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  1. Battlefield 1 Open Beta. It was entertaining. It's running on the same engine as the recent Battlefront game so the graphics and performance were top notch on my system. If I still enjoy it when the beta is done, I'll pick it up.
  2. I've been playing the Witcher 3 for the past couple of days and I enjoy it. Got a nice rotation of games with Overwatch for my team-orientated FPS, Rocket League for its casual nature, and Witcher 3 for an epic solo RPG.
  3. I picked up The Witcher 3. Not much else seems interesting. I might get Cities Skylines before the sale is over though.
  4. If you haven't tried Rocket League, I'd recommend that. Super simple control scheme that is easy to pick up and difficult to master. Relatively short matches at 5 minutes with a surprising level of customization for your vehicle. A large player base on PS4 as it crossplay with PC. I got it free bundled with my Steam controller and hated it, picked it back up six months later and have put hundreds of hours since.
  5. I'm using the Zowie EC2-A. It's a no frills gaming mouse with an excellent sensor, no extra software, and two side-buttons with an ergonomic shape. I would recommend it if you are heavy into FPS games and have smaller hands with a palm grip or medium sized hands with a claw grip. I have the latest version with Huano switches.
  6. You are only able to SLI two of the same GPUs, regardless of variant. A 970 FTW from Nvidia and a MSI Gaming 970, for instance, can be SLI'd, but not a 970 and 960. Both, however, can be utilized, just not simultaneously in a gaming or workload capacity sans for some PhysX work (which is not worth it). As far as I know, anyway. --- I'm interested in the Vive, but will wait a year for the platform to mature a bit more and see how the landscape develops. It definitely looks promising and with the recently announced OSVR, more entrants into the VR space can only help accelerate its improvement and adoption. The real push for VR will be in the console space as soon as Sony starts bundling consoles and headsets together, I'd assume sometime in the holidays. The barrier to entry for the PC VR space is becoming much easier though with cost-effective VR GPUs from AMD.
  7. Hello. Just passin' through...

  8. Unfortunately, that laptop is beyond done. It seems as though the processor is being asked too much, even with the simplest of tasks as it is probably pegged at 100% or near it and throttling. Beyond that, the ram must be a very small amount and cannot simply handle the 'workload'. In this case, no amount of preventive malware or virus measures can makeup for the lack in hardware. An upgrade is out of the question as it would require DDR2 (essentially obsolete) for the ram, and you cannot change the processor nor would you want to spend more on an SSD than the laptop itself is currently worth. Time to move on.
  9. After cycling through every hero, I have settled on Lucio. He doesn't heal as much as Mercy nor can he deal as much damage as Zenyatta (relative to healers), but his mobility, buffs, and AOE heals are excellent. The ability to wall-ride and contest points while healing is immeasurable. The amount of times I was the only one on the objective with the enemy team while my team respawned is ridiculous. No one ever looks up or down, in the case of the well on Ilios. My greatest pleasure is solo'ing Roadhogs with Lucio as my mobility tends to eat at them while they hook me and I push them back until they waste their ultimate on me instead of attacking the point or pushing the payload. Lucio is also great at speed-boosting the team out of Mei's ultimate as well as her freeze range. My kryptonite is Winston though, his auto-lock laser is almost assuredly instant death because I cannot simply wall-ride to safety. Having some good fun with OW, especially with a consistent group of buddies.
