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  1. tarascon liked a post in a topic by KisukeOboro in What can I do?   
    Hello everybody. New here and just joined the guild yesterday.
    So, I'm at mid 70 level wise and am still doing the personal story mode. What I'm planning to do is to do a bunch of PvE while I'm doing the story mode. Like for example, if the story has me go through unexplored territory, I'm taking my time to explore the entire area before I continue on my story, so it might take a bit. Also I'm holding off on buying the expansion until I hit level 80 where I can work on masteries and whatnot. I've checked the guild tab and the guild hall, and to be honest it's a little bit overwhelming with all of these tabs and things to do with the guild that I have no idea where to start. So my question is while I'm exploring and doing all this stuff that I planned, what can I do to help the guild out while I catch up to level 80 and finish the story so I can do all the side stuff, PvP, WvW, and so on?
  2. tarascon liked a post in a topic by jebby in guild meeting 15th of November   
    also if any normal members or vets have question about the direction of the guild or general questions this meeting would be a good time to ask them (after the bit we need to cover is done that is )  
  3. Treeps liked a post in a topic by tarascon in Mastery Mystery   
    I think I finally figured out the problem; in the Story Journal I had to open the HoT tab and actually check off the Prologue tab which allows me to start that series. It's sort of annoying that nothing I read bothered to mention that simple fact.
  4. Treeps liked a post in a topic by tarascon in Mastery Mystery   
    I think I finally figured out the problem; in the Story Journal I had to open the HoT tab and actually check off the Prologue tab which allows me to start that series. It's sort of annoying that nothing I read bothered to mention that simple fact.
  5. Treeps liked a post in a topic by tarascon in Mastery Mystery   
    I think I finally figured out the problem; in the Story Journal I had to open the HoT tab and actually check off the Prologue tab which allows me to start that series. It's sort of annoying that nothing I read bothered to mention that simple fact.
  6. tarascon liked a post in a topic by PlasticFrogCG in Do you believe in zombie apocalypse?   
    Technically "no", but a lot of education systems all over the world have been producing "zombies" of a different variety, so technically "yes".
  7. tarascon liked a post in a topic by GutsyWiseRobert7 in One Life, A Game That Locks You Out When You Die   
    they could make that if you die your locked out for a day instead
  8. tarascon liked a post in a topic by MechSoldier in One Life, A Game That Locks You Out When You Die   
    After a month or two of gameplay, the community will actually boil down to nothing but elitists and trolls, having literally killed everyone off. Sadly, I see this getting greenlit.
  9. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Shagger in One Life, A Game That Locks You Out When You Die   
    There is real life logic and video game logic and they don't necessarily mesh. This is one example of such clashing. Especially with this being a multiplayer FPS, this is just gonna end up a heaven for trolls. It's just not gonna work.
  10. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Crazycrab in One Life, A Game That Locks You Out When You Die   
    I can sorta see what they are going for here but it's a crap idea.
  11. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Hashirama Senju in It's Here...   
    Officially? It's live. It's here.
    Update now, boys and girls.
    I'll see you in the jungle.
  12. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Biggyboy90 in Everything About Heart of Thorns   
    It's 5:30am and I haven't slept, so here: 
    It's a great video by WoodenPotatoes skimming over a lot of the new content, and he's been doing in-depth videos each time something's been announced, so check his channel for any of the news you think you're interested in.
    That's all, good night.
  13. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Hashirama Senju in Drunken Guy Night   
    The whispers of the guild members were more than running rampant as the new recruits and the regular members were talking about the rumors. The talk and the story was always about the same thing – even when there was pretty much the talk and the stories about the guild was more than just ale talk and bar stories in the guild halls and guild bars in First Haven. When any of the guild members asked the officers and ranked members about it, in particular, they would only smile and reply:
    “If you wanted to know that, you should know – that it all happened with tentacle porn.”
