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  1. Update: I've decided to take everyone's advice and wait for a bit to see what happens with all the new releases. Safe to say that it's been a cluster f... in the industry over the past month and it's getting even harder to follow whats-what. Going to wait a bit longer until the 3060 and 3070 get released, then I'll make a decision on GPU & CPU...the rest should fall into place after that. Biggest change over the month is that I've decided to build only 1 system as my current system is good enough for the types of games that my other half plays so she'll get a hand me down and I'll get a new system. The new budget for 1 system is $2000 for everything except for a keyboard and mouse pad (since I love my current ones). If any one would like to chime in with their thoughts on the current situation in the GPU & CPU markets please do so. I'm very interested to hear what others think about what is going on and what I should do about it. In all honestly, the 30 series looks nice and the price points are reasonable but with such crappy stock availability among other issues I've read about the 20 series at discounted prices is starting to look pretty nice. Thoughts? Thanks again to everyone that has offered their help. Much appreciated.
  2. Thanks for the videos. I'll check them out this afternoon. I am in fact a visual learner so they could help. I'm like you in that higher resolutions hurt my eyes after a short period of time and anything over 60 FPS always seemed like overkill to me. Oh, and I don't plan on ever playing twitch games competitively and like I mentioned, I'm not a graphics whore...though I do appreciate beautiful graphics it's never been a must for me. Stability and Performance must come first and I'm always willing to sacrifice graphical fidelity and FPS for both. I also don't like a lot of the high end graphic options either...Can't stand Bloom, Depth of Field, High Shadows, etc. I'm pretty much a High Texture, High Detail with most other options lower or disabled. If I want to see something beautiful I'll just stare at my better half
  3. Thanks again for the responses. The budget is going to be my biggest determinate as to what I ultimately decide on. But I will check everything out starting at the top. My current system is a work horse. Built with a CPU & Motherboard that could last a decade (and it did) with an upgrade to RAM and Video Card somewhere in the middle. That's pretty much what I'm looking to do here. I may not be able to get the best VC now but if I focus on the CPU and Motherboard that won't be a problem to upgrade down the road. Thanks for the insight on the SSD, I think I understand better now. Monitor is a bit trickier for me because I've never been one to worry too much about super big or super resolution. I play a lot of games where graphics just don't matter and I've been extremely happy with 1080p. Most likely, whatever monitor I get it will probably allow me to dabble in higher resolutions but for the most part I'm a 60 FPS VSync gamer. As a matter of fact...I've been know to be very satisfied with an FPS capped at 30 so I'm not sure how getting a higher refresh rate monitor will help me. If I'm going to cap with VSync or even Half-VSync why get a 75Hz monitor? Of course, that's a serious question as I'm open to all suggestions and insight. Thanks again everyone. Much appreciated.
  4. Wow. I really didn't expect this many quality responses. I can't possibly respond to everything individually so I hope this satisfies... 1. I have read every word that everyone here wrote at least 2-3 times. 2. I have taken notes and started some very specific research on my end due to what was written here. 3. I have been convinced that AMD is the way to go for CPU...I am not an Intel Fan Boy but I do believe in brand loyalty so this one was difficult for me...in the end you all made a lot of sense. I probably can't afford some of the top of the line items mentioned here but they give me a great place to start. If I have to cut corners at least I'm starting at a good place. One thing that was sorta mentioned that I have questions about is in regards to Hard Drives...I'm shooting for a 1TB SSD to start but do I also need an SATA as well. How does all that work exactly. I've only ever had SATA so I'm not quite sure how people set this up. Thanks to everyone for the incredible insight. I hope that my short response doesn't offend anyone but please know that I'm paying attention and really appreciate you all taking the time to respond.
