Video game addicts...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Sorry, I can't really help you much further. I don't have a PS3 and so don't know what settings are available there.
    What kind of router do you have?
    Does the PS get a connection to the router? There should be a status screen on the router website. Usually you connect to it via typing 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 in the browser address bar.
  2. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    Thanks for trying Pikeman. I really think it's a problem in the ps3, but I don't know and neither did the support guy. I'm about ready to pack the thing up and ship it back.

    I'm getting intermittant connections to the router. It will connect for a few minutes, but then it won't stay connected long enough to actually do any downloads, or connect to the web browser.

    I'm going to call support one more time and if they can't get it fixed, it's going back.
  3. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Some other things you could try or check:

    Does the PS3 get an IP from the router? Is the DHCP server (giving out ips) switched on?

    Try to switch off security and try it again. This is just to close in on the problem.

    Is there a signal strength bar on the PS3? Does a laptop in the position where you want to put the PS get a good connection?
  4. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    It turned out that it was a router compatibility issue (so far anyway). I changed my router settings to G instead of Mixed and I'm now connected to the internet.

    This last support guy was much more helpful than the first one. I'm downloading the update for Sports, so I can hopefully get in one or two games before bed!!

    Thanks again Pikeman for the help!! :hug :D
  5. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Glad it works. :clap

    Sometimes the support GUYS are really useful. I've never had a woman being helpful at all, at least not where anything with computers was involved. Two women managed to bring me to hang up when my parents had a problem with their phone line. Hanging up was the only polite solution.
  6. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    :lol3

    I don't know that I've ever had a female tech support except with the phone company!

    I have Hayduke playing archery right now! It's funny!!!:lol3
  7. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    When I was working for a pretty big bank we had a female field tech support person. She was pretty cool and "one of the guys"....no she was not gay.

    Sometimes I miss the people at the places I use to work....some people I don't but the good ones I do.
  8. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Well, I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new GFX card. Problem is which one? I'm looking at around $350 range. I think I want a single card solution but not 100%. Although at $350, I think that limits me to a single card. I currently have a Nvidia GTX 280 SSC.

    I think with the budget, I'm looking at either a Nvidia GTX 570 or Radeon 6970. Although I've been reading a lot about people unlocking their 6950 2GB's to 6970 specs for a $50-100 savings over a 6970.

    The only game I must be able to play is Arma2 OA but that's HEAVILY hardware dependent and doesn't use a universal engine like Unreal or Crytek. Other then that I tend to play military FPS but haven't gotten into COD or MOH since they went to console.

    I currently use a single monitor that's 1440x900 but I'll eventually upgrade to at least 1920x1080 but probably no larger then 2560x1600. No immediate plans to run 3 monitors.

    Noise isn't really a problem. Size isn't either.

    The other thing I've noticed is that Nvidia's and especially EVGA's are hard to come by. I haven't heard of any shortages. The Radeon 6970 is readily available though. Also I've been reading about people getting a Redeon 6950 and unlocking the pipes so it's to 6970 specs. The cards are anywhere from $50-100 cheaper. Although with any brand, I would like to stick with those that have Lifetime Warranties. I tend to keep my cards for 5 years or so then hand them down. Lifetime warranties have saved two cards.

    My computers specs are:

    Intel i7 920 OC 4.2Ghz h2o
    EVGA GTX 280 SSC
    6GB RAM Corsair DDR3 Dominator 1600
    EVGA 3xSLI LE
  9. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    I haven't got around to doing the live part of the xbox yet. is it worth it? :dunno
  10. tattewell

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    Anybody pre-order Dragon Age 2? I think it releases on Steam today?
  11. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Seems like you have done your homework. It doesn't really matter what card you choose.

    Don't bank on the unlocking option though. You might get lucky, but there is no guarantee. It depends on the yield rate for the 6970. Slightly faulty or slower ones are sold as 6950 (defect parts get disabled), if they can sell more 6950 cards, they just relabel 6970 cards and equip them with a different bios. The last ones might be unlocked.

    If you don't really need a card now, maybe wait half a year or so for the 32nm or 28nm cards to come out. This generation was just a necessary bridge because TSMC is way behind their schedule on the new manufacturing process.
  12. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Just beat the main campaign in Red Dead Redemption last night. Interesting ending, will have to download Undead Nightmare soon.

    I ordered Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted 2 for my free time during spring break next week. I hadn't heard of Uncharted 2 until I had been snooping around online a little...

    This brings me to a general video game question. Looking at reviews, it seems like Uncharted 2 is a much better game than Uncharted. Are games like movies, where you want to start from the beginning? So far I don't think they are, but I hope I'm not missing anything :lol3
  13. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I'm sorta looking into SLI'ing now. For last year the cards to have were the 460, this year it's the 560's. I can get two 460's for under $400 or two 560's for just over $500. From what I've been reading the 560's are the ones to get if I want to be well ahead of the 580. But then there's cost. Do I want to spend $500 on video cards. I was originally looking to spend around $350 but since I don't flip cards like some gamers, so a faster card would pay for itself over the long run.

