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  1. Is this new, or the same walk through from last year?
  2. Water cooled does the same thing if you mount the radiator on front (pulling air in) which seems to be the most common option. I guess this is why some people mount their radiator on top (pushing air out), though I've seen videos that suggest that the actual temperature in the case isn't really raised much even by having the radiator in front. My case only has space for one fan on top, so any two fan radiator requires front mounting. I literally just bought a Corsair H115i Platinum water cooler which I'll have to mount on front due to my case design so I'll see how it really impacts the GPU heat situation. Since I have an i9-9900K I certainly have the right equipment to generate sufficient heat for a valid test. I only noticed the reviews for the new Noctua option after I had received the H115i, and my flight back to Lima Peru was the next day so I didn't have the option of switching. To be honest I'm not sure which is really going to be better overall. The new Noctua seems to maintain an overall cooler CPU, but I'm guessing the temperature transitions will be smoother and less damaging to the CPU with the water cooled option. Sound isn't really a factor since I mostly play with headphones on anyway. With an AIO there's always the risk of a water leak destroying the system, though. Yep, lots of ways to potentially rationalize this one way or the other
  3. So apparently CIG actually created an in-game memorial for a German backer who died:
  4. GPU Score 240 CPU Score 181 System Memory 16 Gb Disk SSD Settings High FPS 62.7 Resolution 4K CPU i9-9900K GPU GTX 1080TI
  5. UPDATE: New system is built. I'm now enjoying an average of 62 FPS at 4K in Star Citizen PU. Interestingly, the CIG Public Telemetry page lists me in the same square as those people who have the RTX 2080, even though I have a GTX 1080TI. I guess it is true that the 1080TI has equal performance to an RTX 2080. 62 FPS is not too bad. I'll have to give 1440P a try to see what kind of FPS I get at that resolution, but I may just be happy to stay at 4K.
  6. So I did go ahead and splurge to get the i9-9900K. Also a new motherboard, SD, RAM, etc. And my real splurge came when I decided to get the ASUS ROG 4K HDR 144hz monitor. This monitor is INSANELY expensive at $1700. I could have bought two 4K 60hz monitors and two 2K 144hz monitors for the same price, but it is truly a thing of beauty. The color reproduction is amazing, and I don't really have space for a bunch of additional monitors at my desk (I already have my separate "work" monitor next to my gaming rig). I can choose to play SC in either 4K at 60hz (or more if I can get a higher FPS) or 2K at up to 144hz. I haven't yet had a chance to actually put my new gaming rig together yet, so not yet sure exactly what my top FPS will be.
  7. How are they for comfort? I'm quite happy with my Sades headsets as far as sound quality and such, but after several hours on my head my left ear always starts to hurt (always the left ear for some reason!?!?). I want to get some over-ear headsets that do not TOUCH my ears AT ALL... in other words the covers needs to be big enough and the padding strong enough to keep the headsets from even slightly rubbing against my ears. Will the Sennheiser do this? (No, I don't have giant ears or anything... but the left ear seems to be particularly sensitive to even the slightest pressure).
  8. The thing is, I already have an i7 in my current rig that I'll be passing to my daughter. I'm looking to upgrade just a bit for my next rig, so that's why I'm looking at either the i9-9900K or the Ryzen 2700X. According to CIG's telemetry data ( CIG - Public Telemetry ) both CPUs are really good options.
  9. Sounds good to me! I definitely leaning towards going with the 2700X. I could easily afford the i9-9900, but so far I'm not seeing any compelling reason to do so.
  10. The only situation in which I'd recommend using Shadow for Star Citizen is if (1) you do not have a PC capable of playing Star Citizen, (2) you do not want to buy such a PC yet, and (3) you want to just experiment with Star Citizen to see how pretty it looks. If you actually want to dogfight or engage in other FPS then I would not recommend it. But to run a few cargo missions and explore the planets and such, it should be fine. Ultimately I think you'll need to buy a PC to play the game competitively, though. Even with high speed internet becoming ubiquitous I very much doubt that the lag and sub-par video quality can be overcome by the cloud gaming providers such that competitive gaming will be possible even if you live right down the street from them. For casual gaming, perhaps there is a future for it, though. But not for now..
  11. Hey guys, I'm traveling to the US soon so I have an opportunity to get some new PC parts. The first thing I am definitely getting is a new monitor, mostly like a 1440P, though I'm still open to the possibility of getting a 4K since I don't expect Star Citizen to ever have significantly over 60fps. For most games I'd definitely go with 1440P, but to experience the full beauty of Star Citizen I think I must at least consider 4K. I'd like to hear any thoughts on this. My GPU is a Nvidia 1080 TI, and I do NOT plan to upgrade that for now. The 2080 is just too expensive at the moment. Maybe next year. What I am considering upgrading is everything else. I may put my old Nvidia GTX 970 into my current gaming rig and then pass it to my daughter. I'd take my 1080 TI and put it in a totally new rig. If I do this, I'm currently looking at either an i9-9900K system or a Ryzen 7 2700X system. The i9-9900K is definitely better for gaming, but the margin varies from game to game. For some it is almost not noticeable, but for others it is significant. Does anyone have any info on how big the margin is for Star Citizen in particular? The i9-9900K is almost twice the price ($600 vs $300), particulary if you include the cost of the cooler that is required (Ryzen 7 2700X incudes one already). Also the i9-9900K sucks up about 50W more power under load (at idle they're about the same). Basically the question here is the value proposition. We know the i9 is better, but is it so much better (for Star Citizen) to justify the price? Also, if I plan to upgrade my PC again in another year (perhaps to pick up a Nvidia 20xx or 21xx), which system would withstand the test of time better? I'm thinking the i9, but I don't really have any logic to back that up. I just looked up the CIG telemetry data for both, by the way, and at least according to that the i9-9900K is not even 10% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X when running Star Citizen. Thoughts?
