pretty cool stuff like running a half marathon and doing some long (50 - 72 mile) mountain bike races.
122  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 11, 2013, 05:59:07 PM
Newegg told me nope.  I see that the terms changed to be from 2/4.  Oh well.  Guess I should've ordered 4 days later. :/
123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 09, 2013, 04:04:47 PM
I guess I'll have to call Newegg... it certainly appears that this promotion should apply to me, runs from January 22, and I bought on the 30th.
124  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 09, 2013, 03:57:29 PM
I may have a small sense of the CPU bottlenecking, but I'm pretty happy, overall.

I'm wondering how I can take advantage of that promotion... I see that it refers to a unique ID that I need, but I'm not finding anything like that in my stuff from Newegg...
125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:45:23 PM
And I do have 64 bit windows 8.
126  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:44:35 PM
I have been up and running since Monday - the video card looks great, but holy hell does it get hot when playing games (~90C on BF3). I checked on the manufacturers site which said up to 95 is normal, so I guess it is fine. Running the game at 1920 with 'Ultra' settings is cool!

I have had a second monitor at the office - so I knew what I was missing. I had to mess with color settings a TON to get rid of a blue cast and general weirdness, finally going into the color settings in the catalyst control panel to get it non-annoying. Whites still seem a little cool, but it isn't actively distracting now when coding.

I will look into my board supporting SSD. I am already thinking it is a good idea.
127  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 01, 2013, 06:07:41 AM
Yeah, Tom's recommended that card for that price range.
128  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Assassin's Creed: Revelations 360 on: January 31, 2013, 07:31:12 PM
Nm, too far on PC now!
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: January 31, 2013, 07:20:48 PM
Just chiming in to say that I am now much more likely to visit the front page when I see something go by in the FB feed.
130  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 31, 2013, 03:48:19 PM
Thanks for the replies!

I don't want to get more than say... Another year or so out of this computer, so $300+ on the video card wasn't an option.

I ended up going with a Radeon HD 7870 2gb, and then grabbing a second monitor (24" acer LED that was on a good sale - I have an acer at the office and I like it... And it was cheap!). If I'm still complaining in a month, I will grab an SSD drive. Boot up time is definitely a concern, but nicer graphics are more fun. smile

Spent $384.
131  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:07:29 PM
I guess my other questions would be:

I really want to add a second monitor to this rig since I'm doing a lot of work from home now, and coding on one monitor blows... will I see a gaming performance increase with an SSD, or would that money be better spent on a second monitor? 

And part 2, would upgrading just the graphics card and keeping my 'slow' transfer HDD actually hamper gaming speed increase?  I don't feel like I have a lot of HDD related slowness, but that just might be ignorance on my part, and maybe it's a big bump of the type I associate with upgrading graphics.

Part 3... I feel like my CPU isn't that far off from the new stuff... is that right?  It seems pretty solid.
132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:01:54 PM
Or, if I'm going to spend $300 - $400 on this stuff, is it better to spend $1000 on a completely new PC?  I think I got some killer deal on this one 6 years ago and spent $1000 - $1200 from Dell.

Not that I really have $1000 sitting around for this purpose... but I do have $300 - $400 right now.

Also... I see the SSDs are SATA III... I can't figure out what I have.  The original order says SATA 3.0Gbs.  Is that SATA I?
133  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:00:42 PM
When I run the Windows Experience index on my... shit, 6 year old PC, it comes up 5.8, based on the transfer speed of the primary HDD. Processor and Memory come up  7.1, and Graphics come up 6.9.

It runs most games pretty well, and I don't have many complaints... but I wonder if a few hundred bucks would make a big difference?

As I understand it, when you get an SSD, you basically just run your OS on it, and use traditional drives for storage.  If I were to do this, would it actually increase game performance if the games themselves were stored on the regular HDDs?

Graphics wise, I'm looking at the Radeon HD 7870 or 7850, which Tom's recommends as a good mid-range cards.

Current setup is:
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.4Ghz
nVidia 8800 GT
6GB RAM
My HDDs are Western Digial something or others... WD3200AAJS and WD5000AAJS... I guess those are 320 and 500gb, respectively.  I'm guessing 7200rpm?

Anyway... any input would be appreciated.
134  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Assassin's Creed: Revelations 360 on: January 27, 2013, 05:39:44 PM
I've got this for PC in the steam sale, but having just finished brotherhood on the 360, I'm sorta wanting to go that direction.

