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  1. Looks good! I was most glad they decided to release a gameplay trailer instead of only some vague cinematic trailer. Also, count me in on the aesthetic backtrack, I wasn't as bothered as some by the art direction in III, but this is still worlds better.
  2. Yeah, it is a weird one and a truly odd resolution for it to pick. Ok, gotcha. It's certainly not unplayable by any means as it is, but it is clearly below what it should be. Just have an uber rig right now and I want to take advantage of it. 😁 I am just about to leave the first planet, finishing up some side quests first. Should I up the difficulty above Normal? I haven't really died yet (I've come close once or twice) but feel like I am kinda mowing through people right now. Does is ramp up after the first planet? Side note, I'm pretty impressed with the selection on Xbox Game Pass. Granted I don't own an Xbox One. With all of the games available on GP, don't know why I ever would with a decent PC!
  3. So, got this via Game Pass and am really enjoying it. I have a really strange graphics problem though. The game defaults to 1707x960 resolution, I have no idea why it chooses that and gives me no other options. I have a 4k projector that has had no trouble with other games (been playing Control at 4k with DX12), have the latest Nvidia drivers. I tried manually setting it in the .ini files and it just reverts back when I open the game. Truly baffling, any ideas?
  4. Dang it, I have still been working through (and loving) Control with my limited gaming time, but this really has come up on my radar fast and I've got a code for 3 free months of GamePass. Think I will finally use that and check this out!
  5. Heh, I am not reading any of the previous posts so as not to spoil anything, but I got this for "free" with my new RTX 2080 for my new PC build and holy shit, I didn't know anything about this game going in and I am enjoying the hell of out it. Just completely nails that Twin Peaks / X-Files vibe in a way I haven't seen done much. I don't really like straight horror games at all, but love "unsettling" Lynchian films and such, and this REALLY scratches that itch. Who knows, maybe it will devolve and just scare the hell out of me later, but I am super intrigued so far! Looks fucking great on my new rig as well...
  6. Oops, forgot to update last night. Had a pretty painless time putting everything together this weekend, aided by a 7 hour power outage on Saturday which motivated me to just sit down and plow through the rest of it. It took me a little longer than I thought it would, but maybe I'm a lot more deliberate than I was in my younger years. And that's probably why everything just worked with no issues! Case looks great, it's a little louder than my old one though not by much, understandable with the much more appropriate/substantial fans in this one for the beefy hardware. I would have been fine with no window at all since I really abhor the blinged out builds people do, and yet I kind of like the dark tinted glass. I have it sitting on its side, so if I walk up near it I can see inside on the top and it's cool, just the LED that is inside the AMD cooler/fan on top of the CPU and one on the edge of the video card. It looks really nice and doesn't bleed out into the room! Knocks on the case are probably the same I would have had with any case this size, due to the amount of drives I crammed into it and they are the old 3.5" size. If I wanted to avoid this, I probably would have needed to go with the "full" ATX tower styles, but I made it work. The back panel (now on the bottom) that covers where most of the cable management takes place as well as covers the (only) two 3.5" drive bays, I had to really give it a good shove to get it back on and screwed in, the ends of the SATA cables on the drives made it hard, too. The other two drives + two SSDs...well, I'm not proud of it, but I basically just stacked them neatly in the main bay on top of unused PCI slots, it works fine and the cables are out of the way, this thing isn't going to get stood up or moved and I have no idea what I'd need to put in those slots. The upside is that the four 3.5" drives are 6TB enterprise-level Seagates that a friend that works for A Very Big Computer Company gave me a little while back, they have loads of them in their lab they use for testing that they can't then re-sell or re-use. So I have 24TB of traditional storage, the 1TB ultra-fast PCIe M.2 boot drive, and then I filled the last two slots with 250GB and 120GB SSDs pulled over from the old machine that I'll use for more game installs. I think I am set storage-wise for a very long time, hah, though there is one more M.2 slot I could use if I wanted to add another SSD at some point. Obviously....this thing is fast. I have been re-downloading everything and updating drivers and such, but I gave DOOM a try at 4k at Ultra Detail and it was as smooth as silk. Tried a few older games that are notoriously unoptimized and load times were better and CPU definitely must have been a bottleneck on the old system too, ran much smoother. I hope to give a few newer games a run-through shortly (Wolfenstein: Youngblood was included with the Nvidia, will try that when it releases on Friday) as well as get my Oculus hooked up and messing with super-sampling. I am a very satisfied customer thus far!
  7. Everything I've been reading says it's nowhere even close to as dramatic as platters -> SSD, but also if you are buying new, that it's a no-brainer to go that route. On another note, my Ryzen CPU came in way earlier than expected so all of my parts are now in my hands for the weekend!
