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#1 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

What's the deal with diversity in the tech sector? When has anyone ever said, "Hey, I can count the number of Hispanic, Middle-Eastern, and Asian players in the NBA/NFL on one hand."? Where's the diversity there? Also, "Why are there zero women in the NBA/NFL?" It's not the NMBA or NMFL. If it's because those groups can't compete with established players, why aren't there initiatives to make sure that those groups get the training they need to play for the NBA or NFL?

Also, what's the deal with Wendy's frys? How can they constantly change their fry recipe and still have the worst fries ever?

What's the deal with Coke Life? Everyone wants Coke with real cane sugar in it. So Coke makes Coke with Cane Sugar and... a sweetener that tastes like someone just dumped packets of splenda in your mouth?

#3 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

I own some M Audio AV40 monitors as well, and they're pretty good for music stuff. I used them on the PC for a few weeks, but quickly moved them over to one of my keyboard stations.

They were great for music, when positioned right. But, I found I wanted a bit more punch from my games. I also tend to play games with the music off, as I often find myself attempting to analyze the score.

So, I went out and snagged some Klipsch 2.1's. I owned the 5.1's back in the day and enjoyed them, even though the amps died if you looked at it funny. Unlike the 5.1's, the 2.1 I have is rock solid.

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-PROMEDIA21-Pro-Media-2-1/dp/B0030ZLZ5G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425911760&sr=8-2&keywords=klipsch+2.1

The speakers have a smaller footprint than the M Audio's, if that matters.

#4 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

@pcorb: Oh! I didn't even notice the clock difference. Back in my day, K simply meant unlocked multiplier. Apologies, I didn't know Intel got real shady with their numbering scheme. In that case, yeah if an i7 is a must, that's the one.

But, I'd still rather put that money towards a better GPU or SSD than take an i7 over an i5.

#5 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

@zirilius said:

@zelyre said:

SNES. By the time this system was out, people were nailing 2d gameplay.

Unless you grew up in the 90's with a PC with a Voodoo card, early 3d was rough as shit. Take off the nostalgia glasses, and you have games that have frame rates in the teens with dense fog fifteen feet away from you. The only 3d games that worked well were fighting games. Tekken 3 on the PSX was some voodoo magic.

I can think of quite a few games that were genre defining for console gaming. On top of Tekken 2 and 3 games like Resident Evil, Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, and Tomb Raider all defined the PS1. They might not have been technically as powerful as PC games of the time but they were incredibly influential in how the mainstream audience perceived games.

Metal Gear Solid was really bad ass. Same with Gran Turismo and Tekken 3. I think those titles stand the test of time; but they did so because they worked within the confines of what the PSX was capable of doing. They're the Super Mario 3 of its time.

While the Playstation/N64 was the birthplace of 3d gaming on the consoles, and a lot of those titles did heavily influence how games are made, it was the PS2 that took those rough, rough, rough ideas and made them work.

#6 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

I'd build my own; it's very easy nowadays! And with the internet, you're never alone in your building adventures. It's not like it was back in 2000, when we were taking #2 pencils to our CPUs, bridging traces to unlock features!

Tested.com has a few PC building videos you might want to check out.

Also, I'd ditch the 4790k since you don't want to overclock for a 4790. You can lop off $30 for a feature you're not going to use. Even if you bought the 4790k and wanted to overclock in the future, you'd need to buy a whole new motherboard. Yes, prices on those go down over time. Until they spike up.

You're also probably paying a premium for the M-ITX form factor. If you ever want to upgrade to a bigger video card, you'll be restricted by both the size of the case and the size of the powersupply you can fit in the case. It'll also be a pain for a first timer to work on. I'd recommend a mid-sized tower for a new comer. A case that'll take any component you want to toss in it. One where there's more room than you'd actually want to work.

#7 Edited by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

FF8 or Xenogears, I'd say.

Though, FF8 cranked the emo up to 11. The main character was the worst and the battle system was... not my cup of tea. It also had a consistent look throughout the game. FF7 was nice because the characters were so low poly, you didn't have to think of Cloud having 18" spikes of hair; it was an abstraction of what the character was supposed to look like. With FF8, the in game models reflected the cut-scene characters a lot better. So, the design may put you off if belts, belts, belts, and fur isn't your thing.

I enjoy the crap out of FF6. But, it is very much a steam punk/fantasy/quasi-future sort of setting. Since everything's sprite based, and since dialogue isn't as wordy, I find FF6 lets me use my imagination more to fill in the gaps. There's little animation, so when Locke leaps across the screen to attack Atma, I see it just as Locke running up and hitting Atma. If it were a FF game today, Locke would probably spend thirty seconds yelling "Thieving Thief Absolute Crystal Deep Soul Paradigm Attack!" then spend fourty seconds twirling his bandana around his head as it grows into a large, flaming blade, then spend another thirty seconds flying into space and landing on Atma, and another ten seconds of a cut scene showing the world getting split in half. Followed by the words "Immune" popping up over Atma's head...

#8 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

SNES. By the time this system was out, people were nailing 2d gameplay.

Unless you grew up in the 90's with a PC with a Voodoo card, early 3d was rough as shit. Take off the nostalgia glasses, and you have games that have frame rates in the teens with dense fog fifteen feet away from you. The only 3d games that worked well were fighting games. Tekken 3 on the PSX was some voodoo magic.

#9 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

@zelyre: Have you tried Mech Warrior Online? There's no singleplayer, which I guess is what you want, but I had a ton of fun with it when I used to play it, really liked the look of it too. I've never been into mech games other than that one though, so I can't say if it's true to the genre so to speak.

I really wanted the singleplayer more than anything else. I really enjoyed the mech/squad customization that the old Mechwarrior titles had.

Mechwarrior Online looks cool, though. It just won't scratch the itch that I've been having.

#10 Posted by Zelyre (1366 posts) -

Oh god, the Intel coolers are the worst pieces of crap ever. I don't know who thought plastic pushing into plastic on a heatsink that's supposed to put considerable pressure on something was a good idea, but it wasn't.

When I built a computer for my girlfriend some 3 years back, I spent about an hour trying to get that stupid stock heatsink on. When I thought it was on, I'd put the tower upright and it'd come loose. When I thought it was back on again and seated in an upright position, lifting the computer would cause the heatsink to pop loose. I've been building computers for 27 years and never had a problem until the Core i stock heatsinks came around. Even the early Athlon sockets that had heatsinks that required crowbars to install were easier, and they'd STAY IN PLACE.

Replace that heat sink with anything that has a back plate and be happy.