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      VG Servers are Back Up! *UPDATED AGAIN* TS3 Server is back; PR and Mumble are online, Arma 3 Servers are online but still need VG specific missions and configurations, should be done before end of week...   04/15/2017

      UPDATE Sunday April 23rd:
      Most everything is back online now.  The PR Server is running, and Mumble is working.  We have not yet made PR Updates available in TCAdmin, but several more people have access to update the PR Server (including me) and there should be little to no server downtime from future PR Updates.

      I've installed a second PR Server and still need to expand the VG PR License for it - it can be used for whatever, but I called it "PR EVENT SERVER" to start.  I figured we might also want a development server for things like FastJack's PR COOP Insurgency Mission testing, and we will take care of that this coming week as well, if able.

      The Arma 3 Servers have been reinstalled, and they are running basic versions of their former missions.  They still need to be configured, but they will remain online until this happens during the week (when PITN gets time).  I've set up A3 Servers with a Steam Update button in TCAdmin, any Arma Admin can now update to the latest Arma version much faster and easier, and without needing to wait for a Head Admin.    -Sem

      Sunday April 16th 2017:
      I've just received an email from the Server Host in Germany.  They host the server that runs our TS3 and various game servers here including Project Reality, and Arma 2 & 3.  Apparently, there has been a fault with our server host, possibly a hardware failure or such, but all servers in one part of their data center were affected including ours. We do not have further details at this time, but unfortunately this means VG Servers will be down until we can regain access to our server.  We were not given a time frame estimate or specific details of what damage was incurred, and we do not know if we have lost any data that was on the server.  We've been with this host for many, many years, and we've had nothing but great connections and fast servers.  Clearly this is a rare occurrence and we need to be patient as we weather this storm. I feel particularly bad for our loyal Project Reality players who were very patient waiting for our server to get it's most recent update, and I wish I could do something immediately to fix this.  It's a sad truth that it is out of our hands for the time being as we await contact from our host, and get a detailed damage report and estimate of how long until we are online again.  Of course, I've contacted the other head administrators at VG and apprised them of the situation.  We will update you all as we get information. Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

