MMO-Champion - Chromatic Dragon Pet Video, Setup of the Month, Fan Art, The Daily Blink
Chromatic Dragon Pet Video
The Chromatic Dragon pet was updated since the last time we featured it, so here is a new video with the current model and animations. (The dragon's breath at 0:45 may be slightly bugged)



Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
Even though hard drive prices have come down slightly, now is still a good time to buy a SSD, as the next generation is a good while away and the current prices are fairly flat.

AMD's Bulldozer arrived last month to negative reviews, citing excessive power usage and heat output and very poor single threaded performance. They are working on another stepping which may help the problem slightly, but don't expect any significant improvements on the design until the middle of 2012 with the arrival of Piledriver. There is a glimmer of hope for those of you who purchased one and play games however, a software patch that increases gaming performance by fixing some of the scheduling issues is coming in January.

New mid range AMD GPUs are rumored to be coming in Q1 2012 if you are thinking about upgrading. The new higher end 7900 parts will be here in January, with a press event and NDA lift possibly later this week.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.

Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $149ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $217
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20Cyborg V.5 - $47
MouseLogitech G400 - $35Logitech G500 - $61
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $25Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $44
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $303HP ZR24w 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $400
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $70Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($112)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $45Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $71



Puppy and Dolphin
Overclocked Puppy will outperform Dolphin when multiple threads are in use (Not WoW) and come close in most other cases.
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT M59 Classic - $50NZXT GAMMA Classic - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $41Corsair CX600 V2 - $50
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition- $125Intel i3-2100 - $124
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $21Corsair Air Series A70 - $26
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - $115
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $274GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $42
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $90MSI 6850 or EVGA GTX 560 - $168 / $165
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $118Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $170
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$587$755


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $50Cooler Master HAF932 - $152
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $75Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $118
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $240Intel i7-2600k - $315
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $60Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $160ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $428GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $54
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $210 / $220XFX 6970 2GB OR EVGA GTX 570 - $310 / $360
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $172Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $172
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $213
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $200
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $275
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $170
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$1029 - $1242$1604 - $1759



Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft Cataclysm Art gallery has been updated with six pieces representing the Warcraft universe.





The Daily Blink - Zero Sum Games
The Daily Blink reports on a discovery that no one thought was possible.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Chromatic Dragon Pet Video, Setup of the Month, Fan Art, The Daily Blink started by chaud View original post
Comments 92 Comments
  1. Melilithia's Avatar
    XD Nice Daily Blink.
  1. Znuff's Avatar
    We'd still wish to know where that awesome pet drops from :-(
  1. Melilithia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Znuff View Post
    We'd still wish to know where that awesome pet drops from :-(
    This too. It's so... shiny @.@
  1. FishHead's Avatar
    Any chance it's going to be added as a pet like Tarecgosa for the legendary dagger achievement?
  1. Fafnersbane's Avatar
    The Daily Blink delivers!
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FishHead View Post
    Any chance it's going to be added as a pet like Tarecgosa for the legendary dagger achievement?
    This was my first thought I hope so!
  1. yunito's Avatar
    Olympic pet 2012?? or MOP pre-order c.e??
  1. Noelism's Avatar
    The daily blink is sooo fucking true i hope all the haters and whiners take a look at that and understand some shit.
  1. diox990's Avatar
    even thou i don't like SWTOR at all i really liked this Daily blink xD
  1. Imhullu's Avatar
    Soo wtf is up with the names on these setups of the month.
  1. Slowpoke is a Gamer's Avatar
    That pet is either for the pre-MoP event, or MoP collector's edition. Working on a paper about the SW/WoW coexisting thing.
  1. mistuhbull's Avatar
    Am I the only one vaguely offended that WoW is on the body of Arafat?What you trying to say daily blink?
  1. Chip Zvarri's Avatar
    I think that comic is full proof that The Daily Blink is utter BS. This goes against everything we know. They have NO PROOF TO BACK THIS CLAIM. They just make the claims and run off hoping we believe them. There is NO SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE WAY to prove that 2 games can be simultaneously good.Seriously, I used to respect TDB, but after this "discovery" it's clear that I can't rely on them for PROPER news../satiresincesomebodiesgoingtotakemeseriously
  1. good diu bro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Imhullu View Post
    Soo wtf is up with the names on these setups of the month.
    For puppy, I would recommend genius led media 700 than the microsoft media 3000.
    Its almost the same price, but the genius one simply just have more features.
  1. Skyte87's Avatar
    Srsly that pet dragon is so....energetic! xDME WANT!
  1. Venteus's Avatar
    Star wars is nothing compared to WoW. Daily blink is off.
  1. carnifex2005's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Sodahoof View Post
    I think that comic is full proof that The Daily Blink is utter BS. This goes against everything we know. They have NO PROOF TO BACK THIS CLAIM. They just make the claims and run off hoping we believe them. There is NO SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE WAY to prove that 2 games can be simultaneously good.Seriously, I used to respect TDB, but after this "discovery" it's clear that I can't rely on them for PROPER news../satiresincesomebodiesgoingtotakemeseriously
    I think we can all agree that WoW and SWTOR both suck.
  1. Sammonoske's Avatar
    Hm yes, nice pet. So where is the chromatic dragon mount that I actually care for?
  1. Rezzyk's Avatar
    2012 is the Year of the Dragon for the Chinese. And Pandas coming next year too. Yeah. Just sayin! Could be either I guess.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Pet leaves something to be desired, possible bug notwithstanding. I guess I'm just wanting a break from sparklies and dragons. Also, I suggest that people go to the TDB website to read the alt text on the comic.

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-18 at 08:22 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezzyk View Post
    2012 is the Year of the Dragon for the Chinese. And Pandas coming next year too. Yeah. Just sayin! Could be either I guess.
    Since someone is going to mention this anyway... >_>

    2012 doomsday

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