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Would my present rig work for online gaming?


Graphicool1

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Would my present rig work for online gaming?

I have...

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium

Intel Dual Core Processer i3-2100

Nvidia GeForce GT 240

Sound Blaster Z

4 gb Ram

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Chronos the 2nd

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Shaders Though why you feel you need the info I cannot imagine.

And yes you can connect your TV to your PC.

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Graphicool1

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"Shaders Though why you feel you need the info I cannot imagine."

Because first and foremost I use my PC for my work. I'm a professional graphic artist and many of the programmes I use need and use shaders.

"And yes you can connect your TV to your PC"

But can I use a TV that isn't in the same room as the PC? I expect not, as I'd have to be sitting at the PC to control what's happening on the TV? Is that correct?

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Chronos the 2nd

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Now we are getting somewhere, you are providing relevant information to your situation.

So your a graphic artist? I assume that with your current GPU the programs you use work well, then I would imagine that a GPU with quite a bit more powerful would perhaps do better as 'shaders' are an important part of modern gaming.

As for playing your PC games on your TV then yes you at least must have the PC connected to the TV and controlling your movements obviously you would at least need the PC in the same room.

I do not know what sized motherboard you have but if it is a M-ATX size then transferring your components into a small case which can be easily moved near the TV might be one solution?

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Graphicool1

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Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8H61-M LE/USB3 Rev x.0x

Bus Clock: 100 megahertz

BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0305 02/28/2011

I built this rig about 3 years ago, online at 'PC Specialists'. It's a dedicated art and music studio. I've just updated the sound card to a 'Sound Blaster Z'. I mainly chose this one because it includes a beamforming microphone. For the benefit of anyone who doesn't know what that is. You can be in a room with loud sounds coming from both sides of you. But because you can narrow the input area, from your mouth to the mic, it filters out the other sounds. How cool is that!

I'm not liking the sound of...

"transferring your components into a small case which can be easily moved near the TV?"

You really don't know what you're suggesting, my PC is the core of my world. My rig and all it's attending paraphernalia take up the whole loft, of my 3 bedroomed bungalow. I bought this place a year ago and between decorating and rebuilding the bungalow, I've been slowly re-setting up the creative part of my life that I'd be a lost without. Although all the extra stuff is in the loft too I've yet to connect it. All I've connected so far is a printer (but as yet not the continuous ink system). A scanner and a Bamboo graphics tablet. The things still to be added to the mix are a large format printer. Which, incidentally, because it hasn't been used for a year I'll have to strip down and clean. I'm also a musician so I have a selection of keyboards, sound pads, tape decks, electric guitar etc.

Of course though, working on the bungalow isn't the only thing that's slowing me down from putting everything together. You see, I'm planning to build a studio in the garden and I intend moving everything out there when it's finished. so, as I'm sure you can understand, I don't want to put it all together here, then have to take it all apart again, to put it...etc. So I've just connected the essentials. It's been over a year since I did any graphic work, but I did write a song last week. I may be going loopy, but I'm not totally out of the loop just yet.

Anyway, can we forget about the transfering and moving thing please. Not only for the reasons I've mentioned above. But there is another factor involved in all this, that can't be overlooked, namely my wife. Her preference is for a minimalist lounge and she doesn't like to see electronic gadgets. She wasn't swayed and wouldn't be moved, when I suggested installing my state of the art, stand alone hi-fi system, with surround sound speakers in the lounge. They will also be coming with me when I decamp to the garden studio.

I do have another idea though, I didn't mention it before mainly because I wanted to use the big TV. But, I still have the LED TV we used to use before buying the big one. It's a TOSHIBA REGZA 32" (diagonally) wide screen. Its reference number is 32SL753DB, it has a LAN port, also a (USB 2 Wireless LAN Adapter, ready for a home network) and 4 HDMI input sockets. So it would seem that I could just swap it with my present monitor. I'm guessing that I won't have to tune the TV side of it, nor would I have to connect an aerial or scart leads? How is this sounding?

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Chronos the 2nd

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You really don't know what you're suggesting.

I make suggestions on information given by you which has been limited.

OK so moving the PC is not an option.

What size is your current monitor?

Using the 32" TV as a monitor would be an excellent way to go though this will still involve upgrading your GPU as there is much more screen for the GPU to have to work with. As long as it has HDMI ports you are good to go as most, if not all, modern GPU's come with a HDMI output.

You have plenty of time to get upgrades installed as I think the game ESO has been delayed to spring next year.

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Graphicool1

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Regarding..."You really don't know what you're suggesting."...I'm sorry if you was offended by it, but when I wrote it I wasn't intending it as a put down m8. It was just by way of a lead in, to let you know why it wouldn't be a good idea.

Still, moving on..."What size is your current monitor?"... it's an iiyama 21" (diagonal) wide screen.

"As long as it has HDMI ports you are good to go as most, if not all, modern GPU's come with a HDMI output."

My present GPU doesn't have one and as for the proposed upgrade, that says 'miniHDMI'?

"I think the game ESO has been delayed to spring next year."

If this is correct and I have no reason to doubt you, it's both good news and bad. The good news is if I keep saving, I should by then have enough money to upgrade the processor too. The bad is of course having to wait till then before I can play it and that's only pre-supposing that they don't change their minds again!

No doubt soon you're going to tell me that you're playing the Beta of ESO, it wouldn't surprise me?

I've just played 'Sniper Ghost Warrior' as a fill in while waiting for ESO. I must say I liked it a lot, but it was so short. I finished it the same week I bought it. The only upside was that I bought it second hand. I'll put it back on Ebay now and look for something else or replay 'Red Dead Redemption' offline. I suppose I could replay 'Skyrim' and keep in the zone.

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Chronos the 2nd

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A 21" monitor? I game on a Dell U2712 Ultrasharp with my secondary monitor being a 24" and I am also connected to my 40"TV via HDMI, but thar connection is just for films.

As for a mini HDMI,no matter, just get yourself a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable.

As for the game ESO, not my sort of game,I played Skyrim but found it very boring. Enter a cave system, fight your way to a boss, kill boss, rinse and repeat. Just for variety kill a dragon with a couple of hundred arrows. Not for me.

I prefer my FPS's, playing Far Cry 3 at the moment which when I first bought it,could not get into, but I am quite enjoying now. I enjoyed Dishonoured, Tomb raider and Dead Space 3, still got Hitman Absolution to play yet.

Back to Elder Scrolls Online, made by Bethesda, hope it is less buggy on release than Fallout 3 and for that matter Skyrim.

If you Google ESO release date you will see that although it has not been officially been stated by Bethesda, the date has been put back to spring. By that time prices will undoubtedly dropped and you will probably get a better deal.

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Graphicool1

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40" TV whoa dude and you don't play games on it!

I noticed you didn't mention red Dead Redemption in your list?

Bethesda

I hope us fans aren't being serapticiously hoodwinked into becoming members of the fastest growing church in the USA!

Be the sda - (Be The Seventh Day Adventist)

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Graphicool1

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I just saw this...

"On June 10, 2013, Sony announced that The Elder Scrolls Online would be available on PlayStation 4 and it would also be available on Xbox One."

Perhaps I will be able to play it on my big TV after all!?

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Chronos the 2nd

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Provided you have the new Xbox or PS4, I saw that but did not mention it as the price for a new console is rather more than your proposed upgrades to your PC.

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