Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Short Graphics Card Review

What's up guys? I recently got my new graphics card, a Sapphire Radeon HD 6850. I am very pleased with this card.
The drivers were easy to setup, and using the Sapphire TRIXX utility, I overclocked it to 850MHz core clock and 1100MHz memory clock from 775/1000.

I am getting very good frames with this card, here are some benchmarks I did.

Skryim: 1920x1080 Maxed out 45-60FPS
Battlefield 3: 1920x1080 High-Ultra 2xAA 30-45 FPS
Fallout 3:  1920x1080 Maxed out 60FPS steady
Bastion: Maxed out 60FPS steady
Minecraft: 130-150 FPS

This is a very good card, I have not gotten any crashes or any major lag spikes, everything has been great, I am running games like a dream.

I highly recommend this card as it beats out anything in the $150 range, but if you can afford the 6870 I'd go for that. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Modern Warfare 3 Thoughts

I played Modern Warfare 3 a few days ago.
I really wanted to play and enjoy it, but unfortunately that was not the case.
I don't want to go on a rant about how bad it was, because it was not horrible, but frankly I did not enjoy it. All the predictions about how it would be exactly like Modern Warfare 2 were true. Of course, I did not get hit by a noobtube even once, but the guns for the most part were overpowered.
It played very similarly to MW2, yet I had less fun than I did with Modern Warfare 2.

It just seemed plain and uninteresting to me, even the survival wasn't very fun or exciting.
I played the campaign as well, which was nowhere near the epicness of MW1 or 2. It just kind of bored me. At least we killed Makarov!

Unlike Modern Warfare 2, the Spec Ops missions were pretty much EXACTLY like a part of the campaign, where in MW2 the specs op missions were mostly a lot different than the campaign missions.

I just don't see how anyone would have fun with this game for more than a few hours even if they are a CoD fanboy.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Review

What's up guys? I recently finished the main story of Skyrim, killed Alduin etc. I wanted to write a bit of what I thought about the game.

I haven't played many RPG's before Skyrim, so I don't really have anything to compare it with, but I think Skyrim is pretty good. Not excellent, but it was still really fun. I have about 30 hours on the game and not one of those were wasted doing boring stuff.
My character is a Breton female who is an assassin/thief. I started doing The Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild quests to supplement my skills in those areas.
While the main story is pretty short (I was actually surprised at how short it was) it was fun and interesting. One thing is that it was a bit too easy. I did have some trouble killing Alduin, but after learning the Dragonrend shout, dragons are extremely easy.

But Skyrim's specialty is not the main story, it's the huge amount of side stories and quests the player can accomplish. As I said before, I am currently doing the Dark Brotherhood and Thieve's Guild stories, and many little quests here and there to fill my time.

One thing I don't like is adventuring. What I mean about that is like in GTA games, you can steal a car and travel through the world killing people and running from cops, never getting bored. However in Skyrim, taking your horse and galloping through the countryside is not very exciting unless you find a cave or a dragon, giant, etc. I guess this is the difference between GTA and Skyrim (besides the obvious, of course): GTA has more fun in the freedom of roaming around the world and shooting up some gangbangers, but less actual quests, and Skyrim is the opposite. But don't get me wrong, I still enjoy jumping on a horse and traveling through the world instead of fast traveling, but in GTA it is just so much better.

Some tips I learned

  • Don't pick up useless items, I get overencumbered endlessly, because I pick up anything I think has value and I can sell
  • Use the quick menu a lot, I put most of the stuff I use, all my weapons, shouts, in the quick menu and it saves a great deal of time, instead of going to the menu, then items, then finding what you want
  • Pick up food, while potions are good, they are hard to make and expensive. I usually pick up steaks and meat and the like, and when I am out of potions, I eat all of my food to regain all of my health, then I repeat. While fighting Alduin I actually ate about 20 potatoes, and when I did kill him I was around 10% health, so those potatoes saved me
  • If you use bows, pick up every type of arrows you see. They don't count as weight, and even though there are really strong arrows, you might not want to use them and you'd use a crappy Falmer arrow to kill a little wolf instead.
Overall, I give this game a 9/10
Best thing about this game is replayability, as I finished the main quest at around 20 hours and have played half of those hours and 10 more afterwards on side quests.
Here is a mammoth frozen into a glacier stuck with arrows... for your enjoyment

Monday, December 19, 2011

Why I love GTA: San Andreas

This game is just so unrealistic, but so fun.
Ryder is smoking a big blunt right in front of this police officer, no problem though, Ryder is too OG to get caught.

Monday, December 12, 2011

LG Flatron E2341 23" 1080p

What's up guys, I recently picked up this amazing monitor from Fry's for $170. It was a gigantic difference from the old crappy 17" HP monitor I used to have. Here is a comparison of the two

Yes that's a Breaking Bad wallpaper.
This monitor makes everything look spectacular, and the buttons on it are very strong and not flimsly like some buttons on other monitors. Though if you don't turn off the monitor and turn off your PC, it goes into sleep mode, where the On/Off button flashes Blue every few seconds, which becomes annoying if you have it in your bedroom. But that can easily be remedied with turning it off.

Well I've been playing Skyrim lately, and I did not get my Graphics Card yet, I was thinking maybe with some extra money on Christmas I could buy something even better than a 6850, which would be awesome.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

AMD Phenom II x2 555 Unboxing Video

Here is another unboxing video, this time of my amazing CPU. This CPU is awesome if you are on a budget and you can survive with a dual core, unless you unlock it of course.