My name is Edmorian, or Ed or Morian if you like, and I'm new to the forums here and Archeage!
I am 29 year old male from Michigan, U.S. I work six months out of the year managing my family owned ice cream shop, and the other six months I normally don't work and focus on other things I'm too busy for during the hectic summer months of our shop (like exercising, writing, etc.) I have been a fan of the fantasy genre for a long time, Terry Brook's Shannara series hooked me in when I was around 10, and since then I've read a lot in the genre. I am a hobbyist photographer, aspiring author, and fan of beer (Michigan has some amazing micro breweries).
I started roleplaying around 13-14 years old on all text-based games called MUDs, MUSHs, and a host of other names (I'm sure some out there remember these, and they're still around too!). I never got into the MMORPG scene until a few years ago as I didn't have a great enough computer to run Lord of the Rings Online. When I got my current laptop I was able to play the game and I've spent quite a bit of time there on the Landroval server. I didn't get into the heavier aspect of roleplaying there too much but I did some.
A few days ago I was browsing steam and came across ArcheAge. After watching the videos and then going online and reading a bit about it I was pretty much ready to jump in game. Unfortunately my current laptop only has a 1.9ghz processor and I believe the minimum for ArcheAge is 2.4ghz (correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not really interested in overclocking my laptop to get those result, and I believe I can't upgrace the cpu of my laptop. So I'm currently browsing newegg for decent gaming desktops (so I can slowly get into upgrading and building a desktop before I go out and build one completely from scratch). I'm hoping to have one by the end of September.
I do have some ideas for characters but I come up with concepts pretty quickly. Before I start fleshing out the details I want to learn more about the lore of ArcheAge.
Well I look forward to roleplaying with you all on the forums here and once I'm in game too! Take care!
Welcome, fellow MUSHer! You may have since stopped playing them, but your "Wall-O-Text" skills remain sharp. ;P Like you, I was never really big on MMOs until a few years ago, when I strolled across Mabinogi and Requiem: Memento Mori. (Note: The two are COMPLETELY opposite in style and gameplay - don't ask me how I ended up choosing those two. xD)
Hopefully you'll soon be able to upgrade your rig (Newegg and Amazon - if prime - both have some nice deals on decent starter rigs. Just do your research on the parts inside to make sure it's what you're looking for) and let loose some of those character ideas you have stored~!
If you have any questions about the game you want answered, or just want to chat, I'll be around. :P
I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine, but don't tell anybody. *Shifty eyes*
As it turns out, putting rigs together has been a secretive hobby of mine since I was young and I'm always happy to help educate others on how to do it themselves or even just do it for them. If you PM me your price range (min/max and the range you'd actually prefer that it be around) and any specific specifications you are looking for (such as a minimum of 2.4ghz, as per your post) in addition to preferences including case types, colors, etc,. etc,. then I'm willing to bet I can piece together a quality rig that you can put together at a price that'll blow you away when compared to other similar retail builds.
Let me know if you're interested, otherwise let me at least throw you this link to a site that'll no doubt prove extremely useful if you decide that you want to build it yourself.
Renegade, thanks for the welcome and the offer to help with a PC build.
I was originally leaning towards building a PC myself, but once I started looking at everything I was a little overwhelmed. Do you choose AMD or Intel? Nvidia or something else... etc. So yeah that link looks like it'll help quite a bit.
If I do go the pre-built route I was kind of looking at
I advise against prebuilt systems because everybody will seriously up the price for that luxury. Putting a PC together is pretty easy if you've got a little bit of patience, otherwise it is pretty cheap to pay someone to do it.
Now, clarification, your ideal price is $550 including what exactly? The computer (of course) Monitor? Peripherals? (Mouse/Keyboard) Fans? (More airflow, less noise) Wireless adapter? (Necessary for online play)
Also, I am going to assume you want a desktop because it will hands down get you the most bang for your buck and, as you said, can be swapped out piece by piece as you save money to upgrade. Answer these questions and I'll get back to you when I'm finished moving into my new place tomorrow with some preference questions to tailor it to what'll make you the most satisfied.
Hi Edmorian, glad to have you here. But hold up.. Let me get this straight. You work in an ice cream shop? That's so cool. If I ever travel to the US and Michigan I'll be sure to stop by and try out every possible flavour! A lot of people are joining these days, but hands down, this is a real good introduction - kudos!
Also, I agree with Renegade. You should definitely try and build your own rig, not only is it cheaper, but it is a lot of fun as well! Surprisingly easy too. The desktop I own now was my first project ever regarding computer hardware and doing it myself, but everything went pretty well - I can recommend it, just read up on it and follow the instructions on the internet and the part manuals, then you'll be set.
Thanks for the welcome Jespah! It can be pretty cool working at an ice cream shop. Meet a lot of interesting people coming through daily, and it's always interesting talking to them.
Renegade, that $550 would need to include pretty much everything to make a computer run. I have a keyboard and mouse already, and speakers. So I don't need any of those. So I think pretty much that leaves
CPU Graphics Card Motherboard Hard Drive Power Supply Cooling System
Other than that I'm not really sure what I need. I'll need to be able to connect to my internet through our wireless router, Thanks for the help so far!