    The rumors and the questions persist – but the rumors remain all the same, and as First Haven buzzed about the stories of the deed, the guild members would be really curious as to why the stories were both legendary and ludicrous at the same time. At least, in certain aspects, the guild members and unranked officers knew who were involved in the stories – and one of them would be one surprising addition.
    * * * * *
    Even though, in respect, the story started with tentacle porn, the story started on one rather quiet night in Gendarran Fields, where a small, shadowy figure began to run at the end of the Cornucopian Waypoint, close to the nearest village and halfway through to the Vigil Headquarters. Just up ahead, a few shadowy figured were stealthed together under duress – they had to get in a small tussle and a small fight with one of their team member, who was promptly stuffed in a brown sack as the small asura made his way up to them.
    “Guys!” The shadowy asura called out to them – quietly, as the figures came up to view. “I got it!”
    A single charr was present there – one large well built charr with an expression that he was very aware of what he was not supposed to be doing, but he was pretty sure that he should be here for now. The charr gave off an aura of uselessness, but tonight he was going to make a mark for himself. A few humans were there too along with another asura – well known one, with the shadowy asura joining in on them making a small five-member group.
    “Good!” The charr replied as they materialized out from the Shadow Refuge – they were healing themselves after the person in the sack had put up a good fight with his dual pistols and firing barrages and barrages of bullets at them. Eventually he was captured and dragged along with this.
    “But you sure we are good with this?” The charr asked the asura, into which the other asura promptly puts his stubby foot down on it.
    “Demonbane.” The asura looked at the charr, chuckling with mirth. “This is going to be epic. Don’t you worry. Besides, everyone would be blaming me about it anyways – directly or indirectly.”
    “But Jeb!” Demonbane the charr looked back, a worried expression clouding his face. “What if it doesn’t fit? It’s asura-sized.”
    The shadowy asura chuckled and handed the charr the dress. “You did say ‘good’ earlier on, so you’re going to be well, buddy. And besides, don’t worry. We’re going to wear them in turns, I guess, since there’s only one. Don’t worry.” Shadow the asura added.
    “GUYS!!!” The package moved and screamed from under the sack. “DON’T DO THIS! THIS IS MEAN! AND UNCALLED FOR!”
    The humans laughed hearing the bundle screaming and one of them sat down and patted the package. “It’s okay, Treeps. It’s okay.” He chuckled.
    “Treeps. You can’t get away with this, this time.” The male human standing hovered above the other. “It’s guild leader’s orders and we can’t always say no to Jeb, even if we blame him for everything.”
    “Hey!” the asura said from behind them.
    “But Senju.” The one standing looked at his friend. “This is kinda too much, right? Capturing Treeps and stuffing him in the bag is kinda over the top, don’t you think?”
    “Tyler.” Senju laughed, amidst Treeps’ screaming in the sack, protesting the whole thing and telling them that ‘this is mean to Muzical’. “This idea is going to be epic and it’s going to be great. People will be talking about it.
    Tyler looked at Senju with a rather puzzled expression.
    “Dude.” He said. “Even I’m pretty much worried about it.”
    “Not to worry.” Senju replied, turning to Jeb, who to him, was a very surprising addition.
    The guild leader was pretty much the one who has to keep a level head, and yet watching Jeb, the guild leader, joining in on the shenanigans, was a very surprising and very amusing thing to watch.
    “Tyler.” Jeb asked. “Did we set any time for this and did we have to be drunk for it? You did tell us about that.”
    “No I didn’t.” Tyler said, pointing at Senju. “It was Senju. What are you talking about Jeb?”
    “Goddamnit Tyler!” The asura groaned. “I always get you two confused!”
    “Anyways…” Shadow said, as he joined them. “I got the charr to wear the dress.”
    The trio looked at the asura, before looking a little bit further and stifled their laughter.
    “GUYS!?” The sack screamed. “NO!!!”
    “Treeps, shush.” Jeb said, as they tried to control their laughter.
    “Hey guess what, Treeps.” Shadow smirked as he walked up to the sack. “I have gotten one for you too, and we’re going to have so much fun with this.”
    The sack went silent, before unleashing a very petrified “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”
    Shadow laughed – an evil, menacing laugh as Demonbane proceeded to make his appearance, and what an appearance did the huge charr did. He was clad in nothing but the wedding dress that was ten sizes too big. The fabric, miraculously, held – but the dress clung onto the charr as if one tug of any part of the strings, the dress will fall off from him. Somehow it seemed that the wedding dress hung onto Demonbane and was fitting.
