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Computing / Re: Getting something to compute with
« Last post by Spectere on June 17, 2019, 09:53:10 AM »
Optical Media Drive, thinking of gutting the dvd drive off my current machine, or getting a shiny new blu ray, undecided yet

If you intend on using the system to watch and/or rip Blu-rays, get the BD drive, otherwise just stick with the DVD drive. There's no other compelling reason to get a BD-ROM drive on a PC.

Ram, could take the 16 gigs from my current machine, buy new ram? or get 32 gigs which could be stupid overkill, not sure

Reusing RAM is only possible if your current system uses DDR4, so keep that in mind.

16GB is still fine for most stuff, though I've been recommending 32GB more and more lately for the sake of future-proofing. That's always something that you can expand later on, though, so don't stress about it too much.

GPU, pretty lost on this one, under $300 would be nice unless I can see reason to spend more, in that case under $400 might be doable

This one got a bit easier over the past few months.

I'd recommend the RTX 2060. Its performance sits between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080, costs around $360, and includes the super hyped RTX feature set for when more games start taking advantage of that.

Alternatively, if you want to save quite a bit and get something between the 1060 and 1070, the 1660 is an good option at $220.

There's a 1660 Ti at $280, but after looking at the benchmarks it just doesn't seem worth it to me. The 1660 Ti is in an awkward place between the 1660 and the 2060, as it doesn't really offer enough over the normal 1660 when it comes to 1080p gaming yet doesn't quite have the same chops as the 2060 when it comes to 1440p performance. Plus, it obviously doesn't have the RTX feature set that the newer generation card has.

tl;dr 1060 for $220 if you want to keep the cost down or the RTX 2060 for $360 if you want to get higher fps's and do some future proofing.

OS, I just buy win10 from amazon and its easy peazy? or is there a better way? I see some for $85, and some for $100, but they say the same win10 home OEM. I don't quite understand. Should a user like myself even consider pro?

The main feature of Pro that would directly impact you is that it gives you more control over Windows updates. Not infinite control like 8.1 and under, but it allows you to defer updates for up to a year. I tend to use that feature because it seems like Microsoft gets the update launch window wrong more often than it gets it right, and I was tired of getting stung (plus there's the fact that the infamous bug from when 1809 launched that would cause your documents directory to be deleted under circumstances would have triggered on my machine if I'd installed it when it shipped).

One feature that may impact you is that Pro also lets you control your system via remote desktop. The amount of use you'd get out of that is, of course, dependent on you. :)

That being said, given the stability of Windows 10 thus far, I would highly recommend going to Pro if it isn't much more just so you can defer feature updates for a month or so until they get the kinks out.

As far as OEM vs. retail, it's all a matter of how the license is worded. OEM licenses are intended to be moved along with the machine, and are indicated by the stickers that Dell and friends slap on the case. Retail licenses are licensed to a person and are designed to be moved between machines. In practice, for your personal machine, it doesn't really matter. FWIW, I'm using an OEM license for my system right now.

tl;dr this is my recommendation
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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by Spectere on June 17, 2019, 09:13:34 AM »
Well some of the problem likely also stems from the ADHD. I finished the first playthrough of Nier Automata and absolutely loved it, started my second playthrough then... just stalled out and haven't felt like playing again, despite how fucking good that game is.

Ending B was the hardest one for me to get through just because the playthrough with Nines was so similar to 2B's. The only silver lining is that the hacking mechanic makes boss fights hilariously trivial, so that sped things up by quite a bit.

It really is worth pushing past it, though. I promise, the game gets a lot different after you get ending B.
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Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« Last post by Spectere on June 17, 2019, 09:09:12 AM »
Woo, nice! ;D Get Goal's chart definitely gives me a huge O2 vibe. I love those freaking walls of holds that it throws at you.

I need to figure out some sort of video capture setup to add some context to everything, but I'm not sure how feasible it is right now. I've been playing the IIDX CS releases on a 14" Sony PVM that I put in my workshop, using RGB. While the end result is pretty stunning (especially the pre-9th style releases, which natively output 240p), I don't have a way of capturing RGB yet, and it's a bit of a distance away from the PC that I plan to use for capture. Right now I only have my trusty late-2012 iMac down there (still a fantastic machine after 7 years, though I'm strongly considering swapping its 3TB spinny disk for an 860 EVO) and the only USB capture device I have is a dinky Dazzle-like thing that can only capture composite using shit-tier proprietary software.

