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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2012, 14:34 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 23:51:
Current Build:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3R
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Hard Drive: WD 1 TB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Monitor: SyncMaster 226BW,SyncMaster Magic CX226BW(Digital)
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio output
Operating System: Windows XP

I got the Dual Core that you can OC and it is at 3.1 right now. My 8800GTS 640MB still runs like a champ and there isn't much I "can't run" as far as current games, unless it doesn't support XP. I am just looking for the next best thing. My current install is about 6-7 years old. That is a DAMN GOOD run......

Going to keep this rig "as is" and build a new one without any left over parts. Been a while since I had a side by side setup, and my xp box does a lot of programs that aren't avail or won't work as well with win7, so no reason to toss it and I can multitask and the wife can use this one as well.

/.thanks jd, I will probably go with the i5 on your recommendation....

You probably could get another year+ out of that system with a new video card and some RAM, but at it is probably best to put that money into a new build.

I also think the i5 is the best bang for the buck, and I'd recommend getting 16GB of RAM. Stick with Win7 Home unless you need something that Win7 Pro has. I also don't think an SSD is worth the price to shave a few seconds on boot time. I have the 1.5 TB WD Black drive and it boots pretty damn fast already. Boot times don't bother me since I don't sit around and wait for it to boot anyway.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 22:38 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 14:02:
MajorD wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:31:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:19:
Rig building time:

$1200-1500 range.
Rig only.
No periphs needed.

Ready go.

I am thinking about the build at Sharky Extreme: (i7 build)
Guide Here

Take out preiphs and it is 1500 on the nuts.

NICE!!! I love building new rigs with all of the research (hardware reviews, performance comparisons, pricing, etc.) leading up to where you get to build it. Ejony!

Yea, also looking for what others would build.....I am an Intel Nvidia guy myself, but always open to different builds. Don't think I will go liquid cooled....I just don't trust it.

What are you running now? I was considering either building me a new machine or building a putting together a cheaper system for my niece to play on. She's getting into gaming (Minecraft right now) and right now I have my 7 year old AMD 4400+ with a GTX 260 set up for her. My current system is 3 years old. It's a first gen Core i5 750. I have a Corsair H50 liquid CPU cooler on it and I was able to take it to 4.2GHz without exceeding the max design temps or getting errors after 8 hours of stress testing. Any higher and got too hot and got errors after a few hours, but would probably not effect gaming. I wouldn't go for a full liquid setup either, just too much complicated setup IMO, but take look at the Corsair liquid CPU coolers, they are completely silent.

Anyway, I still have my system at the stock 2.66GHz, and still runs everything I play maxed out. I don't need to upgrade, but it's either build a new gaming rig for me (which I usually plan for ~$1000ish) and let her use this one or I'm thinking of spending <$500 for something like a Core i3 micro ATX build.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 22:12 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 15:14:
We get cases of west nile here in Minnesota (land of actually 20,000 lakes which are breeding ponds) and it never makes the news. I know people who have gotten it and I also have friends who got Lyme's disease. It is just known it is a risk of living here and you prepare appropriately.....maybe cause you guys don't get as many mosquitoes? I dunno. Kinda weird.

/thanks Major - I will take a look...

The town I went to college in was surrounded by farms, catfish ponds and rice fields, and aerial mosquito spraying was a normal thing there. It's the quickest, easiest way to cover large areas. Where I grew up and where I live now have trucks that drive around spraying at night. I remember as a kid riding our bikes behind the truck when they came through the neighborhood and I turned out fine.
 
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News Comments > More Steam Community Update Details
2. Re: More Steam Community Update Details Aug 15, 2012, 23:20 jimnms
 
I can't imagine the nightmare of navigating my 200+ games using a wooden shelf type deal like GoG. Also the "downloads" deal is still one click if you're in large mode and if it is downloading or has downloaded something, it will show at the bottom something like xx downloads complete or xx items downloading. If you click that it takes you to the download screen. What I want back is the toggle button that switched between large and small mode.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 14, 2012, 21:42 jimnms
 
I just watched an hour long video review of it, and I gotta say, even though the reviewer raved about it, I think it looks like a crappy game. The fighting is basically just a massive QTE, wait until the enemy blinks red and press a button to counter them. He entered a fight arena and it started off with him vs. 2 AI. There were six "waves," each wave adding two more enemies. By the last wave he's fighting a dozen guys and only one attacks at a time, and he finished all six waves and only got hit a few times. The car handling looked horrible. It looks like they're glued to the ground. He stole a high end sports car and was driving around the city when he went through an intersection and a truck slammed into the side of his car and he kept going in a straight line like nothing hit him at all. In one mission he jumps off of a motorcycle while moving and the motorcycle rolls to a stop and stays upright.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 14, 2012, 14:46 jimnms
 
