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If you don't mind investing the time to learn the (compared to Hearthstone) enormously complex rules and don't mind the lack of flashy graphics and animations, Magic the Gathering Online is still the best TCG out there, IMO.  HEX might dethrone them one day, if/when they add in the promised robust multiplayer PvE and non-1v1 PvP content.  But there is no indication that will be anytime soon.

Thanks for the replies Rain, are you playing anything yourself atm?
Originally posted by rainmourn

Rift is an interesting "holy trinity" game where every character can rearrange their skill trees or whatever the heck they call them (it's been awhile =) in order to tank, dps or heal. So there are many different styles of healing. I really loved the nature based mage type healing, called Chloromancer or something to do with Chloro.

Sorry for skimpy details but I quit playing right after Rift went f2p. But for flexibility in what role you wanted to play, the game excelled.

Rift had some interesting healer options but wasn't/isn't an action combat MMO, which is what I'm looking for.  TY tho.

Hey all, I'm trying to put together a list of MMO's with action combat that also have a dedicated healer role.  So far I've got:







Can anyone add to the list?  Thanks!

I was a PvP-focused MMO player from late 2003 until 2013.  For the past year and a half or so hasn't been any MMO that interests me and I *have* been playing SMITE! 


SMITE is a fantastic game and has many features (fair playing field, very little grind, no p2w, skill-based but not twitch combat, etc.) that today's MMO's lack, and atm I'd say its the clear choice for PvP's, even MMORPG ones.


However its missing a few big things that MMO PvP could bring to the table, mostly to do with customization and skills.  You can pick from a huge number of characters and customize their gear while you play, but things like talent trees and skill selection, along with a larger number of skills, are noticeably absent. 


In any case any PvP fan should check it out.  Right now the only MMO that offers PvP on an even playing field is GW, so if you don't care for that for whatever reason, SMITE is a nice alternative.

@ General-Zod - Any additional thoughts on Champions of Regnum regarding it fitting what I'm looking for?  I had never heard of it until you mentioned it, but it looks like fairly bad Steam reviews, and most of the negatives complain about the bad grind. 


@ Foomerang - Regarding the catch up mechanisms, no, they don't.  At least not on par (ie equal), and I'm still wondering if you've played any of the games.


@ Tiamat-Roar - Very interesting post.  I think you are generally right here.  Just seems strange that one MMO series (GW/GW2) was able to successfully incorporate fair pvp, even in a limited setting, but no others have or can.  Maybe the fair pvp idea only really works in a b2p business model, and since almost all MMO's are going f2p which is, like you say, contrary to easy to attain fair pvp, that there's just not much opportunity for it to exist. 

Some odd replies so far...

Originally posted by Foomerang Wow, rift, swtor, ffxiv,tsw,w*, aoc, lotro

None of those take hundreds of hours or hundreds of dollars to be on equal footing. Maybe a dozen hours tops. Is that too much for you?

Have you played any of the games you listed? That's an honest question, not me being sarcastic. I ask because to take Rift just as one example, back when I played (before F2P) just leveling up completely, including filling in the entire crazy (500?) level bonus stat grid after max base level, would take hundreds of hours, and no one could possibly do it in a dozen hours, or anything even remotely close to that.

Originally posted by Kyleran Planetside 2?

I only played this one for a few hours at launch and much could have changed, but I feel pretty sure leveling up all the way, unlocking all the kits, stat boosts, everything else would have been very time consuming and/or expensive. Has that changed? I really don't know/remember much about this one.

@Nighthaven, sorry mate, not sure what you are talking about in your posts, or how it relates to my original question.

Just wondering if there are any other MMO's out there aside from Guild Wars that have truly "fair" PvP, meaning that it doesn't take hundreds of hours or hundreds of dollars to have the *same* (emphasis here) relevant gear/stat options as other players.  Note that needing to pay some money is fine, or invest some time. 


Doesn't matter if f2p/b2p/p2p, old or new, AAA or indie, just seeing if anyone knows of one I missed.  I couldn't find any other than GW myself after extensive looking.  Only similar-ish games would be MOBA-style games like SMITE, but no MMO's I found.


Thanks if anyone knows of others! 