  8. XS is definitely the perfect size in my book now that they have the edge-to-edge screen. Anything bigger would be awkward to stick in my pocket and use, even with my larger hands. Me neither, to be honest. They have always been pretty awkward for me to use on a day-to-day basis. With the screen size on the XS, I am comfortable reading on it for long periods (and fits better in my hand) and even when I travel, I prefer it for watching things in tight airplane seats. My iPad mini really only gets used for my daughter to occasionally watch things on air trips.
  9. It is legitimately frightening how much I use my XS for things now, my 2015 MBP is getting used less and less, even when sitting around the house, I only use my iMac at length when I am having breakfast in the mornings. I’ve become one of “those” people. The speed, screen size / res, FaceID, etc have made it ideal for so many use cases now where using a laptop or desktop feels clunky and has too many steps. If I didn’t use my other work MBP for development, I could just about go without a laptop these days most of the time.
  10. Alrighty, did more reading after all of the great advice from @Magness and filled in the rest of the gaps after a couple of hours (such as, why I needed an X570 chipset motherboard for the new Gen3 Ryzen CPUs and PCIE4 compatibility). Final list: AMD Ryzen 3700X CPU Gigabyte X570 Gaming X motherboard G.Skill somethingorother 32GB DDR4-3600 memory Sabrent 1TB M.2 / PCIE4 SSD Fractal Design Meshify C case EVGA RTX 2080, Black Edition GPU Man, that PCIE4 throughput is insane, can't imagine what the OS speed is going to be like and should have enough space left for lots of games, didn't want to spring another $200 for the 2TB version, that can wait. Went with the DDR-3600 memory after reading some about how the Ryzen gen3 chips work with the latest chipsets, seems to be a decent upgrade. And RTX 2070 Super cards are sold out everywhere, so bit the bullet and bumped up to the RTX 2080 😬. No way I was going to pay the premium for the 2080Ti. Going to be about a week before everything gets here, the CPU was the bottleneck since the next shipment is hitting on the 22nd just about everywhere.
  11. Cool, thanks for the case suggestions, I will check the knock-offs, too! Yeah, I'm definitely still sticking with Nvidia. That is good to know on the PCI v4.0 spec, I didn't know this was a thing since I'm so far out of the loop, but yes, I'd rather be at least a little future proof and get the right SSD for the boot drive as well. To be fair, I don't "need" any of this either. But I figure it's time to go ahead and build my next 7+ year machine and I am pretty much stuck where I am currently, my old horizontal HT-focused case, i5-2500K CPU and related motherboard aren't going to allow me to incrementally upgrade anymore. Gotta feed my 4K projector the good stuff. 😁
  12. The benchmarks on the latest Ryzen series don’t seem to indicate any excessive power consumption but correct me if I am wrong. For the case, I just meant something that is intelligently designed for where the components fit, easy access to the various bays, not hard to remove the access panels when doing work, good cable management, etc.
  13. Interesting, AMD has been an afterthought for so long now I hadn’t even considered them, but those 3000 series Ryzen chips look like the obvious choice. Thanks! These are all excellent suggestions. Any thoughts on full-featured cases that are easy to get around without a bunch of flashy, unnecessary BS?
  14. Alrighty, it's been damn near 7 years since I built my current PC, it's been a great machine and I think the only thing I've truly upgraded has been the video card, but I'm getting the itch to build a mostly new one for Cyberpunk 2077 / 4K stuff / and the next generation of VR. I want something that is just past the bang-for-the-buck level without getting into the absurd. I've been looking at various builder sites, but I still can't quite figure out what to get and I know this crew is smart and more dialed in than me...I'll bring over my power supply, a couple of smaller SSDs, and a whole bunch of 6TB drives that I got through funny circumstances. I need a case big enough to hold an ATX motherboard and all those drives and I could care less about looks or any kind of dumb clear windows to see in the case or RGB lighting. I'll probably go with one of the higher-end i7 CPUs (which one?), some variety of RTX 2070 for the GPU, an unknown motherboard, a 1TB SSD for the boot drive. Help?
  15. Thanks, Brian, don't know if I would have seen this! There have already been a lot of great suggestions here. I am out of the game these days, so I have no experience at all selling on Reddit. I used to do all of my selling almost exclusively on Ebay, though I did do trades and deals through various enthusiast forums (Digital Press, Cheap Ass Gamer) as they had a pretty decent feedback system and they would usually be pretty tight knit. It was rare to get scammed there unless it was somebody with very little activity, and in that case, people would usually be cautious and not setup any massive deals. Ebay is pretty straightforward: - Like Joey said, keep communication through Ebay's system and obviously just ignore outside offers, non-PayPal payment offers, etc. - Always, always ship with tracking information and weigh everything and don't try to guess on shipping costs - Be very descriptive about the condition of the item, any flaws, and take a few high quality photos - I would always recommend researching how much similar items have sold for recent (sold, not just got listed for) and place a Buy It Now price just below that, I can't stress enough how much more you will get with BIN listings vs. auction listings, though it may take longer to sell
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