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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a PC for one game (SWTOR)"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you say it's a safer bet to go with the NVIDIA GPU or has AMD come far enough that the difference isn't really noticable?

My observation is that NVIDIA and AMD will trade blows in certain titles with the general consensus being that AMD will perform slightly worse (still good) at a lower price point than NVIDIA. It also depends on the resolution you plan on playing at. At 1080p 60Hz, the 2070 Super and AMD's equivalent is arguably overkill. (This changes if you intend on playing at 1080p 144Hz.) AMD's 5700 XT and the NVIDIA 2070 Super are both 1440p and up cards. I'd look up benchmarks and reviews to see a more in depth analysis, as well as to see performance on any other games you might want to try out later on in the future, cause to be completely honest $1200 is a bit much for a build that is solely focused on SWTOR.

You'd also have to consider if you'd want to purchase a monitor with either FreeSync of G-Sync too. And consider whether or not Ray Tracing is important to you. It's a cool feature, and it sounds dope but again if you only want to play SWTOR then NVIDIA's card having ray tracing means nothing. People also tend to favor NVIDIA's software over AMD's. Personally, I have no preference, but things like Shadow Play are worth it to some. Apparently, from what I've heard recently, AMD has been putting out questionable drivers for the 5700XT that causes serious problems. I'd recommend looking into the situation. It could be nothing though so someone correct me if I'm wrong.

I wouldn't even know how to compare cards, or where (but if there's a site to help me, I don't mind doing my own research)

I'd recommend staying away from the general benchmark sites such as gpu.userbenchmark.com and places like that, as they just provide a brief overview and won't give you the whole picture. When it comes to asking specific questions, I'd ask things around here. There are plenty of knowledgeable folk here. I've been out of the deep PC building genre for a bit, so I'm sorta outta practice lol. I still lurk and I'm happy to answer questions, but my eyes saw SWTOR and I jumped into the thread.

On a final note, I wouldn't stress too hard about the CPU choice when it comes between Intel and AMD. SWTOR heavily favors single core performance, but both AMD and Intel have come so far in that category since the release in 2012.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a PC for one game (SWTOR)"

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

I've been playing SWTOR for roughly 6 years now, and some of the optimization problems are sort of exaggerated. Things run fine for the most part, after tweaking with some settings. For $1200 you could definitely get a modern build that will run the game well under normal conditions. By normal conditions, I'm talking story stuff, solo or 4 group flashpoints, and general stuff like that.

Getting into some crazy PvP situations will cause performance hits. (but to be completely honest, the unfortunate reality is that getting into PvP matches can be a bit arduous) But that will happen to literally everyone. It just be like that sometimes.

The game generally tends to favor NVIDIA GPU's over AMD's, but the gap has started to shrink more and more over the years. SWTOR does this thing where the game will have a seizure if you use anti aliasing with an AMD card. High shadow settings also causes the performance to crap out in certain areas.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comic Book Heaven..... Finally !!!!"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That's so dope. If I had more time and money, I'd definitely buy more hard copy comic books. For now it's mostly digital

Comment reply on Forum Topic "French (or francophone)"

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

The Duolingo bird took my kids

https://i.imgur.com/TQOWENf.jpg

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What’s the next hit game?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Borderlands 3

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dream Cars"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

1st gen Acura NSX

Lexus LFA

Toyota 2000GT, which is realistically impossible for me to obtain

Porsche 959

Plenty of AMG's too

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone else use PCP at school?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

I thought this was talking about the drug lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2020 Chevy Corvette...your thoughts?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just gonna wait for C7 prices to hit rock bottom so I can fulfill my mid life crisis dream in ~5 years

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wrist watch"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd like to hijack this comment to express my disdain towards companies such as MVMT watches.

For the price tage of $150 from MVMT you can find vastly better watches from a prestigious company with a rich history that comes with far better build quality as opposed to the $150 MVMT watch with a cheap Chinese quartz movement that only costs $15 to build. Whenever someone tells me they like the design of a MVMT or Daniel Wellington watch I generally point them towards an Orient Bambino. Or as a cheaper alternative that will provide you arguably better quality for less money, a Timex Weekender.


As a side note for anyone reading this, not all quartz watches are garbage. There are plenty of good watches such as the Citizen EcoDrive line, Bulova Precisionist/Buluva Lunar Pilot, Seiko FlightMaster, or a cool space watch like the Omega X-33, that offer high quality from a respected and established companies. But there's always something about a mechanical movement that makes a watch feel special.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wrist watch"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH Idc if it is smart or not but I found these appealing https://imgur.com/a/cer6H6f

Depending on your price range, I'd take a look at offerings like the Seiko 5 variants or the Citizen EcoDrive variants.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "multiplayer games"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I will never not shill for Borderlands.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "USA Women's Team"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah I'm not trying to invalidate Thailand's qualification, but tbh if I get a chance to bash FIFA, I'll probably take it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "USA Women's Team"

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

but they had to earn their spot since FIFA doesn't give out freebies as far as I know.