From what I understood from their Kickstarter page is it looks like they are just making a bluetooth controller for Android based hardware. Do they really need $8 million for that?  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 DLC Coop Mode Dustup
21. Re: Borderlands 2 DLC Coop Mode Dustup Aug 13, 2012, 16:32 jimnms
 
I can't wait for this game... to be $7.50 like the original Borderlands GotY. I played Borderlands with a couple of friends, and we didn't have the problem of dividing up loot and swapping equipment before selling it. One of them quit playing, and doesn't do much gaming anymore, so it was just me and one friend that finished it. It was still a shit ton of fun, but now he's moved across the country and only has shitty ass DSL. The DSL connection was so bad he canceled it and uses his 4G phone as a hotspot because it's faster, but still not good for gaming.

I don't think this game would be fun to play solo, and I don't want to play with random "internet people."
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Aug 8, 2012, 22:43 jimnms
 
Is it just me or does it look like it's being played with a console controller? Could this be a console port of HL1?  
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News Comments > PAYDAY - The Heist Wolfpack DLC Released
21. Re: PAYDAY - The Heist Wolfpack DLC Released Aug 8, 2012, 22:20 jimnms
 
I need to play this more. I played it the other week when they released that new map. I think I'm level 10 or something and was playing with people 80+, and never got kicked for being low level. I'm not going to get this DLC though. Ten bucks for 2 levels and some weapons is a bit much. I'd probably get it for $5, definitely for $2.50-$3.

Steam says 9 of my friends have it, but I never see anyone playing it.
 
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News Comments > Source 2 Engine Hint
2. Re: Source 2 Engine Hint Aug 6, 2012, 10:46 jimnms
 
Does this mean that the Black Mesa Source Team is going to start over?  
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Kickstarter
31. Re: Oculus Rift Kickstarter Aug 2, 2012, 14:58 jimnms
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2012, 12:36:
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 2, 2012, 12:33:
When I was a kid I tried a 3-player VR game that was playing at a local fair. It was the kind with the big mounted headsets that had full directional tracking. They even locked you in a booth to keep you from walking away by mistake. As it was 25ish years ago you can imagine the 3D "world" it presented was incredibly primitive. Regardless my young mind was still blown by the concept. When I see some progress is finally being made on a commercial version I get excited. Forget Doom, imagine playing a game like Amnesia on this.

Was it the two player one with a pterodactyl flying around? Probably. I played it once, $5 for 5 minutes or something insane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6t69mp0ZhE

There was a similar setup at the local mall here around 1995-96ish. I worked at Radioshack in the mall at the time and we got to play it free. I remember it ran on two 486's. The arena looked similar, but it wasn't melee and crossbows. You had a gun, and you held a gun like controller and stood in a similar ring type thing. On the controller, the trigger fired the gun and there were buttons on the back to move forward and backwards. I played against some guy that didn't get the whole 3D/VR concept. He just ran around in straight lines where I was ducking behind cover, peaking around the sides of boxes and completely owning him.
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
75. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Aug 1, 2012, 02:43 jimnms
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 23:24:
btallas wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 23:18:
Out of curiosity is this something you have to agree to next time you log in steam? What if I don't agree with this new term of service? Will they refund me some $'s for the games I've purchased through their service? I agreed to the terms of service when I signed up. If they change said terms of service or add a new term of service, does that just mean I'm SOL if I don't agree to the change or addition?

I'm not saying I agree or don't agree, I'm just curious what would happen if someone doesn't agree to the new term.

Well I can tell you what happens in an immediate sense, Steam refuses to load if you don't accept. And I imagine they already had a clause saying they can change the EULA whenever they want without penalty. It's an interesting legal question.

When Steam asked me to restart to apply an update today I didn't. Maybe I'll leave my system on as long as I can to avoid having to agree to this.

I understand the reason behind class action lawsuits, but most of the time they are ridiculous and the only people to get any benefit are the lawyers. I have received several letters over the years informing me that I'm qualified to be part of a class action lawsuit or some shit. I'll read the claim against he company and it's never been about anything that effected me, so I threw them away. One time I even received a settlement check from one. The stamp cost them more than the settlement check they sent me.

What I have a problem with more than them changing the EULA to take away your right to a class action lawsuit is that they can change the EULA and if you don't agree to the new terms you can't use their software anymore.

Software companies are the only ones that do this or can do this (as far as I know). What if a car manufacturer sent out a letter to all owners informing them that you can no bring a class action lawsuit against them for any reason, and if you don't agree you must stop driving your car. That shit wouldn't be allowed to happen, so why are software companies allowed to get away with it?
 
