Prepare for Overwatch | Build it Yourself: Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower Case

 

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In my particular taste, I am going with an upgrade to my current Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced full tower case. It’s hard to believe I can find something better than that — I simply love it; but I found something that feels better on paper (spec description), and the photos show that there is plenty of fans and airflow that makes the jump to upgrade the HAF case worth it.

I already ordered this case, and it’s on its way to my door this Monday, Jan 4th.

The Thermaltake Core V71 (E-ATX) Full Tower Gaming Computer Case simply floored me. It was love at first sight. I’m sorry Cool Master HAF. We have been together since 2008, and I do love you. It is not you. It’s me. Err … schedules appointment with psy– nvm.

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When it comes to Gaming Cases — you heard it… “Gaming Cases,” you need massive airflow: plenty of internal fans, and fan connectors for your CPU and whatnot. The idea of a “Gaming Case” is to keep your CPU, and Graphic Card as cool as humanly possible. These two components are the heart of your system. If they overheat too much, your gaming experience is laggy. Framerates drop drastically. Eventually, the overheating will kill your PC.

There are at least three TOP companies that manufacture these cases with Gamers in mind. You would never go wrong buying from them: Thermaltake, Cool Master, and Antec. There is a fourth one that escapes my memory which makes the most expensive ones, but since we are tinkering with low cost and best-bang-for-your-buck parts, then it’s good I forgot.

If your HP or [other company]-assembled computer is slow, your graphic card is getting really hot, then know that that crappy computer case was designed to be an oven, and not to be a gaming system. There is no common-sense airflow design in those. Tells you someone who has seen two HP computers overheat to death, and two RADEON 9800s dead before 2008. So what did enamore me so much that I went with buying the Thermaltake Core V71? Airflow, Airflow, Airflow is the love word.

Also its Low cost ($119 — usually $159) — that’s a bang for your buck there. But it also has other features such as screwless and tool-free drive bays. Man, I love that. Swap hard disks in and out with no hassle, or: “Damn, where is that missing screw gone to.”

On the front, it has three 200mm LED fans and a 140mm fan which pushes airflow from the front to the back of the computer — cooling your hard drives and pushing air toward your CPU fan and graphic card.

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If that’s not enough, then how about options to expand adding more fans on the bottom and the top of the case? Noctua makes some good ones. You also have options and space to add a water cooling system at a later time, if you wish to.

 

Better yet, the front and bottom fans have dust filters that you can detach and clean.

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The Drive Bays are modular. Meaning you can remove the bays from the chassis to and customize your space in the interior.

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All of this beats my current Cool Master HAF 932 Advanced Full-Tower Case. My Thermaltake Core V71 (E-ATX) Full Tower Gaming Computer Case arrives in a couple days, and I’ll share bigger and more detailed photos of this awesome case.

If you read the case specifications below, this mammoth is an e-ATX case but it fits three different motherboard types: e-ATX, ATX and Micro-ATX. So chances of going wrong or buying the wrong motherboard or wrong case is eliminated, making this case valuable. Still, I would double-check the dimensions of the motherboard just in [case] (no pun intended).

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Alternatives

@dpershonok told me in our staff channel that he has a cheaper alternative with the same airflow options. The Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid Tower Gaming Case is in the $59.99 range with FREE shipping.

  • Tons of fan mounts:
    • Front – 2 x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm LED included)
    • Top – 2 x 120mm
    • Rear – 120mm (included)
    • Bottom – 120mm
  • 2 x USB 3.0 front ports with internal connector
  • Large side panel window
  • Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts
  • Seven PCIe slots with room for long graphics cards up to 426mm long
  • Install up to three 3.5” and two 2.5” drives simultaneously – tool free
  • Dust filters for front and PSU intake

 

 

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Overwatch Beta Patch 0.8.1 – Patch Notes

The Overwatch Beta Patch 0.8.1 build was deployed a few minutes ago to address a few exploits and UI bugs.

