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Let's give a thanks to UI 2.0 who took it upon himself to make the TAY Open Forum this morning. Unfortunately, while i did have the TAY Open Forum ready to publish, i decided to publish it at work so i wasn't rushing at this morning. Obviously, this turned out to be quite the bad idea. I got stuck in a traffic jam and as soon as i got to work, we had a huge meeting with a partner company that dragged on much more than it should have. I'm going to schedule the Open Forum next time so i don't have to worry about doing it manually from now on. Once again, let's give UI 2.0 a round of applause for being such an awesome human being.
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you're having a good one! Christmas is right around the corner and to be honest...I've been very excited for this holiday season. I mean, quite a couple of things are going great in my life. One thing that does suck though is getting gifts for everyone! I don't mind the actual act of getting gifts; i just don't know WHAT to get my friends sometimes. I hope you all are having much better luck with this than i am. I am quite interested to know what you are giving yourself and others for Christmas this year. Let me as a response to this post if you want :)
As for gaming news in Gran's life, it's going quite well. To be honest though, I'm moving much more to the realm of PC gaming. This is mainly due to giving up my obsession with owning things in the physical format. I don't play games as much as i used to so there really is no reason for me to own everything in physically when i will have to pay more for it and not get around to play it. Steam and other digital distributors make great games easily accessible for a very low price, so it will be great to own it this way. The games i do love and wish to own though, i will purchase for my consoles in physical form with a great box art! Most of my gaming is being done on the PC now too. My PS3 is sadly not getting much love other than using it exclusively for Netflix.
Halo 4 is another game I'm playing constantly. I used to play that game religiously but after i sold my Xbox 360 for the PS3, i couldn't play what i deem to be one of my favorite gaming experience i have ever had. Now my friend got the Xbox 360 Holiday console bundle (which I'm thinking of getting myself) and we play almost every night. I don't play the story, I play multiplayer SWAT mode only because it's my favorite one and my two best friends and i are quite amazing at it. We almost always rank in the top three. It's the only game i get really competitive with but not to an obscene extent. It goes to prove my theory of when you are really good at a game; you enjoy so much more than others who think less of it for whatever reason.
I started playing Bioshock Infinite as i got it on the Steam Winter Sale on the cheap-cheap. It's an amazing marvel of a game. The atmosphere, the story, the dialogue, and the combat are spectacular in my honest opinion and it's a game that's becoming harder to put down. It took a bit of time to meet Elizabeth, so the beginning was more of an introduction to the visuals and combat for me but now the pace is surely kicking it to top speed. Needless to say, i can see why it has gotten so much praise. What I do get frustrated with is playing with a mouse and keyboard. I'm so used to playing with a controller that playing with a mouse and keyboard layout is so alien to me. I'm sure I'll get used to it but it's nowhere near my favorite way of playing games.
I've been meaning to build my own PC rig for a while now and I'm saving up for it. I know i bashed the Steam OS on my last TAY Open Forum but i was mostly confused by that operating system, not gaming PCs as a whole. I love PC gaming and i wish it would get more recognition. Anyway, this will be my first venture into building a PC from scratch and I'm quite excited and a bit nervous. I should be fine though. I have the knowledge for this kind of thing but because i know some of you have custom build PCs, i do ask you to lend me some tips, tricks, and pointers for a first-timer like myself. Aside from this, i also do have a couple of direct questions.
1.)Is it okay to have a PC build primarily on Intel hardware and just have the GPU be AMD? Will there be complications if i do this? Although i will buy an NVIDIA graphics card down the road, it is just very expensive.
2.)People tell me that i should go AMD for most of my internals, but i really do care about performance and power consumption. I will be saving up money to make my computer pretty future proof, so what do you all think of this never-ending debate?
3.)When it comes to games, i know GPU is the most important factor to take into account, but how important is the CPU? Are those Intel i7 Extremes really worth it and necessary? Some people do crazy things with i5 processor. What's the deal?
4.)I really care about music and sound quality. I'm quite the audiophile. I want to invest in a good soundcard to get the best studio quality output from my (future) studio monitor speakers. What is it that i want to look for in a soundcard?
5.)Considering this rig will be primarily for gaming, other than the GPU and CPU, what else should i take into account to make my performance top-notch. What is the Viagra of PC computing if you will? ;)
6.)If given the chance to build your own custom PC and not care about the price, what will be your specs?
I would love to hear what the TAYtion (TAY nation) thinks about this. As always, you don't need to succumb to helping me. Go ahead and speak your mind in the comments below. I want to wish you all very special holiday and that you have a great smile on your face. Especially you UI 2.0! You beautiful soul, you. Sorry this was a long post, i had a lot to talk about today. Please eat a lot, have a smile on your face, hug those you love and those you don't, and i wanted to say from the bottom of my heart that i love you all! Happy Holidays!