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01.09.2013 @ 15:15As everyone, I'm really looking forward to The Witcher 3. Of course I'm going to play it on the PC, since I do not feel like buying any next-gen consoles anytime soon and I actually have a decent PC that can run The Witcher 2 on max settings (minus ubersampling).
However, I was wondering if I need to upgrade my PC if I want to run The Witcher 3 on max, and I would also like to hear some tips from you guys on how I can best upgrade my PC. But first, my current PC rig:
GPU: Asus GTX 660 TI
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3,5Ghz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
I also have a motherboard that supports up to 3 graphics cards in SLI. I play my games on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. The PSU I have is 750watt, so power should not be an issue for me.
So, my first question: Will I be able to run TW3 on max settings? (probably not)
Second: What would be the best idea for me for an upgrade? Get a 2nd GTX 660 TI a two-way SLI setup? Or save up for an entirely new video-card?
Important to keep in mind is that I'm a poor student and so budget is important to me. What I'm looking for is an upgrade that will give me the best price-performance ratio. I'm looking for something that's actually worth my money.
So, go for a GTX 660 TI SLI setup, or do you folks have a better idea?
02.05.2013 @ 00:00(Scroll all the way down for a TL;DR version of this post.)
Okay, so I was thinking about this for a long time, and I decided to just make a topic about it here on this forum in the hope to get some advice, opinions and experiences from you guys. So this is what it's all about:
Sometimes I like to watch video-game related videos on YouTube. It's something I enjoy to do while doing homework or other work at the same time (dual-monitor setup for the win). I watch a vast variety of video-game videos on YouTube: reviews, walkthroughs, let's plays, and competitive videos such as e-sports or "versus" videos (where two people race each other in a speedrun of a video-game of their choice).
After being inspired by a bunch of YouTubers (such as MaximusBlack & Novawar from LAGtv and AttackingTucans & JoshJephson from Versus) I thought: "hey, playing video-games and talking about them should not be that hard, I could do that too!".
So at first I started a channel together with my brother, because I thought it would be cooler to do have a duo for the commentary rather than me sitting in front of my computer alone talking to myself. The channel I started was THE SUPER CO-OP BROS.
That turned out not to be too succesful, because my brother and I don't really seem to have that synergy that I was looking for or hoping we would have. I guess it's because we were both very inexperienced with this whole "let's play" phenomena at that point, and we just didn't really know how to handle it. Perhaps we could give it another shot soon, but right now I decided to set up a solo YouTube channel and give that a try.
So I created my solo channel, LucosTheDutch. I decided to do a Mass Effect playthrough first with some humor mixed into it. You know, since BioWare decided to stop their Mass Effect franchise seriously, I decided to stop taking it seriously too. So now I was doing some kind of comedy playthrough, where I sort-of roleplay Shepard as a giant douchebag. It's a lot of fun to do, but playing through the actual game feels like a drag at this moment. Let's face it, Mass Effect 1 sucks gameplay-wise. I want to continue with it, but at the same time I don't feel like it at all. I don't know, maybe I should take a break from it and try something else.
So that's what I did. I started my first "versus" playthrough with my cousin Rick. We're currently racing each other in the games Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. It's a lot of fun and we'll keep uploading a new episode every Sunday.
But now I'm really wondering: What next? What should I do with my channel? I want to become more popular so I can get a partnership and earn some extra bucks with my channel. That would be ideal. But at the same time I want to do something unique and fun, maybe even something inspiring.
So my question to you guys is: Do you watch YouTube and if yes; what kind of videos do you like to watch and what kind of videos are you looking for?
TL;DR version: I started a new YouTube channel and wish to do something unique and cool with it. So I want to know what kind of videos you folks watch on YouTube and what kind of videos you would like to see on YouTube (that aren't already there).
EDIT: If you also own a YouTube channel and wish to talk about it and ask advice or questions, feel free to do so here! I made this topic for all YouTubers here, not just for myself! Let's help each other out! />/>/>
03.03.2013 @ 14:10I just saw this video and I wanted to share it with all of you.
It's a poem about bullying and the long-lasting effects it can have on people. I don't know how many people on this forum used to get bullied on. I was bullied a lot in middle school, but I grew over it (so honestly, don't feel sorry or pity for me, I don't want that). I just want to share this video, because it honestly touched my deep inside my heart. It's simply beautiful and I think a lot of people can relate to this poem and this video.
Please watch it and share your feelings on this. Where you bullied in school? If yes, then see this as a chance to share your story with us. But only if you want to share it of course, you don't have to.
Here is my story:
I got bullied a lot as a child because I was fat and different. I didn't like football (soccer) like most other children. I wasn't good at sports, like most other children. I also sucked at spelling, grammar and language in general, because of my dyslexia. The other children thought I was stupid because of it. I generally expressed myself in my drawings. I had a rich fantasy (still have). I created an entire imaginary world in my head, and I brought that world to life on paper with pencils and brushes. People said they admired my creativity, but at the same time everyone called me a weirdo and a nerd. I never understood how people could admire my creativity, yet at the same time think I was a stupid weird nerd.
By the time I was about 10 years old, the bullying really got out of hand. Somehow, I don't know how, they managed to turn Geoffrey, my best friend, my ONLY friend, against me. Geoffrey was the only person I had, but now he joined the others. He too started bullying me, call me names, threaten me, make fun of me. I blame it on peer pressure. He probably realized that staying friends with me would harm his status and reputation. He probably thought it would be easier for him to just give me up and join the crowd. He had the opportunity to become one of the popular kids, at the cost of giving me up. He took that chance and I lost my only friend. I was alone now.
Things changed though, when I finished middle-school and started with high-school. I forgot about Geoffrey. He moved to a different town. I didn't care. At high-school I met a person named Jori. He was awesome. He was just like me, except he had a lot more confidence than I did. He never got bullied. Never ever. He told me that a smile and a confident attitude can get you a lot in life. I was skeptical at first, but I wasn't blind to the fact that people, once again, picked in me, but left Jori alone. Maybe Jori was right?
It was hard, but I gave it a try. I tried to become more confident in myself. I tried to become stronger. I started to take better care of myself. I started to lose weight. I was no longer fat. I threw away my old clothes and got myself a new outfit. I was 16 years old now, and I actually was a good-looking young man, if I may say so myself. I looked in the mirror and I saw a person that was confident, strong and determined. The bullying stopped and I even managed to get myself a nice girlfriend for the first time in my life. Life finally started to smile at me, and I smiled back.
I'm 24 years old now and I'm still a happy, healthy and confident young man. I picked up my passion for drawing and creating stories again and I actually study Game Development at an art university now. I'm trying to become a professorial 3D graphics artist and I hope to get a job in the video-game industry in the near future.
So, what is your story? Do you want to share it with us?