    The wedding dress was Muzical’s, who had bought it, along with a few more, earlier – the asura had a very excited feeling about buying it from the merchants off from Divinity’s Reach and was already elated about the wedding dress. The men in the guild – Jeb, Shadow, Senju, Demonbane and Tyler, apparently, had thought it be a better idea to just mess with Muzical a little bit more. It was surprising that Shadow was the one suggesting it.
    No one expected Jeb, the Angry Army’s guild leader, to join in on the fun.
    Demonbane was looking pretty ridiculous, and the expression on the charr’s face was evident. If he was hairless, his muzzle and snout would already be blushing red at this – however, the charr was not feeling perturbed at all. In fact, he felt that the dress was giving him more confidence, as he began to speak.
    “I’ll pick this small package that is Treeps.” Demonbane said, his voice funnily enough went all foppish and rather fae, causing the rest of the men to laugh out loud.
    Treeps, still in the sack, resisted by trying to kick and scratch his way out from it, even as the large charr went to pick it up. Shadow followed along with Demonbane, as he grinned at the rest of the party. “Give us a moment.” He said.
    * * * * *
    The residents of Lion’s Arch at that time were already taking the resting period, even though the Lionguards were going around patrolling the vicinity and the pavements and the bridges. However, the residents did swear that they heard screams and cries of agony about how this is wrong and he is innocent.
    At the vicinity of the Traders’ Forum, the five were walking rather pompously around, laughing and making fun of things as if they were drunk – when in fact, all they were high on were maybe a few cups of coffee, some chocolate bars and some other sugary concoctions.
    The charr was up front and on point, wearing the stretched wedding dress and looking a different person altogether – walking, or more like prancing along the streets of Lion’s Arch wearing the dress as if it was something of a second skin for him – as if it has completely changed his outlook of life. Behind him, the two male humans were laughing and sharing the stories with the other two asuras, with one asura pulling a rope that was connected to ankles of another male, who was screaming and baying for his life, practically, while the rest were laughing more at this.
    “GUYS!!! THIS IS WRONG!!!” The bound man shouted, looking tepid and looking like his life has been drained off from him.
    “No, this is just fun.” The asura pulling the rope said, giggling with mirth.
    “Bitch, because I’m famous. Don’t you see my flowery diva road?”
    “Treeps.” Jebs said, trying to keep his amusement in check, although he was failing spectacularly. “This is for your own good.”
    “It is!” Senju said, laughing hard at the sight. “I mean, the dress look good on you.”
    Treeps was bound on his ankles and wrists and was dragged slowly behind the party. He was alleviated with the help of Jeb’s magic carpet. What was funny was that Shadow forcefully puts him in another wedding dress from the same source, as the poor officer was pulled along in Lion’s Arch, screaming and crying for his life.
    “IT DOESN’T! THIS IS MEAN TO MUZICAL!” Treeps cried.
    “Calm down.” Tyler chuckled. “You look great, Treeps.”
    “Treeps.” Demonbane said, his pompous foppish voice evident. “Insanity is required for joining the Angry Army. You know this.”
    “NOOOOOOO!!!” Treeps lets out a very pained howl. “MUZICAL!!! XIO!!! HELP ME!!!”
    “Well.” Senju said, chuckling with mirth as he looked at the other four. “I think it’s safe to agree that we want Demonbane to read the credo at the next guild mission.”
    “YES!” The three said in unison, as Demonbane chuckled. “Well,” The charr said. “We’ll have to see about that.”
  14. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Muzical in Stand and Deliver   
    Ha, I'm an RPer at heart, so my characters all have personalities
    Emae Sengul, asura ele, 100% map comp and main (PvE mainly) Ridiculously lawful-good Hunter Bakka, asura ranger, main for fractals and sPvP, and I've clocked a LOT of hours on one of my "younger" alts.  She's rather mentally unstable, chaotic-good, and probably the most developed personality, in my head, of all of my alts. Tringga, asura warrior, devoid of any apparent feelings or personality, neutral-good Anna Maria, norn engie, knows about as much about golemnmancy as any asura, lawful-neutral Rachel Willow, sylvari thief, but hates most sylvari, chaotic-neutral Brakkenz, charr necro, true neutral Kosta (I can't spell her last name and I'm on lunch break at work, so can't look,) norn mesmer, chaotic-evil Manoma (really should change her name...) human guard, neglected alt, lawful-good [Name TBD] (When HoT is out) asura revenant, alignment TBD  
    All alts female.
  15. Crazycrab liked a post in a topic by tarascon in The Angry Joe Show Expands!   