Bug Fixes – Overwatch Beta Patch 0.8.1

  • Fixed an issue that allowed Tracer to escape team spawn rooms by recalling to the top of a destroyed Ice Wall before the match had begun.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to escape the attacking team’s spawn room on King’s Row before the match had begun.
  • Fixed an issue where a player’s Voice Chat icon would sometimes appear grayed out even if they were active in the channel.
  • Fixed an issue that caused players’ Battle.net Friends Lists to be reset whenever automatically silenced in Overwatch.
  • Fixed several client-side and server-side crashes

Source: Overwatch Tech Support Forum

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Image Teaser – Overwatch: The Omnic Crisis

Micky Neilson’s latest newsletter shows just a peek at Ludo Lullabi’s art. Ludo will be illustrating the upcoming Overwatch: Omnic Crisis graphic novel. If you need memory refreshing, or simply have no clue — Ludo Lullabi was the penciler of the DC/Wildstorm World of Warcraft comic book, World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen, and World of Warcraft: Ashbringer. If you have seen the Legendary card of Gelbin Mekkatorque in Hearthstone — that’s his artwork too.

At the moment of this posting, there is no release date yet for Overwatch: Omnic Crisis other than 2016. The colored version of the image shown at SDCC 2015, was shown by Chris Metzen at BlizzCon 2015.

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Micky: Full speed ahead! Ludo is plugging away at the art! Eye-popping gorgeousness and much excitement will ensure. If you don’t know what Overwatch is yet, for shame! Go here and be enlightened.

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If that Tracer illustration is just a tease for what we might expect, I certainly want to pre-order already. What about you?

 

PAX East 2016 Tickets Available Now

The PAX East 2016 tickets are now available. We don’t have intel on whether Blizzard Entertainment might bring Overwatch to PAX East, but they did last year. I was able to play Overwatch at PAX East 2015, and the Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain at a nearby hotel during an invite-only event.

 

Blizzard Entertainment also had a Hearthstone panel at the event last year, and that room let me tell you was at capacity, and many couldn’t even get into the panel. Thus, if you attend make sure to get to the line at least 2 hours before the panel starts to guarantee you are able to enter.

Bring a heavy coat, gloves, boots, scarf with you. Last year it was 6 degrees in extreme cold, during the worst streak of snow storms which had affected the whole eastern coast above New York.

It is highly vital that you get ahold of a Friday ticket in case there is any special Overwatch or Hearthstone panels presented there. More information about tickets below.

PAX East 2016 Tickets

So hurry up and get your tickets here ASAP before they are sold out.

Note: The 3-Day Pass and Saturday-only tickets are already sold out. Friday and Sunday are available at the moment of this posting.

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Blizzplanet Video: Fastest Overwatch Beta Match?

The Overwatch match starts in Volskaya Industries. I play as Bastion and wrecked havok at the first checkpoint killing 4 enemy players who were defending it. We take the checkpoint.

As I move toward the Checkpoint B, I notice I got brushed by Widowmaker’s shot and look around to see where it came from, and get killed by Soldier:76 while distracted.

I see the quick replay of Soldier:76 killing me, and get back on my feet. Walk a few yards when out of the blue I get VICTORY onscreen. Wait, what? hrmm? 2:00 minutes.

Fastest game ever!

Blizzplanet Video: Fastest Overwatch Beta Match?

 

Overwatch Beta Gameplay Video

 

Overwatch Beta – Reaper Gameplay Videos

Reaper can be a rudeless killer machine sneaking behind enemy lines by teleporting to high ground or literally behind them with his Shadow Step ability.

He can avoid enemy damage by shifting into Wraith Form, which makes him immune to damage, but you can’t attack either. It is a good mechanic to use when Bastion goes turret mode. It takes Bastion a couple of seconds to shapeshift back from turret mode, which is enough to take him out.

The Ultimate: Death Blossom is a bit hard to get through without getting killed yourself. Especially in tight spots at the checkpoint where there are too many enemies standing their ground. It’s best used by teleporting from afar right behind them, or sneaking from behind.

