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#1 Posted by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -

Thanks guys, appreciate the advice.

@MaximusArtimus: I just ordered it, before Amazon runs out of stock!

@Management: Yeah, the 525M seems to have very similar raw specs to your 9800m GT (actually yours is a bit faster) but with an updated architecture. Hopefully, this one works just as well as yours!

@MattyFTM: Cheers Matt, I did go through the benchmarks before - they are the first result on google! - but their numbers fluctuate a lot. I still appreciate that you took the time to search it for me!

@UlquioKani: Oh! How do you like it? Is the build quality/screen/speakers okay?

#2 Edited by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) - - $899 + a Free Xbox 360 (since I've an Amazon Student account).

The specs are:

  • Intel Core i7-2630QM @2.0 GHz (2.90 GHz with Turbo Boost; 6 MB L3 cache).
  • 6GB, DDR3, 1333MHz, 2 DIMM,
  • 640GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive (might be 5400 RPM - the page isn't clear; regardless I have a good, existing HDD that I'll likely just replace it with)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M with 1 GB (with Optimus)

I really need a new laptop and I like this one, mainly because of the CPU. I tend to run Matlab about 3-4 hours/day and and an i7-2xxxQM could really cut down my execution time.

The only real problem is the graphic card. I would've preferred a 540M but 525M is just a slower clocked version with the same GF108 architecture (and still use DDR3 memory). The next step in laptop graphics (560M) seems to be at $1500+ and I might as well upgrade my existing desktop for the extra $600. I'm hoping it will be able to run the following games at 1366x768 with medium settings & 2/4AA:

  • StarCraft II
  • DiRT 2 and 3
  • Skyrim
  • and maybe Battlefield 3 (this is a big IF)

It would be awesome if you guys could give me an educated guess on how this would do in terms of gaming? Thanks in advance. Good luck, have Pentiums :)

#3 Edited by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -
C'mon, who doesn't want that racing wheel? It looks so close to the real thing!

But seriously, where can I buy that racing wheel?!

Also, this is kinda tangential but is anyone else a fan of Anthony Davidson and David Croft's Five Live commentary? I find them more entertaining than Brundle+Coulthard and wish they were in the game.


#4 Edited by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -
@Scotty_Gun said:

How can they sell this shit with a straight face? It looks pretty but it seems so tired. I feel like I've been here before but not in a good way.

But this time it's gonna be different! 
The trailer is like a meta commentary on the entire entertainment industry and their audience.
#5 Posted by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -
@PhatSeeJay said:
@phrosnite said:
Uncharted copied Tomb Raider, not the other way around. It just did it way better. Lara deserves an awesome game.
Kids these days, huh?
No, they are both different takes on the same source: Indiana Jones, which in turn was inspired by Allan Quatermain - who was partially based on Frederick Selous.
Kids these days, huh? :p
#6 Edited by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -
And I knew what I must become: 
A survivor is cloned! 
Still. It looks more interesting than all the other Tomb Raider games.
#7 Edited by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -

There are some big names tied to this game. R.A. Salvatore and Ken Rolston have a history of creating rich fantasy worlds. So it's exciting that they are working on a new one. Together! And its good to hear that the combat looks promising. Melee seems to be an Achilles heels for RPGs off-late.
Origins was too slow and prodding, DA2 sped up the action so much that it came across as comical at times, The Witcher 2 is just frustrating w/ a whole lot of dodging and not much hitting. CDProjekt had the right idea or at least they were name dropping the right game (Batman AA) but Geralt just can't string hits like the bat. 
With the way character action games are incorporating RPG elements with deep skill trees and talent choices, it's about time RPGs started to learn from the action genre and improve their combat. Choices shouldn't be limited to just stat screens and pre-planning - players should be given the option to branch out into reactionary combos instinctively on the battlefield. It's what made Mass Effect 2 more fun than the first - I had to actually use my shooting skills for once, instead of pouring all my points into Barrier & Immunity and dancing my way through Insanity (like ME1)

#8 Posted by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -

Thanks for all the recommendations guys. I'll try Sins of a Solar Empire because apparently, I've already played every other RTS in the last decade. 

#9 Posted by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -
@ATrevelan said:
Have you played World in Conflict? It's all about solid command of the units/support abilities at your disposal. It also looks amazing, even four years later.
Yeah, I played that one at launch. I might just reinstall it or Warcraft III, since I can't find anything new. 
@BibleDoctor said:
Halo Wars... Yeah, go out and buy that.
After my last RROD, I don't have an Xbox 360 anymore. I tried Brutal Legend on PS3 and it was an infuriating experience. Console RTS are probably not for me.
#10 Posted by Spacetrucking (1066 posts) -

Hello Bombers, I'm looking for a new RTS to dive into, preferably one that's fast paced and has a good single player campaign. I was hoping you guys could help me find one, because I'm coming up blank. I've already exhausted the following (somewhat recent) options: 

  • Retribution & Chaos Rising
  • Sup Com 2
  • Total War: Shogun 2 (I only tried the demo and didn't like it. Sadly, I haven't liked a Total War game since Empire)
  • Men of War
I'm still playing a lot of SC2 but its mostly trying wonky builds against AI, single player for achievements or random custom games. I don't think SC2 multiplayer is for me though, besides I can't seem to find anyone regular to play with and the game gets boring alone anyway. 
I do enjoy RTS single player campaigns, especially something like Relic's DOW or Company of Heroes games. But I can't seem to find anything similar to that. Is the genre really as dry as it seems at the moment?