Originally posted by Quizzical

Why would you want to do that externally rather than just having your video card handle it?  I'm not sure if a video card with a duplicated signal can read the frame buffer once and send it to both monitors, or if it would have to read the frame buffer twice to send it to the monitors independently.  But even if it's the latter, that's only about an extra 500 MB/s of bandwidth--or about 2% of what a high end video card has available.  Extra strain on the monitor outputs isn't going to reduce your frame rate.

I've never hooked multiple monitors to multiple outputs on one video card, is the extra strain on the video card really negligible?  I know if the outputs are sending different signals, for example a dual screen setup with different images on each screen, then it adds significant extra strain to the video card, effectively making it run at double the resolution.  But if you are just sending the same signal is this not the case? 


If its really just a percent or two extra strain, that does beat spending $80.  But I didn't want to sacrifice performance since I'll be displaying to an audience on the larger screen. 

Originally posted by Quizzical It depends on what hardware you have, as duplicating displays has to be done through video drivers.  If you dig around for a while through your driver package, you can probably find the option for it. There's no way to make it so that the video card doesn't have to work any harder at all.  It can render an image once, but still has to send it to a monitor twice, and that's extra work.

Pretty sure all of this is incorrect. Duplicating displays should be possible with just the appropriate splitters/adapters, and since its only sending one signal it shouldn't need to work any harder.

To clarify, I wasn't really asking "is this possible" (again, I'm mostly certain that it is) but rather "what's the best/cheapest way to do this".

At the moment I'm thinking of splitting my video card's DVI output with:

and then converting one of the now split DVI signals into HDMI with:

This seems like it would allow me to connect dvi to my 22" and hdmi to my 47" both in 1080p with no quality loss and no extra strain on the video card. However, its an ~$80 solution. Any other suggestions?

Hi, hopefully this is a fairly simple problem someone can help me with.   I want to display my PC on two monitors.  One is a 22" and one is a 47" but I want to display the exact same thing on both monitors, same resolution, same refresh, same everything.  Both monitors support 1920x1080 and 60hz and I can easily hook my pc up to either monitor right now with no problem. 


Further, my video card has multiple outputs, but here's the thing - I don't want my video card to have to work any harder, even a tiny bit harder, to display on both monitors.  So I need a solution that doesn't force the video card to do extra work.


With all that in mind, what's my cheapest option?  My video card has DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, and Displayport outputs.   My 22" monitor has a VGA and a DVI-D input.  My 47" monitor has a VGA and an HDMI input.


So to recap, I need a way to send the same signal from my computer's video card to two monitors:

1) without making the video card work any harder, not even a little bit

2) without degrading image quality, I need to be able to display on both monitors at 1920x1080 60hz

3) as cheap as possible



Appreciate the replies folks.  I went ahead and ordered:

Which is an MSI 970 that I think is slightly overclocked, for $320+ tax after rebate. Hopefully it was a good choice. I had $200 in amazon credit which is why I went with amazon over newegg.

One quick follow-up to some of the replies though - I know my case is extremely dated and doesn't have the best airflow. But, if under prolonged max load for the applications/games I run, if my CPU and GPU both stay within safe, standard temp ranges, and never anything even close to throttle/shutdown range, does it really matter? From my understanding, keeping my processor at 50c instead of 60c under load isn't going to improve its performance at all, and won't extend its lifespan in any meaningful way for example.


SaviorsHand thanks for the detailed reply!  Can you perhaps recommend me a specific 970 card?  (preferably from amazon)


I see so many models with various core clocks, some OC, some this feature, some that feature.  Don't really know which is the best 970 for performance + value.   Thanks!

Originally posted by Quizzical

The GeForce GTX 970 is a good choice if you're heat or power bound.  But if that's not an issue, I'd sooner get this:

That's out of stock on Amazon, but not elsewhere:

That's nearly as fast as the GTX 970, but a whole lot cheaper.

But again, exactly which power supply and case do you have?  If you don't know what power supply you have, open it up and read the label.

For a case, the exact brand name and model doesn't matter so much.  That's more about space and airflow.  How many case fans do you have, how big are they (120 mm and 80 mm are the most common sizes), where are they placed, and are they blowing air in or out?  Sometimes a case with inadequate airflow can have the airflow "fixed" by adding a $7 fan.

Ok did more research: here's my PSU - HEC Group 550W 80+ bronze model HEC-550TB.

