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@brendan: Short answer, no wait.

There's really not enough info around this stuff to make any informed decisions right now.

Gen 4 SSD for current games only perform a couple of percent better than NVME drives, and NVME drives are usually less than 10% better than normal SSDs. That's not to say games might one day be made to take advantage of faster SSDs, but that it isn't worth the money right now for unnoticeable performance differences. Who knows if the console SSDs will even translate to PC versions or if they'll be platform specific anyway. Gen 4 SSDs will only go down in price in the meantime and as long as you have a SATA or NVME SSD you'll get most of the benefit right now.

As for GPUs the (fastest card) RTX 3080 has essentially no difference at all between PCI 3 and 4, so you don't need to worry about that, I'd get a board that could handle both the GPU and SSDs running in PCI 4.0 just for longevities sake though. I think most x570 boards can do that, but you'll have to check the specs.

The limiting factors on you playing "next gen" will be your CPU and GPU, So I'd recommend using MSI Afterburner to look at your FPS, CPU and GPU usage and if the performance isn't to your liking using that to work out where you need to upgrade. There's not much point in having your games load really quick if your 1650S ends up running them at 30-40fps.

I'm guessing you're using a 4 core intel, so that'll probably need upgrading sooner or later anyway.

AMD are coming out with their Ryzen 5000 series CPUs in the next few months, so wait until then to see their performance and then get an 8 core 5000 series or 3700X and you should be set for the whole next gen, at least that's my plan with my 3700X.

As for case, as long as there's an mATX x570 board that lets you use your desired amount of gen 4 drives, without too many caveats you can stick with it, maybe buying a new one if you need room for a bigger GPU down the line or whatnot.

Summary

  1. Don't go all in on PCI 4.0 SSDs just for games, until it's shown that there's a requirement or noticeable difference
  2. Look at your performance and see whether you're happy with it / where to improve
  3. If you want to upgrade your PC wait a few months and get a 5000 series or 3000 series 8 core Ryzen , with an x570 board that gives you the option of getting gen 4 SSDs later on
  4. Invest your money into CPU and GPU upgrades before thinking about SSDs
  5. The rule with PC components is always, If you can wait, wait.

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Worth mentioning that you can make a US PSN account, and buy a PSN giftcard online to pay for it, paypal or card has to be from the account country.

Did this a few days ago to get UFC 3 70% off

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#3  Edited By PeasForFees

Just done a quick refresher course on the state of things, jesus, didn't realise how much mining has ruined video cards.

If i was looking to the future personally, i'd probably get whatever the best price/performance mid range cpu and overclock it from the start or down the line, but to do that justice you'd need to spend £40+ on a heatsink. That i3-8100 (Stock cooler) seems remarkable value for money and the upgrade path is clear if you really want more power in the future, just can't see how you'd get anywhere near £140 quids worth of extra power from that i5.

You definitely want 16gb of RAM, i'd probably prioritise that over an SSD, especially one that's only 120gb (Although I've never had an SSD, so this could be a massively ignorant view, i think 8gb more RAM will get you better performance in games....probably?)

As for the graphics card, every card seems to be basically out of stock, maybe call up your local novatech to see if they have any of the cards you want for pick up. I'd go for a 6GB GTX 1060 or the 8GB RX 580 the former being more in stock and £50 to £70 cheaper (Both seem to trade blows on performance)

To save some extra money, if you've got a decent case reuse it, same for hard drives/power supply/CD Drive/heatsink (provided the mount fits)

Now in a list:

CPU - i3-8100 (http://bit.do/CPU8100) £101.99

Motherboard - any sub £100 board with good reviews - Others recommended the z370 chipset so i'm going with that (http://bit.do/MBOARDz370) £94.48

RAM - 16GB of cheapest RAM (http://bit.do/Ramalama) £153.60

PSU - (http://bit.do/PSUuuuu) £58.98

Graphics card - Whatever 6GBGTX 1060 is the cheapest and in stock- maybe go for a nice dual cooler one (http://bit.do/Gpuuuu) £290 (Novatech has good prices but questionable stock, worth a ring)

So that's £699.05 fora really strong computer base and £101 to spend on your hard drives, SSD, case etc..., if you want the ssd maybe try and reuse some old drives and you should come in under your budget

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I think everyone can attest to liking games that were objectively terrible when they were younger, so i'd be surprised if she didn't enjoy them as a bunch seem great.

I will however say that if you tell her something is bad/not worth her time she will believe it long into the future. I like a whole load of sports but basically dislike rugby irrationally because my dad does too, i'm pretty happy about this, so i'd say these kind of things don't really matter too much really.

Would't be anything wrong with letting her make her mind up herself though, preferable even. But then you have to ask yourself is it worth 400 quid to experiment to see whether your child likes something you don't, although you might change your mind in the process too.

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@hermes said:

(there is no such a thing as move the stick until you see him reach out)

I'm currently playing the game for the first time and this is 100% in the game all the time mate haha. I'd say the climbing's pretty similar to uncharted, but a bit more involved and can be more fun at times. You aren't really going to get anything past the move in a direction while everything crumbles, but you're ultimately safe anyway stuff though. They introduce gadgets to mix it up a little bit in tomb raider though, though not greatly.

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It's been a long time since i was active on these forums, but i can't help but raise a glass to you and the times we shared on the weird almost secret community all those years ago.

Keep on sweeping

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No part of that game was more "Fuck yeah, this is awesome, can't wait for this shit!!" than the trailer for chapter 2. I thought at the time it was going to go more MGS/cutscene-y from then on and have more to do with the demon stuff, sad it didn't meet my imagined expectations. I thought the Skull face first ending stuff kinda petered out, so i am glad chapter 2 is there.

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I got this in PC Gamer's Christmas issue last year and i don't think i'll ever get round to playing the game, so i'm offering it up for grabs.

It isn't standalone, so you do need the original Alien Isolation game to play

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Early happy christmas to whoever gets it

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Would make sense that you wouldn't find silver swords normally lore wise, can't imagine many people other than witchers would even own them

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@fallen189: I don't remember ever fighting 9 at a time when i fought them, which was for the best because i think i was underleveled, maybe you're activating them in place which puts you at a disadvantage.

I went up a hill to the left of the overturned cart and the ended up doing what damage i could, and then midnight oiled and flared to block off the majority of the battle field, the fire on the ground blocks sight lines, which tbh sometimes i find more annoying than helpful, but it will keep you alive longer. I think the majority of the troops are ranged so when you block their vision they become useless, don't think they move much either. For the melee troops if you block the path to you they will go all the way around to avoid walking on fire and try to come up the way you originally came, which when they come close enough you can block with fire or just kill them, summons are useful.

When you fight large groups damage really isn't the best thing to go for, it's often more about disabling as many enemies from hurting you and targeting those who can. If you haven't got it get teleport, it works wonders on skeletons and well everything really.

And if you're in a bind the man at arms skill "cure wounds" is basically an instant kill when used on zombies, it has a ridiculous cooldown though so it's really a once a fight ability, hopefully i'm talking about the right fight haha