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Gravey wrote:
Jonman wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:

I think there's a real benefit to keeping the same avatar for a long time, in terms of making the board more scannable.

I'm going for double-benefit by having my handle *in* my avatar.

I went for the double-detriment of having two avatars simultaneously.

I've been hatching a plan for some interesting double avatars, myself, but I haven't found the right pair of images yet.

I kind of can't change mine, or at least I'd have to keep the same source material.

I love the vacant yet happy stare. It speaks to me. I'm talking about my avatar by the way.

EDIT: Thanks Bonus_Eruptus.

Eh, this kitty avatar really speaks to me. He's got that special something in his eyes. (He's Leo from VG Cats by the way).

Jonman wrote:

This question may be better suited to the Tech forum, but here goes....

My new laptop has Intel HD graphics 4000 instead of a fancy-pants graphics card. I've never been a PC gamer, and I'm not savvy about noodling around in the innards of a PC.

Is there any point to attempting to play modern PC games on this new laptop, or are they going to not work/run like crap?

How am I supposed to know a-priori whether a game will run acceptably/at all before buying it?

I'm 99% happy being a console jockey, but there is the odd PC game that I'd like to have a bash at (Civ 5 and Crusader Kings 2 are my very-short-list).

What's the actual model number of the CPU?

This question may be better suited to the Tech forum, but here goes....

My new laptop has Intel HD graphics 4000 instead of a fancy-pants graphics card. I've never been a PC gamer, and I'm not savvy about noodling around in the innards of a PC.

Is there any point to attempting to play modern PC games on this new laptop, or are they going to not work/run like crap?

How am I supposed to know a-priori whether a game will run acceptably/at all before buying it?

I'm 99% happy being a console jockey, but there is the odd PC game that I'd like to have a bash at (Civ 5 and Crusader Kings 2 are my very-short-list).

EDIT - Additional question. New laptop is Win8 (64 bit) - does that mean that some games won't run on it?

/ luddite

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Jonman wrote:

This question may be better suited to the Tech forum, but here goes....

My new laptop has Intel HD graphics 4000 instead of a fancy-pants graphics card. I've never been a PC gamer, and I'm not savvy about noodling around in the innards of a PC.

Is there any point to attempting to play modern PC games on this new laptop, or are they going to not work/run like crap?

How am I supposed to know a-priori whether a game will run acceptably/at all before buying it?

I'm 99% happy being a console jockey, but there is the odd PC game that I'd like to have a bash at (Civ 5 and Crusader Kings 2 are my very-short-list).

What's the actual model number of the CPU?

Intel Core i5-3210M Processor( 2.50GHz 1600MHz 3MB)

Windows 8 won't be a problem.

Jonman wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Jonman wrote:

This question may be better suited to the Tech forum, but here goes....

My new laptop has Intel HD graphics 4000 instead of a fancy-pants graphics card. I've never been a PC gamer, and I'm not savvy about noodling around in the innards of a PC.

Is there any point to attempting to play modern PC games on this new laptop, or are they going to not work/run like crap?

How am I supposed to know a-priori whether a game will run acceptably/at all before buying it?

I'm 99% happy being a console jockey, but there is the odd PC game that I'd like to have a bash at (Civ 5 and Crusader Kings 2 are my very-short-list).

What's the actual model number of the CPU?

Intel Core i5-3210M Processor( 2.50GHz 1600MHz 3MB)

Well, you should be able to do low resolutions and settings at about 30 fps for many games according to notebookcheck.net. Those benchmarks were using a couple of the i7 versions, but I would think that the graphics performance on the i5 should be similar. Civ 5 looks like a no-go using HD 4000 integrated graphics looking at these bencharks. 15 or so fps isn't going to be playable.

It depends on what you mean by "modern games". Cross-platform titles like Spec Ops or Mass Effect 3 won't run well. By that I mean they'll be choppy at low resolutions with low detail. You'll probably be able to run less graphically intensive games (think Bastion, Torchlight) just fine.

How am I supposed to know a-priori whether a game will run acceptably/at all before buying it?

Look at the system requirements. If it has a list of different video cards listed by model number, you're probably screwed. If it says something like "Direct X 9.0 or higher" then you're probably safe.

Also look at the age. Games from before 2007 or so will likely run just fine.

But at the end of the day, it's caveat emptor on the PC gaming front. Even if your specific chipset is listed, you're not guaranteed a smooth experience. My Intel chipset is listed as one of the supported chipsets for The Witcher and the best I've managed is to make it look like an early PS2 game that hitches in outdoor environments.

OK, good stuff. Thanks folks.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

But at the end of the day, it's caveat emptor on the PC gaming front.

Yeah, this is pretty much the reason that I'm a console jockey. I'm not an IT professional, and I don't want to have to be one in order to shoot aliens in their stupid faces.

You can also take a look at this website from your laptop.

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com...

