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#1 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

@groowagon said:

next year is gonna be amazing for PC. i also have a gut-feeling that HL3 will be announced too next year. and no, i have not had the same feeling for years now, but i think it's about time...

3 o's in your name............spooky.

ikr? imma prophet.

#2 Edited by groowagon (2816 posts) -

obviously Elite now, since it's about to be released, but in the long run Star Citizen seems more interesting imo.

to be honest, i knew very little about Elite Dangerous before going through this thread, and i'm now very intrigued. it's just that Frontier doesn't have that amazing track record as devs, so i'm a little sceptical. sure they made Elite 2 in 1993, but only casual puzzles after that (rollercoaster tycoon was cool though). can i try it somehow? like beta or something, or is it too late for that?

E: oh, seems it's been released today. maybe i'll wait for some reviews before buying it.

#3 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

next year is gonna be amazing for PC. i also have a gut-feeling that HL3 will be announced too next year. and no, i have not had the same feeling for years now, but i think it's about time...

#4 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

be sure to also check out Call Of Pripyat after Shadow Of Chernobyl. CoP has the latest engine build and it's less buggy than SoC.

but yeah, Stalker is my favourite video game concept of all time. now if only someone would do it properly... yes yes, the mods are alright, but i mean with big money and with more fine-tuned engine.

#5 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

Guys I have read that studio monitors can in fact be used with a PC sound card using XLR to 3.5mm adapter with a dual splitter. Is this not recommended or what?? I mean a $30 DAC doesn't cut it for me because I NEED a headphone amp so I will then need to purchase a DAC with a headphone amp which just further increases the costs.

@groowagon said:

those cheap monitor speakers like M-Audio are nice and all, but i'd recommend 2.1 for gaming. the subwoofer even in modest models, like in some Logitechs or Creatives really pack a punch compared to small stereo speakers. balance-wise they are not as accurate, but believe me, you want to opt for fuller sound instead. just don't get the cheapest possible 2.1 set... Battlefield sounds much more epic on my 2.1 set compared to a pair of small KRK Rokit 5 speakers (wich are way better than AV40 set).

ideally, you'd want to get small(ish) 2.1 monitor speak set for desktop use, but that ain't cheap...

I understand what you are saying but my problem is that I live in an apartment with my parents who really don't tolerate thumping bass so that's the biggest turn off with it comes to 2.1. I could of course turn down the bass but I have read that PC 2.1 speakers really sound quite awful when the sub is off and this was true of the cheap Logitech system I had.

I mean I love some deep bass but other limitations have to be taken into consideration. With a 5" studio monitor I know I can crank it up a bit and it won't shake the walls but will provide respectable bass nevertheless. I would have actually gone for the Corsair SP2500 but its not available over here and asking someone to bring along a 15kg item from abroad is not practical.

oh ok, so in your case monitor speakers will definetly be a better option. using splitter from 3.5mm to XLR is perfectly fine.

#6 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

does it have some support for "mini-apps" something like widgets in win7? i like having a hardware monitor running and constantly visible like AllCPUMeter. does it have support for something similar?

#7 Posted by groowagon (2816 posts) -

@groowagon said:

hehe. tri-sli 980... just gimme a game that would challenge even my 970 at fullhd.

ofcourse there are these 4K people. i just don't understand why you'd buy so large screen on desktop that it needs to be 4K.

Star Citizen: Arena Commander will easily make your system chug at ultra settings.

does it also look amazing, or is it just because of poor alpha optimization? anyway thanks for the reminder. i gotta check out Star Citizen.

#8 Edited by groowagon (2816 posts) -

hehe. tri-sli 980... just gimme a game that would challenge even my 970 at fullhd.

ofcourse there are these 4K people. i just don't understand why you'd buy so large screen on desktop that it needs to be 4K.

#9 Edited by groowagon (2816 posts) -

soundbars they sell in here are often 2.1 sets. the soundbar itself has stereo speakers and it's accompanied with separate subwoofer. that's a complete set and you don't need any other speakers. unless ofcourse you want surround system.

they sell soundbars without the subwoofer too, but i'd recommend getting a set with subwoofer. while most soundbars sound better than most TV speakers, the subwoofer really helps the overall soundstage get bigger.

according to What Hi-Fi, Philips HTL5140 sounbar set is awesome value. i usually wouldn't go for Philips when it comes to audio, but i trust What Hi-Fi on this totally. you might want to take a look at it.

#10 Edited by groowagon (2816 posts) -

those cheap monitor speakers like M-Audio are nice and all, but i'd recommend 2.1 for gaming. the subwoofer even in modest models, like in some Logitechs or Creatives really pack a punch compared to small stereo speakers. balance-wise they are not as accurate, but believe me, you want to opt for fuller sound instead. just don't get the cheapest possible 2.1 set... Battlefield sounds much more epic on my 2.1 set compared to a pair of small KRK Rokit 5 speakers (wich are way better than AV40 set).

ideally, you'd want to get small(ish) 2.1 monitor speak set for desktop use, but that ain't cheap...