Off Topic Dicussion

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Help regarding pre-built PC choice Hey guys. My 4 1/2 year old laptop with its 2GB RAM, Windows Vista, and NVidia 8400m GS graphics card just doesn't cut it if I want to play team games with over 20 fps, so I've decided to get a decent desktop. I don't have an exact budget, but I'd like to keep it around 1K. Mostly, I want it for gaming and some more demanding music software, like Sonar. I'm not planning on playing Metro 2033 at maximum quality and 2500x1600 resolution, though. The best I can come up with is the Dell XPS 8300. It comes up at $830 if I upgrade its video card to an ATI HD 6770 (RAM and processor not an issue), which is not bad at all for a pre-built. I would opt for a more future-proof card given the choice, like an HD 6870 or GTX 560 Ti. I know how to build a system in theory, but it's a hassle and I don't own a copy of an OS... I'm willing to pay a little extra to not worry about every individual part. I could also get the basic XPS 8300, and replace the video card and power supply but I think that invalidates the warranty. I'm hoping Dell will update their systems soon and offer more decent video cards, because other brands charge absurd amounts for a system with a decent video card. So, what do you guys think? Are there other options I haven't thought of? What would you do? P.S. I live in Quebec, so I don't have access to brands like Cyberpower due to some stupid language restriction, and the Canadian version of the HP site, for instance, doesn't allow for customization. Demento3
Apr 28, 2012
I need an Audio Nerd. NOW. Okay... So here's my story. I am a headset addict. I cannot and will not venture out into the world of real speakers. I am and have been quite content with my Logitech Headset ( It's got surround sound, pretty powerful bass for any headset i've ever heard. But my problem is. When people come over, I'm tired of using my headset as a makeshift speaker set by putting the volume to max and taking it off my head. And I'm missing out on the joy of cranking my music when people are not home. So, on thursday, I bought A 2.1 speaker set... Perfect for what I want. Music, and every so often my games. After figuring out i could afford it, and had room. I awkwardly seat my legs on either side of the sub (in a desk/tight space)... Fire up my music... Now my music isn't your normal pop from the radio. I listen to a lot of electronic music. Drum n' Bass, dubstep, drumstep, hardstyle, you name it, but mostly drum n' bass. In these songs there are LOW basslines. I can't recall how low. But it is quite low. Now this is ALL audible on my headset, quite audible infact my headset shakes (hehe). But I can't help but notice during a song, there are specific parts that just literally dont sound /and or feel like they are there. The bassline will start on a high note and in this one song literally just drops out. I feel the subwoofer, it's still workin'. But i compare it to my headset and notice i can hear it fine. So after some reading. I find out that... A: My sattelites are actually dual driver satellites. There's one on the back of each of them too... "360 sound" Is what Logitech calls it... I call it a waste since im in the corner of a room and im sitting in the corner of the room. & B: Frequency response (I have no idea what this is and after google i still dont) The speaker set's response is Frequency response: 35 Hz – 20 kHz ( from the website)... and in Winamp (my music program...) on the stats for the song it says 44kHz... Look I have no idea what im talking about. Why is bass cutting out in my songs at certain parts... Do I return this set and save my money for a better set like or return it for my money back and stick to my fancy ol' headset... TLDR: Music cuts out with certain bass notes... WAT DO. Infinite0
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New Lap Top, looking for opinions Hi there, I'm planning on purchasing a new lap top for the primary purpose of gaming, but I will also do my day to day web browsing and homework on it. My budget is $1500, and after searching around review sites and various different options, I've found myself wanting to purchase the following computer: MSI GT683 (or perhaps splurge and get the 780 which is basically just a larger monitor)Here's a link to the MSI GT683: It looks like pretty good bang for my buck in terms of performance. Most of the review sites ranked it very high, higher even than some more expensive models. Additionally, it has some cool features like an awesome lit up keyboard with a solid sound system. I'm upgrading from a pretty basic laptop that was designed to be more of an office machine. It doesn't run SC2 very well, so I'm really excited about getting an upgrade! It currently gives me quite a bit of lag in SC2 at the lowest settings during larger engagements, and I'm also planning on buying D3 which I assume will be more graphic intensive. I don't have the space for a desktop, and currently play SC2 at my dinner table, so I won't be purchasing a desktop. Lap top is a must. I don't really know that much about computers beyond the basics, so I thought I'd turn to the SC2 community to see if they had any opinions on the matter. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this particular model, or perhaps other models that may be a bit cheaper/less awesome, but still give me good value for my money. Cheers, Ramone Ramone4
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Help regarding Video card/Processor Hey so i have a question for you guys! I recently upgraded my GPU to a Radeon HD 6870, from a crappy Nvidia GTS 520. And i was expecting a pretty big performance boost, but thats not what i got. For reference here is my specs. Computer was a prebuilt: Gateway FX 7026 OS: Windows Vista service pack 2 (Can't afford 7 right now) Mobo: Intel (Schroeder Town) G33 Motherboard PSU: Corsair GS600 (600 wt) CPU: Intel quad-core Q9300 2.5 GHZ RAM: 8 gb DDR2 GPU: Radeon HD 6870 1gb Hard drive: 2x360 GB Okay so now for the question/help. Based off what i know, this set up should be able to run modern games decently at the least. According to the system requirements i surpass the recommended for quite a few games, including SC2. But using Starcraft 2 as an example, I am not seeing the performance that i think i should be. It suggest that i use ultra graphics settings, but when i do, in a 1v1 match, i only get about 20FPS... Now what really weirds me out is that when i drop the settings to the lowest they will go I STILL only get 60FPS in a 1v1... Now on my system, even though its older, i feel it should run MUCH better. As in my 2.1GHZ dual core laptop could run it that well. Its the same case for a lot of games, and i have no clue why.... Like Counterstrike source on max settings i only get 50-60 FPS, and thats a old game and not the best looking now... So my question for you guys is: Do you know what could be causing this? I have a sufficient power supply for my system, decent parts (I think). I thought it might be a bottle-neck of the GPU, but i don't think it would have this much effect on performance... Do you think its a hard/software problem, or a bottle neck maybe? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Jake15
Apr 7, 2012