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Civ 5 looks like a no-go using HD 4000 integrated graphics looking at these bencharks. 15 or so fps isn't going to be playable.

Yeah, Civ5 is a monster. You can ask Itsatrap how much fun it is to try to play it on marginal hardware, particularly in multiplayer (HINT! We could use more people for him and Fire to battle. ). My laptop gives it the Hawaiian Good Luck Sign due to onboard graphics, too. That thing is not even all that fond of Minecraft, though.

I don't know what your options are here, but even a low-end graphics card would make a ton of difference. My PC is using an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200 2.21 Ghz processor (antiquated as heck), but it runs Civ like a champ with the addition of 8 gigs of RAM and a GeForce GTS 450.

momgamer wrote:

I don't know what your options are here, but even a low-end graphics card would make a ton of difference. My PC is using an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200 2.21 Ghz processor (antiquated as heck), but it runs Civ like a champ with the addition of 8 gigs of RAM and a GeForce GTS 450.

My best option is not to bother with PC games

The reality is that I have plenty of goodness to play - I'm just exploring what my options for hassle-free occasional PC gaming is for titles that sound interesting but aren't getting a console release.

What is a must try BBQ joint in Tennessee? Preferably Memphis or Nashville. I'm driving back to Ohio from Texas this weekend and, I'm stopping in Tennessee for the night.
Sorry Tenn Goodjers, I didn't get around to setting up a S&T.

Memphis is renown for BBQ.

http://pigonbeale.com/

Memphis is terribly overrated. Rendezvous is probably the most famous BBQ joint. Avoid Corky's like the plague.

Tanglebones wrote:

...Avoid Corky's like the plague.

Really, that was one of the places someone down here recommended. Why do you say avoid?

Don't ask a New Yorker about BBQ. u_u

TigerBill wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

...Avoid Corky's like the plague.

Really, that was one of the places someone down here recommended. Why do you say avoid?

Because they're pretty awful, even if they're famous. Particularly, the specialty, their dry rub ribs.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Don't ask a New Yorker about BBQ. u_u

I asked you too, at least the New Yorker had an answer.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Don't ask a New Yorker about BBQ. u_u

Fine, I won't share any of this NY BBQ brisket with you:

IMAGE(http://www.insidehook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/073112-briskettown-428x256.jpg)

TigerBill wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Don't ask a New Yorker about BBQ. u_u

I asked you too, at least the New Yorker had an answer. ;)

Don't ask me, I was born in New York!

Who handles Canada Post Xpresspost USA packages once they get into the US? My Google skills are failing me on this one.

ianunderhill wrote:

Who handles Canada Post Xpresspost USA packages once they get into the US? My Google skills are failing me on this one.

My guess would be USPS, but that's just my experience with the reverse situation.

Tanglebones wrote:

Avoid Corky's like the plague.

This man speaks truth.

Honestly, I have yet to find BBQ in Nashville better than what I can make myself, although there are a couple new places I have yet to try. If I'm buying, it's usually Bar-B-Cutie, due to a good combination of (a) fast (b) cheap (c) still tasting better than most places around (d) able to walk in and out without smelling like a forest fire.

ianunderhill wrote:

Who handles Canada Post Xpresspost USA packages once they get into the US? My Google skills are failing me on this one.


UPS handles it.

In reverse for UPS packages coming here Purolator *shudder* handles it (in my experiences at least) and adds a nice little fee on top for the 'pleasure'.

Minarchist wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

Avoid Corky's like the plague.

This man speaks truth.

Honestly, I have yet to find BBQ in Nashville better than what I can make myself, although there are a couple new places I have yet to try. If I'm buying, it's usually Bar-B-Cutie, due to a good combination of (a) fast (b) cheap (c) still tasting better than most places around (d) able to walk in and out without smelling like a forest fire.

If your offering, I should be rolling into town sometime early Sat evening.

krev82 wrote:
ianunderhill wrote:

Who handles Canada Post Xpresspost USA packages once they get into the US? My Google skills are failing me on this one.


UPS handles it.

In reverse for UPS packages coming here Purolator *shudder* handles it (in my experiences at least) and adds a nice little fee on top for the 'pleasure'.

Thanks for the answer, but even moreso for the link. USPS is indicated as the carrier in the Wikipedia article. I'm guessing this is what you meant by "UPS", although it's worth noting that UPS (United Parcel Service) is a different outfit than USPS (United States Postal Service).

Which of these images should I use as my new avatar? I've decided to switch my avatar over to the great and almighty derp fox and I can't decide which one to use. (Thanks to strangeblades for giving me permission to use it, and for reminding me it existed in the first place)

My choices are: one from this T-shirt (the one strangeblades was using) http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=OG-FOX&Category_Code=OG, or one of the panels from the following comics (WARNING this web comic is extremely NSFW) page 1:http://oglaf.com/goldensongbird/1/, and page2:http://oglaf.com/goldensongbird/2/.

Oh and if someone could tell me how to shorten links it would be much appreciated.