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Old 01-27-14, 01:24 PM
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Anyone following Star Citizen's development? I don't have a gaming PC, but if they can pull off what they're attempting, I might just have to build one!
Original release date was scheduled to be 11/14. They won't be hitting that, I'm guessing now 2nd or 3rd quarter 2015.

They delayed the Dogfighter Module that was scheduled to come out during December.

No one seems to be too concerned about the delays, more that RSI wanted to get it right before releasing the alpha.

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/

Can't wait to see how Occulus Rift works with this title.
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Old 01-27-14, 11:46 PM
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Well good, I'll have plenty of time to put together a PC to play it on. Haven't really played a space "sim" since the old TIE Fighter games in the late 90's.
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Old 02-03-14, 11:58 AM
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For AMD video card owners, they finally released new drivers that support Mantle.

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Old 02-03-14, 03:53 PM
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NICE! ... hmm forgot i dont own one of those : s
but the 290 is rlly nice
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Old 02-04-14, 11:45 AM
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So, my PC just died and I'm trying to rebuild it. If I manage to carry over my old power supply (a Corsair GS800) my 1TB hard drive, and my current RAM (Corsair High Perform Vengeance 16GB (4 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz RAM), as well as my current video card (an XFX 7850 1GB Core Edition that I just got under warranty to replace a much older card), do these new components make sense?



[PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2N8oc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2N8oc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2N8oc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.97 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case ($155.07 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1215.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 11:49 EST-0500)
Any way to shave all that down to less than $700? I'll only be gaming at 1080p on one 60" monitor so higher resolutions and overclocking mean nothing to me.

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Old 02-04-14, 12:52 PM
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With the aid of a friend, I redid the list. It is now the following:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NaEx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NaEx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NaEx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($180.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case ($155.07 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $810.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 12:50 EST-0500)
Any way to shave that price down even lower without too big a performance hit?

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Old 02-04-14, 01:02 PM
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Are you planning to have your games on the 1TB drive or are you also going to use the SSD for games? If you're gonna use the SSD just as an OS drive, you could get by with the 120GB Samsung 840 Pro instead of the 256GB. Might save you $100.
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Old 02-04-14, 01:08 PM
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Well my games are currently all installed on my old drive, along with my OS and other programs I use (nothing fancy).

So I should just use the SSD as a boot drive? This is easy to set up, right? Cos I've only ever had one HDD in my computers.

By that logic, here would be my new total:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NbyI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NbyI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NbyI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($180.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case ($155.07 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $715.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 13:11 EST-0500)
I must say, I'm liking the lower price point, even if it's barely $100 cheaper. And it's much better than the $1215.01 with which I started.

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Old 02-04-14, 01:19 PM
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I was going to ask why you were going with an Ivy Bridge-E chip before

You could do something in the middle as far as SSD's go and get a Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro. The 250GB drive is about $157 on Amazon right now. Personally, I like having games on the SSD for faster load time.

You could probably get a cheaper motherboard and case too, if you want to bring it down a little bit unless you're partial to those. Although I just noticed that's a nice media center case, so maybe not. I'm not sure where you live, but if there's a MicroCenter anywhere in the vicinity, they have great deals on CPU's and Motherboards, much better then anything online.
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Old 02-04-14, 01:25 PM
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I was going to ask why you were going with an Ivy Bridge-E chip before
Honest Answer: Because I don't know a damn thing of what I am doing.

Without any false humility, among my friends I tend to refer to myself as Dr. Grant ("not machine compatible").

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You could do something in the middle as far as SSD's go and get a Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro. The 250GB drive is about $157 on Amazon right now. Personally, I like having games on the SSD for faster load time.
Well the price difference isn't too bad (an extra $40) so I suppose I could look into that.

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You could probably get a cheaper motherboard and case too, if you want to bring it down a little bit unless you're partial to those. Although I just noticed that's a nice media center case, so maybe not.
Well the mobo seemed cheap to me and I was recommended ASUS for their reliability (though not for their prices). I just want something that is super reliable and will require minimal tinkering.

As for the case, it is ideal for my setup. Since this will go as part of my home theater, I'd rather not get a tower. And it pairs nicely with the enclosure of my Onkyo TX-NR5010.

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I'm not sure where you live, but if there's a MicroCenter anywhere in the vicinity, they have great deals on CPU's and Motherboards, much better then anything online.
I live in Puerto Rico so I wouldn't be surprised of MicroCenter does not exist here. Especially if the prices are as good as you say.

