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divx wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 9:50 pm
i don't understand, what has changed? are consoles becoming less relevant than they used to be? the pc market has been shrinking and now the dev are focused on it?
In addition to what Haz said, I think the popularity of PC with Twitch streamers, youtubers ect is causing a lot of young people to get into it. Even a lot of my older friends who were on 360/ps3 last gen have got into PC gaming in the last few years. The only guys who know who still play on consoles are the type of casual gamers who buy a couple sports games and shooters every year but anyone I know who is a "serious" gamer is mainly playing on PC now.
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divx wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 9:50 pm
i don't understand, what has changed? are consoles becoming less relevant than they used to be? the pc market has been shrinking and now the dev are focused on it?
Time was, PC and console libraries were two completely different things entirely. You almost never saw stuff like Doom, Half life, C&C, Lucasarts in its prime and the Blizzard stuff on consoles in their respective eras (or if there were ports, they were compromised ones), and the console stuff like fighters, JRPGs and whatnot never make it to PCs, so it was a conscious choice to go with one or the other. Recently, especially with this generation of consoles, almost all big titles outside of 1st party stuff are multiplatform, to the point where a PC is just the better bet - more control, free online, unlimited backwards compatibility, better performance, etc. I remember hearing from interviews that most games these days are built on pcs first anyway, so it just makes more sense to put that version out there as well.
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Looking to try out a battle royal game. H1Z1:KOTH or Battlegrounds (gets released next week)? Or if there are other ones I'm not aware of.
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cnan someone reccamend a cheap but good hori stick to use for a novice player? using the stock controller sux...its hard to press the L2 and L1 buttons, i only use the dpad not the controller stick part..thx
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The new AMD Ryzen 7 line of CPUs are still significantly weaker than the Intel I7-7000 and I7-6700 series CPUs for PC gaming:

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XFactor11 wrote:
Mar 18th, 2017 4:31 pm
The new AMD Ryzen 7 line of CPUs are still significantly weaker than the Intel I7-7000 and I7-6700 series CPUs for PC gaming:
The question is, is it worth the price?. I love my I7 but its overpriced.

If I can buy a Ryzen for way cheaper. I could support the competition.
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One of my favourite games as a kid, StarCraft: Brood War is being remastered and will be out this Summer.
It is a remaster and not a remake so the graphics are the same except the pixels have been updated to support higher definition resolutions
and improved image quality.

I enjoy StarCraft Brood War a lot more than StarCraft II.




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Seeking opinions on GPU recommendations, based on my current hardware and gaming activities.

System was completed about 3 years ago in March/April of 2014.

Haswell i7-4770K, 770 GTX 2GB, 32GB DDR3 Memory.
Games played: R6 Siege, BFBC2, GTAV, Mass Effect 3, Mafia 3, FIFA 17, and other older/newer titles.
Resolution: 1080p 60Hz

The 770 GTX is showing its age on AAA tiles like Witcher 3, Tomb Raider series, DOOM, etc.

I am not ready to commit (invest) in 144Hz or 1440p even resolution, but I am looking to maximize my experience at 1080p 60Hz.

I'm deciding between a 1070 GTX and a RX 480 (4GB).

1070 GTX - considering my upgrade paths and needs, I feel this card would serve me well for a few years at 1080p 60Hz. If and when I do commit to 144Hz or 1440p, this card might also hold its own. To me this is like a "buy it and forget about it" card for (hopefully) 3-4 years.

RX 480 4GB - I feel this card is like the bridge card that would offer the best value for the money. It seems to handle 1080p 60Hz at High/Ultra settings very well and is perhaps a better solution for the short term (e.g. 2-3 years) and saves me some money to put into 144Hz or 1440p.

