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Posted by MysterD on 21 July 2015 - 10:48 PM
Posted by MysterD on 21 July 2015 - 09:35 PM
Damn this Bundle will prob not go sub $4 huh
Right now, doesn't look like it.
That might've been possible, if they actually put a DRM-FREE game in the $1 Tier.
Some people probably would've just pennied-in for the DRM-FREE game - and drove the cost down for the BTA.
Posted by MysterD on 21 July 2015 - 08:18 PM
This is awesome. I hope KOTOR 1 gets an update as well some day!
First Fahrenheit, now KOTOR II.
What's next for Aspyr?
I don't know what's up w/ Aspyr wanting curate old-games, patch them, keep them alive, remaster them, or whatever - but I like this!
Very cool to keep the older games alive like this.
Posted by MysterD on 21 July 2015 - 08:00 PM
Aspyr patched Star Wars: KOTOR II on Steam to add all kinds of new features:
Aspyr in partnership with Disney/Lucas is proud to announce STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II - The Sith Lords™ is now available on Mac and LInux, along with a massive update to all 3 platforms.
New features include:
• 37 achievements to be earned through gameplay
• Steam Cloud saves
• Native widescreen resolution support
• Resolution support up to 4K and 5K
• Support for controllers, including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation
3, and Playstation 4, along with several others (check the system requirements for details)
• Steam Workshop support! We proudly worked with the Restored Content Mod team to have their famous TSLRCM up on launch day
Oh...and we added a "Force Speed Effects" option in the menu
Posted by MysterD on 21 July 2015 - 02:37 AM
according to the video card Nazi on CAG, $200 ain't mid-range. and my $300+ GTX 970 barely meets the "mid-range" standard
Read a couple threads back for reference and how the Batman Arkham Knight debate got started
Re-read my post. I called $200-300 mid-ranged.
3.5 GB 970 normally is above $300 which is above mid-range pricing - but isn't priced at the high end, though performs like a high-end card.
970's somewhere in-between mid-ranged and high, price-wise.
High-end to me would be more like the 980's variants - 4GB 980 and 6GB 980 Ti.
Titans are just extreme.
Is there a site that tells you what everyone's hardware is worth and whether it's low mid or high range? If so you should all post the retail value of the parts in your computer even though there's no way you could actually sell it for that price, because we all really care and need to know.
You could always go by Tom's Hardware's range:
Tom's Range is interesting. I wouldn't consider < $200 as mid-range. That's more entry level stuff. You know, I would not really consider my 4GB 960 a enthusiast card (that $200+ range), which is what Tom's Hardware calls $200-300 in this article. Enthusiast titles probably suits more for 970 club ($300-400 club), as that isn't even getting into the way more expensive club of Nvidia cards - i.e. the high-end club of the 4 GB 980, 6GB 980 Ti, and the ridiculously high-end 12 GB Titan.
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 11:23 PM
MysterD Can you STFU about hardware already? Don't you have some DRM to rant about or Red Dead Redemption getting a PC port or that one time The Secret World was $5 on GMG?
Insert all my rants here:
DRM rant; TSW rant; console to PC ports like RDR rants; pricing rants; bundle rants; VRAM rants; etc etc.
There ya go!
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 11:02 PM
SpoilerI'm not MysterD so no rant to see here.
I'm not sure what your point is with this?
I asked you want settings you aim for when running a game b/c it could be important - could swing which card you might want to go for next.
The 660 was like a $200 card iirc so I'm assuming it fit Pas budget and when he's ready he'll upgrade to a better card let's say around the same price $200 and get a much better modern card. What you're advocating is that when Pas was going to buy his 660 he should have spent $400 instead of $200 so that 5 years later he could have an older card that might or might not be able to keep up with newer games/technology and still probably be older and less capable than a current generation $200 card?
Nope - there never was and never will be really any need to spend $400+ on release of a higher-end card, when you can often go for a $200-300 mid-range card and be set for quite a while. Often, the bang-for-buck ratio goes way down, when you decide to bet the farm on a card and go for a higher-end one. And who knows how much can change, in a few years - namely architecture-wise, model-wise, generation-wise & card-wise.
Let's see - in May 2011, I bought a 1 GB 560 Ti (around $210, IIRC) when building that PC; & now in July 2015 have upgraded to a 4 GB 960 in 2015 ($204).
If I wanted a 4GB in 2011 - well, the Radeon HD 6990 was around $729. Too rich for my blood, to spend all on one part all at once here. Not worth it, IMHO. I'm not a millionaire.
I do think normally mid-range cards (i.e. $200-$300) when upgrading do hit that sweet spot of the worthwhile bang-for-buck factor - especially if you are someone like myself who constantly likes to tweak the in-game settings; video-card software's settings; runs gaming app's to monitor game performance + control it if necessary - all to get every possible frame & detailed pixel they can out of their card to find something they're happy with.