  10. Ah, sorry about that. I glanced over that too quickly and assumed you would have wanted to build it yourself. As for the link provided, it's decent, not spectacular, but it would get the job done. It includes an SSD, but of such paltry size (8gb) that literally the only thing on it would be the OS. As per usual, most pre-builts come equipped with an i7 variant as this one does (i7 4790) which is good, but they pair with a rather low performing graphics card in the 960 (roughly the equivalent performance to the older Kepler generation 670, but on the recent Maxwell architecture). So, essentially, this means that your decent two year old CPU paired with an okay GPU would provide acceptable framerates at 1080p after fiddling with the settings. Personally, I would not buy it. You can also go through a parts provider such as NCIX and they will build you a rig for a fee, $50 or so, but it will come out a little more expensive overall. I don't want to push the issue, but I'd recommend seriously considering building your own because it would provide much better price to performance. Also, in the event that your computer malfunctions outside of its warranty, you will have the understanding to replace any part because you, yourself put it together. The 'headache' you save on buying a pre-built almost assuredly comes down the road when something breaks and or are looking for another upgrade and must go through this same process. ---------- Post added 06-06-2016 at 09:34 PM ---------- This is great advice and something I definitely considered when putting my parts list together for Rudy, but he/she stated above that waiting any longer was not an option. So I put together a build with currently released parts. It is commonly understood that while the 1070 is releasing very soon, it will be sold out immediately as well as come with a $100 premium for the reference design while the aftermarket coolers will take a bit to reach the market. Having said that, it will be roughly 65-70% faster than the 970. From what I read about the 480, I would definitely have suggested that route at $200 with supposedly comparable power to the 970. However, as noted above, I can guarantee if the benchmarks back the claim, those things are flying off the shelves. In either case, not going custom is still losing out on 'bang for your buck'.
  11. I just threw this together quickly, so if you have any preferences, let me know and we can work it into the build. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/hkYypb Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/hkYypb/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor ($194.99 @ SuperBiiz) - Safe, non-K (cannot overclock) latest generation chip. This should work well. Motherboard: ASRock H170 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg) - Basic, no frills board. Still ASRock usually packs a decent set of features for the price. This board does not support overclocking. Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg) - Memory is memory. Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC) - Good platter drive at a decent price from a reputable brand. Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Best Buy) - Not the top dog in the price to performance world these days, but for $280, this card is still a great buy for 1080p 60FPS high and or ultra depending on the title. Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center) - The case is simple and nice. You could save a few bucks here and go with a barebones chassis, but you have to look at it everyday. Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon) - Semi instead of fully modular because, well shit, the cables you absolutely need are already attached without the extras (but they come in the box). Total: $762.43 I'd highly suggest fitting an SSD into your budget, the Sandisk Plus 240gb is only 62.99 and an excellent value. I'd also suggest an aftermarket cooler because the stock heatsink can be loud, something like the Hyper Evo 212 at $28 would be great. These two additions would bring the total to roughly $845.
  12. Dying Light is a sleeper hit of 2015. No real substantial story, but fun combat and parkour mechanics that will keep you killing zombies in a multitude of pleasurable ways for 20 hours, at least.
  13. Axiom Verge - 2D Metroidvania with a decent, if not good, soundtrack. An almost blatant love letter to Super Metroid. Level design can be a tad iffy, but I reccomend it overall. Life Is Strange - Not a huge fan of episodic visual novels, but got the first episode for a dollar in a humble bundle and my SO enjoyed it, so I picked up the series. It is essentially a hipster walking simulator with a cool little gameplay mechanic. The story is okay and the dialogue can be tiring. I'd give it a 6/10.
  14. Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition with the Steam Controller. Absolute classic.
  15. At level 45 with a full Luck/gun specialist build and certain armor upgrades, I am nearly invincible on Hard mode. I'll have to bump up the difficulty. I've CTD once and encountered the same mission breaking bug on two separate saves (which stopped me from pursuing and completing a main faction quest line). I've only been stuck at a terminal once and my equipped weapon tends to vanish every few hours (solved by going in and out of first person). That is the extent of my bugs and glitches for Fallout 4. Much better release than Skyrim for me - plus mods will fix any problems (again, it should be Bethesda's motto). Beyond that, I enjoy the game. The UI is slightly reminiscent of Skyrim and the hover loot system is excellent. The graphics aren't the best of a generation, but are leagues better than 3 and NV (textures lacking, however). I haven't dabbled in the base building yet sans for required workshop items for missions. Swan pond is awesome.