Blizzard Holds Ground - No LAN For SC2

By Published July 01, 2009 at 1:46 pm

 

Yesterday, Blizzard made the announcement that LAN would not be an included feature in StarCraft 2.  Not even 24 hours later, 7,000 gamers have signed a petition to negate this decision, and Blizzard responded.  A couple of posts from community managers and organizers on the Blizzard forums makes thing quite clear: There will be NO LAN for StarCraft 2.  Why?  Read more...

 

Logitech G5 Gaming Mouse

By Published June 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Logitech's G5 gaming mouse, an enhanced version of the late MX518 (G3), has a host of fancy features that you never knew you needed. 

 

StarCraft 2: No Life for Aiur?

By Published June 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

After browsing StarCraft II's website for case modding ideas, I noticed a disturbance in the alignment of races.  It seems that the Zealot, the epitome of the Protoss race, no longer offers "[his] Life for Aiur!"  It gets worse...

The Xbox 720?

By Published June 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Project Phoenix, Microsoft's anti-PS3 weapon?  

Microsoft became king of cliche when they discovered the letter X, dubbing their square BOX the X-Box, and they're at it again with Project Phoenix.

Empire: Total War DLC Out - Pay Up!

By Published June 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm

SEGA has jumped aboard Microsoft's golden money-for-DLC bandwagon, and they extend their hand to you for cash.  Empire: Total War, a game that has a solid count of fundamental flaws that have the ability to 'borify' a game, has finally come out with Downloadable Content. 

Battlefield Heroes Preview

By Published June 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Article contributed to GN by "Tiberius"

Are you tired of the REAL LIFE Battlefield Games? Tired of all those dolphin-diving, over-proning noobs all over Wake Island? Or just in general the blatant remakes other Battlefield Games? I know I was - and thanks to my trusty friend, Google, I discovered the cartoony Battlefield Heroes.

You know it for being one of the most controversial titles in gaming, you know it for the hot coffee scandal, you even know it for just being a wicked game - and now it's on the PSP.  Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was announced today by Rockstar: Leeds, and is said to be available for the PSP sometime this fall. 

Rockstar Games noted that the game will have new story missions and graphics, but has held back any screenshot evidence of this.  Rockstar, we dare you to release some screenshots!  The developer says Chinatown Wars will be available both on disc and for direct download. Chinatown Wars was the highest-ever rated game on the DS so far, and now it is being ported to a platform that is likely more suited to the fast-paced action the GTA series has come known for.

Majesty 2: Fantasy Kingdom Sim Preview

By Published June 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm
We've previewed the upcoming game Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, a game where players develop a fantasy kingdom and hire adventurers to defend it.  Complete customization of the kingdom, a strong Guild and Hero system, and plenty o' Dragons n' Giants to slay make this game promising!  See what we had to say about it here!

Majesty 2: Fantasy Kingdom Sim Preview

By Published June 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

guildHeroes lay claim to generous bounty to defend your town, dragons lay claim to heroes, and you lay claim to the responsibility of defending your Fantasy Kingdom.  It's the perfect economy, and one that has been proven time and again by successes such as the original Dungeons & Dragons, Stronghold, and other RTS-styled fantasy simulators.  Majesty 2 monopolizes on this system, where players can build towers, smithies, and marketplaces in which distant heroes, who are recruited by your locally established guilds, may come to spend their wealth... and gain fame!

June, 09 - Budget Gamer PC - $474

By Published June 19, 2009 at 11:39 pm

The grossly expensive Monthly Monster for this month might as well have been solid gold. We decided that gamers need a good selection of gaming rigs, thus we have created the $474 Budget Gamer PC.  GN Staff was given a $500 budget to build the opposite end of the spectrum, a budget gamer's dream machine.  We did it with $26 to spare!  Check it out, and then replace your rusting, dusting crapbox with it!


The Macro:

Core:

ASUS M3A76-CM Motherboard
nVidia 8800GTS (G92) 512MB
AMD Athlon X2 7850 2.8GHz Black Edition Kuma CPU
OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR 1066 (PC2 8500) Memory
Raidmax Hybrid 530W PSU

Drives/Adapters:

Sony Optiarc 24x CD/DVD Burner
Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200RPM HDD

Exterior/Cooling:

Raidmax Tornado Mid-Tower Case


The Micro:

Motherboard:

ASUS M3A76-CM Motherboard Link

$65

With this budget build, we went for a motherboard that had the bare essentials: PCI-Express 2.0 (1), PCI-Express x8, plenty of USB, dual or quad core support, room for up to 8gb of DDR2 1066, onboard audio, and enough SATA ports to hook up multiple drives if there is a need for more gigs later. ASUS delivered all of this to us for a generous $65, earning this motherboard a spot on our budget build.

Video Card:

Nvidia 8800 GTS 512MB (G92) Link

$110 - $20 Rebate


This card, while dubbed to be part of the 8 series, sports the same core as nVidia's 9 series, turning the 8800 GTS card into a beastly competitor in the budget market. This card will be able to run any game you throw at it with the highest or high graphics settings (I am looking at you, Crysis). All this at a reasonable $110 means the 8800 wins the best choice for budget gamers award once again.


CPU:

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Link

$70

Intel is putting up a fierce fight, and since competition is such a compelling force, AMD has renewed their price-reduction strategy for many products, allowing gamers access to speedy and reliable CPUs and GPUs at stellar prices. This dual core shows its swagga with a bling-worthy 2.8GHz - before overclocking - and can be bumped up a few notches thanks to it being the black edition processor.  Boasting a 2 x 512KB L2 Cache and a 2MB L3 Cache, this processor will perform admirably in any games you currently own for a low $70.


Memory:

OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR2 1066 PC2 8500 Link

$55


No true gaming computer is complete without a minimum of 4GBs of RAM, so we threw in this OCZ RAM running at 1066 MHz with cas timings of 5-5-5-18 AND platinum heatspreaders to keep your cooling factor up at a cost of $55.

 

Power Supply:

Raidmax Hybrid 530W PSU Link

$55 - $15 Rebate


Good brand, good power, good price. GET IT!

Optical drive:

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD burner Link

$30

 


 


With standard and above par speeds this drive made our build instantly. The speeds are listed below.

Write: DVD+R 24x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-R 24x, DVD-RW 6x, CD-r 48x, CD-RW 32x, DVD+R DL 12x, DVD-R DL 12x, DVD-RAM 12x
Read: DVD-ROM 16x, CD-ROM 48x


Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200 RPM HDD Link

$50

 


 

A 320GB capacity will handle all the games a budget gamer needs to worry about, and it still retains a strong operating speed of 7200 RPM.  For the price of $50, this HDD easily beats out the competition to make it onto our budget build.


Case:

Raidmax Tornado Midtower Case Link

$40 - $10 Rebate


Rocking a pair of USB 2.0 slots, two 80mm fans, and one 120mm fan, this case will keep your computer running cool and quick without putting a lot of heat on your wallet for $40.


Grand Total:
$474

A strong CPU, RAM, and GPU mean you will be owning at a high FPS for a low cost.  We highly recommend this build for anybody looking to upgrade an older machine for cheap, or at all for that matter.  Have a higher budget?  Stick around for our upcoming Hardcore Gamer build, featuring all the hottest equipment for about $1500.

Comment on the rig below or in the forums!

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~Brant "Bob" Armstrong

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