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    building a home desktop, a few quick questions

    thanks for your help, guys. i'll take a gander through all this. not interested in buying used, but i'm gonna put this info to use.
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    building a home desktop, a few quick questions

    So it's been roughly 10 years since i've built my own pc; i've mostly been using laptops in the mean time. i figure it'd be nice for me to build a nice, simple pc for home use. word, excel, diablo 3, nothing too strenuous or creative. no video editing, no overclocking, mostly home office use and...
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    think my receiver is dead, repair or replace?

    I'll pop it open tonight after work and see what i can see. assuming i need to replace it, how do i shop for one? this one came with my speakers. all i need is something to communicated between my cable box/games consoles to my tv and 5.1 surround system. i don't need the dual zone features or...
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    think my receiver is dead, repair or replace?

    thanks. any simple tests you can think of that i might perform first? the thing is i use it to bridge my consoles to my tv/5.1 so if it's not doing any then i can't think of any way to test it. btw i'm completely stupid when it comes to this sort of stuff.
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    think my receiver is dead, repair or replace?

    so i've got a denon avr-1909 it's about 4-5 years old. i think my recent construction might have gotten a bunch of dust into the machine or something, but it won't play anything through hdmi. i've got my 360, ps3 and cable box all fed through and nothing shows. 360 and ps3 play just fine...
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    [Poll] Do you actively try for achievements?

    achievements can be, when given some thought and effort, the difference between putting away a good game because you've beaten it so many times, and another play through or two because there's still more to do. a bad game or lackluster achievements won't draw extra time played.
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    Halo listed on Amazon for Xbone

    I enjoyed every game, but probably reach the most. 4 is a close second but the matchmaking does get really annoying at times. i feel like matchmaking was always smoother with bungie games
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    is it worth the time/money?

    Thanks for the replies. it sounds like i'll be holding off then for a while. if i want to play my mp3s on my 5.1 system what's the best method to do so? i have a denon receiver with 5.1, xbox and ps3 and my music on my computer. it's a small collection, more than can fit on my xbox but it'd be...
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    is it worth the time/money?

    For a long time i've entertained the idea of building a HTPC with a media server. the idea is i would copy all my dvd/BD to the server, use the HTPC to record tv shows, and be able to stream them around the house. i'm doing some work on the house (a lot of it) and was thinking i might be...
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    The natural quartz powder...leads to...sound filled with a feeling of throbbing pulse

    i wish i were rich, i'd fill my house with this stuff just to piss you guys off. 'look at all this amazing magical stuff i have, it works so much better than anything you plebeians can afford'
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    Setting up PS4 for a rental property

    does your renter's insurance cover loss/theft of small value items like video games and controllers? setup the console(s) in a media cabinet with shelves for the games and a nice lock (maybe electronic so it's easy to keep changing?) charge a fee for the games. the fee should ideally cover...
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    halo 4 matchmaking problems?

    anyone still playing halo 4? lately i've been playing and i'm consistently put on the losing team. this can be when i'm going 20-10 or 5-15 cuz we're getting rolled. this entire week i think i've won maybe 3 games of slayer out of 20. my CSR is only 17 so i don't know what the fuck is going on...
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    ps3 rpg recommendations

    ya maybe i'll get back into ff13, but it was just way too much of a shift from linear to wide open and there's too much to do all of a sudden. ff7 was a really linear game but it felt wide open. older games were like this: build a big world, and just have plenty of "sorry you're not able to go...
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    ps3 rpg recommendations

    thanks for the tips, i'll start by looking into valkyria chronicles.
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    wow. Xbox live free games vs free PS+ games.

    no point, merely helping to highlight the difference between the offerings by sony vs microsoft. MS offers really old games that are yours to play, even after cancelling service (or using trial) sony offers newer games on a long term rental.
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    ps3 rpg recommendations

    okay so now that this gen's games are winding down, i can get caught up with my ps3. i got last of us on goldbox deal and it was such a steal. $25! anyhow i have a 360 too, and i play my dual console titles on it, so i'm looking for some good rpgs for ps3. i would say i like jrpgs but i...
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    wow. Xbox live free games vs free PS+ games.