  16. Muzical liked a post in a topic by tarascon in Stand and Deliver   
    Though there are "Introduce Yourself" threads in the general fora, I thought it might be good to repeat our Hellos here on the NA fora so GW2 players can post their alts (and mention who their Main might be). For a new member, like myself, trying to figure out Who's Who, this would be helpful. You don't have to be from NA specifically to post here.
    1. Mimsy Borrogrove - Asura Engineer & Main (Gotta love the profession) @ 80
    2. Hengest Fatedriven - Norn Ranger @ 80
    3. Yggdrasil Roote - Sylvari Thief @ 80
    4. Ras Tafarin - Asura Elementalist
    5. Vorpal Blayd - Asura Necromancer @ 80
    6. Cu Hulainn - Asura Revenant
    PS All male. Except I'm not sure about the Asura; not sure what they are. ;p
    Warning: Cheesy video link. ;p
  17. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Vinhtyler in Guild Raffle! All proceeds go to the guild in prep of the HoT.   
    Hello there! Tyler here (most of you will know me better as Eva Lumina). In light of the guild looking for donations, I am setting up a Guild Raffle and all the money received will go to the guild in prep of HoT. While not the best prizes here (I'll be putting up better ones for future ones) I hope you guys will participate and enjoy!
    How to Enter:
    Each ticket will be 25 Silver or 5 tickets or 1 Gold. PM me @ vinhtyler.4613 with the following format:
    Guild Raffle
    Number of Tickets: ____
    Amount of Money Included:___g___s
    Account Name: ____________
    The Prizes:
    Scepter of the Highborn (Scepter):

