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At 33yrs old I have joined the PC master race.


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1 hour ago, simms said:

Lol after buying a £1500+ pc (10700k and 2070 super) I've become hooked on FTL which is something that a zx spectrum could run.


At least you started playing a game that was worth monetary value at point of purchase during some point! Think about all those big boy rigs at eSports events running League and DOTA. :coffee:

As for launchers, I just fuck with Steam and X-Box Game Pass at the moment. I did have all the other launchers including GOG Galaxy, but I had to reinstall Windows. At the end of the day, I'll install a launcher if there's a game I want to play and subsequently remove them from starting up when I turn my system on, and these days a lot of the games that require separate launchers are from companies I wouldn't want to play games from anyway (Bethesda, Ubi).

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For that price I'd be going to a specialist rather than Currys because anything in Currys will have corners cut elsewhere.

 

For instance in that particular spec (if accurate) it has no standard USB3 at all, tells me nothing about its motherboard or power supply and claims (almost certainly wrongly) to only support 2 monitors.

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28 minutes ago, Dudley said:

For that price I'd be going to a specialist rather than Currys because anything in Currys will have corners cut elsewhere.

 

For instance in that particular spec (if accurate) it has no standard USB3 at all, tells me nothing about its motherboard or power supply and claims (almost certainly wrongly) to only support 2 monitors.

I know it's neither here nor there and totally agree about the poor specs information but that graphics card has USB 3 functionality built into it by way of a USB C port. It can actually be used for connecting USB 3 peripherals too, SSD etc although it's included as a means of connecting VR.

 

But like I say that's semantics and yup that machine is overpriced. You could get a 2080Ti from a more PC specialised retailer for that amount of money, with more USB 3 ports than you could shake a stick at too I'd imagine.

 

If you could wait for a few months there will be new cards out that will outperform what's available today. You'd probably be able to get a similar spec with a 3080 for roughly the same money. That card has a rumoured 50% performance increase over a 2080, so whatever that works out to with regards that machine's S iteration.

 

Avoid.

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Either was I. Just a bit of trivia that technically whether they mention it or not that the supplied card has a USB 3 port, doesn't matter what connection it is it's USB 3 and of course the thing is going to have USB 3 enabled ports, it's a 2 grand machine with a 2080s, overpriced or no. Unless they're fitting it with several year old motherboards.

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5 hours ago, amc said:

I know it's neither here nor there and totally agree about the poor specs information but that graphics card has USB 3 functionality built into it by way of a USB C port. It can actually be used for connecting USB 3 peripherals too, SSD etc although it's included as a means of connecting VR.

 

But like I say that's semantics and yup that machine is overpriced. You could get a 2080Ti from a more PC specialised retailer for that amount of money, with more USB 3 ports than you could shake a stick at too I'd imagine.

 

If you could wait for a few months there will be new cards out that will outperform what's available today. You'd probably be able to get a similar spec with a 3080 for roughly the same money. That card has a rumoured 50% performance increase over a 2080, so whatever that works out to with regards that machine's S iteration.

 

Avoid.


Thanks very much everyone for your replies. Sounds like it’s not the one to go for! For the sake of a few months I’ll wait out then. 

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16 minutes ago, amc said:

Either was I. Just a bit of trivia that technically whether they mention it or not that the supplied card has a USB 3 port, doesn't matter what connection it is it's USB 3 and of course the thing is going to have USB 3 enabled ports, it's a 2 grand machine with a 2080s, overpriced or no. Unless they're fitting it with several year old motherboards.

 

Currys' machines have bespoke motherboards usually that you can't get off the shelf and so it having a lack of USB 3 ports wouldn't be a surprise to save a few pennies.


This doesn't apply to the PC Specialist branded stuff though, they will have 'proper' components.

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HP may cut corners but not supplying USB 3 ports on an I7 10700 and 2080s machine would be mind blowing. Maybe a few years back but it'd probably cost them money now to source motherboards without a USB 3 controller/headers.

 

 But I guess stranger things have happened.

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13 hours ago, Opinionated Ham Scarecrow said:

I wouldn't touch a Dell desktop. They can be very difficult to upgrade. It also seems overpriced.

Dell kit is fine for one purpose. Corporate PCs where they are bought typically kept for 3 years and then scrapped. They are solid machines and for a corporate environment perfect workhorses. For a home gaming PC though wouldn't touch them. Proprietary motherboards and cases means they are difficult to upgrade. Not sure what the Alienware kit is like but I expect the same as they are mass built to get costs down.

 

This is the same for HPs and the like and most dissktops you can buy at PC World Currys.

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On 25/07/2020 at 23:58, thesnwmn said:

Finally managed to get a few hours of Anno 1800.

 

Having never played one the very start was completely perplexing. The game didn’t pop up any instructions about that to click or do. After 10 minutes of literally nothing I was fuming and quit to restart. On the second try it actually instructed me to use right click to move.

 

The next two hours were much much more fun! Really enjoying the gameplay loop even if I{m struggling to get my finances positive. Having learnt a bit it might be time to start a second game

It took me about 7 restarts before I was running smoothly and now i'm 60 hours deep.  You learn from your mistakes and can very quickly catch up.