But anyyyywayyyy, I had a surprisingly good day yesterday. While a lot of it was just improving random scores from when I started heavily playing IIDX again a couple years ago, I managed to add Steel Needle [SPH] and 少年A [SPH] to my list of 10's (might have already nailed the latter via some *ahem* more legally questionable releases, but I'm not sure). I also managed to pass 3y3s [SPH] with a healthy amount over the passmark, which is a first for me. Usually on the rare occasion that I pass that I'm damn near close to border bonusing it.

Also, I have to give a shoutout to moon_child [SPH] for giving me more 78% gauge completions than any other chart ever. At least I'm a lot more consistent about clearing it now than I used to be. It's such a fucking awesome song, too.

The end has a brutal difficulty spike with really difficult LN patterns designed to fuck you right before the end IIDX style (if IIDX loved LNs the way o2jam does).

Apparently you haven't seen Acid Pumper SPA. :P What's even worse about that one is that it uses Hell Charge Notes, which basically work like Pump freeze arrows (kinda looks like that's how o!m does it?). If you aren't holding the button or actively spinning the turntable it's continually draining your gauge (though you're only scored based on the press and release like normal charge notes). That one's only an 11, though; I'm sure there's way worse examples that are far outside of my reach.
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Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« Last post by Bobbias on June 16, 2019, 12:35:36 AM »
Good shit man. I haven't really managed anything too noteworthy lately. That said, I might as well post the videos I made since that last post anyway, because it's been a while. The last one is a pretty big deal for me, because LNs (holds) are what I consider my speciality, but I'm really bad at accuracy on them because I always end up overholding the release (I blame stepmania!) which ends up potentially really ruining my accuracy on them (osu basically averages the judgement you get on both press and release, meaning if you pressed perfectly on time but overheld the release you won't get a great judgement for the note).

Get Goal is fucking hard. I think I've passed it... twice? The end has a brutal difficulty spike with really difficult LN patterns designed to fuck you right before the end IIDX style (if IIDX loved LNs the way o2jam does).


Starlights is a good song, and one of the harder ranked 7k maps too. My current score is about 20k points higher than this though slightly lower acc. This is currently my 3rd highest score in terms of PP value, which is something I guess.


Kyoumen no Nami is an incredible song, and this chart takes the weird-ass sound of the song and compliments it with weird-ass patterns that fit really well and are surprisingly fun to play. The difficulty ramps up as you get farther into the song. Like usual, I've since beaten this score, but with how stagnant my skill has been lately this still isn't a bad score for me at all.


This song is cute as hell, not gonna lie. Fun map.


And my most recent achievement: passing JinJin's 4th LN Dan. This is a 4 song course running about 10 minutes. Each song tests a different skillset, but they all revolve around LNs. For the LN Dans, a 95% acc is considered a pass. I was so damn happy when I made this.
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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by Bobbias on June 16, 2019, 12:22:09 AM »
Well some of the problem likely also stems from the ADHD. I finished the first playthrough of Nier Automata and absolutely loved it, started my second playthrough then... just stalled out and haven't felt like playing again, despite how fucking good that game is. I've picked up Atelier Lulua, Tyranny, and Y's 1 and 2 recently, but I've stalled out somewhere in the course of each one of them, and just never find myself feeling like actually playing any of them again (it might change with Lulua because that's the most recent one out of that list). But the problem is that if I'm not feeling a game, I can't just hop in and hope that experiencing the game again will spark my passion to continue it again. My brain just don't work that way. Either I'm feeling it, or I'm not, and nothing will change things. And if I ain't feeling it, I'm not going to be able to concentrate, no matter how much I intellectually want to play and enjoy the game. I just literally can't concentrate on it, and lose all enjoyment when I try to force things.

I definitely think you're going about things the right way in terms of essentially forcing yourself to beat stuff in the limited time you have though. It's a good way to ensure that you actually beat the games you set out to beat.
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Computing / Re: Getting something to compute with
« Last post by vladgd on June 13, 2019, 11:23:26 PM »
With my games finished, I kinda wanna get this thing built within the month.