    Spectral Wave Modulator (Rifle):

    Impaler (Spear):

    Mecha Anchor (Hammer Time):

    The Winners:
    There will be 2 Winners. 1st place will get a choice of which two they want. 2nd place will get a choice of which one they want. The Last one will be recycled into the next Raffle. The winners will be drawn on Midnight October 1st.
  18. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Crazycrab in Is Total war: warhammer gonna be broken at release ?   
    It's impossible to say really, but after the massive backlash of Rome 2 Creative Assembly haven't released a game in that state since so I'm willing to bet that they have learned their lesson.  If the game is problematic at launch I'm sure they would be more inclined to delay the release than risk that again.
  19. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Tons0fun in *No Guarantee Joe Will Reply*   
    Please understand the existence of this forum does not in any way imply that Joe will actually see and/or reply to any threads contained here. Otherwise normal CoC and forum rules apply.
  20. Crazycrab liked a post in a topic by tarascon in The Angry Joe Show Expands!   

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  22. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Demonbane775 in IT'S HAPPENING   
    I think my head might explode from hype before the glorious day of release comes about
    Lord Gaben please give me strength.
  23. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Laserrifle125 in IT'S HAPPENING   
  24. tarascon liked a post in a topic by ChronoAtog in Performance Tip / Graphical Increase Tips   
    I will be looking at this form constantly, if you want some help with a specific game let me know
    1. Unparking your CPU
    Are you CPU's parked... don't know, use this program... if you already know about this you most likely already went to your registry edit, and fixed this, use this link
    It's actually the small link (usually above those stupid "download ads") at the bottom of all the text
    Core Parking, is what your PC will do to reserve power for your computer (this will make your laptop battery die faster though, so the program can turn it on and off for gaming), but the problem is Windows OS can be aggressive not letting another core open even if it's around 80% which can cause micro  stutter (aka fps  drops to 60->0->60  FPS) freezing the game for a second as it prepares the core, and when it's not needed again it will turn off again causing this to happen again and again. this will also make it all four cores are always on
    2. Down sampling (Games that don't offer AA,  but this more taxing to your computer)
    First I will give down sampling a explanation to what it is first
    Down Samlping is OGSSAA (Ordered Grid SuperSampling AntiAliasing), and is simply the best of all Anti Aliasing but the most taxing to your computer, but seeing how some games do not have these options (aka console ports) this is the only way to add AA to those games. I will show you the math of what will happen when you down sample and what will happen to your fps
    2880 x 1620 (4665600 Pixels) -> 1920 x 1080 (2073600 Pixels) 1/2.25 the fps (so 60 FPS would go down to 26 FPS)
    (120 FPS -> 53 FPS)
    3200 x 1800 (5760000 Pixels) -> 1920 x 1080 (2073600 Pixels) 1/2.78 the fps (so 60 FPS would go down to 22 FPS)
    (120 FPS -> 44 FPS)
    3840 x 2160 (8294400 Pixels) -> 1920 x 1080 (2073600 Pixels) 1/4 the fps (so 60 fps would go down to 15 FPS)
    (120 FPS -> 30 FPS)
    Al right here is how you do it on a NVIDIA CARD
    1. Go To Nvidia Control Panel -> Adjust Desktop Size and Position, this will be under Display
    2. Have these settings
    -> Aspect Ratio
    -> Perform Scaling: GPU
    -> Override the Scaling mode set in games
    3. Now go to Change Resolution -> Customize -> Enable Resolutions not exposed by this Display -> Create Custom Resolution
    4.Now to do the down sampling, first keep it at the resolution you want so 1920x1080, switch the Standard to Manual, then when that is all done set the Horizontal Pixels and Vertical Lines of the resolution you want so as I put 3600 x 2025 as an example, but you will want something on the same aspect ratio, remember that)

    VIOLA your done, my only thing you will need to have Refresh Rate 30HZ,60HZ,120HZ (dont recommend 120HZ one bit)
    Here is the AMD guide to downsampling as you supposedly need a third program, but the words should be the same!
    ( I would only REALLY Recommend down sampling if the game doesn't offer it, as the other types of AA wont look like this but this way is hardly effective, but this is more the hammer to a brick wall approach )
    No Down Sampling

    Vs Down Sampling

    3, Power Management, setting your PCI-Express Link Power State to OFF and CPU Minimum to 100% can help it too (aka your CPU wont flux), you might also have to change this in the BIOS too
    What this will do is make sure your CPU and GPU is always running full power this again is to stop micro stuttering
    4. Have a 6xx/7xx series Nvidia Card?
    In the MSI Afterburner, Riva Tuner Shell, evga Precision X try activating something called KBOOST, what these video cards do is have your GPU lower it's clock speeds depending on how much it is in use to make the card last long but causes unstable FPS as it will fluxate your FPS when there isn't much to process when there isn't to much causing the game to freeze at times
    What KBOOST does is have it so it doesn't have your cores under clock themselves at random intervals which would cause the screen freezing   (again this will stop more micro stuttering)   5. Achieving Faster load times with a USB 3.0 Stick vs HDD 7200 RPM, or if you have a small SSD you can do this trick too