I don't think 2GB 960 ever really belonged in the mid-range pricing for $200, when it came out - should've been a 3GB, at that price. This is especially given how VRAM hungry these new games were when it came out + especially now w/ some of the newer ones. I think the 4GB 960 solves that VRAM hungry problem & is worth the few extra bucks when it's on sale, though (in the $220 or less range).
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 10:16 PM
Uh.. pasports didn't mention VRAM at all in his post. I think he just meant he wants a better GPU overall.
No, he didn't. But he did mention Witcher 3, which requires a 2GB VRAM 660 for a minimum.
Please correct me if I'm wrong here - but IIRC, I think the 660 was only found in a 2GB VRAM flavor.
You can try running W3 with 1GB VRAM card like I did - I had a 560 Ti, before my recent upgrade. Sure, it boots up and all. But, you likely won't run at 1080p + 30 FPS. Expect to drop the resolution to sub-1080p, just to hit 30FPS or better.
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 10:09 PM
Okay, so it's 166% of the price. My point remains.
The price is low at $135 for 2GB 960, but at what cost?
Short life span? Ready to upgrade very quickly again in a year or so?
Even Pasports ain't sure how long his 2GB 660 will cut it - but, he's has his card for a while. I've always recommended the "Buy a new vid-card every few generations when there's a major increase of power required" approach. His curiosity of the 2GB 660 cutting it, when games like W3 want more VRAM just to run them - that says plenty.
And for more on "saying plenty to me" - so do so many of these lazy, basic, unoptimized PC ports (thanks to new consoles here) that just want us to deal w/ these growing pains + have more raw-power of VRAM just so we can run games at 1080p, which is a setting I've been running my games at for years!
I should probably have asked this question earlier in the first place, but I'll ask now.
What settings do you try to aim to run your games at?
Resolution - 720p? 1080p? 1440p?
Framerate - 30 FPS? 60 FPS?
Game Settings - Medium? High?
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 09:17 PM
MysterD, I get all that, but most gamers aren't trying to run every new game on ultra 4K shadow sweat piss cumstain graphics or future proof or whatever. I tend to buy cheap shitty gfx cards and they tend to handle what I want to play at levels that I deem acceptable. Again, I'm not running FRAPS and tweaking graphics 100x when I play. I just want to be able to finish the game. I've had no problem with anything I throw at my AMD Radeon 67xx whatever card I got and while I assume most CAGs don't go that cheap, most are certainly not trying to get 100 FPS on Ultra.
I'm NOT running 4K here.
I'm running here at 1080p & want 30FPS or better.
And I'm definitely NOT getting 100 FPS on these games - especially when running things at Very High or Ultra.
$1.99 Grandma games a gooooooo!!!! Culpa Innata is pretty cool though, just really, really old. It's an adventure games and not HOG.
I'll also vouch for Culpa Innata.
That's a severely underrated adventure game.
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 09:04 PM
Coincidentally, if you did want a 2GB 960 and have a Visa there is some sort of Slickdeals witchery that can get you one for $135 after rebate. Don't tell Mr. D, his D is all cried out.
There's nothing for me to cry about. It's only the 2GB 960 at $135.
Better off with a 4GB VRAM 960, 970, 980; or any of the AMD's at 3GB VRAM or more (280, 280x, 380, 380x, etc).
Man, I was following that thread since it was first posted last night and never saw one in stock. Way too much trouble to get in on that deal. Anyway, my upgrade plan is to stick with my antiquated 1gb 7850 until I finish my backlog. By then I should be able to upgrade to a Death Star.
I don't think it's worth $135 for the hassle + especially with that sale just having a small amount of only 2GB of VRAM. 2 GB VRAM is not that much, given the amount of VRAM out there on the market for newer cards. Ain't much of a present in that 2GB for a new card, nevermind a future - especially when games like W3 + ACU want that as a minimum. When you want to upgrade, you want to make a big worthwhile leap...so you don't have to do it for a while.
If it was the 4GB 960 for $135, that would be a very nice deal. But, it's not - only the 2GB version on sale at that price.
There's too many games that my 4GB 960 is eating easily over 2GB of memory here, when sticking 'em at Higher settings (such as Very High or Ultra) at 1080p - For starters, here are some of those 2GB+ using games: The Evil Within, Watch Dogs, AC Unity, Far Cry 4, and especially Batman AK.
Posted by MysterD on 20 July 2015 - 04:51 PM
Man, I already had a headache. Didn't need to read that MysterD is using a 800w PSU for a 4 GB 960. My brain is melting.
When I first put this PC together, I kept the idea open purposely. That was just in case I decided to SLI since the X58 Sabertooth supported it. Hence, buying huge number of watts - just in case. At that time, I found the SLI idea attractive.
Unless somehow some cards get dirt-cheap and I buy two of them - I really don't see it happening.
I think I'd rather nowadays just buy one newer + better card instead.