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    I am a computer guy, not a gamer but I have recently ( with help) put together some pretty powerful machines with great graphics cards. For the life of me I never really understood why someoone would play a computer game, with the advent of the XBox and Playstation and all the others why go through all the trouble? Well, to cut this short, I found this program and site called Steam. Even though my son has every computer game imaginable for Xbox and Playstation 3, I wanted to try out my new MSI Twin Frozr 11 480GTX on a computer game. I need to know if this Steam site is the only site and if there are site that you do not have to download the game to your computer to play? Please bear with me, I am a real noob when it comes to gaming.

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    IMO any game you dont have to download wont bring out the full potential of your computer.
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    Are you a Steam user? I am guessing you are. As you might have guessed I know nothing , nada, zip, about gaming. My son on the other hand has an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3, and the newest Ninetendo system out there, all in all with about 2,000 dollars in games. My question to you is why play games on your computer and buy video cards that cost more than gaming consoles with the advent of all these options. There has to be another answer besides, " I dont want to spend 50 bucks on a new video game". I saw COD4 ( I think) on Steam for 14.99, the XBox version is 50.00USD. Is this a reason to spend upwards of 400 to 500USD on a video card? I am just looking for some good advice here. Maybe something I am missing about the difference between computer gaming and console gaming. This may even be the wrong sub forum for this discussion, if so willo a Mod please move it to the right place. Thanks.

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    Alan, I have been using Steam for 5-6 years and currently have close to 40 games that run through Steam. You know I have high end gaming systems, and I can tell you for a fact that you do not loose anything, performance or video wise by using Steam.

    They even let you know when your video cards need new drivers, and provide the download. You can also use your Steam account on every system you own, and lets not forget the great deals they give you on games when they run sales. Steam is a free download , if I were you I would down it fill out your profile and take a look at some of the free games you can play and see if anything catches your eye.

    They also have new game demos, so try something your thinking about buying first, so you can see if you like it or not.

    I hope this helps you out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Alan, I have been using Steam for 5-6 years and currently have close to 40 games that run through Steam. You know I have high end gaming systems, and I can tell you for a fact that you do not loose anything, performance or video wise by using Steam.

    They even let you know when your video cards need new drivers, and provide the download. You can also use your Steam account on every system you own, and lets not forget the great deals they give you on games when they run sales. Steam is a free download , if I were you I would down it fill out your profile and take a look at some of the free games you can play and see if anything catches your eye.

    They also have new game demos, so try something your thinking about buying first, so you can see if you like it or not.

    I hope this helps you out

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    Well, if you use it, it has to be worthwhile. So I will take the plunge. Who knows, maybe I will turn into a gamer after almost 70 years.LOL.

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    Alan, like I mentioned the Steam download is free so you have nothing to loose, plus you can download a demo of a game you may like to try, and see if you enjoy playing it, if you do, look and see if they have it on sale.

    What size monitor do you plan on using for gaming , and what's the resolution ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Alan, like I mentioned the Steam download is free so you have nothing to loose, plus you can download a demo of a game you may like to try, and see if you enjoy playing it, if you do, look and see if they have it on sale.

    What size monitor do you plan on using for gaming , and what's the resolution ?

    If I told you what my monitor setup was you wouldnt believe me, so we will just use the Acer 24" at 1920 X 1080. Thats what I am using with new card anyway.
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    With the MSI GTX 480 Twin Frozr your running, you can try all the game settings on high and see how things go. The res on my Dell 30" is 2560 x 1600 so with the dual GTX 590 Quad SLI setup and dual R6970 Lightning setup in Crossfire X I run my games with everything on high. What's the total resolution for your TRI monitor system ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    With the MSI GTX 480 Twin Frozr your running, you can try all the game settings on high and see how things go. The res on my Dell 30" is 2560 x 1600 so with the dual GTX 590 Quad SLI setup and dual R6970 Lightning setup in Crossfire X I run my games with everything on high. What's the total resolution for your TRI monitor system ?

    3 x DVI, 1 with dual-link support
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    This is not a gaming setup, its mostly for my business. I use all 3 screens almost 24/7 for market reports and video conferencing.
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    I also use, Direct2Drive and GOG.com.
    I will check those out also, I installed Steam and downloaded a free game to try it out. The game is called "Alien Swarm." I started to play the game, read the instructions and no Aliens attacked me for 21 minutes, I turned it off. I guess you get what you pay for. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan1476 View Post
    I will check those out also, I installed Steam and downloaded a free game to try it out. The game is called "Alien Swarm." I started to play the game, read the instructions and no Aliens attacked me for 21 minutes, I turned it off. I guess you get what you pay for. LOL.
    I'm currently playing Witcher 2... its a premium game that will make your computer sweat!

    Also try out Battlefield: Bad Company 2, its only $20. Put in your practice for Battlefield 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Dead View Post
    I'm currently playing Witcher 2... its a premium game that will make your computer sweat!

    Also try out Battlefield: Bad Company 2, its only $20. Put in your practice for Battlefield 3.

    Hey thanks, I will absolutely try them out. Thanks again.

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    I aqm going to bring home the 30" middle screen from my wearhouse, with 2X 30" on the wings, and play the games on all three monitors spread out, one picture. Thats what the guys do at work.

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    Nothing wrong with that.

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    I agree with Doctor Death, I have used steam for many years and I have all-in-all been very satisfied. I am concerned about the upcoming release of Battlefield 3. I prefer games through steam and I don't have to worry about the Disk and I can pretty much go anywhere and play the games.

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