    To give you an idea the average 7200 RPM Drive has a Read/Write speed that is around 80-100 MB, and a lot of the 64 GB thumb sticks (some 32 GB) sticks can have faster write speeds then the average HDD which is generally from 150-225 MB Read spead doubling or almost doubling the speed of your hard drive, as what's important for gaming is the READ speed (writing is when your installing, making files,ect)  so what you will do is take the BIGGEST game files, which are generally the data folder which it will load up, put them in your thumb stick. Let's say your Battlefield 4/Data Drive all the .CAS Files are 1gb each and the main bulk of the game loads up to your pc.   Step 1. Make a Back Up Folder in the directory with all the Data files so lets say Battlefield 4/Data/Backup, you would move all the .CAS Files your going to move out from that folder into there so cas_01.cas to cas_21.cas (Move them so Cut not copy)

    Step 2. Now copy all the .CAS files onto your SSD or USB 3.0 Thumb drive

    Step 3. Enter the CMD.EXE in ADMIN MODE (YOU MUST BE IN ADMIN MODE! AND HAVE FULL PRIVILIGES to both folders!)   Step 4.Enter the following command
      MKLINK /d C:\Origin Games\Battlefield 4\Data\cas_01.cas G:\cas-01.cas

    what you just made was a symbolic link, as now battlefield 4 will go oh I found the file here and your SSD/Thumb drive will go OH I ACTUALLY HAVE THE FILE HERE RAM READ THIS! (you will see a copy of the file you want in the battlefield 4/data folder with 0 bytes   Now repeat this for  Cas_01.cas to cas_021.cas   You can also use the program suggested below by vanhoe I added to my link but the program does mklink /j where it's making a symbolic link of a whole folder and everything inside, depending on the game this might be better (aka a game with a bunch of smaller .dat files) where symbolic is when the game has a few large files scattered about or you want both your HDD and SSD sending to your ram at the same time as Ram is about 5-15x faster depending on how much you spent for the SDD and or ram     6. DNS Server (this should help improve performance on Web Browsing, not so much gaming)   https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm   DNS stands for Domain Name System in the easiest way to explain it is the great internet Telephone book you put lets say www.google.ca, your computer wouldn't understand that since it's numbers so what the DNS does is translate www.google.ca into making a IP address your computer can understand, the same thing you dont put your buddies name into the phone, you put his telephone number... but usually the average ISP DNS server is pretty crappy and will have to load up a few DNS's servers for one website making it take awhile, and there is a DNS "cache" will can over fill and remove previous domain names, in which it will have to relook everything up again   (this could possibly making searching servers up for games faster though, I dont think it will increase your ping though, more for browsing the internet)   The above program will fix find the fastest DNS server for you, the smaller the bar the better (aka the first one should be the best), but try to pick from two different DNS servers (aka you get to put two in, just have two different servers incase one goes down)     7. Enable Write Caching (Increase faster HDD performance)   This stores the data before your hard drive writes it... so I will say one thing
    A. Have it on a secondary drive not holding your OS
    B. Instantly turn it off during electrical storms/something that might cause power outage
    C. Never press the reset button
    D. Why you might loose data if you loose power or don't do the correct way of resetting of shutting down your PC E. You are liable to any corrupted data   1. Go to Control Panel
    2. Go to Device Manager
    3. Go to Disk Drive
    4. Select Properties 5. Select Policies 6. Check Enable Write Caching   Tip.8 How to boot up faster with a dual/quad core CPU   1. Go to MSCONFIG.exe *search it from your start menu*
    2. Go to Boot
    3. Advance Options 4. Check of Number Processors 5. 2/3/4 based on how many processors you have           TIPS From Other People ( I will say it right here I havent touched AMD/ATI in quite awhile so if you have to do something else) (I will also update this with a tip or two daily, and try to update the tips from others)    
    PC Building TIPS
    Strongest (Current) Video Cards In Order for Nvidia (600 vs 700 Series)
    GTX 790 (TBA  1200$+ Estimate) > GTX 690 (999$) > GTX 780 (500$) > GTX Titan (999$) > GTX 770 (380$) > GTX 680 (440$) > GTX 670 (290$) > GTX 760 (290$) >GTX 660 (210$)
    Strongest (Current) Video Cards in Order for AMD (7000 vs 8000 Series)
    AMD Current line up isn't as confusing it would pretty much look like this

