No Upgrades for Patch 5.2 Items
It looks like you won't be able to upgrade the new gear you get in Patch 5.2!
Patch 5.2 Transmogrification Changes
As part of the the transmogrification changes being implemented in Patch 5.2, almost every Main Hand weapon was converted to a One Hand weapon. You can see the list of the remaining Main Hand weapons here.
As far as the other previously mentioned changes go, almost every type has been implemented so far. Most two handed weapons that share animations can now be transmogrified with each other, as well as most one handed weapons with other one handed weapons. Keep in mind that this is the first build of Patch 5.2, and more changes could come in later builds.
- Daggers cannot be transmogrified into swords or vice versa.
- Polearms cannot be transmogrified into other two handed weapons.
- Fist Weapons cannot be transmogrified into other one handed weapons.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
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!
The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales have even gone under 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale! No new CPUs, GPUs, or SSDs worth waiting for are expected before late in the first or the second quarter this year.
Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K and should spend that money elsewhere.
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.
Component Puppy Dolphin Monitor Acer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $140 ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $202 Keyboard Logitech Media Keyboard K200 - $12 Cyborg V.5 - $43 Mouse Logitech G400 - $40 Razer Deathadder - $45 Speakers Creative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $30 Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $43 Component Narwhal Unicorn Monitor ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $295 HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $385 Keyboard Logitech G110 - $85 Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $78 ($140) Mouse Logitech G500 - $56 Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70 Speakers Logitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $59 Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $84
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. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
Component Puppy Dolphin Case NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36 NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36 Power Supply Corsair CX500 - $60 XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $77 CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $98 Intel i3-3220 - $120 Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30 Motherboard ASUS M5A97 R2 AM3+ 970 - $97 Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $117 Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $21 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $49 Graphics Card MSI 7770 - $125 MSI 7850 Twin Frozr or EVGA GTX 660 - $165 / $239 Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $63 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $92 DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $25 Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $25 Total $550 $711 - $785
Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
Component Narwhal Unicorn Case Cooler Master HAF 912 - $63 Cooler Master HAF X - $163 Power Supply Corsair 650TX V2 - $90 Corsair 750HX - $130 CPU Intel i5-3570K - $220 Intel i7-3770K - $320 Heatsink Thermaltake Frio - $57 Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80 Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LK - $124 ASUS P8Z77-V - $190 Memory 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $48 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $48 Graphics Card XFX 7870 (7950) OR GIGABYTE GTX 660 Ti - $257 ($290) / $280 Gigabyte 7970 OR GIGABYTE GTX 670 - $442 / $380 Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91 Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91 SSD SAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $100
OCZ 128 GB Vertex 4 (Review) - $110
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $112
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $130
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Total $973 - $1116 $1425 - $1617
Icy Veins Christmas Contest Voting
Icy Veins held a screenshot contest with some nice prizes, including a signed Collector's Edition of Mists of Pandaria, mounts, pets, AskMrRobot / Curse premium, and more!
Now that the judges have selected the best images, it is up to people to vote on the winners!
Curse Weekly Roundup
Evan is back with news about Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition selling Million copies sold, Sony's new patent, Black Ops II DLC, and this week's Game Forecast.