Not sure if anyone has this...  I have a couple things I could trade, or cash.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kids] I need a movie about horses and/or ponies on: January 24, 2013, 04:56:05 AM
Probably too young for it just yet, but the Black Stallion is great.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 21, 2013, 02:21:03 AM
Wild look pretty good on the attack... this could be a big year for them.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 20, 2013, 04:58:38 AM

Quote from: Kagath on January 20, 2013, 03:12:08 AM

Good to know the Wings haven't lost their step from last year... Roll Eyes

Yeesh.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 19, 2013, 11:53:24 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 15, 2013, 04:18:42 AM

I am spending an exorbitant amount of money to watch a piece of cloth be raised to the roof of a building on Saturday.

Can't wait!

How's that cup defense going, Kings?
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Setting up a entertainment system... on: January 06, 2013, 06:52:26 AM
HDMI = vastly reduced headaches.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 19, 2012, 03:40:46 AM
I went today, and found it horribly disappointing.  In true Star Wars fashion, it largely abandoned what made the original movies so great.

I went into it thinking the reviews were probably overly harsh because of the cash grab feeling of them drawing it out into 3 films, but after seeing it, I'm afraid I have to agree with a lot of the criticisms.

The first act is mostly ok, if drawn out, but the second is almost non stop terrible and groan inducing.  For some reason they decided they had to come up with a main villain, and what they came up with looks like a video game character... I don't get it when Gollum is so well done. The other CG characters don't seem realistic in comparison, with this villain character being the most glaring.  The wargs and other animals just don't look believable or like they are part of the same world that they made with the LOTR films.

However, even beyond that, it seems that they have done away with actors in makeup and gone to CG monsters all over the damn place, and it doesn't look nearly as good... having a character with bird shit all over his head who flies around the countryside on a bobsled pulled by *bunnies* is getting up to Jar Jar Binks levels of unforgivableness. 

The third act, aside from yet another weak CGI character, actually goes a long way towards saving the movie - and proves that the closer it sticks to the source material, the better.  The stuff with Gollum is spot on, and I like the casting for Bilbo.  The third act took me from 'do I even want to keep watching this one, let alone two more of these' to 'ok, I'll watch the next one'.

I don't mind that they are including stuff from other books, appendices, etc., but it seems like they are screwing up some basics.  The rock giants could not have been done more poorly... they had a chance to do what they do with the eagles there, but instead they turned it into some Jerry Bruckheimer BS... Radagast being an eccentric hippy is fine, but so much of what they do with him is just too ridiculous... Galadriel getting beamed up or whatever the hell they do with her... there are just a lot of little things that are too much, or too far, or too over the top, and too far away from what they had done before.  The atmosphere was severely lacking.

I'm NOT a hard sell when it comes to a movie like this... but I was really, really let down.  I don't know how this was made by the same people - it should've been a guaranteed home run.  The summer blockbuster dreck they were rolling previews for seemed to have more in common with this than the original movies did.

Side note: I thought there was a lot of Boromir in the voice and mannerisms of Thorin... which I think is brilliant if it's intentional.
141  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FREE:* Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Wheel on: December 16, 2012, 12:02:10 AM
You pay shipping, and I send you this wheel.  Last time I plugged it in, it worked great.

We are moving, and I am getting rid of unused stuff - this seems like the best place to find someone who would use this.

I have not used it in Windows 7/8, but it's USB, so I'm assuming it works.

It is this one:

142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Chrome issues after Windows 8 upgrade - 'double tapping' to get pages to load. on: December 01, 2012, 12:42:41 AM
I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7, using the upgrade, not a fresh install, and everything mostly is going swimmingly.

However, I've got a weird issue in Chrome where maybe 50% of the time when I open a link, it says it can't be found with an error (generally: This webpage is not available. Error 137 (net::ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED): Unknown error.)

If I then refresh the page or hit the link again, it loads right up.

Anyone seen this or have any ideas?
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 19, 2012, 02:30:00 AM
I went this afternoon... good movie.  I also had a row full of idiots behind me talking loudly and kicking my seat, tapping their feet, etc. the entire time.  WTF, people, have you never been to a movie before?  Repeated dirty looks accomplished nothing.  Totally oblivious.