    AMD 8890 > AMD 7890 > AMD 8850
    It's pretty much the performance is pretty close to each other, the series higher will generally be the more powerful one, as the NVIDIA one is a tad more complicated right now with 600 series being better and worst in some scenarios (it's currently the most powerful GPU on the NVIDIA side, beating the 680 and 780, just a general tip of how it works though

    Mid End Game (199-399$ Range)
    GTX X60
    GTX X70
    AMD x750
    AMD x770
    AMD x850

    High End Gaming (400-1000$ Range)
    GTX X70
    GTX X80
    GTX x90
    AMD X870
    AMD X950
    AMD X990
    DO not pick up a GTX Titan, it isn't a gaming card, it's what we like to call a work station card, and is more designed for having HIGH Ram and doing calculations and is more made for the line of doing CGI Effects for movies, Scientific Calculations, Very Intensive Photo Shop. It's is pretty much slightly better 770 like the difference might be 1-4 FPS in games
    4 vs 8 vs 16 GB's of ram?
    The good old question, as of Right now is how much RAM do I need? Here is what my thoughts are on how much ram you should build your PC with
    4 GB is decent, and all you need to play all the current games right now but it slowly seems like we will be pushing the way of 8 GB with the new consoles coming out, so in my honest opinion, 4GB will most likely become obsolete soon and 8GB of ram at a decent speed is around 40-60$ which is pretty cheap  as i think the 4GB is 20-30$, and with the console limit of 8GB I highly doubt we will need to go past 8GB any time soon as this seems to be the new norm setup by the consoles, but if you want to be safe pick up a motherboard that has four DDR 3 RAM slots, which might add you possibly another 30-60$ on your PC, but it saves you from shelling out about 100$ for 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM, or buyying another MOBO 100$+ in the future
    Why would I want to go past 8GB's of ram? (For Gaming)
    Well there is a nifty trick if you want faster load times then the master race and their PC's with SSD... you can create something called a RAM DISK which turns your RAM into a hard drive, but you will need the program RAM DISK to do this
    Since RAM completely wipes itself when your PC goes off, this program lets you save a image that it can load up when ever you boot it back on it, but Chrono ATOG how much faster is this compared to a SSD? I load Skyrim in 20ish seconds on HDD, 10ish seconds on SSD, every game I made a Ramdisk... 1 second, statistically speaking it's 15 times-ish faster then a SSD
    i5 vs i7 also 4 vs 8 core processors
    Should you get a I7 for gaming, I mean if you have the budget for it go for it, but will it be that much of a different... ehhh.. not really, to get honest, you will only need around a I5-2400 or better (you can safely over clock it to around 3.3 GHZ, it's what I currently have in a stock cooling PC. but the perfect CPU for gaming and cheap right now would be around 200-300$ reaching 3.1-4 GHZ, the newer consoles are using eight core but at a lower speed, I will also give you an idea how a CPU will work if you have 4 cores of CPU at 3.3 ghz in a quad core
    doesn't equal this 3.3 x 4 cores = 13.2 GHZ
    it means you have four cores that have 3.3 ghz of processing power, and if you want a program to run it will use a part of your CPU to calculate, but the problem if lets say 1/2 our CPU  is in use and you want to use 2/3's of your cpu it would have  to go to the processor that has the room to do that process so a eight cores can be slower and less ineffective the a CPU
    Full Tower vs Mid Tower
    When should you get a full tower, or a Mid Tower Computer Case? Well I'll tell you the benefits of both
    Mid Tower
    + Cheaper
    + Less Fans required to push the dust out
    + Lighter
    + Only Planning to use one video card
    + Micro ATX Motherboard 
    - Cant hold some of the larger more powerful motherboards
    - Slightly warmer then full towers, unless you pay a good extra chunk of cash (there are mid-towers that are better then full towers at being cold but again that's in the 100 buckaroo region for a case and it's a slight one to two degrees colder)
    - Less Room making a water cooler hard to put in
    Full Tower
    + Slightly bit cooler temeprature
    + Easier to add Water Cooling
    + More Room for Multiple Parts
    + Full ATX Motherboard
    + Planning to do major overclocking where the slight temperature change might be helpful in the end(its only 1-3 degrees cooler really)