    not being able to play a game = not owning the game
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    The Last of Us $25 amazon PS3 digital download code

    oh weird, when i clicked join waitlist it said that all 100% had been claimed. i guess i got someone who bailed
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    The Last of Us $25 amazon PS3 digital download code

    i'll edit thread title, but i DEFINITELY bought it for $25. still, decent deal if the game is as good as it's reviews. edit: damn can't change thread title...
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    The Last of Us $25 amazon PS3 digital download code

    thats retail version, click on digital code
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    The Last of Us $25 amazon PS3 digital download code

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007CM0K86/ref=gb1h_img_c-3_8022_d5e23ad8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1Y2K1MSET6S3J3CHF20W&pf_rd_i=384082011&pf_rd_p=1673798022
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    What do you want to see in a new Mass Effect title?

    a new mass effect game will be multiplayer, co-op squad based action game with slight RPG elements. i don't want this but that's how i imagine them going. i feel like it's how they think they can sell the most copies of the game. on the other hand, i want to play the first game on the ME3...
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    Splinter cell black crush

    my friend has an lcd and said he had to turn up the darkness. i normally play my games fairly dark and had my settings pretty low. this is about the darkest game i've played on my 360 so i think that was it is all. the game is fun. it plays similar to conviction but much cleaner and sharper in...
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    Splinter cell black crush

    its a panasonic plasma. i'll fiddle with contrast and gamma when i get home, thanks.
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    Splinter cell black crush

    No gamma or contrast settings in game, I'll tweak them again on my tv. Never had a problem with games being so dark before...
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    Splinter cell black crush

    I bought blacklist and um enjoying it so far except that in many shadowy areas my blacks are crushed flat. Even on the darkness settings where it talks about left middle and right boxes, only the right, presumably most light, box with text is visible at the highest setting. I'm going to...
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    repasting a laptop

    I've tried to pry off the keyboard in the past and I was nervous I'd break it. I'll drop it off to the store tomorrow. Thanks
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    repasting a laptop

    thanks for the advice, i'll take it to the shop tomorrow to get it cleaned out and redone.
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    repasting a laptop

    so i have a 3-4 year old asus g73 republic of gamers(whichever model bestbuy carried) its getting hot as shit lately. i read that it might be a thermal pasting wearing out. a local computer parts store said they charge $55 to dust out and repaste the computer. i know thermal paste only costs...
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    Xbox 360 vs PS3 controller: vote for your favorite

    I have smaller hands and i love the 360. analog placement is just so much better, the triggers are better, i like the heft better and it has a built in mic plug and for codes i have the keyboard attachment. its just a better product, while the ps3 controller seems an old carry-over with a few...
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    Any Xbox owners considering switch with next gen?

    i'm the same way with my ps3, i feel like once the new gen comes out though i'll get caught up on a bunch of my ps3 exclusives while i wait for the price to drop on the new toys
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    Any Xbox owners considering switch with next gen?

    i feel the ultimate decision points are: 1) which console has more games you want to play 2) which console do your friends have any other reason, to me, is ignoring the purpose of owning a console. addressing your points with mine: your point about indie devs goes to my point 1 broken...
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    Always on requirements for consoles??

    Your first argument only makes sense if the company is soliciting input on what they want. They're not putting out a survey asking "what do you want/what do you think of this" they haven't said a damn thing. not even an announcement of the specs for the new console, or a release date. so while i...
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    Always on requirements for consoles??

    you're trying to compare video games to the government...they're not the same. if you treat video games like its as important as politics, you have problems.
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    Always on requirements for consoles??

    but why is everyone talking like they've already put it in? every time a console comes out people think the Armageddon is coming and complain and magically, nothing that bad happens. why not stop complaining, and if a product does come out with 'deal breaking' features, vote with your wallet and...
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    Always on requirements for consoles??

    why are people getting pissed BEFORE they announce that it's a real requirement? its only a rumor at this point. would i be reluctant to buy a console if it has this requirement? maybe, but its a hypothetical situation. i don't know who the angry fat guy is in the video, but he seems to embody...
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    “How About We Just Decide How Not to Repel Women?”

    do you mean you "can't" care less? because it means the exact opposite thing
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    Non AAA games that are worth a look.

    not for Bone_Enterprise
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    IPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III?

    this is very valid, but from my perspective i plan to stay with ipad and droid phones. i like the ability to customize my phone's look, in that i can set calculator, quick contact phone calls, and my calendar without having to open apps. i have tons of apps for ipad and i don't have to tweak...
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