Video game addicts...

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

  1. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    I was totally annoyed by that .net thing, too. Tons of programs need it now and it is included in win7 anyways.
    ATI improved their drivers quite a lot.

    If you are mostly happy with your card, wait until you buy a new monitor, too. Maybe even tone down quality if necessary. The new cards are still expensive as hell and until you go to full HD only 1 game seems to need it.

    The 560 runs 222€, the 6950 is 232€ here in Germany (including 19% vat).
  2. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I don't usually buy the very best card. It's never cost effective especially when only a hand full of games really need it when the card launches. The second tier is always a good balance between cost and speed if you're looking for a single card solution. Although with SLI/CF coming into maturity, there seems to be even better value with the cheaper cards. I did some searching on the 6850/70 cards and they are similar in speed to the 560 but cost even less. The problem I've been reading about is still with drivers.

    If I was going to take my own advice I would just get the 460's. :lol3
  3. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    You would just have bought them, if you'd trust your own advice. :lol3

    As said, I don't know anyone who has problems with graphics drivers from Nvidia or ATI.

    The 68xx are quite nice and very mature, an optimized 5850/5870.
  4. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    SLI/CF is new territory for me. I'd tried to stay away from them till they were matured a bit. So they matured a bit. :lol3 Much like water cooling which is used in my latest computer.

    I've been out of touch with AMD's cards since they bought ATI and then changed names. I still remember when they were in Canada. Yes, it's been a while. So I thought it would be fare to at least ask the Radeon Camp about them ...before I buy an Nvidia. :lol3
  5. T-Stoff

    T-Stoff Been here awhile

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    Of course looking good is nice but gameplay is still paramount for me. After PSX, many of the games developed put out only graphics as their main forte, leaving gameplay just equal if not mediocre or even worse compared to their earlier editions.

    Most present day multi-disc games still leave me unsatisfied with the action/ story while earlier single disc games sufficed. I feel all that memory and hardware were utilized only to give me a good picture.

    So long as gameplay is good, I wouldn't care if I got to play it on a GameBoy screen.
  6. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    This is why Arma 2 OA is popular. The graphics are the best but they're good enough. The game supports mods and is very mod friendly because of it. It's more about those you choose to play with. Also because of it's complexity and the need to match mods with the server, it keeps the kiddy's away. :clap
  7. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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  8. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Pull the trigger Jeffy... I've been running SLI since it came out, and I really havent had any problems with it, that was back in the 7800GTX days.

    Currently Im running 2x 280 GTX's in SLI and contimplating an upgrade as well.

    I have had 0 driver issues, and 0 game compatability issues. Maybe im just lucky?
  9. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I think I've made my choice. I'm gonna go with the EVGA 560 Ti in SLI. It costs more then I wanted to spend but then there's more value in it. I might see if I can sell my EVGA GTX 280 SSC to help or else I'll just keep it and put it in my Nephew's computer.

    On a similar note;

    Seems AMD couldn't wait and has announced the HD 6990. Reviews are already out as well. No, I won't be buying one. :lol3 Especially at $699. :eek1 I can't imagine anyone running out to buy two for CF, although I'm sure there will be some. :huh

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  10. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    Is that drool dripping down your chin?

    On that note... Tomorrow is the day for Dragon Age II.
    Assassins Creed Brotherhood should be out on the 17th.
  11. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Actually no. :lol3 I pulled the trigger and ordered two Evga GTX 560 Ti's.
  12. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    And not even a 24 hrs after I place my order. :becca

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  13. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    But can I SLI them?
  14. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Sure looks like it.

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  15. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Me Rikey!!!
  16. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    That was the only problem with the 460 series that I found. They only supported 2-way SLI so you couldn't add a 3rd or 4th card.
  17. XPADREX

    XPADREX Funslinger

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    Absolutely it is- if you enjoy meeting people, engaging in competitive play with others, and have a thick skin.

    I like tactical, team-based games- and some of the guys I play with have become good friends. Whoulda thunk people you only encounter online could seem so real?

    P.S. Anyone else getting "Homefront"?
  18. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

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    OK, so I got a PS3 at Xmas for the BluRay :lol3 and it came with Resistance 2. The game was good entertainment, and I enjoyed blasting my way through the game.

    Not sure what to get next? I have a little more free time, so wouldn't mind something more involved, but would still prefer to do some shooting.

    Any recommendations? I'm thinking I'd like Red Dead Redemption...or something more sci-fi??
  19. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    Fallout 3, or Fallout New Vegas, if you haven't played them already! I've heard good things about Red Dead, but haven't tried it myself yet.
  20. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    I'll look in to it again in October or so. Time change and warmer weather means the xbox probably won't get turned back on till then. :clap