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post #271 of 1852
Nice work James!
post #272 of 1852
Beautiful setup! But where's the steering wheel for Dirt 2? You can't have a rig like that and play that game without a wheel!
post #273 of 1852
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My girl said something very similar when I stuck her in front of Dirt 2.
post #274 of 1852
Well, it sounds like you've got some more shopping to do! And congrats on the cool girlfriend.
post #275 of 1852
Time to load up Just Cause 2 on that triple monitor setup. You will be blown away from the jaw dropping enviroments it has.
post #276 of 1852
I'm surprised you haven't gone to liquid cooling by now
post #277 of 1852
What everybody pickup from the square enix sale last week. I got Just Cause 2, Lara Croft Guardian of Light and Tomb Raider Anniversary. Some decent deals to be had.
post #278 of 1852
Kane and Lynch 2 with all the DLC.
post #279 of 1852
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I loaded Just Cause 2, but haven't played it yet. It definitely needs some settings tweaked from the default Medium to get good framerates out of the 6870 at 6024x1080. I'll have to load it up at High 1920x1080 and Medium-Low 6024x1080 and see which one gives me the better experience.

I grabbed Kane and Lynch plus DLC off the Square sale. Already had everything else I was interested in, either on 360 or PC.

I also think I'm going to stop by Gamestop when I make my weekly Target snacks run to check out some wheels. I probably won't pick anything up today, but I'll see what's in my local market to fiddle with.

About liquid cooling: I've never bothered. I run everything at stock speed as squeezing 10% improvement out of anything borders on the edge of human perception, so I don't produce more heat than normal. At that point, I would need two fans anyway for the PSU and the liquid radiator, so I may as well just go with 3 or 4 super quiet 7-volted fans instead and save the hassle. Hell, this will be the first time in years that I've even had a 120mm on the back of my case, to combat the 6870's internal exhaust. Normally, the 120mm on the bottom of my PSU has served me just fine as my primary system exhaust.

I'm more likely to build baffling to muffle my exhaust fans than I am to move to liquid. In the same regard, I run a pair of 5400rpm 1TB drives in RAID 1, paired with a large Compact Flash as my swapfile drive, just to keep the other primary noise source in PCs in check. I know, 5400rpm sounds like 1997, but trust me, they are nice and fast for reads in RAID, and taking swapfile work off of them makes for snappy performance. The only time they are really noticeably slow is when installing newly downloaded games in Steam/GFWL, but then we're talking 5 minutes versus 4.5 minutes. Either way I'm making a sandwich. In trade though, I get lower pitch noise that isn't nearly as irritating, at a lower volume, and with less heat dumped in to my case.

Wow, that was a tangent.
post #280 of 1852
Thread Starter 
Assaulting the first base in Just Cause 2.


LL
post #281 of 1852
nice thanks
post #282 of 1852
Thread Starter 
I spent a good two hours playing Just Cause 2 last night, plus another little bit tweaking it to run at a perfect, solid 30fps. The game has an option to cap the framerate at a specific amount. In this case, after a bit of tweaking I ended up picking 4800x900 with 2xAA instead of the native 5760x1080 of my display with 0xAA. Performance was essentially the same between the two, with a slight edge to 900p, but the GPU scaling and minor AA resulted in much nicer looking foliage and a generally more pleasing image. After settling on some Medium settings, I ended up with a pretty stable 55fps without v-sync, with v-sync on it would bounce between 30 and 60fps, with a very jarring smoothness difference between the two when it toggled. Framerate capping at 30fps leaves me with a perfectly solid 30fps, with a very nice buffer of 25fps that I have to lose before I drop down to 20fps.

I suddenly wish more games would allow framerate capping.

Oh! And the game? Fantastic! The field of view is also bloody awesome on three displays.
post #283 of 1852
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post
...with v-sync on it would bounce between 30 and 60fps, with a very jarring smoothness difference between the two when it toggled.
This is one of those games that annoyingly does not use triple buffering. Use the triple buffering option via "Direct3DOverrider" (found within RivaTuner) if you wish to remedy this problem.
post #284 of 1852
Thread Starter 
Thanks, but I know all about D3Doverrider. I'd rather have a solid, stable framerate than a variable framerate.
post #285 of 1852
Thread Starter 


It's a Team Fortress 2 kind of a night.
LL
post #286 of 1852
The most recent Steam update brings some interesting features to the table- one of them is cloud "screenshot" capture provided the game supports it. So everyone has 1GB of cloud storage dedicated to just screenshots- nice.
post #287 of 1852
Thread Starter 
Let's test that.

post #288 of 1852
Thread Starter 
Cool. You can hotlink directly to Steam screenshots.

Oh, and the game doesn't need to specifically support the Steam cloud screenshot function. It just needs to be running the Steam overlay as far as I know. This means anything that you open through Steam, even if it isn't a Steam game should work with the screenshot function.
post #289 of 1852
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

This means anything that you open through Steam, even if it isn't a Stea, game should work with the screenshot function.

Hmmm ... very interesting. Beautiful screenshot by the way.
post #290 of 1852
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More games should let you fly around in planes. I am still constantly struck by the excellence of Just Cause 2. I highly recommend picking it up the next time it comes around for ~$10, guys!
post #291 of 1852
I knew you would enjoy the game Flyin around is sweet especially when you rain on enemies base with a chopper..feeling of power lol Also try driving a limo in the bush among the trees. One mission I did the other night, I had to hijack a limo with a guy in it and take it to a drop off point. I almost made it going through the bush but 400ft away from the drop off, they killed my limo. lmao good times
post #292 of 1852
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http://www.bluesnews.com/a/2179/valv...e-steam-to-gdc

Steam is getting an optional console-like front end with gamepad support for livingroom use.
post #293 of 1852
That's just what I need. Excellent!
post #294 of 1852
That is actually pretty awesome!
post #295 of 1852
Quote:
Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

http://www.bluesnews.com/a/2179/valv...e-steam-to-gdc

Steam is getting an optional console-like front end with gamepad support for livingroom use.

Hmmm. That's actually pretty interesting.
post #296 of 1852
Oh, hey...just fyi Dead Space 2 is $40 today. Not sure if it's a daily sale or what but I just saw it. Doesn't show up in the 'specials'. Permanent price drop? Hell yeah! $20 off.
post #297 of 1852
Just picked up Dragon Age Ultimate for $20. It's an Amazon digital download, so not Steam, but thought you guys would be interested anyways.
post #298 of 1852
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Playing around with the Steam cloud screenshots I ended up with this. I made a shortcut to the non-Steam version of the Crysis 2 demo, in order to enable the Steam overlay and therefore Steam cloud screenshots. Of note is that most of the post-processing is completely missing. In game there is significantly more bloom and whatnot.

post #299 of 1852
Your screenshots give the left-right click on my mouse a workout.
post #300 of 1852
Hmm. Looks very xbox-y.
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