PCars looks like a game I would love if my PC could handle it. I played a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed the style, graphics, control and overall immersion. WHERE ARE THE BACK MARKERS? However, a plethora of AMD inspired FPS drops has since caused me to abandon this venture. Sadly, it may be time to upgrade my PC. It has been a reliable and capable workhorse for years (AMD FX-8350, ATI R9 270X, 8g 1333 DDR3, SSD, plenty of goodies...). What are the chances I can enjoy GTA 5 without upgrading? Anybody with a similar PC? Do I really have to spend the big bucks for Intel/Nvidia?
GTA 5 seems to be optimized quite well, and even with lower settings still presents decent eye candy. I haven't heard of any issues with it regarding AMD/ATi, unlike pCars which is plagued with problems as you've discovered... devs blaming ATi and vice versa.
I've all but given up on pCars, solely because of the FFB and physics. I've tried Jack Spades first 2 FFB folders but have yet to try his latest 2 offerings. I'm hoping one can transform pCars into something resembling AC's FFB. Everything else more or less does what I'd expect from a newly released title.
As for the Intel/nVIDIA v AMD/ATi question, that could open a can of worms. AMD/ATi no doubt offer more bang for your bucks on the surface but as with everything you get what you pay for long term (IMO). I've had a couple of ATi and nVIDIA cards in the last few years and I have to say I think nVIDIA offers a better product. The extra money for equivalent cards is worth it IMO but it very much depends on your budget.
I've had 2 AMD CPU's and both burnt out a couple of months after the warranty expired. Granted that was a long time ago and they were constantly pushed to their limits with video rendering and technology has moved on since then, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
My first nVIDIA gaming card was a GTX8800. It suffered over 8,000 hours of gaming before finally giving up the ghost. I should also mention that it was paired with an Intel Core Duo T2700 from 2006 and that is still used as an entertainment system in my living room, albeit with a cheap GPU.
I've had my current CPU (i7 960) since its launch in 2009 and (touch wood) have not had any issues with it. I haven't overclocked it or done anything silly with it which no doubt adds to it's longevity. It's still a decent chip but of course technology has moved on.
Anyway, enough of me ranting on, I'm sure someone will be along soon to tell you how good AMD/ATi has been to them as it has been to you. I guess all I'm trying to say is, as with everything you get what you pay for
AMD for over twenty years never had a problem, had to upgrade before they gave up the ghost and they are now owned by others who are still using them. So for Intel vs AMD, it matter little but intel are faster and AMD have a better socket system.
ATi vs nVIdia, well I have always gone for nVidia as they have always had better Linux support and I had nothing but problems with ATi in the 90's (LOL). To be honest I see no reason to go for one over the other, after using an ATi that was kindly sent to me over the Christmas period.
To make it easy.
Intel are slightly more expensive but are faster and have very good overclocking capabilities. AMD are cheaper but allow for multiple CPU form factors to be used over many motherboards. ATi have great AS/AA and scalability (multiple GPUs) nVidia are fast and seem to have the edge on large screens.
Overall if you spend the money you get a great PC, no matter what you chose it will be better than what you had.
Considering I may not do this again for years, a couple hundred dollars more won't kill me. I may move on to Intel/nVidia soon. As for PCars, WHERE ARE THE BACK MARKERS? Am I missing something? Even against the AI it's very difficult to race cleanly. I only have a single screen setup.
Remember a good solid Motherboard is worth it weight in gold! So no matter which CPU manufacturer you go for make sure you spend money on the one thing that keeps it all together, the Motherboard! A good motherboard will help you more than all the other components together, much like a solid and reliable PSU will feed your hungry beast and protect it from power loss. As for humans, the world looks better when you are viewing it from a comfortable home with lots of food and drink. Computers want the same, a nice place to rest their pins and some place for all the slots and more POWER! arh! arh! arhh!
Good luck Herb, a new PC is always an exciting time.
Yes I mean proximity markers. Thought they were called back markers. What are back markers? Hmm. Too arcade huh. That's disappointing. Without Track IR, proximity markers, triple screen or even just a decent rear view mirror, proper racing won't be an option for me.