  12. Presumably yes, though it is early days so it is pure speculation as to how to best utilize such a ship. But since speculation is so much fun, here are some thoughts: 1) The Kraken can quickly and easily move a bunch of small & medium size ships from one area to another (a Hull series might be the cheaper option to move small ships, but it could take longer and have other downsides). 2) Backup rearm/refuel/repair during battle. While the Idris would be at the front line, the Kraken could service far more than just 8 small/medium ships in rapid rotation. 3) With 3000+ SCU of cargo, and a nice contingent of fighters, the Kraken could be a great way to bring in supplies when a Hull series is too exposed even with an escort. I'm sure there are many more...
  13. Was in wave 7 (the F%$@ You wave) but would not have bought one anyway. Got enough money in this game already and I have no interest in running some distant outpost or a pirate base or acting as a flying battle carrier. I'm glad other people bought it and helped fund the game, though! Anyone in TA happen to grab one?
  14. Interesting decision. As I'm sure you know, the Mercury has only four size 2 missiles, whereas the Freelancer MIS has 32 size 2 missiles and four size 4 missiles. EDIT: Looks like the missiles on the Mercury are actually just size 1, even though the racks are size 2. On the MIS the rack and missile sizes are identical.
  15. tl;dr: I'm buying a Terrapin --> Mercury CCU. I thought about possibly upgrading my Freelancer Max to the Mercury, but even though the Mercury has a cargo capacity that approaches that of the Max I decided that I still like the Max as a dedicated cargo ship. Also, the $140 value of the Max means I'd have to shell out more $$, whereas the Terrapin is already $220, so the CCU is only $5. The Mercury has a scanning room so it appears to have the same scanning capability in that regard as the Terrapin. The Mercury is slightly faster at SCM than a Terrapin (215 m/s vs 210 m/s) however at max AB speed it is quite slower (1050 m/s vs 1205 m/s). The Mercury has 2 size M shield generators compared to the 1 size M shield generator on the Terrapin, but of course the Terrapin is quite a bit smaller and has much heavier armor. Beyond these things, I don't know if there is much worth saying... the Mercury seems to be better than the Terrapin in every other way while only costing $5 more. With 96 SCU cargo space, Mercury has more cargo space than the base Freelancer (66 SCU) but less than the Freelancer Max (122 SCU). The weapons on the Freelancer appear to outclass the Mercury, with the Mercury having six size 2 guns and the Freelancer having two size 2 and four size 3. Interestingly, while both have a minimum crew of two, the Freelancer has a max crew of four while the Mercury only has a max crew of three. That seems a bit odd as there appear to be more tasks that need crew on the Mercury, but it looks like the Freelancer get the benefit of an extra bed. The Freelancer is somewhat slower, with an SCM speed of 205 m/s and a max AB speed of 1005 m/s (compared to 215 m/s and 1050 m/s on the Mercury). The last ship that seems to be relevant for comparison is, of course, the Herald. The Mercury seems to be better in just about every way except speed. The Herald just blows the Mercury (and everything else) away with its SCM speed of 235 m/s and max AB speed of 1360 m/s. The Herald is a small one man ship, however, so may still be more practical for a solo player and certain missions. Also it only costs $85, which seems reasonable.
  16. So is this the first movie in what is expected to be a series (if it does well)?
  17. I didn't like it, but I'm not complaining because I don't want Jared distracting the devs from working on 3.3... rather just have filler episodes like this.
  18. Quite impressive what a lot of orgs are starting to do in-game these days.
  19. Must be the first Q&A ever where there was almost no whining afterwards. This Q&A seems to have pleased just about everyone, somehow. (So I guess my Carrack will have a tier 1 medical bed, eh?)
  20. You haven't messed with your swap space in a misguided effort to improve system speed, have you? I've heard of several people who modified their swap settings instead of letting Windows manage it, and the result is a crash. You review the SC logs at all? Sometimes they make it clear what is causing the crash.
  21. I'm thinking that the medical beds will have classes, just like components. So there may be a big difference between a class A tier 1 bed and a class D tier 1 bed. And I'd guess that the base hulls come with just class C beds, with the B and A being exponentially more expensive.
  22. I just picked up a CCU from a Vulcan to the Apollo Medivac ($75). I never wanted the Vulcan, but it came with a pack. I've been waiting for an opportunity to CCU it. The thing that really made me pull the trigger here is that it will fit in the Endeavor Hope's hangar, and I already have an Endeavor Hope. I'm honestly not sure whether i'd prefer to captain the Endeavor Hope while a friend captains the Apollo Medivac, or vice versa. I guess I'd want to do both at different times. Anyway, this removes the Vulcan from my fleet at least. I have zero desire to play the refueling or repairing game loops. I quite look forward to paying someone else to bring fuel to me and to handle my repairs.
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