I'm not saying that Thailand shouldn't have been there, but FIFA is one of the most corrupt organizations today.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "USA Women's Team"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It was interesting to watch to say the least. It was a deserved win, but some of the celebrations were a bit over the top imo

On a side note, the france/norway match today was fun too

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The new Mac Pro."

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay that makes sense now. I mean the average $1500 gaming PC is better than most of Apple's product line, so they probably aren't wrong lol.

For gaming sure. But for ya know a workstation, intended for extreme use, probably not.

I expect the 1.5tb model to be in the $40,000-$50,000 range.

I read a report saying that it will max out at $35k. Which doesn't make sense since 1.5TB of ECC DDR4 would cost around $20k.

This whole thing just looks like something Apple wants to make insane profit margins off of instead of providing decent price to performance

Apple has been out of the serious high end game for a while now. It's nice to see that they're finally getting back in, especially in the monitor side. It's also important to remember that those million dollar companies couldn't care less about price to performance, as long as the performance can deliver.

Guess we will need to wait and see.

Exactly. It's honestly too early to make any calls yet, especially since they don't have a configurator up.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The new Mac Pro."

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The people that is targeted towards(because this thing is being marketed towards video editors that do stuff like youtube)

The base 6k one, sure you could say that some youtube would buy it to edit videos. But the real market apple is going after isn't a vlogger. It's the people that are busy editing 3 8k videos simultaneously. That's where their goal lies.

But I am not comparing gaming PC's to it. Like the list I have in my OP is a workstation

Yeah I was just sorta making a general statement for the people saying stuff like "my $1500 PC is better". I should have been more clear.

but then who is the base model for?

Apple doesn't seem to care about the base model. They just needed a starting place as a baseline. I mean 1.5 TB or RAM? The model that has that is going to be super expensive, and their profit margins would be substantial on that model. However the base model could work out for people that want Final Cut Pro X, which is incredibly well optimized for MacOS. People joke about the "apple tax", but it's a legitimate thing. There's no where else to go if you want exactly what Apple offers. And for some people, that's worth paying extra for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The new Mac Pro."

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Anyway. Could somebody explain to me how is this could be considered "reasonable pricing". Again this is not targeted at the average consumer. But what consumer is this targeted at to where this pricing makes sense?

This is targeted to industry professionals. Studios that are pressed to make and edit content that's worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are definitely going to spend a few thousand to ensure that the product will be produced in a timely fashion. Despite what everyone is saying, it really isn't overpriced, compared to the competition. Believe it or not, they are actually undercutting a lot of the other industry grade computers. Yeah it's expensive to a normal consumer but for a studio worth millions, it's just pocket change. Go look and spec out a workstation from Dell or HP like the Z6, and it's crazy how expensive those things get.

But with that being said I have never seen such bad pricing before in my life. I mean with $6000 you get this.

It's important to keep in mind, that the companies buying these things aren't buying the base spec model. Their getting multiple top end models that can cost up to $50k. Again, these computers aren't marketed to you or me.

As for the $1000 stand, I honestly don't know. Generally, the studios that they are marketing towards already have equipment, with multiple $40k monitors like these attached to a wall, hence the stand being labeled an accessory. But as for why it costs so much, idk. My hunch is that Apple is testing the waters to see how far people will go to buy something absurdly expensive. However, this monitor seems to be targeted towards prosumers and industries rather than exclusively just industries, because of how low the price is (relatively; 6k vs 24k for a trimaster). But then again, anyone who is looking for supreme color accuracy probably probably owns a Sony Trimaster panel or the like. But if those people are running MacOS, Apples new monitor makes sense. A 32 inch 6k monitor will retain a pixel density of about 220ppi, the target ppi of which MacOS is based around. (see the 27inch 5k LG-Apple display) Also for the price, that thing has crazy HDR capabilities, which video editors would find invaluable.

Also, this is why it comes with only a 256GB SSD when it costs $6k. Cause there's a good chance that a studio already has access to top of the line servers filled with their work on hundreds of terabytes.


Bottom line, you gotta remember that this high end cheesegrater isn't to play games, and isn't meant to be cost effective for the average consumer. You really can't compare gaming PC's to industrial machines, because their 2 completely different markets. Bottom line, Apple isn't stupid. Sure they might have overpriced Macbooks and phones, but they also have access to some of the best business people in the world. They know their market, and they know what their doing.

