What? That's a terrible name for a child. It sounds like "dreck."
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Posted by MysterD on 21 March 2017 - 09:50 PM
Well, I feel a little more like a real computer nerd gamer geek after tonight. I never OC'd a GFX card, but my reading over the weekend revealed my 7950 was a really good card for OCing so I gave it a try.
Followed a guide and used MSI Afterburner. Using Furmark (and I know some people say Furmark is not good, but it's what the guide I was following recommended) as my guidelines and running the full 1080p test I jumped from avg 30 FPS and score of 1900 without OC to avg 50 FPS and score of 2900 after the OC.
Only concern was the temps. Was hitting 82 on the test and in the high 70s while gaming, 45-46 idle. Read up on possibly cleaning the fans and replacing the thermal paste and saw it wasn't terrible hard so I did that and replaced it with some Artic Silver. Got my temps during Furmark down to 72 max and idle is now between 38-40 so I felt it was worth it even if it isn't super drastic. I hope I made MysterD proud.
Posted by MysterD on 21 March 2017 - 09:45 PM
MysterD, I get the impression you are anti-DRM. What don't you like about it?
It can restrict you from running your game you bought to
own paid to have a license to use.
Whether it's old DRM having drivers not working on modern systems (i.e StarForce is notorious for this); some DRM forcing you to connect to Net to activate game (Securom + Tages have a wonderful history w/ this nonsense); other
DRM "anti-tamper" crap that can cause performance decreases + God knows whatelse it might be doing (i.e. Denuvo); and any other thing preventing me from running my game - yeah, I don't really want it, don't care for it, and/or don't need it.
Just give me my game and let me freaking play - especially if it's a Single Player game.
Steam's CEG might be one of the better DRM's out there and much more tolerable than most of the DRM-crap on the market.
OK - Here is my TMI post:
Wife and I are working towards having a baby and we've been discussing baby names. If we have a boy, I totally want to name him FLASH! Wife is completely opposed to this.
So before you say anything, I know - I shouldn't even be having a baby. I lost that battle and moved on. So given it's inevitable, let me know: is FLASH a great name for a kid, or a terrible name?
Even if I can't name hi FLASH, I'm still going to call him FLASH.
Name your kid Derick.
And with that spelling, too.
Posted by MysterD on 20 March 2017 - 04:37 AM
Finished-up the Single Player Campaign of Homefront: The Revolution (base-game).
After 35 hours total or so approximately, according to Steam, another game here is in the books. After all is said and done here, this game is, more or less, a solid open-world FPS. This game feels like a Far Cry 3+4 open-world style of shooter, albeit it's loaded with some twists of its own; and excellent graphics quality, loads of details, and superb lighting on the killer CryEngine.
Granted, that's all provided as long you can actually get around any sort of technical issues, such as texture flickering and/or shadow flickering. Forcing 30FPS with V-Sync On solved those issues for me.
While the writing, story, and character development certainly wasn't anything special or to write home about - since characters, plots, and whatnot seem to be either killed-off, written-off, and/or just get dropped-off a cliff somewhere before things were about to potentially get interesting - the open-world Far Cry 3+4 style of gameplay in an excellent dystopian + urban-based Philly certainly made it certainly worth my while + numerous hours with it.
Posted by MysterD on 19 March 2017 - 06:34 PM
I absolutely love that on 4K monitor 28", so much space on screen - in browsers, desktop, whatever. And I am happy to get away on main PC from 1080p.
I think my 4K Samsung was a sweet deal for around $250 on sale, which was around $220 after Amazon Bing GC's. Moved from 1080p 24" up to 28" 4K too. I was planning to move to 1440p once I got the GTX 970, in which 1440p monitors were often around that price anyways or a bit more (esp. on IPS or better).
With games, I love going 1440p and more on-screen. I just crank up AA + AF and I'm good to go to kill any sort of blur from the 4K to 1440p downgrade.
Posted by MysterD on 19 March 2017 - 05:03 PM
GamersGate actually region locked the game for me. The base game and all the DLC? Just fine. But not this one. Looks like it was just too cheap to sell it to me.
Damn TrumpCat and his Walls!
First physical Walls, now digital. Ugh.
He must've struck some kind of deal w/ Ashot P.
#MakeGamersGateGreatAgain #BreakTheDigitalWallDown #CAGsWantToBuyGamesAnywhere
Posted by MysterD on 19 March 2017 - 03:29 PM
In fact, if you ever want to feel good about your computer go read the Steam hardware survey. Most people are running potatoes -- the most common VRAM is 1GB with 2GB in second place and the most common CPU is between 2.3-2.69 Ghz. At least 4 cores finally became the norm over 2 cores; by a margin of, uh, 1%.