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  2. Come at me Blazer! XD
  3. Soggy, prepare to crash and burn Count me in!
  4. Can't make it already got plans but I would have attended. Have fun people!
  5. I'm coming for sure! I have 500 hours on Forza Horizon, y'all are dead. Apart from the CAS. I can't fly... See you there!
  6. FOB being shoveled/with Combat Engineer, is just the best for the server. Personally had no problems with it, making the Co-Op great again with more tmwork. Quite a challenge tho- Shovels needs some love from players~ Inch
  7. Ahhh... Them were the days. Steamrolling over the enemy with so much back up and squad interaction. When we first started way back when, there was such tight cooperative team play, we only had to worry about not ending the round too early!! If tweaks like this help bring back the spirit of direct team work it can only be a good thing. After all nothing ventured, nothing gained, ay?
  8. IMO the problem is the variation of the player quality/skill level. When I'm online, even the easiest asset-heavy maps take at least 1hr30min-2hrs to finish due to how incompetent the "squads" are (wandering all over the place, flag jumping when there are only 1 functional squad etc.) Without building FOBs in the correct place the players won't even be able to get to the flag as no one will run transport/trans as suppressed by AA or APC/all ground transport vehicles got ditched somewhere far on map AND then all of them(Players) will spawn in the main or generally being useless. Basically it's like herding cats to finish a map before everybody quits and kill the server population. But then when there are at least 3 proper players online or 2 good squads and the round finishes in 30-45 mins and everybody steamrolls the bots. I suggest that we use the old wire need wrenching and other is instant build to keep the balance if the vehicle decay speed can't be fixed/set to deployment level.
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  10. That is a great entry level monitor. It will be able to push 75 true FPS* to the screen, and it has decent size for it's affordable price. That monitor has *a refresh rate of 75Hz*, which is how many times per second the screen is redrawn to display the next frame from a game. If the game is running, for example, 150 FPS (just an example!!) then that means on that monitor, every other frame would be skipped and not displayed. Slightly confusing, but just know that fact for later. At 1080p on a 22 inch monitor, games will look amazing at 75FPS, and YouTube HD will play properly at 1080p @60FPS. It's gonna be like night and day compared to your current laptop!! A side note, so you understand that monitors like mine (a 144Hz monitor) are not required, just an extra level of awesome when all other parts in your PC are maxed out: Many games I own do not average higher than 75FPS on my i7 with GTX 970 -- but those that do benefit from my monitor's ability to refresh up to 144 times per second, meaning games can push up to 144 true FPS to the screen before my display starts skipping frames. But I payed a lot more than a hundred dollars for this ASUS VG248QE and even so, I cannot recommend it enough. If you can one day afford a mid-level monitor like this, you will have years of very, very smooth gaming. I can only imagine what some of those high quality 4K displays look like in-game; would blow my decent setup out of the water!! Of course, then I'd need to upgrade my CPU and GFX card to take advantage of such a 4K monitor - it's always about avoiding bottlenecks when improving any one component on your PC!!!
  11. Oh yeah! What ever advantage we can get works!
  12. If youre going to run VMs/servers etc then more ram is great. If its just one linux vm then it might not take very much ram.
  13. uh oh... Soggy, in addition to the mines, any chance we could place C4 on Double's vehicles? That would give us "half" a chance. Cya Saturday.
  14. Mainly gaming. Secondaries would be programming and running a Vritual Machine with Linux OS. Nothing too fancy. It will be a MASSIVE upgrade for me who is currently using a old laptop wich doesnt even have a dedicated graphics card.
  15. Lessons learned from my budget home PC build...........All the extra parts I had to buy because I was on a "budget" without considering what I was using it for. 1) Processor I ended up buying an i7 to replace my i5. When I started converting multi-media files (home movies, gaming vids....) I found 5 hour conversion times with an i5 and 1 hour with i7. Some games ran better with the i7. 2) CPU Cooler Had to buy a replacement air cooler. I used the stock intel i5 cooler. CPU overheated constantly while playing BF3/BF4. I purchased a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 plus (old model $35.00). I overlocked my i5 3.5 to 4.7 ghz using that cooler with no issues. 3) RAM Had to buy replacement RAM. I bought 16GBs of RAM. Then upgraded my air cooler to a Noctua NH-14D. It blocked my RAM slots so I had buy another 16GBs of "low profile" RAM. 4) HDD/SSD Trying to save money, I bought smaller SSD's & HDDs. In the end, I would have saved money by buying a HUGE SSD and HUGE HDD as a backup. There were other parts, and in the end, I had enough parts to make an "acceptable" i5 and a good i7 pc. Lesson: Decide what your PC is used for, before buying parts.
  16. the 16 gb RAM does take away about 70€ more from the budget wich i cant spend into a 2TB HDD. I added the CPU cooler to the list wich is now estimated to be about 900€ (+ 100€ reserved for the monitor).
  17. Vincent! I love the H8 brother. Thank you for represntin'!