I gotta say, I've been very critical of Apple over the past 4 years, but this is the first time in a while where I'm actually impressed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILERS"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I also gotta say Alan Silvestri knocked it out of the park with the soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCRHUimGwSA

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILERS"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The iron man death got spoiled for me, but it was still beautiful. But I think the Natasha sacrifice was more emotional to me. I was never the biggest black widow fan, but I loved her character in endgame.

The only thing that actually brought a little tear to my eye though was the scene with Morgan and Happy talking about cheeseburgers. All of a sudden I was a little kid in a movie theater watching the first Iron Man.

This over decade long legacy that was created, in my opinion, can never be topped. At least not for a very long time. It's been a crazy ride and I loved every moment of it, including Thor 2.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone else more excited for Season 7 of the Clone Wars than Rise of Skywalker?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I recall Dave saying it was going to give a reason as to why Yoda said he had a good relationship with the wookiees. Although I'd love to see more Quinlan Voss

EDIT: here's some of the concept art I found

https://aminoapps.com/c/star-wars/page/blog/the-lost-arcs-of-the-clone-wars-pt-3-kashyyyk-arc/oKFd_uDwx7D3WYjb6RLZPxg4BRjWKV

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone else more excited for Season 7 of the Clone Wars than Rise of Skywalker?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The only thing they didn't show anything of was the Yoda on Kashyyyk arc. I'm pretty excited for that. I already watched the Bad Batch arc when they released the unfinished animation versions of the episodes along with that unfinished crystal arc.

I am more looking forward to the possibility of Sheev getting into another lightsaber fight like he did against Maul and Savage than whatever he will be doing in episode 9.

I never got a chance to finish reading it, but I know there was a comic published showing how Maul escaped from Palpatine. I hope they explore that.

I just don't want to pay for another streaming service is all. Other than that, I am beyond excited.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILER FREE"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

the best lilacs require the strongest fertilizers

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILER FREE"

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Endgame is actually just 3 hours of Thanos watering plants.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILER FREE"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The thing is I can't tell what's actually spoilers and what's actually fake. I'm pretty sure the stuff I saw was true though. I really hope I'm wrong though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avengers Endgame Discussion - SPOILER FREE"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Youtube and google auto complete did me dirty.

I'm not seeing it until May 1 and part of it got spoiled. It wasn't too big, but I still feel like I got shafted lol.

Yeah I gotta stay off the internet.

I don't remember Infinity War being this bad tbh. I also saw that opening night though so maybe that has something to do with it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's crazy. I can see the reason to switch.

I got a note9 and its definitely been the best phone I've owned.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of reliability issues did you have?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright man whatever floats your boat.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It came out in 2018.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Not really. The S8 is still a great phone. Not worth upgrading.

Like I said, phone upgrades over the past few years have been negligible in the grand scheme of things.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Seems like a waste of money to get rid of a phone that only came out a year ago.

Any upgrades that you get from a newer phone will be minuscule.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Phone"

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

The V35 is still a pretty recent phone. What's the reason for an upgrade?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Star Wars Trailer"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't share the exact same sentiments as you did with episode 8. I didn't really like it at all, but there were parts that were enjoyable, which is enough for me. If I'm being honest though, it really killed my hype for episode 9.

But, after seeing that trailer.... oof. My body is ready. I am very excited.

Give me Episode IX.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Laptop for Graduate School / Minecraft"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always had soft spot for Dell. They've been used by my family for the majority of the time they've had a computer.

Thinkpads are great. But I think most people agree that they don't build them like they used too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Laptop for Graduate School / Minecraft"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be honest, there isn't a single laptop manufacture I trust 100%.

I currently have Lenovo Thinkpad T480s, and it's pretty good. i7 8550u, 16gb of RAM, 516GB SSD, 1440p display, and pretty good battery life. The keyboard is great too.

The thing is even though I paid about $1700 for this laptop (it has a 4 year warranty) it doesn't feel like say a $1700 MacBook Pro, or a Dell XPS 15 9570. This is because it's basically entirely plastic. It's incredibly durable/thick plastic, but it still doesn't have that same heft as aluminum. I do have confidence that my Thinkpad will outlive any MacBook or recent Dell XPS though.

So I guess overall I gotta say I trust Thinkpads the most. Specifically the T or P line. I wanna clarify though by saying that I have a strong distaste for any lenovo product that isn't related to the Thinkpad line. That's just my personal bias though.

Off topic, but I really hope Dell gets their crap together and finallay revamp the XPS quality and thermal issues.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Laptop for Graduate School / Minecraft"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I wasn't trying to refute that point. I agree with you on that. Sorry if it came off in a different way.

I just wanted to point out the XPS since you mentioned the T480.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Laptop for Graduate School / Minecraft"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

but Dell is the only company that reliably builds excellent, above-par laptops for the consumer market.

