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by Arvald
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 134
Views: 6713

Re: Andromeda

I'm pretty much done the viability part of the game - 4 worlds at 100%. Vaults were fun, puzzles need to be better rather than just the same 1-4 lights puzzle over and over. Same comments... to much bouncing around. Only having a singular quest tracker sucks, let us track up to 3 with different colo...
by Arvald
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 134
Views: 6713

Re: Andromeda

Oh, if that were only it. I'm seeing reports of save-game bugs, where dying after a manual save locks the game in a loop and necessitates a game reload. And I ran into a great one- after a locked sequence (a story sequence where you cannot manually save, ever) I was sent back to the ship, where my ...
by Arvald
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 134
Views: 6713

Re: Andromeda

LostCat wrote:
Vhalidictes wrote:
For that matter, I don't understand why EA doesn't publish to multiple online stores - sure run Origin, but set up other options.

Err, they do.  Everyone but Steam has EA games.

Nothing new.
They still have old agreements in place.
by Arvald
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 2069

Re: Need a new office chair.

<snip> All of the store's assets are transferred to the liquidator and the liquidator jacks up the price to some nonsense value before cutting off some "percent". The liquidator is happy to take anything that doesn't sell at their lowest-bottom-dollar price to the next closing Kmart or Se...
by Arvald
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is 60Hz enough for general [non-gaming] computing?
Replies: 33
Views: 1752

Re: Is 60Hz enough for general [non-gaming] computing?

Apologies in advance if i'm posting in wrong place, but i'm a noob here... And i hope this doesn't seem like a stupid question, but all discussion on topic is by gamers, which i am not. So i must ask: how much [10%?, 50%??] better would 120Hz or 144Hz be over 60Hz, for general computing, and for vi...
by Arvald
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Relearning how to type properly.
Replies: 47
Views: 2238

Re: Relearning how to type properly.

So what's the recommendation? Where should the center of the screen be relative to your eyeballs? FWIW I find that the stand for my current monitor is too low. I have it set on top of some stuff to raise it about 3 inches. Center of screen is still below eye level. eyes should be 2/3-3/4 up the scr...
by Arvald
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Relearning how to type properly.
Replies: 47
Views: 2238

Re: Relearning how to type properly.

Also for workstation ergonomics I have found out during workplace evaluations that your monitor needs to be higher than you'd think. So what's the recommendation? Where should the center of the screen be relative to your eyeballs? FWIW I find that the stand for my current monitor is too low. I have...
by Arvald
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Relearning how to type properly.
Replies: 47
Views: 2238

Re: Relearning how to type properly.

Posting this may seem silly to some of the younger forum users, but hey carpel tunnel and other RSI injuries are nothing to play around with. If writing this will help prevent long term hand and wrist problems for our users, then this is worth writing and reading. I was diagnosed with RSI 20 years ...
by Arvald
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 28
Views: 1020

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

Similar to OP. 2600K going strong.
I am starting to plan a replacement but New Egg keeps going out of stock on critical parts for me.
by Arvald
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 2790

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

I pretty sure that you can say AOC is a respected brand now.
They tend to be a little cheaper.

On the vid card you may want to look at the GTX 1060 or the RX-480 to shave a few dollars off.
by Arvald
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games
Replies: 49
Views: 4354

Re: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games

It's at that point where you should start considering importing for yourself. Problem there is you usually get reamed on import duties (you're either paying Newegg or you're paying Canada Customs... pick your villain.) Cheaper to buy off .ca there is currency conversion. Then taxes (13%) then a $10...
by Arvald
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games
Replies: 49
Views: 4354

Re: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games

if 1080p... a GTX 1050ti 4GB will do great and is about $150US (or $200CAD) I don't mean to poo poo any opinions, but if you look at reviews and consider the GTX1050Ti and RX470 cost the same... Obviously some people have personal preferences for Nvidia/AMD (I don't), but if you're looking at pure ...
by Arvald
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games
Replies: 49
Views: 4354

Re: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games

I want to buy a new graphics card card but i'm wondering: Does it mean the more expensive and sophisticated a card is the better the quality of the video? I have seen so many cards being advertised on the internet but I'm a little hesitant to spend all that money on a card. Are there any low-end ca...
by Arvald
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

Thanks all! After the thinking about it I bought an EVGA 1050ti 4GB. The performance is very good with my wireless AC network and I am getting about 50-120 frames/sec on the games I've played so far. The shield had an FPS meter up for a bit that vanished after about an hour. There are no compression...
by Arvald
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I just realized TR had a dark theme and never knew about it
Replies: 35
Views: 1193

Re: I just realized TR had a dark theme and never knew about it

When they upgraded a few years ago it was in the announcement.
by Arvald
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 4023

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

Biggest benefit in the evolution of Office was the change in file format to the xlsx, docx, etc.

