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Yukikaze
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Here's our little PC gaming thread.

The idea is to say why you're currently playing a certain game you enjoy, sort of a mini-review-kind-of-thing. To keep this more useful than just a simple "I love this thing" thread, try to provide some information as to how well the game you are playing runs on your system. That will help members choose potential games that will run well on their machines.

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cunning_fridge
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I'm about 4 hours into the new DOOM, absolutely loving it so far. I used to play a lot of PC games about 10 years ago but gradually moved over to consoles. Now I've assembled a pretty feasible gaming laptop for about £200 (or $200, thanks Brexit) using a 2011 hp2560 with a GTX 1050ti, GDC Beast Expresscard.

The game is just as fast paced and satisfying as the original and far far superior to the gloomy horror version released a few years ago.

I guess the number you're waiting for is that it runs at an absolute rock solid 60fps with everything on high or ultra. This is on a relatively low res external monitor but I'd suspect you'd still get 60 at 1080. Considering this is on a laptop from 2011 I'd say that's a success.

2011 12" HP EliteBook 2560P [2nd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win10 [build link]  

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Yukikaze
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I need to look into DOOM. I have not played shooters in a long, long time, but DOOM is somewhat nostalgic.

I am currently playing Stellaris. Playing might be an under-statement, as I have around 400 hours sunk into it since release.

For those who haven't heard about it, it is a 4X/Grand Strategy hybrid by Paradox games, running in real time. If you are familiar with Paradox games, you've probably heard about the Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Hearts of Iron series, all of which are quite complicated grand strategy games. If you are not familiar with Paradox, then the best way to sum up their games is "lets see how we can bring out the worst human being ever in our players", because they offer very different paths to government, from alliance-building to outright genocide/war/slavery and all in between. For the record, I tend to play a pacifist, because it requires more thinking than trying to overpower everyone, and because I always sucked at roleplaying as the bad guys.

In any case, Stellaris is a simpler game than previous Paradox titles, but it is still relatively complex, large in scope, and offers massive replay value (did I mention 400+ hours and counting?).  It is also quite beautiful visually (especially in large fleet battles), and isn't very graphically demanding (because rendering empty space isn't hard), to the point where my GTX960 4GB can comfortably max it out at 4096x2160. It does chew up quite a bit of a CPU, and people with weaker systems should really stick to the smaller maps, and/or lower numbers of AI empires, because otherwise the late game can slow down to a crawl. While it uses multi-threading, the main AI decision-making seems to be done in one thread to avoid difficult synchronization issues, and this is the main cause of the slow-downs. In short, the game favors a fast dual-core over a slow quad-core, and as a result, it will run better on an i7-3540M, for example, than on an i7-3632QM.

In any case, I highly recommend it if you like the genres it mashes together, and/or space games in general. Is it also currently on sale on Steam.

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survfate
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Posted by: cunning_fridge

 

I'm about 4 hours into the new DOOM, absolutely loving it so far. I used to play a lot of PC games about 10 years ago but gradually moved over to consoles. Now I've assembled a pretty feasible gaming laptop for about £200 (or $200, thanks Brexit) using a 2011 hp2560 with a GTX 1050ti, GDC Beast Expresscard.

The game is just as fast paced and satisfying as the original and far far superior to the gloomy horror version released a few years ago.

I guess the number you're waiting for is that it runs at an absolute rock solid 60fps with everything on high or ultra. This is on a relatively low res external monitor but I'd suspect you'd still get 60 at 1080. Considering this is on a laptop from 2011 I'd say that's a success.

   

Sound nice, did you mod your bios and enable hotplug to prevent error 43 for the 1050 to work?

2012 15" ASUS K55VJ (GT635M) [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-mPCIe2 (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win10 [build link]  

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Yukikaze
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Posted by: survfate

 

Sound nice, did you mod your bios and enable hotplug to prevent error 43 for the 1050 to work?

Isn't that issue only plaguing mPCIe and M.2 ports? I thought Expresscards typically were hotplug enabled, by their nature as an external slot.

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cunning_fridge
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I'm deliberately using slightly older drivers just in case but as Yukikaze said I'd have thought by the nature of the expresscard interface it should be hotplug enabled.

2011 12" HP EliteBook 2560P [2nd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win10 [build link]  

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survfate
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Posted by: Yukikaze

 

Posted by: survfate

 

Sound nice, did you mod your bios and enable hotplug to prevent error 43 for the 1050 to work?

Isn't that issue only plaguing mPCIe and M.2 ports? I thought Expresscards typically were hotplug enabled, by their nature as an external slot.

   

Hmm, I did not know that, I thought that only Dell Expresscards are Hotplug enable by default, well TIL.

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Yukikaze
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My Lenovo T430s has a very hotpluggable Expresscard slot. To the point where the eGPU can be connected and removed freely in Win7. HWiNFO also confirms that. Interesting enough one of the two mPCIe slots is also marked as supporting hotplug in HWiNFO. So looks like some not-Dell ones are hotpluggable by default. I am running a stock BIOS, so it is indeed the default.

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I was playing Elder Scrolls Online on macOS with my Mac mini + GTX970 eGPU

Now waiting to finish my Thunderbolt 3 eGPU to come back to game!

Playing on my LG Ultrawide 34" 4k

 

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my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
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Yukikaze
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That is elegant. Very nice! Which brings to mind that we need a Battlestation thread! Right on it Smile

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