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by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25319

Re: Video card prices

Now that Nicehash Miner doesn't seem to be playing nicely with Radeon cards (someone correct me if I'm wrong), what's the easiest way to get mining on a Radeon? Take out a second mortgage, buy 10 RX 64's, spend extra hundreds on your power bill, and then get all your profits stolen from one of the ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25319

Re: Video card prices

Now that Nicehash Miner doesn't seem to be playing nicely with Radeon cards (someone correct me if I'm wrong), what's the easiest way to get mining on a Radeon?
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 28217

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Destroying Luke Skywalker's character is unforgivable. Don't agree on that point. All that happened is that we found out he's as flawed as every other Jedi we've seen. I don't see that showing him as vulnerable, and susceptible to massive amounts of self-doubt ruins his character. I...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 28217

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

In space there's no free gravity and no sound. Most science fiction, not just Star Wars, wouldn't be very enjoyable were those rules of physics in a vacuum strongly adhered to. Would you truly enjoy it more if there were no "pew" and "boom" during those dogfights? If the answer ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 28217

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

How is Rey supposed to avoid the Dark Side? Because it's a choice? Vader had a lifetime of evil, but apparently was saved by a single choice to help Luke at the end of #6. Luke similarly was going to strike down Kylo Ren in his sleep, then made the choice not to. Not really... though I guess my und...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 28217

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

TLJ is going end-up being the "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" of the franchise. But now having seen it I have to agree with the film's director, the trailer did give away a lot of it. Some of my earlier predictions in this thread were spot on, had a 66-75% prediction rating. I think a l...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 28217

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Saw this in IMAX 3D and enjoyed the experience of it as a movie. It has good action, sometimes witty and funny dialogue, and good suspense. As a Star Wars movie, and a continuation of my most loved (and sometimes not-so-loved) franchise of all time, it wasn't what I wanted it to be. But, I think if ...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 2680

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

I'm not really complaining or anything, but you posted a thread asking TR for advice on what to get, got one suggestion, turned it down, and decided after a full 64 minutes(or less) what you were getting. Welp I guess that's that! Eh, sometimes things move quickly. Did some searching, realized that...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 2680

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

Gerbils! It seems like the answer to this question is no, but are there any fitness trackers with Bluetooth and music playback? Or are there any compact smart watches that fit the bill? Thanks! https://www.fitbit.com/ionic Looks nice, but it bulkier than I want. Decided on the Fitbit Charge 2 for n...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 2680

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

What phone do you have? Do you want it tether from the phone or be 100% independent? I have a OnePlus 3T. Ideally, I want to be able to use it without my phone since I don't want to carry my phone when I go running, but still want to listen to music. But it doesn't seem like that's an option at the...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 2680

Fitness tracker or smart watch

Gerbils! So, I found a Best Buy gift card with $330 on it the other day - no idea why I have it - and I'm in the market for a fitness tracker or smart watch. I'm basically completely out of the loop on this kind of tech though. Most important stuff for me is fitness tracking. I got to the gym a lot ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 10860

Re: What is your sound set up?

I'm a couch based PC gamer, so my setup runs through my receiver (Sony DN-860) and into a 5.1 surround sound system (Pioneer's midrange 5.1 setup) via HDMI from the video card. For games that use voice communication, I use a SoundBlaster X-Fi 5.1 to get good sound to my Audio Technica ANC9s and atta...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 1523

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

For the best mix of functionality, simplicity, and price, the choice is easily the Roku Streaming Stick. It's what I use for 90% of my video entertainment. A Pi would be fine, but you'd probably need a keyboard to operate it instead of just a small remote. Obviously the added functionality of a comp...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 9315

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

I found one at Walmart a couple days ago, just sitting on the shelf. No interest in it yet. A year from now when Wii U titles totally dry up I might get one. Yeah, no rush if you don't have time for it anyway. I finished Zelda and just play Mario Kart a few times a week. Just too bad Mario: Odyssey...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 19945

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Microcenter near me had one in stock over the weekend... at $599.99. I'd have bought it at MSRP.
by southrncomfortjm
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 3410

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

A pretty resounding "meh" from me. I had a Predator X34 for a bit. The monitor was great, but it wasn't because of the curve.
by southrncomfortjm
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 25
Views: 7183

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

For turn based strategy, check out Divinity Original Sin 1 and 2. They are also heavy RPGs, but the combat is top notch turn based strategy you can't get elsewhere.

