Sunday, April 29, 2012

A injection for PC gaming

So, I've been contemplating getting a newer PC for some time now. The iffy frame rates I was getting in GTA IV (especially if I ran it with the ICEnhancer mod) only solidified that feeling. Truth be told, I just upgraded my tower maybe a year (or two?) ago. Where I swapped out the mother board, added a blu-ray drive and plugged in an HD 5870 (1gb) card to get me to a level where I could play some more solid games. Technology being what it is, however, here we are again, feeling the tech pinch.

But, money isn't quite as loose as it was back when I did the last upgrade. Car payments and other bills seem to just eat at the bank account. Step in, Brother. lol. My brother, whom ditched his old tower (which would of been the tower I had 2 upgrades ago), frustrated with a slow moving windows XP and often crashing hard drive, went out and bought a laptop. Said laptop has served him decently in his quest for World of Warcraft, but he too is looking for an upgrade, especially with Diablo 3 coming around the corner.

So, he tells me what he's looking for and spots a tower in a local 'big store' that would fit the need. I tell him he could just pay me the money for mine and I'll go a head and use that towards a new one for me. Seeing that the tower I built matches almost exactly what he was looking for (and an offer to sell it to him cheaper than the tower at the store would cost), it seems like a win win.

The last... 3 PCs I've owned, I built myself and at a decent discount when compared to just buying the same thing already built, but this time around my brother wanted it soon... and building one from scratch, finding the parts, etc, takes some time. So I just went and ordered a pre-built system and swapped in a few other parts.

I ended up going with Newegg.ca (I've dealt with them before and have had no complaints) and grabbing this:

Ehh, actually that's just the case it's in. But you get the idea. It came with a DVD burner drive which I swapped out for a Blu-Ray burner, an added 3.5" bay port for 2 USB3 ports and an additional 2TB hdd. 

The interesting part of this case is the top of the unit that includes two ports, that kind of resemble that of an SNES cartridge port that allows you to directly plug in SATA HDDs with a simple click. It's an odd feature, but one I've used already (took out my TB hdd from the old PC and copied over a lot of stuff I had on it to my new 2TB drive). I actually disconnected the top bay as I needed it's SATA cable/slot for my 2TB drive, but I've still got the lower one if I ever need this feature again.

Here's a closer pic of said slots:

The company who actually put together the unit claims it has 'Custom Liquid Cooling', which I presume in on the CPU... as I took the tower apart and that's the only odd looking thing I could see. Cool bullet point, but, w/e :P

It's running an Intel Core i7 3.4GHZ CPU, has 16GB of DDR3 1333 RAM, a 1TB SATA HDD housing Win7 and the extra 2TB drive I put in, the BR Burner I also swapped in, a 2GB GTX 560 GPU and a multitude of other little numbers and specs. I'm really happy with the amount of USB ports in it. The back has (I believe) 4 2.0 slots, 2 3.0 slots and the front has another 3 3.0 and 1 2.0, so I should be good for those.

I've just been updating the hell out of it for the last day or so (you know, updating windows, drivers, getting essential software, codecs etc). I'm waiting for an upgrade for my GPU software/drivers and after that plan to install Photoshop (me without PS is not cool). I haven't done any gaming on it, really, I did manage to copy over all of my Steam games, however, it takes a little work to get steam to recognize that the content is there (technically, just copying the files over and then telling steam to download the game, only to find all of the content there, isn't exactly a straight forward way to do it, but it beats re-downloading the games and I've never had success with their backup utility).

Soo, I should be good for gaming... for a little while? I know in a year I'll probably think other wise... but hey. Still got my old monitor, the one with a green line going vertically down the middle. I figure, for the price of a good monitor, I'm okay with putting up with the line, for now. *Actually, I hardly notice it anymore, :P.

Kind of pumped to see what I can do with some more recent games. I was able to run RAGE just fine on my old set up, we'll see how it does with this one. Perhaps (if Steam throws it on sale) I'll see how Skyrim fairs (already have it on PS3, but like the idea of seeing it on the PC).

That's it. Peace. :P

Monday, April 16, 2012

Molyneux - the hard truth

Yeah, people will disagree with me. That's how things go. But there are a lot of people that agree with me on this too.

As I read that Peter Molyneux was jumping ship from another company he formed, to join another new one, I thought "Why does he feel the need to keep doing this?". Perhaps he's just trying to get back his glory days? *Shrugs. I got some interesting feedback after posting this in a few groups on facebook, so I thought I'd share here as well.

It's my opinion that his days starting out with Bullfrog were his best. So I made this:


Not really subtle, but deff true to the heart. Say what you will about fable, it just doesn't match up with what Molyneux did back in the day in terms of following through with ambition. He blames becoming too comfortable, being given the benefit of the doubt from the industry. Perhaps he's right. Whatever the reason, lets hope his latest move allows him the pressure to get back to doing what he did best; making good games.

By the way, all four of those titles listed above can be found on gog.com.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

New obsession: Giving stuff away


Ha, that sounds a little odd. But that's basically what I'm doing. @jediknight52501 turned me on to the trading site, Listia.com, and I've been glued to it ever since.

The site itself is a simple concept; you list stuff to give away (charge shipping or not, up to you) and people bid on it with 'credits' that they earn on the site and by giving their own stuff away. The idea is that you give some stuff away that you've got no real need for (instead of selling it on something like ebay) and use the points gathered from your auctions to buy stuff you want from others. You get 400 credits just for signing up and can earn more for using the site more.

Thus far I've won just one auction, snagging a copy of Monster Rancher 3 (PS2). I bid on a copy of Hotshots Golf (Vita) but don't have enough credits to top the highest bidder anymore. I'm also winning bids on a silver PS2 controller and a copy of ATV Offroad Fury 3 (PS2). I'm watching a few auctions for PS2 systems (I really want a PS2 again) but also contacted a local seller on kijiji (a Canadian barter site) about a listing he had for a PS2 as well (which would allow me to pick it up, instead of getting it shipped), waiting to hear on that.

To nab some more credits to afford some stuff I'd like to snatch, I put up a few things myself. A copy of Dark Sector for PS3, which sits at 2290 credits, a steam copy of Oblivion GOTY, sitting at 505c and a steam copy of STALKER at 0c (just posted). I'm poking around for little things that I could post up on the site (stuff I wouldn't mind getting rid of for free) as I like some of the stuff up on the site and would like to continue bidding on such. If you'd like to bid on my stuff, please do :)

If you're interested in the site, please sign up via my invite link that gives you a bonus 100credits and I receive a bonus of 500credit if you post your first auction. Oh, also, the entire site and process is completely free to use, no fees for posting or any of that kind of jazz you run into with ebay.

My personal invite link
(to sign up - bonus credits for me and you)