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Ah the neophytes talkin' computer... GTX card on air is as intimidating to the Emperor as Luke's "Jedi Weapon".

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We got sexy Erin and adorable Erin in one strip today? Winning!

Aaron Sylvester:
Comic itself is not all that funny because it holds no real relevance to how often PC gamers actually upgrade...and the fact that most of us consult benchmarks before we shop so we don't have to ask retarded questions like "IS IT FASTER?". I don't think I've heard any self-respecting PC gamer ask that question actually, not since the invention of Google.

But the facial expressions are HILARIOUS (especially the talk-dirty-to-me face and the last one), so I'll give this one a pass based purely on that :)

What makes you think Erin's supposed to be typical? Or all that smart? You read her first speech bubble; she just HAS to buy the latest fresh-off-the-truck gaming gear to boost what little self-worth she thinks she has.

Pretty ballsy taking the piss on this subject around these parts. It made me laugh though, so good job.

I tend to wait to upgrade til I really need to or when a really good deal pops up and I notice it. I'd rather upgrade two or three things at once than bother stringing it out over a period of time. Also, I don't PC game that much anyways. Lots of games I probably could play on my PC I still play on console for whatever reason. I suspect this will change when the new consoles come out and I don't run to by them immediately.

This isn't really me, I guess. Maybe it's the really really hardcore PC gamers? I've been doing just fine with the video card I've bought a couple years ago, and there really isn't any reason to upgrade until components break or I can't run anything anymore.

I am however thinking about getting a SSD since most of my hard drives died on me suddenly. It got me thinking that I should get one so there's a less likely chance of my computer dying on me at a critical moment. However, because I'm poor, I'm probably not gonna be able to get one until the next Black Friday. =(

I wish the computer store clerks near my town were as charismatic as that. In fact, I think there is only one computer shop I've ever gone to that didn't have 2x4s for employees.

Turbines in there eh? If it breaks before the new model comes out my old man can fix it. It'll only cost you 250 dollars and hour for his time than 100-150 for the millwrights under him, there may be several. All in all along with tooling, parts, hotels, meals, transportation, consulting fees, air fare, taxes and any other fees and unpredictability's. It should be about 1-2 million dollars.

Lotet:
also, my brother got put on a $4000 plan for a $2000 laptop when he already had $2000 in cash, but those crazy salesmen weren't gonna let it be so simple.

Wait, they actually refused to let him pay cash? Or he he's actually dumb enough to get suckered into going with a payment plan for something he had the cash on hand for?

Treblaine:
I worry console gamers are - like with the "PC elitist" joke - not going to get the joke and ACTUALLY THINK YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!

Metalix Knightmare:
This is the reason I stick to consoles.

Speak of the devil.

Lol the real joke is she went into an IRL store, stores are miles behind getting the newest tech.

Grey Carter:
Oh really? We get boners over performance charts without any multi-card SLI entries? Sure is casual in here all of a sudden.

Okay Mr. Picky -_-

I'm feeling somewhat guilty here...

However I do have to admit that I don't only buy them for the sake of my epeen or something along those lines. I actually spend hours upon hours tweaking each part and usually ramp up my cooling to Dry ice for better clocks.

Consider it a hobby if you will ;)

Oltsu:
I'm feeling somewhat guilty here...

However I do have to admit that I don't only buy them for the sake of my epeen or something along those lines. I actually spend hours upon hours tweaking each part and usually ramp up my cooling to Dry ice for better clocks.

Consider it a hobby if you will ;)

Wait...you are Alatar from OCN?

Aaron Sylvester:

Grey Carter:
Oh really? We get boners over performance charts without any multi-card SLI entries? Sure is casual in here all of a sudden.

Okay Mr. Picky -_-

Oh wow, my card isn't even on that chart....
I only have a Radeon HD 5570. xD

Aaron Sylvester:

Oltsu:
I'm feeling somewhat guilty here...

However I do have to admit that I don't only buy them for the sake of my epeen or something along those lines. I actually spend hours upon hours tweaking each part and usually ramp up my cooling to Dry ice for better clocks.

Consider it a hobby if you will ;)

Wait...you are Alatar from OCN?

Yup :p

OCN, killing your wallet since 2004.

