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541  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Building a new computer due to my old one dying. on: June 08, 2011, 12:47:13 AM
Hmm....I think i'll go with that cooler. It is a bit cheaper and has slightly better performance as well according to that review.
542  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Building a new computer due to my old one dying. on: June 07, 2011, 09:28:27 PM
Additionally, don't get the 'superclocked' GPU. You're paying a bit more money for overclocking that you can easily do yourself. As for a CPU cooler, go for the Cooler Master Hyper 212+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=cooler%20master%20hyper%20212
I've overclocked my i5 with this cooler and the temperatures don't go above the mid to high 50s on full 100% load after 19 straight hours. If you do decide to get that cooler, drop the thermal compound you're buying since the one that accompanies the CMH 212+ is good.

I am going with  the superclocked because it is not much more expensive then the regular ones and you don't have to risk your warranty on a bad overclock. I am pretty sure about the cooler but i will keep that one in mind.


Seconding what Jet said about the PSU (if you want modular go for either Seasonic or Corsair HX/AX)l
Nice heads up on the psu. I am going with the one linked below now. Going Modular, sure they are more expensive, but the plus of not having a ton of clustered up cables is worth the added cost to me.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088&cm_re=SEASONIC_X-_-17-151-088-_-Product
543  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Building a new computer due to my old one dying. on: June 06, 2011, 08:33:49 PM
I need to save money and do this someday. My computer's been on its "last legs" for over a year.

But then, there's that Seiken Densetsu box set.... ayyyyyeeeee

Ugh... don't remind me. That box set! *dies* Either my cpu or my motherboard died on me, which is why I am doing this. It also gives me an excuse to change from AMD to Intel, which I have been wanting to do for a long time anyway.
544  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Building a new computer due to my old one dying. on: June 06, 2011, 04:14:20 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003&cm_re=xigmatek_s1283-_-35-233-003-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&cm_re=g_skill-_-20-231-314-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703&cm_re=asus_p8p67_pro-_-13-131-703-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130622&cm_re=570_superclocked-_-14-130-622-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379003&Tpk=Zalman%20ZM600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=win_7_home_premium-_-32-116-986-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608008&Tpk=Noctua%20NT-H1%20Thermal%20Compound

I am using my old hard drive and dvd drives everything else is new. Here are the parts I am planning on buying. I am pretty much set on everything but the PSU.
545  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thought you knew just how f***ed up SE is these days? Think again. on: June 02, 2011, 09:38:16 PM
ok here's my take on this.  Working at a Japanese gamedev was a big eye opener for me.  From what I saw, they saw numbers of games like Call of Duty and Halo and their jaws dropped.  They seem to think they by right deserve those numbers in the west(not understanding that gaming is not THAT mainstream, just those games are) so they begin thinking this is all what westerners want, ignoring their original markets in the west.  They begin to "westernize" their titles which previously sold well in the west(not understanding people liked them the way they were, just fix a few gripes, just don't make it another generic game with an known IP slapped on it), going to either third party devs who talk big and are willing to work within their (very low) budget or they open a US studio with the same criteria.   They penny pinch and crunch and have idiots who can "talk the talk" run the show until the game is a clusterfuck, while doing so they maintain their "hostile to western devs" attitude while making the game.  If the game doesn't get canned by then, they either find a bigger idiot than the previous to ruin the game, get marketing to take over design and direction of the game, or bring in people from japan with their 1980's development ethics into the mix.  After doing this for 3-5 bombs, they go skeleton keeping only the biggest assholes, and driving away the good talent(instead of laying them, since they would need to give them severance and such), three years later repeat the cycle again.  This isn't gonna end until one of the big boys in japan goes under.  

As for JRPGs in general, JRPGS even in japan(save FF and DQ) were predominantly middle ground games.  They weren't big budget blockblusters, and they weren't tiny casual games.  This gen of consoles took a big steaming shit on the middle ground, games were too expensive to make.  The alternative is wii, which isn't friendly to non first party devs, and handhelds which are a totally different market.  Some devs like Atlus were smart and figured out how to survive as a middle ground dev, but most of the big boys decided to drop their RPG franchises or attempt to "westernize" them of course in SE's case failing.  If you want my opinion on this, the middle ground we know is dead.  But someone will take its spot, indie devs.  In a few years from now download services will mature and dev tools made available to indie devs will get better.  JRPGs will come back, but expect new franchises and new developers to take mantle.
Sounds about right, ties in nicely with Inafune's  rants about  the fail that is the Japanese game industry.
546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 02, 2011, 01:40:25 PM
I hated Estelle's healing AI more then the character. I made  big rant about it in some thread on the board.   Vesperia's plot is horribly bland, almost all the enjoyment of the game comes from whether you like the characters or not.
I do agree that Tales of the Abyss is by far the best overall Tales game. Tales of Destiny is second for me.
547  Media / The Soundroom / Re: start saving your money now (Seiken Densetsu box...) on: May 30, 2011, 03:44:05 AM
Wow, 20 cd set! Bet that is Is going to be all kinds of pricey. I am thinking very hard about getting this. SD  is one of the few major rpg series that I own nothing of.
548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 28, 2011, 10:45:04 AM
That is really nice looking.
549  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: I guess Square Enix hasn't learned their lesson... on: May 28, 2011, 10:33:46 AM
Rift looks pretty damn good as well, if you have a computer that can run it maxed. I do not like most of the game's armor designs though.













