Retired USCG Chief Electronic Technician. System: Water cooled H60 I5-3570K @4.545Ghz, 32GB of XMP 1866 DDR3, ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB (in new AZZA CSAZ-XT1 B RT case because this card is HUGE), Primary SSD 256GB, Secondary Hybrid 500GB, 16GB AMD RAM Drive (all Steam and game files installed on RAM Drive), ASRock Z75 Pro3 Motherboard. Windows 7 Professional X64, BenQ GW2750HM 27" Monitor. I have been repairing and/or building computers from the earliest 8 and 12 bit PDP-8's and am familiar with every operating system since MSDOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1 on the Microsoft side except Millenium, Vista, and 8 which I happily avoided. I never got the hang of Linux, but have years of experience with BTOS and later CTOS operating systems.

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You built yourself a better rig and sprung for 16 or 32GB of fast DDR3 to "future proof" a bit or just because you could :D Even if you moved up to an SSD large enough to house all your OS and program files you can achieve performance in excess of double the speed you get on SSD's by utilizing all that excess DDR3 to it's fullest. Detailed instructional videos on setting up a RamDrive can be viewed here: Radeonmemory.com . I don't specifically endorse AMD's ram drive, I simply noticed ads for it when installing a new GPU several generations of white box builds ago and was intrigued. I found theirs to be very easy to set up and use. I keep all Steam files and COP + Mod + Save game files on my Ram Drive image. With maxed out settings my initial load time is about 55 seconds and reloads about 5-6 seconds. Total Ram drive size required is just under 11GB, so if you have 16GB of DDR3 you can easily get away with a 12GB or 12288MB drive. The videos explain in detail, but for simplicities sake I will summarize: You create a ram drive of 12288MB or larger, use windows disk management to view your new partition and format it; NTFS is fine. Now you can access it to install games files etc. via windows explorer. You save the disc image onto either your SSD or traditional hard drive. This takes a couple minutes. I check off the box to load my image when windows loads. You can now install whatever you want on your ram drive. Prepare to be stunned at how fast things run and load. I save my image whenever I will be away from my computer for a couple minutes. I back the image up regularly just like any other files I value. I do not have the image save automatically when windows closes because it takes longer to shut down. If you do not have an adequate UPS to keep your system either up fully long enough to save your ram disk or in suspend long enough to outlast any power outage do not use a ram drive. Besides the blazing speed in games, using ram reduces wear/leveling loads on your expensive SSD and will keep it running at peak performance longer.

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mp5lng
mp5lng May 25 2015, 6:25pm says:

Cheeki Breeki :D

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jasper34 May 15 2015, 9:32am says:

Optimizing Video Performance and Video setup: I have consolidated and edited most of my previous hardware setup advice here Dropbox.com to keep from leaving bits out as I rephrase it for individuals. I am happy to help anyone overcome their unique situation whenever my generic advice doesn't seem to help.

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jasper34 May 13 2015, 9:47am says:

REALISTIC MINIMUM HARWARE REQUIREMENTS

Should you expect to run this mod well? Here is the dirt: Dropbox.com

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jasper34 May 13 2015, 7:14am says:

Here is a quick tutorial on enabling and using the debug spawner as well as the spawn names for a couple of the most commonly needed spawns. Dropbox.com This is a pdf, your need Adobe Reader to open it. I will add to this document as I identify other NPC's or Objects and you are welcome to suggest some additions.

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jasper34 May 4 2015, 9:26am says:

This mod is a masterpiece. Smarter enemies, tougher mutants, better equipment and choices choices choices. You can no longer just blast away at every obstacle. To survive you have to make critical choices and adapt or be overcome. The mod is ever mutating into something greater with every tweak. This isn't for the faint of heart and those unable or unwilling to adjust their playing style will quickly become worm food. There is a foreboding radioactive cloud on the horizon promising even greater hardship; do you have the tools to rise to the challenge of 2.2?

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jasper34 May 4 2015, 9:13am says:

Since I haven't run stats on my rig since switching from GTX 660 to R9290 GPU I decided to record the differences between limiting FPS at 30 and 60 FPS. Here are the results Dropbox.com

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jasper34 May 7 2015, 7:31am replied:

A little post script: running unlimited resulted in 110-120 FPS at an increase over 60 FPS levels of 4 degree hotter CPU, 9 degree hotter GPU at a 33% higher fan speed of 39%. Game with background programs uses 7.6GB of DDR, so 8GB or more memory is ideal.

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Spetsnaz_Reaper Apr 5 2015, 1:08pm says:

Greetings Jasper. I hope that you will still spend many thousands of hours in the gaming community. I can see that you are a very skilled and well educated man. May I just say that your help on Misery is awesome and I hope to read and hear from you far into the future regarding Misery.

May you have a wonderful year and keep well.

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jasper34 Apr 6 2015, 8:05am replied:

Sposibo, my friend. I am happy to give back to this amazing gaming community. The incredible collaboration between players from such different cultures is truly inspiring. I was born during the Cuban Missile Crises and it is so interesting to still see the remains of Cold War installations like the Krug Antenna Circles and the fixed radar array on Shemya Island in Alaska. I was stationed only a few hundred miles from the Kamchatka peninsula on Attu Island and in Italy when the Chernobyl incident occurred. Now they use old nuclear testing monitoring sites to watch whales. Almost all traces of many places I was stationed are completely gone. 200 Meter tall 400,000 Square Meter antenna's destroyed and overtaken by nature. I hope we all can enjoy many more years playing among their remains!

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jasper34 Feb 6 2015, 3:43pm says:

I just threw together a new white box computer to replace a legacy system at my in-laws so I can play modest games over there. A6 6400K APU, cheap motherboard, 8GB 2133 DDR3, $60 SSD, Win 7 x64 Home with my old GTX 660 GPU in my old case. My new GPU didn't fit in the old case, so I might as well upgrade another system, right? I expected to be able kick the Black Dual Core APU from 3.9GHZ base 4.1GHZ turbo up a couple notches, but was amazed to be able to get stable 4.6GHZ with only .048VDC boost on CPU voltage. It plays Vanilla COP Great with everything maxed out 60FPS smooth and never even exceeds the APU's TDP of 65W because I disabled the onboard GPU and it's not making any heat. I think I'm averaging like 45C when the max allowed is way up at 70C. Windows performance index is like 6.7, 7.2, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9. My main rig got rated 7.7 on CPU and I only have it pumped up to 4.55GHZ, I guess the extra cores make up for it. Since COP only really uses one core, who cares? Funny thing is I'm waiting for the imminent release of the next Misery update and I was playing Vanilla for 1/2 hour to check stability/temps. Because I searched so hard in Misery for new stashes, I found what I thought were new stashes in Vanilla, and got a Spas12 and nice AK Assault rifle in perfect condition without firing a shot yet in the game.

Here are some performance numbers for this system both are with maximum presets frame limited at 30 FPS with noted changes:

DX11, 1280X1024, Grass minimum, sun shadows off, ssao off 550 Switch distance: 30 FPS steady with minor dips to 20-22 FPS for 1-2 seconds while running full out as new AI comes online.

Static Lighting, 1280X1024, Grass minimum: 750 switch distance with very few dips below 30 to 25-28.

So you see, with static lighting you can load, save, and reload faster and use 200 Meters higher switch distance resulting in far fewer stutter/lags and even steadier FPS.

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