It's sometimes funny seeing the different attitudes between people on a PC enthusiast forum and a forum like the escapist. You really realize how crazy spending on hardware really is.

I've been using my GeForce 9600GT for 5 years now (!) and although I can't play anything in high setting without bringing to a slow crawl, I'm pretty comfrotable with it by just setting most games in medium quality.

Ancient tech indeed and I seriously need to upgrade it, but I'm pretty comfortable with it.

i know this should be funny, but it's exactly from my life, so laughing at it seems silly.

Sorry, but who the fuck actually does this?

When I can play newly released games completely maxed out with little to no loss of performance, I pay no attention whatsoever to newly released hardware. Overclocking has the potential to significantly extend this period of time (new hardware is often just the previous model overclocked by the manufactuer and given a fancy new name).

When I am limited to playing newly released games at high settings with little to no loss of performance, I once again pay no attention whatsoever to newly released hardware (although admittedly feel a twinge of disappointment).

When I am limited to playing newly released games at medium settings with little to no loss of performance, I realize my rig will need to be upgraded soon. At this point I will start paying attention to new hardware on the market. That said, it is only when I start seeing regular performance loss at medium settings will I pull the trigger and upgrade one or more components of my PC.

This entire process takes 4-5 years at the very least, and IMO reflects the consumer behaviour of the typical PC gamer.

Seriously, the people who have to have the most bleeding edge hardware for the sake of having the most bleeding edge hardware are in the extreme minority. I refer to them as "individuals with more money than brains" or "dynamite fishermen". Coincidentally, they are often the sort who buy $1200 worth of hardware from Alienware for like $3000, no thought goes into their purchases, just the desire for instant gratification.

knight steel:
Erin:Talk dirty to me
*BLUSH*
Ladies and gentlemen we have just come one step closer to critical miss rule 34 porn
*searches google images*
OMG IT ALREADY EXIST'S
*continue to search*
To bad it's only one rude pic of naked Erin :(

If I remember correctly Grey commented on that... maybe it would help if Cory stopped drawing Erin so damn cute, its happened alot lately.

Aaron Sylvester:
Comic itself is not all that funny because it holds no real relevance to how often PC gamers actually upgrade...and the fact that most of us consult benchmarks before we shop so we don't have to ask retarded questions like "IS IT FASTER?". I don't think I've heard any self-respecting PC gamer ask that question actually, not since the invention of Google.

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Why uprade from a new graphics card after a week? Build a pc case that encases the hardware in OIL!

(Yes, these things exist, google them, the pc gaming master race commands thee.)

But how else will I run games when they start rendering rain with complex real time fluid simulation and high fidelity ray tracing for each drop? What, do you expect me to turn down the settings? You monster!

Finally Grey and Cory made a comic about my life! If I were some cute cartoony girl with mental issues it would be accurate to a T.

this comic keeps getting better lol
the last frame is adorable and serves as a great punchline

I have 6 gb free on my HDD, installing games has become like Sophie's choice. Choosing which of my beloved games to exile forever.

*whimper*

I wish I had the money to be like Erin

Lol. Pretty funny.
And I know people like this too...

But yeah, those of us with some sense, and, you know, actual budget limitations tend to leave upgrades for much longer.

Random fact: My desktop PC is 3 years old. It was upgraded twice in that time. Both upgrades were to deal with me cutting corners when I first built it because of lack of money. (it had a relatively small amount of RAM, and the hard disks were salvaged from spare laptop drives.)

That aside though, it was nowhere near top of the line when new, and runs 95% of games at high quality settings without any real problems.

That's the reality. Unlike the myth that suggests you have to upgrade every 5 minutes to be able to run anything new... XD

IamLEAM1983:
Captcha: Weylan Yutani
Oh, come on, Captcha. If you're going to nerd out, nerd out properly. Typos are for losers.

Completely not contributing to the thread he but you ought to check your facts if you're gonna correct people

The company's original name was Weylan-Yutani, briefly seen on a monitor in the film Alien; this name was created by Ron Cobb, one of the designers of the Nostromo and its crew's uniforms. The "d" was added to the first part of the name by James Cameron in Aliens.

Source: http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Weyland-Yutani

"Talk dirty to me."
That panel is one of the funniest things I've seen in this comic in a long time.

