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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 1:05PM drunkingamebar said

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That's a good place for the kids to be...

I'll do my research, but thanks for offering.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 6:27PM Graill440 said

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@drunkingamebar

lol, that was my question, when those kids were smashed flat who was ultimately sued?
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 2:49AM Space Cobra said

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@drunkingamebar

I am more wondering how.where they go the dwarf at the end.

Yeah, he's probably a townsperson, but it makes the image even that much more surreal.
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 2:51AM Space Cobra said

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@Space Cobra

And just to clarify: Dwarfism is real and different from being a midget. Not relating it to and "fantasy game".
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 1:08PM Sickness said

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I doubt many people that would have to ask what to buy would consider shelling out the dough for an Alienware. I'd start at Toms Hardware and if you can't build it yourself try to find a pre-built computer near the same specs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-51.html

Also, most enthusiasts consider the i7 a waste of $100. Get an i5 for 50% cheaper and almost just as fast from the factory... spend the extra on a cpu cooler (and bump your i5 to 4.5ghz) or other goodies.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 1:16PM Deliverator said

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" Alienware is usually not a bad place to start. "
Alienware is over-priced Dell at this point and IMHO you're paying for a lot of molded plastic and lights. Eliot did qualify it as a place to 'start' though - so yeah, check the specs on an alienware so you have a ballpark on 'what's new' but don't buy one.
As of today, go look for a base model core i7 with Win7 64bit and at least 8GB RAM. Make sure there is on-board video (so you're not paying extra for the addon card you won't use). Along with it, buy at least a 750 watt power supply and either Nvidia's or AMD's top of the line video card from last September. Check Tom's hardware for performance comparisons.

Snap all that together and you'll have Alienware performance for literally half the price.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 6:31PM Graill440 said

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@Deliverator

+1 ^ Delv gives good advice kids, build your own, and if you cannot, then take the time and learn instead of wanting things handed to you already assembled in the form of Alienware as an example which is a joke by itself. You will be better off in the long term with a better machine and education to boot.
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 1:20PM enamelizer said

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I just rebuilt my machine, and used both RPS's guides and PCGamer's rig for guidance.

I built my machine around the i5-2500K CPU and the Intel Z68 chipset on the mobo since they are designed for overclocking which I don't need now, but want in the future. Then I went for the nVidia GTX560Ti.

I can't offer any advice for a pre-built, I haven't bought a pre-built since the late 90's =)

PCGamer Rig:
http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/02/20/the-pc-gamer-rig-upgrading-the-keyboard/

RPS articles:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/hard-choices/

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 2:06PM ApathyCurve said

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Holy carp! Is that a triggerfish? It's gigantomongus! Somebody stop it before it eats that midget!

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 2:26PM Lenn said

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@ApathyCurve It's a sunfish.
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 4:30PM PhelimReagh said

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@ApathyCurve

Thanks for the discussion. The only thing about this interested me about this article was: what the hell class of fish is that?
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 2:43PM Daemodand said

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Buy-to-play will never change this industry like free-to-play did. Its one critical fault is it has the same barrier to entry as any other pay-to-play title does. Buy-to-play just makes it a bit easier to stick around since there's no continuing cost to play that set of content (although if you want to keep up with the player base, you'll have to buy another box about every 6 months).

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 6:11PM Samael said

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If you want pre-built one of the best that I dealt with was Digital Storm Online.

Got my PC from them a while back, but now have been upgrading them myself.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 6:50PM J45neoboy said

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Since NCsoft is practically making all of their games Free to Play, will we see Blade & Soul launch as a Free to Play game?

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 10:51PM Utakata said

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@J45neoboy

Not exactly an official responce but...

"It is unknown what pay model NCsoft will be using for Blade & Soul, they have yet to announce one. Expect to see a P2P (pay to play) pay model based on NCsoft's track record."

http://www.bladeandsouldojo.com/topic/1345-blade-soul-faq/#9

This is what I am suspecting. Since Aion East to my understanding is still P2P. But it has done well...unlike it's Western sibling.

/chibi Lyn

On that note, I will also call that Wildstar will be P2P at first too.

/bunny girl Reply .
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 8:22PM Mr Itcher said

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The bottom-of-the-line Alienware ($700ish) is probably more than fine for SWTOR.

If you custom-build, spend your money on a good graphics card (Can't recommend a GT560 enough). I have a 560, i3 and 4 gig ram and it runs SWTOR and most everythign else I've thrown at it (Bulletstorm is probably the most intensive thing i'd played so far) on max beautifully.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 10:21PM Utakata said

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Since I brought to integrity of one of Massively's article into question on Mr. Lefebvre watch, I can understand why he would be reluctant to answer my question from last week. Just to note, it wasn't personal...I still think you are a wonderful writer. Just a bit loose with the source on occasions. :(

That being said, here's that question in question:

"Dear Massively, when nuking an undesirable post, could you please edit the post by stating "moderated" instead of deleting it outright? Which causes a complete and utter confusion when the thread is broken up. Thanks. "

...well it's more of a suggestion with a question. So does that still count?

Posted: Feb 24th 2012 7:12PM Brianna Royce said

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@Utakata We used to do that regularly, actually. It brings with it a few problems. One, people come back and see their edited/bleeped posts and throw fits, creating more mess to mop up (deleted posts attract less attention). And two, it means our lead editors waste even more time hand-editing junk that violates our commenting policy. We don't usually have time to muck around with that.

Someday our new commenting system will arrive and at least part of this problem will go away. :)
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Posted: Feb 25th 2012 12:42AM Utakata said

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@Brianna Royce

...well those seem to be reasonable at lest. Thanks for taking the time to explain that!

"Someday our new commenting system will arrive and at least part of this problem will go away. :) Reply ."

Oh?!?!?! O.O
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 6:41AM cray said

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Should have never bothered with a hardware question on a software-oriented blog. Massively has never had articles about hardware. Only few blogs about MMO-centric mice and other peripherals.

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