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  1. There's a fix for that, you gotta set the CPU affinity in Task Manager to one thread only. (More Bugfixes) https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Mobil_1_Rally_Championship
  2. Crossposting my previous recommendation of this game for Ross to review on RGD. I L-O-V-E this game!! EDIT: I've recently replayed the game, so I'm gonna leave a few tips here:
  3. Hi Ross! I'd like to recommend Mobil 1 Rally Championship. If you sucessfully activated your powers of deduction, you'll find this is a racing game, featuring immense rally stages. It was the last game developed by Magnetic Fields, and released in 1999. The main attraction of the game are the super-long stages, created using real-life data from maps from the Ordnance Survey, a mapping agency for Britain and Ireland. They feel like a journey. Looking back on it, the physics are nothing special, with sound design being quite poor in fact, however it's a game I thought you'd like due to the sheer immensity of the setting. IIRC there's a stage lasting for over 30 minutes (racing pace), with most of them averaging 10 minutes I'd say. IMO it was the best rally game until Richard Burns Rally released in 2004. EDIT: I took screenshots of all the stage description screens in the game: https://imgur.com/a/h1bRD8a Adding up, the game has 652km across all its stages, and 18km averaged on its 36 stages! For 1999, this was a proper achievement. It still is! And they received great reviews too, mostly nines across the board.
  4. Hopefully someone can create a fanmod with this lore, and then Ross could create a Freeman's Mind series based on that! Given the shape of things today, I'm pretty certain Ross would get around to that much earlier than the next installment of HL (which would be never)
  5. I did just that, I bought a CoolerMaster TX3 Evo for my 2500 and it works like a charm! Cheap, very easy installation, no backplate required, and it fits perfectly on my 250D case, with only 5-10mm of height to spare. Cools it very well too, I stress tested it with the Mersenne prime number test with a MB auto-overclock setting on (4.0 GHz, up from 3.70), with temperatures hovering around 80-85°C. I could've gone with an AIO but I figured it's overkill, overcomplicated and overpriced too, given my PC specs. If you're interested in going Mini-ITX, I'd recommend my case, the Corsair 250D. In terms of Mini-ITX it's a bit bulky, but it has great support for standard ATX specs, like full ATX PSUs, 2 HDD and 2 SSD slots, a long and tall GPU card slot, and great CPU cooler support. Feels like an ATX system I can carry with one arm, you know? And funny you say that about the PSU model I have. When I bought a GTS 450 (that Fermi architecture nearly burned down my house, BTW) for my system I needed a new PSU, so I bought a Thermaltake model, which lasted about 6 months. Then I bought a CoolerMaster model, which lasted maybe 3 or 4 months. Then I bought my current Corsair PSU, which I've been using ever since! I could've RMA'd the broken PSUs, but the international shipping prices were nearly the price of a new model, so I just chose to buy new ones. I guess the reliability of the PSUs is down to the individual part, sometimes. Especially when you're purchasing from such "middle-tier" brands, which could or could not burn down your house and pets! If Seasonic distributed their PSUs here in Brazil I'd buy one in a heartbeat, but unfortunately they and other reputable brands don't distribute here, so all we have left are the likes of Corsair and Coolermaster. #LatinAmericaProblems
  6. Hey, first time poster here. Been watching Ross's content for about five or maybe six years, but only just joined the forum. Since I'm a PC guy I thought I'd drop by this thread. What do you guys think? MB: Asrock Z77E-ITX (Mini-ITX, Socket 1155) CPU: Intel i5-2500 (Locked, Non-K version) CPU Cooler: Stock Intel Cooler (Unfortunately) RAM: 2x Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (in Dual Channel) GPU: XFX R9 270 (Aftermarket model with two fans) PSU: Corsair CX500 (80 Plus Bronze, no modularity) Case: Corsair 250D (Mini-ITX, cube-like case) Storage: 1 Kingston 240GB SATA SSD, 1 Seagate 1TB HDD Monitor: AOC 23' IPS screen (1080p, 2ms response time) Been running this system mostly since 2012, barring a couple hardware changes here and there, and it can run most recent games in 1080p satisfactorily in about 25-40 fps. The CPU does, however, thermal throttle like a bastard because of the stock cooler. It often hovers around 85-95ºC (185-203F) and underclocks automatically to manage the overheating, but thankfully it isn't much of a problem since GPU bottlenecks everything anyway...
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