  18. @l3RY4NYes this unit has the mentioned upgrade. Although i really recommend MSI or ASUS as their coolers actually turn off during idle. Also check out this page (German speaking!) gh.at This is my go-to site when I go shopping for hardware. Its basically a independent price-comparison website with a wishlist function where it automatically searches the best seller (for shipping as well). Otherwise you will end up with 10 different sellers when you could (depending on the price increase) buy everything at one or two shops. Also they include link to tests of products if available which saves a lot of googleíng. I went ahead and made one of these wishlists for you: https://geizhals.at/?cat=WL-795917 -SSD from Samsung (better controller) -GTX 1060 6GB with upgraded memory for extremely cheap. Zotac has a backstory of fucking up the cooling unit on their cards but this seems decent and for this price too good. -RAM is interchangeable. Buy it where you buy the majority of your components. Don't worry too much about the Mhz - only relevant on AMD systems or if you go for overclocking. (DDR4!!!!) -Case is placeholder. Do you want a window? This is subjective. (Got one lol) Please check it out and adjust. keed
  19. For your budget, I would recommend the following: Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P: At about $100 a piece on average, it has all the essentials you would need for both entertainment and working while still being affordable. HDD: Western Digital WD2003FZEX: About $120 a piece, 2 TB, 7200rpm, 64 MB cache, sustained 175 MB/s I/O average. You get performance of the WD Black series while paying very good capacity to cost ratio.
  20. I just got a side job to get a bit more of a budget for the build. I dont know how much though. With that extra money I'll get 16 GB of RAM and a HDD. Any recommendations for a good HDD? Got a amazon link or something with a GTX 160 with 9gbps? Btw I will probably get up to 1000€ for the PC but I'll need a monitor too. Do you have any tip for that? Or maybe a preferred brand?
  21. Welcome back to PR! See you soon!
  22. One thing Bryan. I recommend buying a GTX1060 with 9Gbit/s memory. It's a refresh of the "old" version. Example would be a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G with 6Gb of GDDR5x memory which increases the performance up to 3-5%. The std ones have GDDR5 without x.
  23. There are a few things to consider from my perspective, if it is applicable to you: 1/ (This would probably be the most important) Since March, Microsoft has started implementing artificial restriction on all current (Intel Kaby Lake, AMD Rizen, etc.) and future CPU generations in the form of a mandatory roll-up update to Windows 7/8.1, which introduced a CPUID check routine to Windows Update in order to block you from receiving any future security and quality update if you use Kaby Lake/Rizen and beyond. This is part of their plan to impose the One Windows policy and coerce consumer base into using Windows 10, which was already mentioned a year ago and finally came into effect now. As such, if avoiding Windows 10, or any of the related nonsenses and fusses that you will have to deal with, is part of your concern, it is essential that you switch down to a Skylake generation (6xxx) CPU instead. The results will be as followed: Pros: - Allows you to use Windows 7/8.1 without being blocked from update until their extended support period expires, which is the main point of this move. - Since current Kaby Lake chipset (like your B250) supports both Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs, you don't miss out on the improvements of the chipset and associated new motherboards if you ditch Kaby Lake CPU. - Due to the switch of Intel manufacturing model from Tick-Tock to Process-Architecture-Optimization, it will only introduce minimal changes and improvements per new generation both due to shorten release cycles and the industry approaching a physical limit to CPU die and chipset lithography size. As such, being on Skylake at the moment will still last you 3 - 4 years, and you don't have to play catch up with the newer generations for awhile still. - The market has already started the price mark down on Skylake since Kaby Lake has been introduced for more than a quarter. This will potentially save you some bucks. Cons: - You miss out on the 5-10% (CPU and workload dependent) performance increase (which, as mentioned above about Intel's new model, is not really value to fawn over anymore). - You miss out on Intel Optane Memory (which is a new generation of Intel SSD, available only to Kaby Lake and beyond). 2/ As @=VG= SemlerPDX and @=VG= Terremer have already mentioned above, you need to: - Consider getting 16 GB of RAM because the average memory consumption of the current tech cycle has already reached the 8 GB mark, and might soon pass to 16. - Consider getting a medium capacity (250/256 GB) SSD and a high capacity (1/2 TB) HDD instead of investing in higher capacity SSDs in order to reach a compromise between performance and cost, since we still haven't reached a point where NAND storage can yield good price to capacity ratio. The performance compromise can be reached with this model by putting your OS, system processes and all applications/programs on the SSD, while partitioning up the HDD to store contents, data, and games, allowing two separate storage pipelines that serves specific needs and I/O intensities without bottle-necking each other (a downside of the previous era where a single HDD for the entire system was common). - Get custom cooling for your CPU, since Intel started to not include stock cooling for current and future generations. I would also recommend going for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO instead, as it is more straightforward to use, much more proven in the market, and a bit cheaper as well. Pair this with a tube of Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste, and you are set. Hope these can be of help to you.
  24. You'll be always Vincent, Vincent
  25. NEED MORE RAM. You could use the old storage you have in your current PC.
  26. I shall surly come and kick your asses. I shall gather my own crewman. This event looks liked the average BF2 Sandbox mod days. I really miss the great times of that mod but yea.
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