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News Comments > Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor
45. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 18:24 jimnms
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 13:54:
Still, I'd have rather seen Ubisoft pick them up and implement STALKER using the Dunia (Far Cry 2 /3) engine. Now THAT would be awesome. And before people complain about Ubisoft's DRM you have to remember that STALKER's DRM was actually much worse (it used TAGES limited activations)!

Only Clear Sky used/uses TAGES, and I wouldn't say that is worse than Ubisoft's DRM. At least with TAGES, after activation you can play your game whenever you want even if your internet connection goes down, and you don't get booted from the game if there's a disruption in connection or their noPlay servers go down.
 
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News Comments > Mad Catz's Flight Simulator X Add-on Plans
6. Re: Mad Catz's Flight Simulator X Add-on Plans Jul 25, 2012, 16:13 jimnms
 
I still use an X45, but I've thought about getting the X52 if I find it cheap enough. A friend of mine has the X52 and I like the lighter controls on it. The X45's controls are so stiff, it's not good to use for helicopters which require light precision movement. I do prefer the X45's rudder being on the throttle more than the twisty stick of the X52 though.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Rage Jul 25, 2012, 16:07 jimnms
 
Rage is $6 with free shipping at NewEgg. Don't know how long this will last.

I told myself I'd pick it up during the Steam if it went below $10, which it didn't. Now I have a chance to grab it for $6, but I'm having second thoughts. I look at all the games I haven't even started or haven't finished, and I'm kind of thinking I might just write this one off.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 25, 2012, 16:00 jimnms
 
How out of touch is the ASA with "kids?" When I was 16, during the summer I would still be in bed at 2:30pm on Sunday.  
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Survey Results & Bug Fix
13. Re: Steam Hardware Survey Results & Bug Fix Jul 25, 2012, 15:55 jimnms
 
I can't remember the last time Steam asked me to take the hardware survey, so I think the bug wasn't quite fixed.

Is anyone else having problems displaying the survey page. The graphs use Flash, and since that wave of Flash fuckups and updates, the flash plugin crashes and other problems with pages using flash. The latest Flash update (11.6.5.635) fixed most of the crashes, but it still does weird shit on some pages. On the Steam survey page, the graphs load fine, but when I scroll down to see more, the graphs become distorted and mirror other parts of the page.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2012, 15:13 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 14:12:
Also is the Steam sale over?!?

Apparently so...the front page looks rather bland now. But hey, I no longer have to check steam at 2AM to see what just went on sale...

I'm both disappointed (no more surprises) and relieved (for my wallet)...

edit: 5 months until the xmas sale!
<daffy duck> whoo hoo! hoo hoo! hoo hoo! hoo hoo!</daffy duck>


I made it through the sale storm with little damage done to my bank account. Most of the sales were games I already had, had no interest in or I knew I wouldn't play any time soon and would go on sale again later (possibly cheaper). My biggest single purchase was $6.24 for Evochron Mercenary. I went back and forth with myself on that one. I tried the demo a while back and liked it, but for some reason I didn't get it the last time it was on sale. Other than that I picked up a couple of $2.50 titles, one of which I missed by minutes during the winter sale.

I did miss one game I wanted, it came up as a flash deal when I checked the store page for the new daily deals. I put it in my cart and was about to checkout when something distracted me. Then for some reason I had it in my head that it was a daily deal, so I wasn't in a rush to get back to my computer. When I finally got back, the game was gone, and it never came back up.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2012, 16:50 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 15:15:
EEvochron Mercenary on sale. Any good? There has been such a dearth of space sims for the past decade or so.

I've been kind of interested in this too. It has a time limited demo (90 min), but it's not enough time to get an idea if this is the kind of game I'll stick with for a long time or get tired of after a few days.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours
4. Re: Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours Jul 19, 2012, 13:13 jimnms
 
That seems short compared to the first game. I played it with a couple of friends, and Steam says I put 135 hours on it. That was the base game and all DLC. I don't know how much of that was the base game and how much on DLC. One of the DLC was merged into the regular game world, and the rest took place in separate worlds. One was the arena fighting stuff, which we didn't do much on, and the other two I remember being kind of short. I think I remember the game adjust the difficulty with more people, so maybe it takes longer playing coop than solo.

I didn't pick up the first one at release. I ended up getting it on sale for $7.50. I bought three copies and gave the other two to friends because they thought the game looked stupid, but then they enjoyed the hell out of it. They've both since moved and don't have decent internet to be able to play games now.

I doubt I'll pick this up at all because as much as I liked the first Borderlands, I think I enjoyed the coop experience more than the game itself. I don't think it would have been as fun playing by myself.
 
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