    I did read that all of the GFX companies were behind on their schedules on Maximum PC's site. The other problem I see is that some of the cars are so new, more specifically the 570 and 560 that they haven't made it down the pipeline in large numbers yet.

    I think I'm going to stick with Nvidia especially if I go SLI vs. Crossfire as their drivers are always a PITA and it seems it's more so with Crossfire.

    I guess I'll wait till PAX East starts and see what is announced. Maybe by then the 560 will be available. Or else I'll just get some 460's and call it good.
  14. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I love MGS4. I'd bump up the difficulty level. Maybe not Big Boss Hard but more then Solid Snake Normal or Luquid Snake Normal. I found either Normal too easy. Although I like sneaking around type games.
  15. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    I could never really master the Nvidia drivers. Different people, different experiences. Ati did many improvements to their drivers, including crossfire. Seems to scale much better with the newer cards. In addition, they don't include the crossfire profile in the driver anymore, but in a seperate file.

    I don't like the idea of crossfire or SLI. Just seems wrong to me, especially to buy two cards at the same time. Maybe get a 560 now and add another one in a year or so.
    How do the 560 compare with the 6950? Here they are only 10€ apart.

    Heck... what am I writing about graphics cards? I have an ATI 4670 in my computer. :lol3

    I am also patiently waiting for Dragon Age 2... :clap
  16. Jeffy

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    I find Nvidia drivers easy to install. There is no need for secondary programs. When I was running an ATI (x800 then a 9800LE) back in the day, I had to install the drivers then install .NET because CCC required it to also be installed. Have they changed this? I have no problems installing Nvidia drivers but you still have to play around with different version just like AMD.

    What I like about two cards is that you can buy two lesser cards and get top-end performance while usually being cheaper. The downside is the additional trouble shooting you have to do since you're now running two cards and they need to sync up. Not all games support it and you sometimes have to resort to tricking the game to run in SLI/CF.

    Honestly, I don't need a new video card right now. My 280SSC GTX is still pretty fast. I have it OD'ed as well. Although it would be a lower mid-range card today I think. Games like Dirt 2 and L4D2 run in the 90-100FSP but they are optimized to take better advantage of the card. ARMA 2 OA on the other had is a beast. On the core maps I get 30-50. On some of the user made maps I get 14-100 depending if I'm in the weeds or out in a snow field. The game isn't very optimized so it's very dependent on hardware.

    A 560 runs about $259USD here. A 6950 is $300USD for a XFX with a double lifetime warranty or $275 for a some other brand with a 1 year. A 460 is $195USD.

    On the Tom's March 2011 Chart which just came out yesterday, you can see the 280 is 4 slots down from the top which is shared with the 460. From what I've read I believe I could get some nice speeds if I could find another 280. It would be at least as fast as a 480/570. But I don't like buying used cards with an unknown history and no warranty.

    Supposedly the 590/595 will run two 570 chips. Or rather that's what people are speculating. I expect both AMD and Nvidia cards to be $600-800 though. Well outside by budget. I couldn't imagine spending that much of a GFX card. People are speculating that the card will be announced at PAX East which is this weekend. I might wait and see if it changes the pricing scheme any then buy something the following week.
  17. Dismount

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    www.Hardocp.com has done reviews between the 5xx and 6xxx series of cards. If I remember right, the 69xx series were just beaten by the 5xx cards, but at a much lower price point per card.

    Which opens the door to cheaper crossfire.

    I've been absolutely thrilled with the performance of my 5870 and my two 5770s in cross.
  18. FPGT72

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    Undead is pretty fun, I got a card for the game at Game Stop...that way I did not have to buy a bunch of microsoft points I will have a hard time using...at least till Forza 4 comes out.
  19. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    The Nvidia 580 is $499 while the 6970 is $340-ish (Visiontek) right now. That's a BIG gap in price. The 580's competitor is/was the 5970 Black Edition which was a 2xCPU card but I think the 580 still beat it out but only slightly.
  20. Dismount

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    At the high end they're talking 0-15% difference in performance. That might be the difference between 49 and 44 FPS, at the same quality. For $150 that is totally worth it to me. I'm not pushing my rig anywhere near to the bleeding edge anyway. By the time that 15% was gamebreaking to me, I would be well beyond the upgrade point anyway.

    *edit, as it is now playing battlefield bad company 2 at 1920x1080 on a 42" monitor, with a 5870, phenomIIx3, and 8 gigs of ram, with all settings as high as they will go I see anywhere from 40-60FPS in a full 32 player server. It will maintain that performance all day and night long.

    If I was running an eyefinity setup, or trying to push out 2560x1600 on a 30" monitor I'd probably have to tone down the settings. That's where that 15% lives. On the edge.