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June 28, 2013 9:28:26 AM

Hi. I have a i5-3570k (not oc'd yet), a Asrock z77 extreme4, 8 gb corsair ram, ssd, 1 tb hdd. I'm running the on-chip Intel HD graphics, but will be upgrading to a EVGA GeForce GTX 650 ti boost 2GB this summer. The reason is to use the CUDA for rendering and transcoding, and to enable game play.

I do not currently play any games, but enjoy games that play like the old Diablo and like Starcraft/II: more strategy format rather than FPS. Also, online play is not important right now, but may be in the future. Not a fan of FPS, but my son has Borderlands on the xbox and it looks like a lot of fun. I've dabbled with Skyrim on the xbox, but it is kind of boring and complex for me.

Can someone recommend a good place to start once I get the new GPU? It appears that Steam has a good selection, so I might end up starting there.

Thanks!
June 28, 2013 9:42:42 AM

First of all, I would recommend trying out Grand Theft Auto Series.

It includes (My recommendations) -

Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

These three games should get you occupied for a long time. These are all open world games and have a mix of everything you can expect in a game including FPS, Strategy, Enjoyment, Adventure, Action, kind of all game genres combined. ^^

After that you should try out easy games (Like Prototype and Prototype 2) so you do not get frustrated with the game. There are also a few other good titles like Call of Duty Black Ops (One of the very finest FPS games out there), Crysis Series, Battlefield Series, Call of Duty Series, etc.

If you can tell us your preferred genre we can get you the Titles you want.

Also, you can tell us your budget for your video card and we can get you a better one than GTX 650 Ti BOOST in most cases.
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June 28, 2013 9:42:45 AM

Something like portal may be good for you...it has a first person POV, but it is more of a puzzle solving game. A lot of fun, especially to play with friends.
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June 28, 2013 9:43:50 AM

Once you get the new GPU you should try out Company of Heroes, the second one just came out but I'm sure you can get the original for a great price so you don't spend a lot of money on something your not sure about. Even today the original Company of Heroes has some really great physics, the cut scenes look like the game was made in the 90's but the game itself looks great and is fun. It's a real time strategy by the way so it falls in the genre your looking for.
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June 28, 2013 9:48:05 AM

I always recommend survival horror games. Dead space 2, resident evil 5 and 6. The older resident evils are better but since they aren't on steam, 5 and 6 are pretty good and worth the money.
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June 28, 2013 9:48:37 AM

Hi
You could try Civ 5 or one of the earlier Civs,turn based strategy so you have time to think.
Also you may like to give gog.com a try as they have a load of older games at low prices.
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June 28, 2013 10:04:57 AM

Thanks for all the tips so far!

Being new to gaming (had Atari 2600 around 1982, I cut my teeth on Wolf 3d back in 1992, gives you an idea of how old I am) I was thrown off by a lot of game abbreviations used on this forum. Another game I really like is Command and Conquer from 1995 I think; I know newer versions exist. I'm also ok with games that allow me to chip away at it a couple hours a night, even if it means solving it over a month or two.

As far as the graphics card, my max is $200USD. Please bear in mind I am not a hardcore gamer and am not overly concerned with frame rates and max detail settings. I'll be playing on a 24" monitor if that matters.
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June 28, 2013 10:25:12 AM

teddymines said:
Thanks for all the tips so far!

Being new to gaming (had Atari 2600 around 1982, I cut my teeth on Wolf 3d back in 1992, gives you an idea of how old I am) I was thrown off by a lot of game abbreviations used on this forum. Another game I really like is Command and Conquer from 1995 I think; I know newer versions exist. I'm also ok with games that allow me to chip away at it a couple hours a night, even if it means solving it over a month or two.

As far as the graphics card, my max is $200USD. Please bear in mind I am not a hardcore gamer and am not overly concerned with frame rates and max detail settings. I'll be playing on a 24" monitor if that matters.


That is no problem mate. ^^

As of now, for $200 budget, Radeon HD 7870 is the best card. It is much stronger.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...