On a good note. I bought GTA 5 and my PC can handle it. Looks and plays beautiful so far. I'm not going to rush into upgrading my PC. Although it's fun to put together some mock builds at the moment. It seems like a i5 4690 / GTX 970 is the sweet spot for me right now.
I agree horus. I never go for the fancy $300 motherboards but I make sure to get quality. Usually a mid level Gigabyte.
What PCars not being supported properly by the dev's that made loads of money from a crowd funded Sim with an illegal profiteering scam going on? Hey! It's the first time the FSA have seen failure before people lost money, unlike the trillions of pounds lost saving insolvent banks. LOL Sorry had to take the p!ss.
Okay, p!ss taken. PCars really needs to become what it set out to be. I might not be the best to judge that, actually maybe I am, but there seems very little movement on fixing the blatant issues and bugs. Then again maybe PCars 2 will be better. PCars really needs to step up as without it then there is only the three big players left and one of those is using the same engine.
AC has it's issues, bugs and total mess ups. But they do not match the problems PCars has even after the good few years and many more software engineers working on it. I still do not see where PCars come in for us. Is it a sim or an arcade game, or is it something in between? Grid Autosport feels very similar and look slightly better. Maybe it is me, I am still missing things from NetKar. The clicking on buttons and ripping visors off in my single seater, getting flat spots on the out lap, being able to keep the tyres I have on the car in pits, changing the colour of the car in the pits. PCars just seems to fail, poor sound, very poor FFB, MP only in your region, no dedicated servers, over complicated settings (I love complicated, no need for stuff that is so complicated 99% of people cannot use them).
Gotta say, although I only have 154hrs invested in this game, I actually enjoy playing it, I still think most the stock settings for the cars are rubbish and setting the cars up is ( for me ) a nightmare as I dunno wtf i'm doing half the time, still, I do enjoy playing it, and racing just with a few mates has almost always been a blast. I'm no sim expert or great racer, just an average joe, so maybe that's why I find it ok, I also find Dirt Rally incredibly hard but bags of fun so there you go lol, maybe i'm just a masochist
TDS: manual restart seems to fix it (aloog 6 up)
Oct 26, 2016 12:08:27 GMT
TDS: AC 1.9.1 up some changes to 918 porsche
Oct 26, 2016 17:26:24 GMT
bigbawmcgraw: Server updated to 1.9.2
Oct 28, 2016 15:30:06 GMT
bigbawmcgraw: Servers on box have been restarted.
Oct 28, 2016 15:30:21 GMT
speedemon: any plans the nite people
Oct 28, 2016 18:15:02 GMT
charlie: little test for my system, 55-58 FPS @ 8k - 23ai @ Silverstone, quite smooth, no slow downs or CPU warnings. would recommend the Ichill X3 1080
Oct 31, 2016 21:18:30 GMT
andras: Dear Aloog! Today play in the morning 8-9h on the SPA track server, I used as many times.I am always fair.But today one player banned.I do not think the incorrect replay shows no such a thing.Now I'm disabled but I want to continue to compete.I would like
Nov 5, 2016 16:09:55 GMT
andras: I would like to ask for a review. Thanks! Andras Balogh
Nov 5, 2016 16:11:44 GMT
steve: You were vote kicked by some other players who were up to no good. You will be able to rejoin once the server is restarted (at the time of writing the server is full, and I don't want to disrupt their races).
Nov 5, 2016 19:26:51 GMT
northy: FYI There is a 10gb update for arma3 ... Since no-one plays I shall update the server when I have some spare time.
Dec 1, 2016 17:51:20 GMT
andyriches: can we use this http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/ac_trackcycle.6917/ on aloog servers? anyone tried it?
Mar 4, 2017 9:05:37 GMT
bigbawmcgraw: Server 3 was set up to use it but it never really caught on Andy. Too much faffing about for nothing.
Mar 4, 2017 10:07:40 GMT
andyriches: ah ok, fair enough
Mar 4, 2017 13:33:04 GMT
steve: fyi Servers updated to v1.13
Mar 22, 2017 18:59:44 GMT
andyriches: Practice server up on ALOOG1 for the Riverside 200km race on the 29th. See here for details > http://www.assettocorsa.net/forum/index.php?threads/aloog-server-1-planning-chit-chat.24600/page-271#post-862776
Apr 9, 2017 13:25:42 GMT