This opened the format up a bit and now I use an add on to the programming language I work in to create pretty excels with manipulating an excel session.
by Arvald
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

Well glad I have not bought yet... I just found the bit that says GTX 1080 required for 4K streaming.
by Arvald
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?
Replies: 28
Views: 1245

Re: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?

Basically, if a game needs over 8GB, you're going to need 16GB if we're talking about dual channel memory systems. Some games certainly need over 8GB. I can confirm that Ark does for one (just going by what it utilizes). Triple channel memory systems may be ok with 12GB though, I guess. Even if a g...
by Arvald
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

Agreed Chrispy_ I understand the concepts.
I've played MMOs back in the day on Wireless G. I know the impact of lag.

This is for in house only, no internet games. Fall Out 4 with new textures next week is one.
by Arvald
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

The stream quality is based on in-game resolution. For supported games, you can check the GeForce Experience app to see where it gets placed. Most likely it'll pick the native resolution of your primary monitor. So if your monitor is 1080p, I'd count on the stream being the same. And yeah, the GTX ...
by Arvald
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

The 1070 was about $40 up from the 1060 which is why it was chosen.
by Arvald
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Graphics card - looking for recommendations Shield TV

So I bought a Shield TV Pro, I am looking for some recommendations for my PC. I have been a AMD graphics person since ATI days. Currently I have a R9-380 in my PC. With the Shield TV doing game streaming that relies on an NVidia graphics card I was wondering what you all may recommend. Options are (...
by Arvald
Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: We are the BORG. You will ALL be ASSIMILATED - through your phone..
Replies: 27
Views: 1081

Re: We are the BORG. You will ALL be ASSIMILATED - through your phone..

Doctor Who did an episode for this for the Cybermen
by Arvald
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Post your Highest OC'
Replies: 248
Views: 132671

Re: Post your Highest OC'

I typically don't overclock as, as most people find, system stability can suffer if you push just a bit too hard. But back in the day I have a Celeron 300a running at 450MHz a nice 50% overclock and made for a snappy processor for the time. edit: Also if you posting give us an idea of how much OC it...
by Arvald
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 134
Views: 6713

Re: Andromeda

LostCat wrote:
tanker27 wrote:
Believe me when I say, I wish all game dev studios could do their own thing like Blizzard.

Err, the Blizzard that is owned by Activision?  ...

They were big enough that when they merged it became Activision Blizzard.
by Arvald
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fitbits!
Replies: 12
Views: 1660

Re: Fitbits!

Necrothread that is getting more attention this time around eh? If you are getting one these days get one that does heart rate such as the Charge HR. one that interfaces with your phone is also cool, but they drain the battery more. I have the Flex but I cannot wear it at night so I lose the sleep t...
by Arvald
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bottle-necking my aging beast
Replies: 38
Views: 2252

Re: Bottle-necking my aging beast

Could be because your slot is only PCIe 2.0?
Card is 3.0 or better?
by Arvald
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: USB port errors on my Asus P8Z68-V PRO
Replies: 34
Views: 2238

Re: USB port errors on my Asus P8Z68-V PRO

I have the same board.
Do a bios update.

the USB port reliability seems to depend on which controller you are on.

Edit: I saw you have most recent BIOS in later post... My USB 3 are unreliable and disconnect. My USB 2 are rock solid.
by Arvald
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 215
Views: 15176

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

The Nexbox I got was 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Plenty of a power house. Just the interface is clunkier than I wanted. Also I wanted Android TV for the slick presentation and better Netflix interface. The Android interface is fine for a tablet or phone but awkward for a remote. Also you need Android...
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