 

The production Demand/Supply bar chart helps a lot, shows you what you're missing to keep people happy, happy people pay much greater taxes. In some cases it is better to have a downranked house that is max happy than to upgrade and have them unhappy. If you click the house, it shows you what additional stuff you can give them.

 

It's so damn good

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I've noticed that a few of my images in one drive take a little while to load. What virus software do people use to protect their PCs I think windows 10 has something built in but I'm unsure how good it is. Now I've got my super shiny PC I don't want it to get crippled due to emulator use etc.

 

Completed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance over the weekend and I've just started playing Resident Evil 2 remake. Really enjoying PC gaming at the mo :)

 

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19 minutes ago, strider said:

I've noticed that a few of my images in one drive take a little while to load. What virus software do people use to protect their PCs I think windows 10 has something built in but I'm unsure how good it is. Now I've got my super shiny PC I don't want it to get crippled due to emulator use etc.

 

Completed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance over the weekend and I've just started playing Resident Evil 2 remake. Really enjoying PC gaming at the mo :)

 

 

I haven't used any anti-virus since Windows 10 release. Defender is good enough imo and I think that's the general consensus these days.

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3 minutes ago, thesnwmn said:

 

I haven't used any anti-virus since Windows 10 release. Defender is good enough imo and I think that's the general consensus these days.

Will it give you a notification if it's found something? I'm terrified of downloading any emulators in case I pick something nasty up.

 

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Should do. I've never really looked at it in any great details. Check out the settings (accessed by pressing the Windows key and type virus). Seems like it has a scanner and active detection. There is also a "Scan with Windows Defender" option in right click menus on files.

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The one option I turn off is the app installation checks. There are tools in Windows to check the "reputation" of applications and only allow well regarded apps to be installed. In reality I find this simply tells me that basically everything from the web is dodgy because it's database is just far too small.

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I am terrified of trying to install a secondary HDD internally on this PC, as unlike any other PC I have owned, there doesn't seem to be an obvious slot for one to be mounted. Also, I get scared about moving wires around and plugging something in wrong. But I am going to need to do this at some point, regardless. 

Not sure what my point is. 

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Some cases disguise where the HDDs go quite well, but there should be space for a least a couple. Does it perhaps need an internal caddy to put the HDD in first, which then goes in the space? What case do you have?

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45 minutes ago, Gabe said:

Some cases disguise where the HDDs go quite well, but there should be space for a least a couple. Does it perhaps need an internal caddy to put the HDD in first, which then goes in the space? What case do you have?

 

It is this case: CiT Beam RGB Windowed MicroATX PC Gaming Case

I managed to find the power cable and plug in the SATA, for now though it is sort of put in the bottom of the case, as the cables are all tightly tied together with next to no wriggle room and no obvious place to mount the drive (2.5" 1TB HDD). That will do for now until I get some better light. 

 

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18 minutes ago, spatular said:

 

 

if this is the right one it gives you an idea where they go, looks like they go under the none-windowed side panel

http://www.aone.co.uk/LI.asp?ProductID=6147&ProductImageID=27484

http://images.aone.co.uk/imagesproduct/cs/large/cscitbeam-13.png

 

Looks like it. I have it literally resting where the 3.5 is highlighter at the moment. Due to the way the cables are tied together. Guessing I will need to snip the cable tie to get it the give it needs to reach up. 

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10 hours ago, thesnwmn said:

Finished the ANNO 1800 campaign, the queen is a dick. Think it’s time to restart now I basically understand the systems

jesus christ. How many hours? And how did you take down the fat woman (blue character)

 

I only just started building on the island the queen gives you and the 'new world'.

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28 minutes ago, skittles said:

jesus christ. How many hours? And how did you take down the fat woman (blue character)

 

I only just started building on the island the queen gives you and the 'new world'.

 

10 hours played total.

 

I never took down another AI player. Just ignored them for the most part other than in the middle of my game when I was going bankrupt and did a few quests to keep in the black.

 

I did very little in the new world. I used the first island I settled to complete the quests and settled a second just to grow cacao for coffee. The split between the old and new world is a little frustrating to me. It creates a more manic game jumping between places (at least for me because I was only doing the minimal where I could and not necessarily waiting to make sure a place was stable before moving on to thinking about the next). For example... I normally only built my first fire station on new islands after the first fire broke out :lol:

 

I never built anything on the Prosperity island you were given by the Queen. It's just a dock and nothing else.

 

After that I returned to my original island and pumped up the population to earn cash. By the end I was sat on a fortune of like 500,000 and ploughing forwards.

 

Oh, and I was playing on one of the easier settings to learn the game. So that gave me good resources (although in the old world I ended up with three islands because I needed peppers and hops).

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Dumb questions time again. 

 

1. The cables are so tightly packed and tied that I cannot get my HDD in to a mountable position, what is the best thing to cut the cable ties with?

2. According to this image, I can add more fans. Are they easy to hook up? I will likely get a better CPU fan down the line too. 

 

 

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