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  1. Think I might stick with the DDR3-1866c9 - it's been a long time since I've delved into my BIOS, and fiddling around with it would be too much hassle. And I can't remember what cooler I have on my CPU - I have a feeling it's an old TRUE with a LGA1155 bracket I bought separately. Wow... that Anandtech table shows a 143% improvement vs. my (most likely) 102%... that's massive! My case is a Fractal Design R2, which currently has 2 front intake fans, bottom intake fan (separate from PSU), rear outtake fan, and a side panel intake fan (due to the small space between the CF cards). I'll remove the side panel fan once I upgrade to the R9 390. Speaking of which, I'll have to get the MSI version, as it looks like the Sapphire card is too long for my case. Looking like a winner here! CE out.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions Dasa. Minimum specs for SWB is 8GB RAM, but they do recommend 16GB - apparently one of the first games to do so? I could be cynical and say that their recommendation is due to poor coding, EA playing safe (read: BS), etc., but I think that spending $150 or so on 16GB RAM is worthwhile since I'm saving money on the GPU, and it will help future-proof my PC a little bit longer. I have to check, but I wouldn't be surprised if my current 8GB RAM is DDR3-1333 - I believe they're Kingston value sticks (don't hate - they were cheap). I'm not well versed in RAM, so which would be the better choice? DDR3-1866c9, or DDR3-2133c11? I can't seem to find DDR3-2133c9 sticks that are rated at 1.5V (and even if I do, they probably won't be cheap), and I'm not into overclocking/undervolting - I like stuff that works out of the box. Back to the GPU - looks like I'm settling on R9 390 - 8GB should help in the long run, temperatures and noise vs. a GTX 970 are negligible, and the increase in the power requirement isn't that big of a deal for me. Reading the reviews - probably either go MSI or Sapphire. Lastly, how has AMD's driver support been of late compared to nVidia? I've had a couple of issues with my CF setup, but nothing game-breaking. However, I suspect that single GPU setups are more stable drivers-wise in general. CE out.
  3. I'm not looking at mid-range cards at this time - my budget allows me to afford R9 390 / GTX 970 at the minimum, plus because I run games at 2560x1600, a mid-range card won't be able to keep up unless I sacrifice visuals. As for the GTX 980, I could stretch my budget a bit to afford the G1 Gaming version, but I'm not an avid overclocker (calm down), so I don't have the need for a high-end version. I'm more than happy with buying a Gigabyte WF3OC, which at $699 from MSY (at time of writing), is (just) within my budget. Interestingly, I could go for the R9 390X G1 Gaming edition at $589, leaving me with $111 for RAM, which if I spend $10 more can get me 16GB DDR3-1600 (2x8GB) G-Skill Ripjaws-X. GPU + RAM for $710 sounds tempting, but as I said, I'm not sure if I need 16GB at this stage. Any other recommendations? CE out.
  4. Hey guys, My current PC specs are as follows: CPU: i7-2600k (running stock at the moment) RAM: 8GB Mobo: Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 GPU: ATi 6950 2GB x 2 (CF) PSU: Corsair HX650W OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (will upgrade to Windows 10 after GPU upgrade) Monitor: Dell U3011 30" @ 2560x1600 As you can tell, I haven't upgraded my PC in a while (bought around mid 2011), and I'm not looking to upgrade the whole thing anytime soon (don't see any need). It seems that Battlefront requires a minimum nVidia GTX 660 / ATi 7850 GPU, and when I run the game it crashes at the loading screen. I've been reading that there are ways around it (playing in windowed mode), but I figured that a small upgrade would a) solve the issue, and, more importantly, b) prolong me from having to upgrade my whole computer for a while longer. My main focus is a GPU, however DDR3 RAM seems cheap these days, so I might also look at getting 16GB. While my budget is max $700 (I can't justify $1000 for a GTX 980Ti, even if it looks sweet), I am looking around the $500 mark for the GPU (thus allowing to get aforementioned RAM). However, if the consensus here is to "spend more to get more", then I might be swayed. My first look was at either the R9 390 or the GTX 970 - they're priced around the same ($450-$500) and seem to perform around the same; however I was leaning towards the 390 because I game @ 1600p, so the extra memory should help. However I know that the 970 is more efficient and quieter (not by much though). On the other hand, I could forgo getting the RAM, and go for either the R9 390X ($600), or a GTX 980 ($700). The extra RAM seems more of a luxury to me (at this stage), however it may help future-proof my PC, prolonging my need for a system upgrade. So, what are people's recommendations? Do I go GPU + RAM, or GPU only? CE out. PS. If you guys recommend RAM, any recommendations? I was thinking just cheap DDR3-1600 8x2GB sticks like Kingston or G-Skill.
  5. http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=au&cs=audhs1&l=en&sku=210-AEBS Quick specs: 34 inch, 21:9 ratio, 3440x1440 @ 60Hz resolution, curved LED-backlit IPS monitor with built-in USB3.0 hub and speakers. $1299 Introductory offer - ends 13th January 2015 (price then becomes $1399). With a 15% code found here (Whirlpool forum thread, last post on the 1st page), it equates to $1104.15 (exc. shipping). CE out.
  6. Cold E@rth

    Games are educational!

    Sorry Nuke, but Midnight Rescue! takes place in a school. You are thinking of another Super Solvers game called Outnumbered! (looks very similar): CE out.
  7. Cold E@rth

    Games are educational!