For my gaming laptop = 4K 15.6'' laptop screen; also tied to 1080p 24'' monitor (when not going mobile); runs most games @ 900p-1080p; 4GB 960M; i7 4720HQ Haswell; 16 GB RAM; W10 64-bit.
For my gaming rig = 4K monitor; often using 1440p w/ AA+AF cranked up; i7 950 Bloomfield; 3.5 GB 970; 16 GB RAM; W7 64-bit.
Man, does that Steam hardware survey make me feel good; damn good...
Posted by MysterD on 19 March 2017 - 02:59 PM
Da:o i thought had a boring, by the numbers plot, but i thought me1 was pretty well done.
Eh, I think most BioWare games seem to do the typical fantasy formula of "Bad guy is coming to destroy/takeover the land/world; you're the Chosen One; Chosen One rounds up Chosen allies from all kinds of different races + cultures to save the world from Bad Guy!"
For me, it's usually the way the character interactions, character developments, dialogue, superb writing that really makes BioWare games normally great. You can go through most of BioWare's games - BG1; BG2; DAO; DAI; DA2; SW:KOTOR; Mass Effect series; Jade Empire; NWN Platinum - most of the party members had great characters, back-stories, and fantastic banter. Not many companies to me are on BioWare and Obsidian's level normally on this stuff.
I think DA2 had the most interesting + different structure for a BioWare RPG game w/ its 3 Acts being their own 10-20 hour campaign idea + the very personal nature spread over the course of numerous different years w/ Hawke and his family. Problem is: that game's design + format was WAY too experimental for BioWare and should've spent WAY more time in development. There were way too many corners cut in DA2 - recycled areas; too much enemies jumping from the rooftops in the City of Kirkwall; dumbed-down strategic combat (especially compared to DAO); lack of outfitting + gearing party members' equipment up; and other issues that plagued DA2 for many players.
If there's one game I'd love to see completely overhauled, redone, remastered, released, revamped, and actually properly finished - DA2 would be the one. It should've been one of BioWare's best, but it ended it being one of their worst. And when one of their worst, which I still think is still decent even despite its litany of issues, that's saying a lot about the usual very high quality of their other games.
Posted by MysterD on 18 March 2017 - 11:59 PM
You're right. Here I am assuming that Dragon Age:Inquisition rules will apply when Mass Effect is and always has been an entirely different beast, even though both are BiowEAr.
Dragon Age 2 never got all their DLC's repackaged into DA2: GOTY Edition w/ everything either. So, who the hell really knows w/ BioWare. [shrug]
Of course, I don't think DA2 ever really sold or was well received both critically and by gamers anywhere as well as DAO or DAI, either.
Posted by MysterD on 18 March 2017 - 10:29 PM
There seem to be copies at one of the GS stores two towns over, but the site doesn't tell me which one because it got screwed up once they started using Bing for displaying results. :(
I'm NOT sure if I'll be able to get those copies of PoE, so no promises. If they're still around on Wednesday morning when I go do my weekly flea market hunts, I may grab them. But again, NO PROMISES.
I already have TFall 1 - got it FREE from winning a contest on release day.
Already have PoE, as well - someone on CAG already got that for me recently, which was awesome of them.
I think it's pretty awesome of you to be offering to grab what you can find for other CAG's.
Gotta <3 this damn CAG Community.
Posted by MysterD on 18 March 2017 - 10:06 PM
Posted by MysterD on 18 March 2017 - 09:41 PM
Local BBY misprice and the Zotac is from the Amazon "deal" (1080 description but was a 1070, Amazon either sent a 1080 for the 1070 price or gave a $50 GC as an apology) I posted the other day.
Guess I could have explained sooner -.-
If you don't mind me asking - what was the BBY misprice?
On a tangent note w/ a jump-off into some other tangent - I also think it's awesome how some communities like CAG here + Reddit do help each other out around here; with getting games, deals, parts, or whatever.
Here's a story PCG picked-up on a PC Gamer running Overwatch on a potato and then Reddit's OW Community rallies around him + a bunch are giving him some of their "laying around" worthwhile equipment:
Posted by MysterD on 18 March 2017 - 09:13 PM
Wasn't Titanfall free at one point? It will be amazing if there is anyone still playing. I'm playing Titanfall 2 on PS4 and it feels like i'm getting matched with the same people always.....not too many playing.
Titanfall 1 Season Pass is still free:
You can normally add DLC's before you buy a game on Origin - so, might as well add it, if it still lets you do so.
I don't think Titanfall 1 base-game was ever "On The House."