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General / Official: The Matrix 4K
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:42:31 pm »
It's official The Matrix is getting a 4K HDR release in May with a newly 4K scanned negative and Dolby Atmos sound-mix upgrade! The new 4K remaster is being supervised by director of photography Bill Pope.

Full press release:

No word on the sequels yet but I would imagine they (and possibly The Animatrix) will follow later in the year if the release is successful.

VR Gaming / VR Ready Gaming Build - Under $1000
« on: March 25, 2016, 08:16:10 pm »
I recently had the exciting experience of upgrading old hardware (~3 years old) and replacing much of it with near top of the line hardware. I was delightfully surprised to find this rather affordable - especially if you can reuse existing components. I could easily picture a similar build 5 years ago costing north of $2,000. Hopefully this guide can help save some time for those of you looking to build a VR ready machine.

Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K

Purchased: using 15% off promo code 'SHOP15' and United MileagePlus Shopping

Why: For the price point nothing else beats this processor. With an unlocked multiplier I was able to notch up the core speed to 4.4Ghz with zero effort. I did not find it advantageous to jump to the Core i7 and pay over $100 more for basically the hyper-threading. The real-world results between the i5 and i7 will be nearly identical.

Price: $221.48 + 204 miles + 2% cash back (some people will owe local tax - I did and the total shown here was after tax)


Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G LE

Purchased: w/ free copy of the Divison, $30 MIR, and United MileagePlus Shopping

Why: This is an awesome video card and it may be the most critical component for a smooth VR experience. While a GTX 980 may suffice, I think the TI will be longer lasting and hold better resale value for when the next generation cards start shipping late this year or next. I was able to squeeze out 1.5Ghz on the core and 8Ghz (4Ghz * 2) on the memory without any additional cooling or voltage tweaks - all I used was MSI Afterburner. There are a lot of companies that make this card and sales come and go, this just happened to be a better than average. Also check out and the coupon above if sales tax is waived in your state.

Price: $619.99 + 2% cash back - $30 MIR - $40 (sale of The Division on eBay) + 609 miles


Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI Plus

Purchased: and United MileagePlus Shopping

Why: Motherboard is a bit subjective but I have had good experiences with MSI boards and customer service. This board comes with standard features. PCIe 3.0 which means this version's 8x = 16x on the previous model of processors and board. Includes USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports and a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port. Basically Gen2 is faster and can draw more amps but you'll need an adapter to use it with a Type-A device. I would have liked to seen more ports on the back plate but there are plenty of internal sockets for additional front and back panels on you case.

Price: $119.99 + 2% cash back + 120 miles


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200)

Purchased: and United MileagePlus Shopping

Why: Gone are the days of $300+ RAM. This is a pretty basic pick. It's easy to clock at 2400 and has great performance.

Price: $62.99 + 2% cash back + 63 miles


Everything Else: Already Owned

- Case
- 600watt PSU
- Cooler Master 212 Cooler (the best bang for the buck and keeps things cool!)
- ArcticSilver 5
- Blu-ray Drive


Grand Total: $954.45 - $19.09 (cash back) = $935.36 + 996 miles

I have also started selling my old hardware which I expect to make over $200 on bringing the total cost of the upgrade below $750.

(All purchases made with 2% back Citi Double Cash Card)

VR Gaming / SteamVR Performance Tests
« on: March 25, 2016, 07:29:17 pm »
Post your VR performance stats here using SteamVR's system analysis tool.

I recently upgraded my computer for around $900 and was able to achieve a perfect 11 score. It just goes to show that VR is becoming very much affordable for the mainstream. I will provide a link soon with details on my build for those of you who are interested in a similar setup.

News and Announcements / Website Issues
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:12:31 pm »
There has been a severe crash of our web server. It appears everything was reverted back to 2015. I will post updates as I find out more. Sorry for this inconvenience.

Non-VR Games / Furious Angels Rust Server!
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:20:54 am »
I setup an official Furious Angels Rust server! Now that the server has been publicly released it can be hosted on any server. I setup a free Amazon EC2 account and am running the server successfully. It'll probably be fine with 5-10 people but if we wanted to open it up to say 50 we'd be looking at probably $20-30 a month which is in-line with rust hosting companies. Anyway, this will be fun to mess around with. I can also host an experimental server.

To join the server open up F1 console and type: net.connect

General / Battlefield 3 Free
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:44:35 pm »
I fucking hate origin... but I'll take a free game from EA anyday...

Get Battlefield 3 free, forever. Or at least until Origin shuts down.

VR Gaming / Apple Just Patented Oculus Rift
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:40:17 pm »

News and Announcements / Server Upgrades
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:23:03 pm »
Hi All,

You may have noticed the site seems to be on steroids! Our gracious overlords have provided us with some brand new state-of-the-art server hardware.

I'm still working on getting some additional access so I can start TS on the new server. I will post an update once I have it up and running.


News and Announcements / Website Hackings
« on: July 07, 2012, 07:07:55 pm »
I just wanted to make a post to acknowledge that our site has experienced two malware hack attacks. These attacks do not appear to be aimed exclusively at us. Rather, they are server wide. My server admin is aware and working to resolve this from occurring again.

Non-VR Games / PvP Tips: How to Win Alderaan with a Single Cap
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:23:53 pm »

Interrupt East. Cap one point, and don't let either team cap the second point!

Support / Teamspeak 3 Final and Android and iOS
« on: August 10, 2011, 04:33:22 pm »
Teamspeak 3 Final has been released!

In addition mobile flavors over TS3 beta are available in your respective App Stores.

Support / Teamspeak Downtime
« on: May 31, 2011, 05:35:20 pm »
I've known that a server upgrade was available for a couple of days now. But, I haven't found a good down time to take it offline and upgrade it.

It's going to require a little extra work than normal but nothing too crazy. So, I'll try to take it down early in the morning before work. So it shouldn't affect much... but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up and especially since it warns you now every time you join the server about upgrading.

Off Topic / Portal 2
« on: February 21, 2011, 01:43:36 pm »
Does anyone want to go 50/50 with me on the 2 pack of Portal 2 pre-order on steam? By ordering the 2 pack we get a 20% discount and 2 gift-able copies of Portal 1.

So for $40 you'd get Portal 2 pre-order and Portal 1 (or if you own it already you can gift it to a friend who doesn't have it).

PM me if you are interested!

Off Topic / Matrix 4 and 5
« on: January 24, 2011, 08:27:00 am »
The headlines today are, "Keanu Reeves Says Matrix 4 and 5 are Coming".

I originally posted this in randomness but it seems to carry more weight than I initially thought. Here are some links:

Some of the high points are Keanu met with the Wachowski's around Christmas and the Wachowski's met with James Cameron to discuss 3D pros and cons.

Off Topic / PokerStars Home Games
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:51:01 pm »
We tossed around the idea a couple years ago to have some Furious Angel poker nights but it never really happened.

But, now, PokerStars just released Home Games!

We can now literally manage a poker club! We can make tables, tournaments both cash and play money. There are leaderboards, stats, and other cool stuff.

I already made an FA Club, to join use the following:

ID: 8104
Pass: followtheangelz


Scheduled Tournaments:

1/13, 8:00pm FA - Play Money Texas Hold'em - $3,000 starting chips - 10 min blinds

Contact Lithium to Schedule a Tournament

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