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by NovusBogus
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 10
Views: 998

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Thus far everyone who's tried to make a World of Darkness game has failed spectacularly, usually dragging the company down with it.
by NovusBogus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: What if......

If Stephenson was Satoshi...I'd tell him that all that BTC money the early adopters are widely rumored to be sitting on means he's got no excuse for running out of money trying to make my swordplay game. Just sayin'.
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 1753

Re: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)

CDPR just announced that they expect Cyberpunk 2077 to launch in April 2020. By then we should have at least Navi as a minimum, and probably also another generation of Nvidia silicon too. Also assume that, since it's CDPR and they always push the envelope on graphics, you'll want the latest and grea...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

The other two on my list are Obsidian and a wildcard for whoever happens to be employing Chris Avellone's services. Maybe Square Enix if I'm feeling generous.
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 3453

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

I've also known people that went to jail over obviously made-up stuff too, so I've no objection to waiting for actual facts before passing judgment. More generally, this sort of thing is why I mostly avoid other people--too risky with all the anonymous innuendo and culture of sabotage that's going a...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

I'm pretty stoked. Larian is definitely the right choice, they're one of only four game developers that I trust to appropriately handle a big-story RPG. Regarding the game rules, prepare your mind for flaying: it'll be D&D 5th edition with any and all deviations that Larian wants to make. I have...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 811

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

That's the right thing to do. Even if a newer MXM module will fit in the slot, corproate laptops are notorious for having customized BIOS/UEFI that only allows certain graphics modules. Hopefully it turns out well. I've thought about getting a used 7510 to replace a very old laptop that sees occasio...
by NovusBogus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 1073

Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Due to there not being a lot of good information about which KVMs work well for gaming peripherals and high resolution and/or refresh rate displays, I threw down with the famous Level 1 Techs KVM which does come in a dual-monitor version for about $700 including all of the cables. Works great, but h...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?
Replies: 11
Views: 659

Re: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?

I'd go with the 580, myself. 1060 is efficient to start with so there's more practical upside on the AMD side.
by NovusBogus
Tue May 21, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

HDMI vs. DP is largely a matter of support base; HDMI was developed by a consortium of A/V equipment makers whereas DP was developed by the much more PC-centric VESA organization. Neither one has any incentive to wage economic warfare so the two formats coexist with little drama.
by NovusBogus
Mon May 20, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

Core2Quad?!?! Jeebus, that's a dinosaur...a 650 Ti is indeed about as good as it gets for that era, and none of the core components is what you want for pushing the envelope on performance. My suggestion is to return the overpriced HDMI cable on general principle, use the DVI cable at 60 Hz to avoid...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

That does rather sound like something that Best Buy would do. Assuming you're doing this for gaming, even light gaming, you should really look into getting a better graphics card before messing with cables and max refresh rate. 650 Ti was great in 2012 but it's simply not up to pushing >100 Hz for a...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 2067

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

580 is a perfectly fine GPU so unless it's seriously holding you back from something now I suggest waiting. Note that Radeon VII is fundamentally an old architecture too, it just got shrunk. One potential spoiler is that cryptocurrency mining is starting to heat up again, so another GPU shortage tow...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 890

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

Nice. I've thought about getting a big truck at some point after finding an affordable house. Probably a very well used one given how expensive trucks are these days. They're very popular up here on account of the winter.
by NovusBogus
Sun May 19, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 2750

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

Kind of ironic timing given that it's a question of 4C/8T vs. 6C/6T when the powers that be are suggesting that security conscious users should get on with it and disable hyper threading. :) In any case, a wealth of performance data strongly indicates that while six cores is more future proof than f...
by NovusBogus
Sat May 18, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122140

Re: What are you playing right now?