Other than that, it's hard to beat XCOM 2. Don't really have real time recommendations since I'm all about turn based.
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 6601

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

You thought the Division had an engaging story? I'm excited by the idea of a shooter that I can jump into and out of for some fun when I want to. I'm not interested in a gear grind, but at least that can guide my game time. I don't know if 'engaging' is the best description, but I did finish all of...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 6601

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

Played it, but I'm not sure that it's the kind of game for me. Ran great with G-Sync and SLI using the latest drivers without unnecessary tweaking, but man does it come across as boring. It's like The Division, with better gameplay, but without the engaging story. You thought the Division had an en...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 6601

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

Traded the 300K gold for WoW tokens which are worth 15 bucks to bnet balance; ~55 bucks. Right now the going rate for a WoW token is 157,307G. At the time I did it a WoW token was really cheap like 50k G. You can also use your bnet balance to buy Overwatch boxes. I've done that in the past too. I r...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 6601

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

I got it installed but haven't had the time to actually play it. (I never played the first one. #PCMASTERRACE) Besides I had to sell some of my millions of WoW gold on something! (That's right in-game World of Warcraft gold was used to buy a game and it was cheap too, only around 300K G!) I heard a...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 6601

Destiny 2 Beta

Anyone here playing the Destiny 2 beta on PC? I've jumped into it the past two nights and I am thoroughly impressed. The game runs butter smooth on my gaming rig with most of the settings on high and MSAA turned on at 1080p. Nice to see a well optimized PC beta for this game. Really enjoying the act...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 10892

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

I also had a quick look at what overclocking options my motherboard has and it seems to have done 4.2Ghz right off the bat with the in built automatic overclocking feature. Will give that a try tonight to see if that makes much of a difference to overall performance. Note that those automatic overc...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 10892

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

First double check that your video drivers are up to date. It's obvious, but also easy to overlook. I have a 3570K and I feel like it is still going strong. I run mine at stock clocks most of the time, but have a 4.4ghz overclock profile saved for when I try a more taxing game. I'd definitely recomm...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1960

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

Onlyzen wrote:
hi southrncomfortjm,
Are you still interested to sell your Pc? One of my friends is interested to buy


Already sold!
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 1806

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

Running everything though my receiver for 5.1 surround is just too convenient. Plus my current LG only has 2 HDMI ports and I need at least 3 or 4. Haven't looked to see what the C7 has, but probably not 4.
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 19945

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Personally as a Vega 64 AC owner the card performs admirably at 1440p with a 144hz freesync monitor and that is where AMD should market it. It won't beat a 1080ti at 4K in a month of Sundays but equaling or maybe beating a 1080 at the price I paid (£450) was a no brainer for me. At 1440p it's betwe...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 19945

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I am totally not regretting my 1080Ti purchase at launch right now. their share of the high-end GPU market (and possibly mid-level, with Polaris MIA at reasonable prices) is going to further slip. Prior to Vega, they had no effective presence in the high end market. I think AMD's market share will ...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 1806

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

OLEDs have an unusual pixel structure with four subpixels instead of the usual three so you'd likely see some oddities even at full resolution (so be sure to turn off cleartype), although only if you're close enough of course. If you don't like the TV's scaling you can always get your graphics card...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 1806

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

Just double check some gaming feature doesnt require actual 1080p mode and force usage of said bad scalar. I tried out a cheap 4k with 120Hz@1080p but the scalar made things look so washed out that it wasnt worth it, even for competitive play. Scalar being the one built into a TV/monitor? I don't d...
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