*I open my computer case... look at my GTX 285... Must hide head in shame.* Of course, I haven't played a game yet that I can't run at max settings, so I'll only upgrade when I feel I need to.

Fappy:
Not sure which is worse... the people who do this with PC parts or the people who need the newest smartphone model every time they come out with a new one.

That's a very good comparison. My cousin is slightly like that. He quit PC gaming and moved to consoles using the argument that he had to upgrade his desktop every year but tends to do this with smartphones. Even funnier is that he has massive disdain for people who rush out to get the newest iPhone, but does the same thing with Android. His Galaxy S2 was great... until the S3 came out at which point he had to have it.

It... it's true!

We're always talking about how you "don't need to upgrade that often" but we all secretly want to upgrade, no matter how good our performance is.

You just don't feel as manly unless you can boast about your 3 extra frames to your friends :[

While I get and appreciate the joke being made here, I'm just saying that if you need to frequently buy new hardware...you did something horribly wrong at some point. A well considered rig will only need new gear every 6 months or so at the most frequent.

I still feel good with my old ATI HD 5770. On my resolution (1440x900) it runs EVERY game on Ultra High settings, only exceptions is Crysis 3... which is on high and some of the advanced settings on high-ultra high.
Here is how it performs on another demanding game, STALKER Clear Sky:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Fin3YRp_5u4

PunkRex:

knight steel:
Erin:Talk dirty to me
*BLUSH*
Ladies and gentlemen we have just come one step closer to critical miss rule 34 porn
*searches google images*
OMG IT ALREADY EXIST'S
*continue to search*
To bad it's only one rude pic of naked Erin :(

If I remember correctly Grey commented on that... maybe it would help if Cory stopped drawing Erin so damn cute, its happened alot lately.

Your right it all that damn Cory's fault, driving to the brink like this *grumble-grumble*

Grey Carter:

knight steel:

Grey Carter:

There were four pics last time I checked.

And how does it feel to know that people get turned on by your own creation and character?

Doesn't bother me at all. At first I thought it was a bit weird since Erin is designed to look kind of goof rather than conventionally attractive, but looking at the annals (hah) of Rule 34, I don't think that matters to anyone.

^_^ Hah that good to hear, but what about your "partner" {suggesting a closer relationship between you two than other might perceive [writes grey/Cory fan fiction lemons]} Cory does he feel the same way too?

hmmm... I have to weigh the pros and cons to upgrading my GTX 260.

Money vs Powahhh!

Tough call...

Aaron Sylvester:
...so we don't have to ask retarded questions like "IS IT FASTER?". I don't think I've heard any self-respecting PC gamer ask that question actually, not since the invention of Google.

... Except we still do. We've just stopped asking store clerks, and started asking Google.

lol PC or Console fanboys. So attached to a hunk of metal and plastic.

Its the games, not the system their played on, that matter

I spend 3-5 hundred dollars a year keeping my computer up to date and I'm able to buy computer games willy-nilly without looking at recommended specs. Course, it helps that most games nowadays are console ports with little to no upwards scalability (not that I'm happy about that =_= )

It doesn't cost that much too keep a good computer, at least if you are working, and computers do a lot that consoles don't that make it worth it to me to stay primarily a pc gamer.

number2301:

IamLEAM1983:
Captcha: Weylan Yutani
Oh, come on, Captcha. If you're going to nerd out, nerd out properly. Typos are for losers.

Completely not contributing to the thread he but you ought to check your facts if you're gonna correct people

The company's original name was Weylan-Yutani, briefly seen on a monitor in the film Alien; this name was created by Ron Cobb, one of the designers of the Nostromo and its crew's uniforms. The "d" was added to the first part of the name by James Cameron in Aliens.

Source: http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Weyland-Yutani

Because... The Captcha is a person and I can't goof off with it? What? I'm confused.

I did contribute to the thread, you got hung up on the Captcha part. I mentioned my own experience buying my first GPU. As for the correction - hey, I'll guess I'll just go hand my Geek Cred card right back to the Nerd Police.

I honestly didn't know. "Weyland-Yutani" has become more or less canon, so I'll more than likely stick to it. Kudos to whoever thought of that piece of trivia at Solve Media, though.

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