550  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dragon Quest V & Tales of Legendia for sale on: May 27, 2011, 09:58:31 PM
pm sent
551  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China prisons used for MMO gold-farming on: May 27, 2011, 11:19:08 AM
This whole thing is crazy. Forcing people to make fake money in a game so it can sold to make real money. So fucking weird why would people want to buy fake money. Can't you just you know play the game to get it.

Either way using prisoners to farm for gold in a game is just ridiculous.


Farming gold  takes a lot of time  in a Korean grinder. We are not talking  1 or 2 hours but over half a day or more purely devoted to farming.  Even putting in that time you are not guaranteed  to get much because most of these games have soul crushingly low drop rates. A lot of people who play these games soley play their mmo, or spend the majority of their gaming time on it.  So like any major hobby they are willing to throw money at it to improve their experience.   The "free to play" korean mmos are not really free.  You can technically play them without using the cash shop but you better be highly masochistic, and willing to spend massive amounts of time  farming for decent gear,while the person besides you just goes to the cash store and buys gear far superior to yours. Even in games where getting gold is easy such as WoW or Rift you still have  people buying gold and massive amounts of it. Some people are just not willing to farm/gather no matter how easy it is. These people  want their gear/potions/money sink items now and are going to take the easiest way to getting them.
552  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China prisons used for MMO gold-farming on: May 26, 2011, 10:00:23 PM
The whole idea behind it is just dumb to me. Whether it's common or not. Why would you spend real money on fake money.
Because these games require you to have an impossible without cheating amount of in-game money.
That or spend thousands of hours just farming the cash for basic equipment.
In Lineage 2, your level 20 weapon costs 6,000,000 while you get about 500 per drop IF the enemy dropped money.
^what he said. With some mmos its impossible to get ahead without cheating. I stay away from most korean grinders for exactly this reason. You are either going to have to buy items from a cash shop or gold site or be left in the dust. I have zero problems with grinding I prefer aoe grinding to questing. It is the cash shops and money sinks that keep me from playing them.  If you joined lineage 2 late it is actually recommended that you bot or you will have an almost impossibly hard time catching up with the rest of the player base.
553  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 23, 2011, 05:07:54 PM
Not even 1 track from Chrono Cross =automatic fail

Chrono Cross is in the list with "God's Garden", is number 680...

And is the only track from the game for what I can see. I've saw all the list of the other videos and I can't seem to find more of Chrono Cross in there.

There's also a bunch of really good tracks awfully low on the list with some other weird tracks that aren't quite put in the right place in the Top. But well, what I can do about it anyway.

Oh, and "Fighting of the Spirit" is number 122.
So something like "Time's'Scar" does not make the cut while the crap below makes the top 50?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2fhyVuES8g

This fucking noise is one of the top 50 videogame songs of all time?  Really?  I'll take Fighting of the Spirit from Tales of Symphonia/Phantasia over that shit any day.

epic /facepalm
554  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 22, 2011, 08:42:20 PM
nice  that someone did this. I  can't however say I  agree with alot of the top 50 though. Not even 1 track from Chrono Cross =automatic fail
555  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Rift on: May 12, 2011, 07:06:22 PM
Newest patch lowered the Expert dungeon difficulty levels to bang your face on the keyboard easy. This has made alot of people upset since most of them were on the level of being just slightly lower difficulty then The Burning Crusade Heroics pre nerf. I see this as a stupid move really.  What are they going to do when everyone has all the gear? Most people do not  raid so the experts and warfronts are pretty much their endgame.

...They nerfed them into the ground to the point you can almost ignore the boss fight mechanics entirely.  

Sad to hear.  How in touch are they with the community?  Do they ever give reasoning behind this sort of thing?  I wonder how many people struggled with the bosses pre-nerf.  Definitely doesn't seem like a good idea for the long run.
They listened to the  I want my gear but I do not want to put in any effort for it crowd.

edit: They were not really that hard to begin with most of the boss mechanics were simple, and could be summed up as see lasers run away . when the  boss does aoe gtfo, do not stand in it. Trion said they were just going to slightly nerf the instance trash hp, which was needed in the hardest instance  Deep Strike Mines that  had mountains among mountains of trash. What they did was nerf everything to hell.
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