Seeking opinions and suggestions, much appreciated.
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bigsky2 wrote:
Mar 27th, 2017 5:08 pm
1070 GTX - considering my upgrade paths and needs, I feel this card would serve me well for a few years at 1080p 60Hz. If and when I do commit to 144Hz or 1440p, this card might also hold its own. To me this is like a "buy it and forget about it" card for (hopefully) 3-4 years.
If you're not in a rush to jump into 144hz or 1440p-4K and are OK sticking with 1080p, have you considered the 1060? It would save you a couple hundred while still providing excellent performance at 1080p. I'm on a 970 and still get great performance at 1080p and the 1060 is a bit better than the 970. If budget is not an issue then just go with the 1070 as it'll be more future proof, though it may become outdated and somewhat disappointing for 1440p or 4K by the time you're actually serious about making that jump.
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bigsky2 wrote:
Mar 27th, 2017 5:08 pm
Seeking opinions on GPU recommendations, based on my current hardware and gaming activities.

System was completed about 3 years ago in March/April of 2014.

Haswell i7-4770K, 770 GTX 2GB, 32GB DDR3 Memory.
Games played: R6 Siege, BFBC2, GTAV, Mass Effect 3, Mafia 3, FIFA 17, and other older/newer titles.
Resolution: 1080p 60Hz

The 770 GTX is showing its age on AAA tiles like Witcher 3, Tomb Raider series, DOOM, etc.

I am not ready to commit (invest) in 144Hz or 1440p even resolution, but I am looking to maximize my experience at 1080p 60Hz.

I'm deciding between a 1070 GTX and a RX 480 (4GB).

1070 GTX - considering my upgrade paths and needs, I feel this card would serve me well for a few years at 1080p 60Hz. If and when I do commit to 144Hz or 1440p, this card might also hold its own. To me this is like a "buy it and forget about it" card for (hopefully) 3-4 years.

RX 480 4GB - I feel this card is like the bridge card that would offer the best value for the money. It seems to handle 1080p 60Hz at High/Ultra settings very well and is perhaps a better solution for the short term (e.g. 2-3 years) and saves me some money to put into 144Hz or 1440p.

Seeking opinions and suggestions, much appreciated.
I think a GTX 1060 6GB would be a better value than the RX480. Personally, I'd go with the 1070 if I was upgrading now.

If you can wait, I'd wait till Vega is released and see how the prices shift.
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ReeGee wrote:
Mar 27th, 2017 5:20 pm

If you're not in a rush to jump into 144hz or 1440p-4K and are OK sticking with 1080p, have you considered the 1060? It would save you a couple hundred while still providing excellent performance at 1080p. I'm on a 970 and still get great performance at 1080p and the 1060 is a bit better than the 970. If budget is not an issue then just go with the 1070 as it'll be more future proof, though it may become outdated and somewhat disappointing for 1440p or 4K by the time you're actually serious about making that jump.
superfresh89 wrote:I think a GTX 1060 6GB would be a better value than the RX480. Personally, I'd go with the 1070 if I was upgrading now.

If you can wait, I'd wait till Vega is released and see how the prices shift.
I have no idea why I didn't consider the 1060 (6GB).
My MSI notebook is equipped with a GTX1060 (6GB too) and the few games I've installed on it have been smooth and beautiful at 1080p (60Hz).

I will take a serious look at the 1060 for the desktop. I think the main reason why I didn't consider it is because the prices of 1070 were slowly moving down, coming to the high end of 1060 prices.

With the prices on the 1070/1080 coming down, and the upcoming VEGA release, I can wait a while longer to see how prices move.
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VANQUISH PC finally announced! I'm more excited for this than anything else announced for 2017. This game was meant to be on PC and being able to play it at a higher framerate with better controls is going to be incredible

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Vanquish is like a Gears of War clone with better traversal (power sliding), but excessively long drawn-out boss battles.
It falls in the middle of Platinum's best work.

Platinum Games' best work IMO:

NieR Automata
Bayonetta 2
Bayonetta 1
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Vanquish
The Wonderful 101

The rest of Platinums' games are mediocre or below (usually the ones relegated to their less talented team).


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I don't like hack and slash games really so Vanquish is a far more exciting release for me personally. This game at 1080P/4k and 60FPS (apparently unlocked for 144hz users as well) and kb/m support is going to look and play insane. This is going to play significantly better than it did on the 360

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