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Old 02-04-14, 02:20 PM
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The CPU comes with a fan, should be fine if overclocking means nothing to you.
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Old 02-04-14, 02:40 PM
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I'm saving up to buy a gaming PC within the next 3 months or so. If I buy one from a boutique site like Digital Storm or Origin, how easy is it to upgrade parts (RAM, Processor, GPU) over the years?

Can you just replace components like that (assuming they're compatible) without any real issue, or am I stuck with what I've got until I buy another PC?

And, yes, I know it's cheaper to build on my own. I've kicked that idea around for years, but I just don't feel like I have the patience/expertise to do it, especially when it comes to troubleshooting. Paying the extra for warranty and support is worth it.

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Old 02-04-14, 04:38 PM
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I'm saving up to buy a gaming PC within the next 3 months or so. If I buy one from a boutique site like Digital Storm or Origin, how easy is it to upgrade parts (RAM, Processor, GPU) over the years?

Can you just replace components like that (assuming they're compatible) without any real issue, or am I stuck with what I've got until I buy another PC?
Easy to replace, provided the industry doesn't go to a different socket design for new components. Which they will. DDR3 ram replaced DDR2 ram in '07 and it isn't backward compatible. And DDR4 is just around the corner...
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Old 02-04-14, 05:38 PM
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I was going to ask why you were going with an Ivy Bridge-E chip before

You could do something in the middle as far as SSD's go and get a Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro. The 250GB drive is about $157 on Amazon right now. Personally, I like having games on the SSD for faster load time.

You could probably get a cheaper motherboard and case too, if you want to bring it down a little bit unless you're partial to those. Although I just noticed that's a nice media center case, so maybe not. I'm not sure where you live, but if there's a MicroCenter anywhere in the vicinity, they have great deals on CPU's and Motherboards, much better then anything online.
I have a Samsung Pro 128gb running Win 7 pro. Can only store 2-3 games at a time on it before space becomes a problem. If I was going to do it over again I would have went with the bigger drive.
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Old 02-04-14, 05:54 PM
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I think for my next setup I'm going to do 128GB 840 Pro for the OS (Or perhaps a PCI-Express SSD if they become affordable) and 500GB or higher 840 EVO for games.

I still like the idea of having the OS separate from my games in case I ever have to format and reinstall my OS for whatever reason.
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Old 02-05-14, 11:45 PM
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I think for my next setup I'm going to do 128GB 840 Pro for the OS (Or perhaps a PCI-Express SSD if they become affordable) and 500GB or higher 840 EVO for games.

I still like the idea of having the OS separate from my games in case I ever have to format and reinstall my OS for whatever reason.
Great. I haven't even begun putting my new PC together and you've already given me upgrade-itis.
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Old 02-07-14, 12:07 PM
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I never cared for putting my games on a second drive, since for the most part you would need to reinstall a lot of the games anyway if you formatted. I just end up using Steam's built in backup to put games on my 2 TB regular drive when i'm done playing them, and have 5+ games installed on the SSD at a time.
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Old 02-07-14, 12:34 PM
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I always keep everything on 1 drive. When I built a new computer last year my biggest splurge was a 1 tb ssd drive. I just install games as I play them all on the one drive. I only back up the saves though, whenever I format every three to four years plus I just install the next round of games I will play, but I don't carry over old steam game installs.
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Old 02-07-14, 02:55 PM
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Thanks to $50 in Amazon gift cards I received from one of my aunts, I ordered the GD08 case.

Here's a nice review of it for anyone interested:

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Old 02-07-14, 04:03 PM
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That's an awesome HTPC case. Almost bought one but really wanted a massive media server/gaming PC instead so I went with the Corsair 900d.
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That's an awesome HTPC case. Almost bought one but really wanted a massive media server/gaming PC instead so I went with the Corsair 900d.
Damn! Your case is a beast!



Sadly, no way that could exist comfortably in my HT setup.
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Old 02-11-14, 03:07 PM
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Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2 is now up for Pre-order on Steam, GamersGate and Greenman Gaming. There is also a demo available on the Steam site.



If you're like Cyan and still haven't grown out of the past, another re-release of Myst is available in honor of its 20th anniversary entitled realMyst Masterpiece Edition. This is a remake of 2000s RealMyst, but unlike that one it allows you to play the original point and click edition using updated still visuals. This uses the Unity engine. $17.99, 33% off if you own the original realMYST.



And it's been discussed elsewhere but Titanfall's system requirements are surprisingly light.

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
GPU: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT

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Old 02-15-14, 02:03 PM
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I hope the gameplay is good.
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