OK, all's not perfect in new PC land. Well, it IS perfect in terms of game performance in system-ball-breakers at all the highest video settings. I'd put this $1,500 system up against any $4,000 boutique PC out there, at least at the 1920X1080 rez max that my 2011 Samsung LED monitor is capable of. I mean, good grief, Divinity: Original Sin now even loads levels so fast, I don't have to go take a nap waiting for the loading meter to finish. Maybe Wasteland 2 will be the real test on loading screens (if not graphics, at least not until the ballyhooed Unity 5.0 upgrade).
Everything I play now comes up with graphics settings like this. Old news to any cutting edge PC gamer, new news to a PC luddite like me.
-After about an hour of glee in Ryse of Rome, I got the motion sickness that while is usually been an FPS-only problem has spread in recent years to 3rd person shooter/actioners. This time it was really, really bad, and even now about 28 hours later, I'm not feeling entirely well. So I guess if I thought a high performance PC was going to solve my gaming motion sickness woes, I thought wrong.
Not really a knock on the Asus PC though.
Even so, Ryse of Rome nows looks like.... KAPOW!
*I have more graphic screenshots, not sure how we feel about sharing game de-limbing, and game decapitation shots here.
**For whatever reason, when you're fighting alongside your father and eventually some spirit thing tells you to go one direction. BOOM, motion sickness just came out of nowhere, and I made the mistake of continuing to play for a while. I find if I quit the moment I feel anything, then it just passes. But if I continue playing, then it's really debilitating and takes a loong time to shake.
I hate it because I have to skip so many games I would otherwise play, mostly FPS but some 3rd person. And I can't understand it. I could play Mass Effect 3 in co-op or SP for hours and hours, no motion sickness. 3rd person stuff like Spec Ops: The Line, Red Faction Guerilla, Just Cause 2, on and on, give me horrific motion sickness. I hate my brain.
-While the power supply fan, lone 80mm rear case fan and CPU fan appear to be all but silent, the system does have a steady, annoying hum. I put my ear up against the case side in a few locations, and I'm pretty sure it's the hard drive and/or SSD. Aren't SSDs supposed to be essentially silent? Or am I confusing them what's presumably flash memory in my iOS devices?
I wouldn't really call this hum "loud," but it's certainly annoying. Now whether it's annoying enough to warrant returning the PC, or maybe researching HDs and SSDs to get brands marketed as truly silent/quiet, I don't know yet. If I thought it was just the disc whirring sound exacerbated by the mounting frames or something, I guess I could try screws with rubber washers on then or some hard drive "noise reduction mounting cage" or something.
If I'm gonna replace them, I figure I might as well do that before installing a lot more stuff on the drives. And of course if I replace stuff it'll probably void the 1-year warranty but I've generally gone crazy with parts replacements pretty quickly on new PCs before.
*Hmm, after doing some HD research, I'm thinking this might be the first time I've used a 7200 RPM hard drive (I believe the 2008 HP PC I had used a pair of 5400 RPM Seagate hard drives. To be honest, they trashed constantly for years no matter how I set Windows' cache, and only my more recent upgrade from 4GB to 8GB of system RAM ever calmed that down. I never noticed much noise from them beyond that thrashing.So it's possible maybe that's why my ears just aren't used to the sound of a faster 7200 RPM drive?