  5. Not sure if this should be in General Support instead so please feel free to move it if need be. Just looking for some advice on some parts for a new custom build that I'll be undertaking next month for my 50th. It's been 10 years since my last custom build (with some upgrades along the way, so I'm a bit rusty on what would be considered solid components. I'll need everything right down to the mouse pad and my total budget is $1500 (I'm actually building one for my other half so that's my budget per rig). I'm an Nvidia and Intel person so I would like to stick with those but other than that I'm open to suggestions. If anyone really likes their current video card and would like to comment I'd love to hear from you. Power Supply wattage is another important one that I'm interest in hearing about. I'm not going water cooled if that matters. I'd also like to stick with 1080p gaming and to get a new 24" monitor as well. I also like to build systems with really strong CPUs so that I only need to worry about upgrading the video card and ram in the future. My current CPU is a First Generation i7 and it's a freaking power house for lasting this long. Oh, and if you can tell me where I can get another Logitech G510 Keyboard for less than $500 I'm all ears.
  6. Could someone please give a short synopsis for each of the major stable branches of each Alpha? Just the major stuff that made each alpha special. For example, which alpha had the best cave system or which was the last before the graphics update. Any insight would be highly appreciated. Thank you kindly. BTW, Thanks Red! Love using your UI and now this. You're GREAT!
  7. A couple of hours ago I asked about lowering the resolution and got a great response rather quickly. I'd like to report my results for anyone interested. This is a re-post of what I just posted in a relevant thread on the Steam boards... 1st Generation i7 (yep, 8 years old!) GTX 950 16 Gigs of RAM No SSD At first the game ran like crap. Then I took the advice to lower my resolution and now everything is peachy. From 1920x1080 down to 1600x900 Fullscreen Capped the Vsync to Half Everything else is a mix from Low to High...such as I don't like Motion Blur so it's off but Textures are at Full and Anti-Aliasing is enabled. The game now runs fluidly. I haven't seen it dip below 30 and since there's no more jumping around it just feels smoother. My first attempts at playing a17 just felt jittery. Now the game feels like it did before. I can post my full specs and/or settings if anyone asks.
  8. Please excuse my ignorance but I've never had to lower the resolution for a game to run better (I've been lucky that way) so I'd just like to clarify for my own peace of mind... 1. Should 1920x1080 be dropped to 1280x720? I think that sounds right. 2. Should this be done via the desktop before starting the game AND set in the game to match? Thanks to anyone that can assist.
  9. Not much of a PvPer and I admit to not having read this thread (yet) but I know that the only opinion that I have on the matter is in regards to factions...I prefer 3 over 2 In all my years of PvP experience (albeit limited in personal participation and more involved through watching) it always seems that 3 factions allows for more balance over having just 2 to choose from. There's always the possibility for alliances where having only 2 factions eliminates that possibility. Without alliances one faction always ends up dominant. Again, I don't pretend to know a lot about this subject and I could be very well wrong but this is how it seems to me. ------------------------------------- 7D2D YouTube Videos
  10. BioFringe

    A16 Valmod Pack

    Thank you for the quick response. Your active participation is part of the reason that I chose this as my first overhaul to the game. I'm going all out and even installing the bigger backpack along with the Horde overhaul. Looking forward to the new experience. I'll let you know how it goes.
  11. BioFringe

    A16 Valmod Pack

    So I would like to try this mod out but I don't want to mess with what I currently have going so I was wondering...could I copy the 7D2D installation folder into the Steam\Common folder and name it something like 7D2D Val Mod then have Steam recognize it as a non-Steam game? If so will this create a new save folder automatically so that it doesn't overwrite anything that is in my current save folder? Lastly, is it recommended to start a random gen game with this mod or Nav? Thanks and Happy Holidays!
  12. BioFringe

    Origin UI MOD

    So I've tried about 5-6 UI mods over the past week and I can now say that this one comes closest to what I'm looking for. I love the simplistic, minimalist yet useful overall feel and the bottom left info display fits so naturally that it looks as if it's just part of the default UI. EDIT: I figured out my issues so l have removed any reference to said issues and have left only the praise above. Thank you for your hard work.
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