    Some of my favourite games are educational in nature. Like DonutKing, I also remember playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on an Apple II at primary school. When I got it at home, I played it non-stop for weeks on end. Not only did it teach me geography and capital cities, but it also taught me basic logic and deduction skills, like process of elimination. Another great series that helped me a lot was the Super Solvers series - in particular Treasure Mountain!, Midnight Rescue!, Spellbound! and Outnumbered!. Midnight Rescue! was probably my favourite: Plus, it had awesome music - The Sorcerer's Apprentice and In The Hall Of The Mountain King :) Other educational games I have played: Math Rescue and Word Rescue Reader Rabbit series (can't remember which ones in particular) Gumboots Australia (I had the 256 colour version): And lastly, I wish I had played this game when I was younger: The Typing of the Dead CE out.
  8. Cold E@rth

    Battlefield3 first thoughts.

    there's something satisfying about driving around in a jihad jeep for 5 minutes avoiding rpgs planes and choppers, then finding a tank with 3 people in it too +1 Then after blowing up the first tank, reloading the jeep and jihading the 2nd one around the corner ;) CE out.
  9. Cold E@rth

    Diablo III

    A novelty sword for $999? Fuck off. I think they saw your post Twinkie, it's down to $599 now. Now it's down to $289. Know their place. OTOH, this item is still over $800: http://www.d3itemsale.com/Hallowed-Sacrifice-view-530.html CE out.
  10. Cold E@rth

    [Newsbot] Zombies are here!

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/1...g-victims-face/ http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n...ticle-1.1085246 [Edit] - For the click impaired (first link): A US police officer fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man in downtown Miami, police and witnesses say. The Miami Herald reported that gunshots were heard about 2pm on Saturday on the MacArthur Causeway off-ramp, which is near the newspaper's offices. Witnesses said that a woman saw two men fighting and flagged down a police officer, who came upon a naked man mauling the other man. The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying that the officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he ignored the demand, the officer shot him. Witnesses said that the naked man continued his attack after being shot once, and the officer shot him several more times. Police said the other man was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Centre. The newspaper said he had suffered critical injuries. The police department confirmed in a news release that there was an officer-related shooting, but did not include many details provided by witnesses to the newspaper. The police news release said the identities of the two men were not known. A photograph posted on The Herald's website showed an officer standing watch on the ramp next to two police cruisers, with a body lying on a pedestrian walkway. Police requested the newspaper's video surveillance tapes. The shooting and investigation tied up causeway traffic as crowds were arriving at South Beach for an annual hip-hop festival. Javier Ortiz, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police in Miami, said that based on information he's received, the officer who fired the shots "is a hero and saved a life". Wow. Just wow. CE out.
  11. Cold E@rth

    And What Are You Listening To?

    Motherfucker. I would've been pissed if I'd read this thread this morning and had Eurovision spoiled for me :P Please be more careful in the future. Rob. That's why I had already put it in spoiler tags. CE out.
  12. Cold E@rth

    And What Are You Listening To?

    Loreen - Euphoria This song won Eurovision 2012 last night CE out.
  13. Cold E@rth

    Diablo III

    Completed this dungeon in NM. And got the Achievement as well. CE out.
  14. Cold E@rth

    Diablo III

    martyr, see here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/5394512/ CE out.
  15. Cold E@rth

    The Avengers movie

    Saw the movie on Sunday. While I'm not a comic book geek, I read up on some of the backstory as well as watched the previous movies in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe". Loved it. Saw it in 3D, but not Gold Class (would have been over $40). The action sequences were worth it alone, and I enjoyed the character-building 1st half. A few things: Loved the Hulk. It would be interesting to see if there will be a Hulk 2 (or is it 3?). Coulson dying was unexpected (for me anyway); only after he died that I realised Joss Whedon's propensity for killing off popular characters would inevitably lead the story this way. But I think it was nicely done - not cheesy at all. Are the Chitauri supposed to be the Skrull? Or some other race? If they were the Skrull, why not call them that in the first place? Did the two bracelets that Tony put on towards the end of the film when he was "threatening" Loki save him from Loki's mind possession? It wasn't really made clear - I thought the bracelets were to help him get into the Mark VII armour. So they served a dual purpose? Loki was an excellent villian IMO. Had a dash of Heath Ledger's Joker in him - especially the scene where he kills a man to "take" his eyeball so that Hawkeye could get past a bio-mechanic lock: he seems to revel in both the deed and the looks/screams of horror from the people that saw. As for the sequel - and you know there is most definitely going to be one, I have some thoughts/suggestions: As I didn't know who the guy in the post-credits scene was - I looked him up (remember, not into the comics). I also quickly browsed some forums discussing the appearance of Thanos and how it would impact the sequel - the general consensus going around is that Thanos should be saved for The Avengers 3 (as a final part of a trilogy). Fans (myself included, after reading into his character bio) seem to agree that he is just too powerful a villian - especially if he has the Infinity Gauntlet. An interesting take on where the story-line should go can be read here: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fan_fic/news/?a=58784 The article and the comments below it makes some good points - I would like to see the Phase 2 initiative introduced in 1st movie expanded on; the theme of "trust" is a smart idea; and Ultron as the 2nd "big bad" before the almighty Thanos would make much more sense. Thoughts? CE out.