    - Need more fans to push out the dust
    - More Moola (money)
    - Heavier
    My only tip is if your going to use water cooling and SLI/Crossfire, and using a Full ATX and not a Micro ATX go for a tower, if not just pick up a Medium Tower
    Decent Gaming Computer
    Graphics Card: 670 GTX [265$]
    CPU:  I5 - 2400 (3.1 GHZ, 4 cores) [200$]
    MOBO: This is up to opinion but if look for a decently priced should be around [60-70$] (needs to support LGA 1155)
    RAM: 1600 Mhz 8 GB (2 x 4GB sticks) [65-85$]
    Hard Drive: 1 Terabyte HD [100-120$]
    PSU: RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V  [109$]
    Case: Any Micro ATX box [30-40$]
    Reasoning for Parts
    GPU: the extra 200$ or even 100$ or 50$ is not worth the "slight" performance boost you might get out of the games is not worth it, it's a 10-15 FPS in most games then a 780 which is the second most powerful card out right now, it would also be cheaper to again SLI if you decided to upgrade with another 670
    CPU: 3.1 GHZ is all you really need right now and seeing how it can safely be OC to 3.4 GHZ, it is pretty good right now for what it needs to do, but feel free to upgrade this if you desire
    Mobo: This is brand preference to me but if you desire to upgrade to SLI do pay the extra money for it
    Ram: Again mostly brand preference again, just buy one with heat sinks if you want to OC them in the future
    Case: Really up to you for how much you want to spend
    Total: 815$ Before tax, but if you already own some of the parts and upgrading your computer
    -> Have a HDD and case?
    -> Have a PSU/HDD/and Case?
    -> Have a Mobo/HDD/ and Case?
    Bonus Total
    +70$ (a 64gb solid state drive to use for games)
    +60$ (a 7.1 surround sound card)
    +60 (SLI MOBO)
    http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover (easier version of Step 5, wont work with Valve steam games though) (From Vanhoe)
    Again if I have made any errors, do let me know I will flame you and call you an idiot and say my pc is  bette- 

    Nah do let me know, as this forum is to help peoples computers run faster, deal with games that wont offer Anti aliasing and such
    ALSO, feel free to send me a PM, give me a budget for a pc and any parts your thinking you can bring over to the new computer, I will gladly try to make you the best PC you can!
    Great Gaming Laptops for a Decent Price
    They both use this GPU
    which seem to run some games above 30 FPS on ultra but every game is playable on HIGH for 1300$ with tax, that's a decent gaming laptop
    Free to play Games

    Low End PC's
    DnD Online - F2P, all the pay stuff is available for awards from the harder PVE adventures. Great if you like DnD
    Get Amped 2 - F2P, a fun free to play fighter game where you can design your own model (kinda basic combat system like super smash bros where you dont have to know 50 million combos)
    Lost Sector - F2P MMO in alpha that plays like X-com combat wise
    Medium End Pc's

    Planetside 2 - F2P Open world FPS, the problem is there is a slight pay wall if your not amazing at the game
    Warface - F2p FPS with co-op and bf3/cod/css like game play running on the cry engine

    Warframe - F2P FPS... your space  robot ninjas enough said
  25. tarascon liked a post in a topic by Muzical in a call for guild bank donations to stockpile for the xpac   
    If the halls allow me to get rid of the blasted ascended ore and dust I get all the time...  >.>