I did snag a 650w corsair PSU, samsung 500gig ssd, and some thermal paste. Intending to use stock heat sink for the ryzen since I ain't going to OC, and all of the feedback confirms it's a good heatsink for running that thing at stock settings. Only issue is it has pre applied paste, so I read you can clean it off with some iso alcohol, so I got some of that, but haven't put the time into actually removing it yet. Will get done before I install.

Things I'm missing.

HDD, going to nab a WD black 1tb, shouldn't be an issue
Multi card reader, don't need one, but would be nice to have.  Link
Optical Media Drive, thinking of gutting the dvd drive off my current machine, or getting a shiny new blu ray, undecided yet
Ram, could take the 16 gigs from my current machine, buy new ram? or get 32 gigs which could be stupid overkill, not sure
GPU, pretty lost on this one, under $300 would be nice unless I can see reason to spend more, in that case under $400 might be doable
OS, I just buy win10 from amazon and its easy peazy? or is there a better way? I see some for $85, and some for $100, but they say the same win10 home OEM. I don't quite understand. Should a user like myself even consider pro?

Givin my energy and motivation (tired physically from work and being ill) I would like to nail all of this down and have it ordered within the week. Kinda have the hankerin to play final fantasy 14 for some reason...and It may take some doing to figure out a good physical setup for my living room after this machine is built, requiring more time and $$$, so I aughta get this fucker built already.

Input for the uneducated plz :)

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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by vladgd on June 13, 2019, 11:12:59 PM »
That's typically what I started avoiding when I started doing this. Can't beat it? Don't play it. I also tried not starting anything I had no intention of finishing. If something was too long and I wasn't feeling a long game (of which probably a majority of the games I want to finish are well over 20 hours long), I'd look for something shorter.

All in all this year, all 10 of those games hours combined was probably less than I played monster hunter world alone last year. I ain't exactly beaming with free time anymore, but somehow can still manage.

Fully intend to add to the list, but maybe I'll touch up on one of those "can't beat this" games, maybe an mmo, or play tekken again or something.
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Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« Last post by Spectere on June 11, 2019, 12:50:28 PM »
So I ended up setting up my PS2 and one of my FP7s in my workshop a while ago so that I can play IIDX while half-heartedly monitoring my 3D printing ventures and have managed to do some things:

  • Passed Master's Mode [7K] on 7th style.
  • Passed 5.1.1. [7A] and Ganymede [7H] with the classic hi-speed settings. This is way harder than it sounds. Even at HS 5.0, the scroll speeds of classic IIDX don't even come close to what you can set on tricoro and up, and both of those songs are slow and dense.
  • AAA'd Romeo & Juliet [7K] on 6th style. FINALLY.
  • FREAKING PASSED THE SAFARI [7K] IN NORMAL PLAY.
  • Hard cleared 冥 [7K]. Considering the beginning part of it feels like a hard 10 or easy 11 I'm pretty pleased with that.
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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by Bobbias on June 11, 2019, 03:15:53 AM »
Congrats on beating so many games. I almost never manage to beat anything :/

That said, most of the games I spend any real time on are things you can't really beat. Path of Exile, rhythm games, minecraft, terraria (ok, you can "beat" those, but they're more timesinks than beatable games in my view).
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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« Last post by vladgd on June 10, 2019, 07:20:02 PM »
10. Shining Force Sword of Hajya



Kind of a random entry. I am a big fan of Shining Force II for the genesis, probably my alltime favorite srpg. Not too hot on the first game, but this game comfortably fits in the middle.

No exploration, just 24 battles with some town menu stuff inbetween, but a solid game, and under $5.00 on the 3ds e shop. Recommended.

1. Front Mission 4
2. Paper Mario TTYD
3. Luigis Mansion
4. Zelda Wind Waker
5. Rebel Galaxy
6. Persona Q
7. Eternal Darkness
8. Dragon Quest
9. Strange Journey Redux
10. Shining Force Sword of Hajya

I'll most likely beat more and if/when I do, I'll update, but I set out to do 10 last year and I did it, and I set out to do 10 again this year, and I did it again. That's ~23 games nixed off from my backlog, and a lot of em have been around for a long time.

Out of the lot, Persona Q may be my least favorite of those games,  Eternal Darkness is by far the most fun I've had out of the list, and Front Mission 4 is the game I feel best about completing since I've started and stopped the game many times over the past 15+ years.
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