When I went to Argo a couple weeks ago the larger lady behind me ripped a tremendous fart after talking for about 3/4ths of the movie (they also came in after me and sat RIGHT behind me in a theater in which they were the 5th and 6th people).
144  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit? on: November 14, 2012, 08:32:44 PM
I have a home premium upgrade...
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wreck-It Ralph on: November 06, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
We went, and all really enjoyed it (me, wife, 5 year old).

Good movie!
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 30, 2012, 02:39:39 PM
Gratch, you might like this band. I haven't heard that split yet, but I have 'our slow decay' and the EP and they are quite good.

http://blacksleepofkali.bandcamp.com/
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 30, 2012, 04:25:14 AM
I'm pretty sold... I bought it.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 29, 2012, 07:29:35 PM
Haha. In what way?

I'm still not sure what I think of this guy's voice. Sometimes it is great and sometimes I think 'wtf?'
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 29, 2012, 04:12:21 AM
That new Sword is okay... it doesn't have any outright stinkers like Warp Riders did, but it doesn't have any really great songs either... I agree that the songs are sort of indistinct on it and sitting here right now, I can only think of how one song goes... that's not a good sign.  The first two records are still so, so good though...  I dunno, this might grow on me.  I got the picture disc vinyl, and it certainly *looks* cool.

This Beastwars band actually has some potential... I don't hear Mastodon in there though.  Some Sword, for sure... some Neurosis... with some Sisters of Mercy on top.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 26, 2012, 02:51:25 PM
Hellooo 1972!

Kadavar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWCXdEm99SU

album:
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 09, 2012, 04:26:37 AM
That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, since Sid (Cid?) was THE storyline...
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 07, 2012, 08:17:40 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Well... that's where it all gets interesting, though.  Wherever old Seth was, he would be affected by what happened to young Seth, as long as they didn't kill him... but yes, then he never would have come back, so it gets... Loopy.

Same thing with Joe, if he kills himself, then he never can have come back, so young Joe would never have had to kill himself... which would the result in it looping back the way it did loop back.  Maybe the explanation is just that in this loop, both of those things happen.  I dunno... the paradox is what makes it so interesting.  It's not as cut and dried as you state... and it is as cut and dried as you state. smile

It's an infinite loop in which he's a sort of Schrodinger's cat...
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 05, 2012, 06:41:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 05, 2012, 05:56:33 PM

Rittch

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think you overlooked how his life turned out once he stopped being a Looper.  His time in China he became some sort of bass ass gangster in his own right

Bingo.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 05, 2012, 04:43:29 PM
Surely I'm not the only one to have gone to this.

What an incredible movie!  I was disturbed by a lot of it, to be honest... the last time I was this impressed with a Sci Fi movie was Children of Men, I think.
155  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS 360: Dark Souls on: October 02, 2012, 04:10:31 PM
It's like beating my head against a wall.  I just don't have time.

I'm in the first area after leaving the prison or whatever that place is... if I go one way, I run into skeletons which I literally cannot kill.  If I go the other way I end up in this city of the undead or something... I go along fine for a while, but then I have to fight through a bunch of guys only to get to the top of a wall and hit a boss, which I've made it to ONCE, and he destroyed me in seconds, which is fine for a boss the first time, I guess... except that I then have to go back through all of those other dudes again to get to him, there is no save point near the boss, which is idiotic... so I'm reduced to just grinding away at the same enemies over, and over, and over, and over again so I can try to slowly level up enough to make it to the boss... on what planet is that fun?
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My wife's grandpa is being taken off of life support on: September 30, 2012, 04:15:35 PM
Sounds like a tough time.  I don't have much to offer other than condolences.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dredd on: September 25, 2012, 04:54:12 AM
I thought it was pretty good.  Not life changing, but better than I expected, even with the good reviews.  And also maybe a little bit not as good as I expected.

I dunno.  I had fun.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phone cover/case? on: September 20, 2012, 03:46:34 PM
I went with the Acase Superleggera pro, and so far I think it is great. Nice feel, not too bulky, and with better access to the headphone jack for larger plugs.

Thanks for the recommendation!
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: September 20, 2012, 04:24:43 AM
I just thought that looked fantastic.  The dwarves are young and good looking... that's what's weird.  It's also the title of a really good album.
160  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS 360: Dark Souls on: September 17, 2012, 04:07:48 AM
It's about 4 hours old, and was brand new earlier today.

$23, shipped.
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