Go for this one instead. It wipes the floor with 650 Ti BOOST.
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September 13, 2013 7:36:14 AM

Update...

Got a EVGA GTX 760 SC the other day, and am in the process of installing it. The card came with a Batman Arkham Origins game, so I'll give that a try.

Thanks for all the tips. I'm leaning toward Far Cry 3, the GTA series, Starcraft 2...and then maybe get into FPS like Borderlands 2 and Battlefield. Not sure I'm ready for online gameplay because my reflexes and mind are not too sharp!
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September 13, 2013 1:33:15 PM

It's all about practice! You can't get better if you don't try it. Your mind must be pretty sharp, as you chose PC over console :D 
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September 13, 2013 2:10:23 PM

Im going to say you one thing The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim Legendary Edition. Skyrim is "old" game now, but it has much more to give than 75% new games. Bioshock Infinite is going to suck you up in beautiful city of Columbia and give you the most breathtaking experience that game can give you. Borderlands is Skyrim with GUNZ ALLOT OF GUNZ *ehem*. If you love ACTION then try out Just Cause 2 its like playing action movie that has spend 10 bilions on pyrotechnics. If you want awesome multyplayer experience then just pre-purchase Battlefield 4 and wait some time for it. Also Dishonored is a great firstperson stealth game that has been put in steampunk style city and has a great story. But if you are not good with FPS games you can gain skills by playing Counter Strike : Global Offensive. And if you like cartoony and more unrealistic version of it then get started with Team Fortress 2 F2P game by ValvE. When you become good at FPS and if you are good strategist then get Arma 3. If you want good MOBA game then get Dota 2. And if you want turn based strategy game then XCOM Enemy Uknown and Civilization V are great games. Also Starcraft 2 and Stronghold are good strategies. And if you like to learn to play games like Street Fighter than Skull Girls is a good way to start. If you like building, sandbox games than you should check out Garry's Mod, Minecraft, Terraria. And there is Grand Theft Auto franchise that is known for its sandbox, open world, action, story gameplay. And Saints Row franchise which is game thats making fun of everything, you can have super powers and use giant purple dildo bat to kill aliens, or to trow jars with farts inside so you stun people or if you use too much of it make the throw up. I almost forgot there is Assassins Creed franchise which is know for its free-running, but in mean time you get one of the best stories you can get (you can seriously count it in a level as Biosock Infinite).
Soo if you need any more games just say what you like and il say anything that i know :D 
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September 13, 2013 2:11:11 PM

I would start out with some steam games. I know you said you don't like FPS very much, but my boyfriend just played through The Last of Us, and fell in love with the storyline.

Personally, I'm into starcraftII as well, having never played BroodWar. With the SC2 expansion, there are a lot of ways to just play against the PC to learn and get into it. A lot of 'arcade' challenges as well which are nothing but fun in the SC2 environment.

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September 13, 2013 2:21:30 PM

Maybe battlefield 4 will be good your pc will be great for it?
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September 13, 2013 2:42:08 PM

Dark souls prepare to die edition on steam with the 1080p 60fps mod is quite possibly the best game I've ever played, and I've been gaming for 27 years.
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September 16, 2013 10:18:47 AM

I ended up buying Bioshock 2 off Steam, and was blown away with the detail and immersion! Love the 50s vibe and tinny audio. Still a little complicated for me as far as keystrokes to remember, but I guess that's a small price to pay to play such a vivid game after not gaming for such a long time.

Only gripe is that the game itself requires a MS Live account in order to save, and the client keeps crashing. I'm going to try some fixes I found on the Steam forums.

I'm bookmarking this thread for ideas when I get tired of Bioshock, if that ever happens!

HUGE THANKS!
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September 16, 2013 10:59:03 AM

A lot of people like Bioshock. I've never been a huge fan because those games are only about 8 to 10 hours long and they seem to get boring after one play through There is also nobody online to play the Bioshock 2 multiplayer., I bought that game about two months ago on steam.
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