I just wanna add in here, that the Dell XPS 15 laptops have some pretty bad thermal issues. Also, the quality control is awful for a laptop that can be bought for $1500.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Game OSTs"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

SWTOR has a great soundtrack. So does KOTOR I/II

Destiny 2 has some good tracks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Jussie Smollett, all charges dropped.... Corruption?"

  • 11 months ago
  • 8 points

Life get's real easy if you're rich.

: Corruption... IN CHICAGO?!

what??? Gov't officials in Chicago CORRUPT?? Never!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The economy of auto-start/stop engines in cars"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Mechanical parts wear out. The more you use it, the sooner it needs to be replaced.

That's true of all thing, but in general starters can last for a really really long time. On top of that starters tied to auto-start stop, are designed and built accordingly to compensate for the amount of extra times it's gotta work. If you look at a starter from a basic car, then a starter from a car with an auto start stop system , you'll see that the later is far more beefier than the former.

There's also plenty of mild hybrid systems. The one that comes to mind is Ram's new eTorque system. It's pretty neat, if you wanna look it up. There are plenty of other systems like it though.

The guy is anonymous in that article?

Yeah. Maybe he signed some kind of NDA. Or he's a fake and full of BS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The economy of auto-start/stop engines in cars"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about these - seems like a lot of extra wear on the engine.

Modern engines go through pretty significant testing.

The only real part that goes through the extra wear you might be talking about is the starter. Even then, starters for cars with auto start-stop are built specifically for that purpose.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109687_dont-start-stop-systems-wear-out-your-cars-starter

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Favorite Movies"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

A New Hope

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What movie that had you super hyped, left you super dissapointed when you saw it?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

For me, it was easily The Last Jedi. I wasn't super happy with everything that went on in Episode 7, but I left the theater pretty happy, and even excited for more movies. But something about episode 8 just broke me. To me, it felt like most of the decisions that were made in the movie were that for the sake of "suprise"

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dodge Journey or Challenger"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

They offer a Pentastar V6 with the 6 speed auto as part of a "value package" now that makes this vehicle much more competitive in its price class.

How long ago did they make this trim? As of last year I thought that you had to go to pretty high trims to get a V6 with the 6AT

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dodge Journey or Challenger"

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but you won't find anything that rivals the performance of a typical sports car, or feels like a sports car

The Macan and Stelvio are credited with feeling like a car but while being a crossover. They also both do 0-60 in around 3.6 seconds, and are capable of putting down stupid lap times. The Stelvio lapped Laguna Seca in 1:43.5, which beats an FK8 Type R, a 997 Carerra, and is only .5 seconds off from a 987 Cayman S. The Mercedes-AMG GLC63S is also the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring, that beats a BMW M2 Competition. The point is that there are plenty of fast, sporty, good handling crossovers, SUV's, whatever you want to call them, out there. They're not all gonna feel like a Miata though.

They don't but the body styles of the hatch and sedan always confuse me. Either way, it's a very healthy amount of space and usability

It's definitely enough space for most people. But the Challenger is just a bigger vehicle. It also has a larger trunk too. If you plan on carrying people around in the back seat, then obviously the Civic is going to be a better choice, unless you wanted to go for a Charger.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dodge Journey or Challenger"

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you're looking at buying from Porsche or getting a Trackhawk, I don't think you're gonna find any sort of sport in any sort of SUV.

I'd disagree. Mazda, BMW, JLR, Audi, Mercedes, Alfa, and probably a few more on top of who you've already listed all make sporty "SUVs"

and no rear passenger space...

The Challenger has only a little less rear legroom than a 2019 Civic. (37.1 vs 37.4) And it has roughly the same headroom. I wouldn't want to be back there for long, but for short trips it's doable. Far more comfortable than a Mustang, Camaro, or the Toyobaru twins.

Civic Si hatch

Honda doesn't make an SI hatch unfortunately :/ AFAIK they don't make one anywhere in any part of the world.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dodge Journey or Challenger"

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The Dodge Journey is hilariously old, with basically no redeeming qualities other than it's cheap. It still comes with a 4 speed auto straight out of 2009.

Despite what people like to say, the Challenger/Charger twins are not boats. They're boats in comparison to modern competition. They handle fine for what they are, depending on how wide and sticky the tires are. However its not really a fun car until you get into the 392 range which is more expensive than a Journey or a base challenger.

Depending on how much you want to spend, there's plenty of options out there. The Kia stinger is a great car. (even if you look at the paint problems.) The new Camry and Accord are also incredibly good cars with the most recent generation handling surprisingly well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget Psu"

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

You're dropping over $1000 on a computer. Trust me, just buy a better power supply.

Take your pick from these. These are all great high quality power supplies at a good price if you're fine with MIR's.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Order and Assembly"

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

You should be buying all the parts at the same time. You don't want to put it together and have it not work then find out you waited to long and missed the 30 day return window.

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