Finally getting around to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I have such great love for this game. I hope you enjoy it. It does start out kind of slow, but once you unlock all the free-roaming on the high seas, it's a ton of fun. Weirdly, I don't play AC for the whole Assassins vs Templars. I just li...
by NovusBogus
Fri May 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: That make me CRAYzy
Replies: 25
Views: 1761

Re: That make me CRAYzy

...in which thread Bogus learns that Cray, amazingly, still exists.
by NovusBogus
Tue May 14, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 1187

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Obligatory rant that if "audiophiles" stopped for a second and went to Youtube to find videos about recording and studio engineering, they'd probably have a heart attack. The notion that nobody in even the highest-end recording studios gives a flying f*** about cabling other than "ma...
by NovusBogus
Tue May 07, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 4778

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Official Thread

A few things that I have a personal interest in, for your consideration. Not all are in your price range, though at least in the case of the joystick I could probably be convinced to buy one for myself and send it your way for a few weeks... Steelseries Sensei 310: The low profile ambidextrous count...
by NovusBogus
Sun May 05, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What replacement for my netbook?
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: What replacement for my netbook?

What you want to be looking at are 12.5 inch enterprise grade subnotebooks like the Latitude 5290 and Thiknkpad X280 , or their predecessors if you want to take a chance with an off-lease refurb for a big discount (which is usually safe, since these models are almost exclusively bought by big compan...
by NovusBogus
Sat May 04, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years
Replies: 21
Views: 1357

Re: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years

We were talking about that at work the other day. Chromium and its forks rule the browser world, but what happens if/when Google decides to take its ball and go home? Since our team consists of a bunch of diehard Linux enthusiasts and a former Silverlight developer, Microsoft's recent involvement le...
by NovusBogus
Sat May 04, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!

Can you hold out a few months? This is a really, really bad time to be buying a high end GPU.
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years
Replies: 21
Views: 1357

Re: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years

The relative failure of the XBone has been really great for me. I was able to pick one up for $200 during the great crypto-induced PC hardware pricing fiasco. Additionally, Microsoft has provided more value with them allowing EA Access on their platform unlike Sony. Since I joined the hardware gene...
by NovusBogus
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 - [UPDATED]
Replies: 41
Views: 1765

Re: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 -

Oh, deary me. And here I was dreaming about upgrading to Epyc rather than dual-channel fake Xeons for my future workstation. Though in that case the memory budget is substantially smaller, so maybe it's not an issue.
by NovusBogus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Has anybody here made a purchase with Bitcoin?
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: Has anybody here made a purchase with Bitcoin?

I mined some BTC back in the day, and used it to buy stuff from Newegg. It was straightforward enough. Also done a few wallet-to-wallet transactions related to the mining and keeping it in cold storage. I wouldn't call myself any kind of expert though.
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I have the best wife ever!!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2497

Re: I have the best wife ever!!!!

She's a Pinball Wizard there has to be a twist. She had always thought it was a "neat" idea, but she went to the Texas Pinball Festival with me and definitely had fun! --SS If you ever visit Las Vegas, be sure to check out the pinball museum. It's off strip and not corporate, run by some ...
by NovusBogus
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 5733

Re: Colorado River Water

Why doesn't California accept that they did something really stupid and are now are blaming everyone else for mismanaging their own water that California seems to think it has some unique right to use? Because blaming everyone else for their own bad behavior is the California way. If the state's po...
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build For $1500?
Replies: 24
Views: 1696

Re: Build For $1500?

I like the suggestion of keeping two of my Dell 2410s. They've served me well so far. I'm a bit worried they are getting old and the new monitor might reveal that! :) They are heavy and power-hungry. Personally, I'd stick with the U2410s unless you're willing to spend a *lot* of money on a 30"...
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Joystick Review: VKB-Sim Gunfighter v1 (three different grips!)
Replies: 0
Views: 1155

Joystick Review: VKB-Sim Gunfighter v1 (three different grips!)

OVERVIEW The 1990s were the golden age of joystick-enabled video games. Falcon 4.0 was the new hotness, the EA-Jane's partnership yielded several incredibly good titles, and Microsoft was pushing the envelope on graphics and features with its own well regarded MS Flight Simulator series. The mainst...
by NovusBogus
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 2421

Re: What's a good vacuum?

No complaints here with our $40 Eureka. Then again, Pixel (our pet Roomba) does 95% of the vacuuming and we have no carpet and no pets (except the aforementioned robot and the fish who don’t shed). On a more serious note, I have a fairly standard bagless Bissell upright that cost about a hundred bu...
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