I also took a couple pictures of my case, looks like I've got 1 inflow fan (80mm?) and 1 outflow (80mm?) on the back of the case, not counting the pSU fan.  Also just using stock intel cpu cooler, but I've never had any heating problems with the CPU or GPU, even under load. 

Here's a couple awesome case pics:,S6w8XkK (2 pics in that 1 link, front and back)

EDIT: you have to paste this link into your browser not click on it, no idea. 

So a couple follow up questions.  *IF* my PSU can handle the 290 you linked, how much worse performance is that from the 970?   Passmark has it rated substantially lower by about 25%, a large difference, but I don't know how accurately that translates to gaming performance.  Secondly, if my PSU can't handle the 290 you linked, or if the performance is significantly worse, what specific 970 would you recommend for best value/performance?   Is one model better than another in terms of core clocks and whatever else differs?




Originally posted by Quizzical

What about the rest of your specs?  What motherboard do you have, what power supply, and what case?  And which SSD is that, exactly?

As a general rule, for any computer part, power used = heat output.  It's conservation of energy.

Motherboard is a asus b85m-g.  Its a very basic board I think (doesn't allow CPU overclocking) but otherwise performs fine.  Not sure what my PSU is, its definitely not a high-end or pricey one but if it works fine with the 560 ti it should work fine with a 970 since it has lower power req. right?   SSD is a Samsung 840 series.  And case is just a random case I salvaged and cleaned up.  Doesn't have the best airflow but if the 970 is less heat than the 560 again, should be fine.  As far as the card fitting that might be an issue, the card I have now is 9.37 x 4.37 x 1.46 inches and it fits ok.


So any thoughts on the 970?

Hi all, looking for some feedback/advice on upgrading my PC.  I want to be able to run some of the newer games at 1080p decent settings with a steady non-dipping 45+ FPS.  I don't care so much about all the graphical bells and whistles but 1920x1080 with a non-dipping framerate and things like good draw distance, etc.    I'm looking at games like GTA V for example.


Current specs:

i5-4670k 3.4ghz (can't OC)

8GB ram

Win7 64 bit


560 Ti 1GB NVidia card


I'm thinking my video card is the "weak link" of my setup (correct me if I'm wrong there), and if it is I'm thinking about upgrading to a 970 gtx and I have some questions about that. 

  1) Is the 970 at about $325 a good value?  I prefer NVidia cards but if there's a much better performance to value on an AMD I'd consider it. 

2) Are there any current or upcoming sales on 970's anyone knows about?  I checked newegg/amazon and $325-ish was about the best I could find, give or take a $10 rebate or something.

3) I found many different 970 cards, some say OC, some have this or that feature, are there any major differences?  Can someone recommend a specific 970 card?  I prefer to buy from Amazon if possible since I have credit on my account there, but if there's a much better deal elsewhere that's fine.

4) I read that the 970 actually uses less power than my 560 ti so my PSU should be fine, but does it generate substantially more heat? 



Hey all, I've got some basic questions about GTA V on the console.  First, I know nothing about modern console gaming.  The last console I owned was a PS2.  Basically, I want to know what 2 people would need to play GTA V on a console together.  If the answer is different for PS4 vs Xbox1 then please specify that as well.


For example, at an absolute minimum would we need 2 consoles, 2 games, 2 online subscriptions to whatever service consoles use (if any?  I have no idea), and of course 2 TV's?    Or is there some way for us to play together with just 1 console/1 game?  Or without online subs? 



Thanks for all the surprisingly civil replies everyone!
Hey, just wondering if anyone who played GW2 at launch and then quit for whatever reason, is NOT planning on returning to check out the expansion.  Basically, is anyone who played completely done with GW2, regardless of what the expansion brings?  If so, curious to hear why?  Thanks!

Hey all, I was hoping to pick up a couple gamepads to use on my PC, to play those titles that just don't work well with mouse+keyboard.   I figured that with the release of the XBOX ONE and the fact you can't natively use the old 360 controllers on it, that those old 360 controllers would be super cheap, as many people upgrade systems and the 360 and its controllers become obsolete. 


However, I haven't had any luck finding good deals on wired 360 controllers.  Prices seem basically the same as they have always been, even before the XBOX ONE.    Any tips for places to look, etc.?

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