Below you can see some of my Overwatch Beta videos playing as Reaper for the first time. May take a bit to hone the Reaper skills.

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Reaper Gameplay Videos | Hanamura

 

Reaper Gameplay Videos | Temple of Anubis

 

Reaper Gameplay Videos | Hanamura # 2

Overwatch Livestream – Playing as Genji, Dva and Mei

After BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard Entertainment added these three heroes to the Overwatch roster. I played as Genji, Dva and Mei throughout the video (located at the bottom of this page). My video is about 3 hours long – 720HD available.

Genji

overwatch-genji-model-260pxShuriken: Genji is a bit difficult, but fun. His main attack is Shuriken — which has two variations. To throw three consecutive shurikens at a single target press the left-button, or spray three Shuriken in a cone-AOE with the right-button. He has 24 Shuriken, before reload is required.

Deflect (E): With a swipe of his sword, Genji reflects any oncoming projectile and rebounds it back towards the opponent.

Swift Strike (LShift): Personally, I set this to be at the RShift-button. I’m more an arrow keys player than the typical AWSD-key player. Swift Strike impulses Genji forward at fast speed and unleases his katana sword. Targets begin to bleed and take additional damage over time. If Genji eliminates a target with this ability, he can instantly use it again.

Dragonblade (Ultimate): Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Genji can also double jump by pressing the jump button twice. If you do this on a wall he can climb to a second floor. I was able to climb a bus to reach a second floor bridge, too. People really freaks out when Genji starts darting and jumping around out of view.

Mei

overwatch-mei-model-250pxI enjoyed playing as Mei, freezing enemy players (short range), and also creating ice walls to block incoming damage. You can use the ice walls to reach second floors. Simply stand near the building, create a wall beneath your feet and Mei can walk at the top of the ice wall to reach the second floor or bridge. Ice Wall is pretty good in situations when you are trying to flee, or to block the entrance to a checkpoint as a strategy to delay the enemy if they are running out time to take the checkpoint.

Endothermic Blaster: Mei’s blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place. Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range.

Cryo-Freeze: Mei instantly surrounds herself with a block of thick ice. She heals and ignores damage while encased, but cannot move or use abilities.

Ice Wall: Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.

Blizzard (Ultimate): Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.

Dva

overwatch-dva-model-300pxI love to play as D.va. She is actually a tank. When the mech dies, D.va continues to fight in her human form, giving you an extra health break to finish your opponent or to flee to a safe place. Once your Ultimate is available, press Q to mount a new mech with full health. If the Ultimate is still available you can use Boosters to approach enemies clustered in a narrow area. Press Q to abandon the mech and it will explode, killing enemies within 30-40 yards of the mech. Love love D.va.

Fusion Cannons: D.Va’s mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active.

Boosters: D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back.

Defense Matrix: D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air.

Self-Destruct (Ultimate): D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

 

Gameplay video: Genji, Mei and D.va

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch El Dorado Map Screenshots

El Dorado takes us to a Mexico village currently playable in Overwatch Beta. It has plenty of hiding spots to surprise-attack your opponents from above. Whether on top of the roof or from a narrow window. Escort the payload (the truck) up the road and through the village towards the Lumerica building. You can see a Diablo III-themed easter egg. The Diablo Piñata hails from Whymyshire (the map with the rainbows, unicorns and cute bears).

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch Features

WHAT IS OVERWATCH?

Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on a near-future earth. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of heroes, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.

In Overwatch, bold characters with extraordinary abilities fight across fantastic yet familiar battlegrounds. Teleport past rockets while an ally dives behind a double-decker hoverbus on the cobblestone streets of London. Shield your team from a shadowy archer’s ambush, then hunt him through a bazaar beneath a high-tech Egyptian pyramid.

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch Origins Edition Features Revealed

The Overwatch Origins Edition’s features have been revealed as a text description. However, BlizzCon 2015 has now shown us how the features look like in vivid color.

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Overwatch: What’s New | Summary

This article is being updated as the presentation goes on. Stay tuned!

Beta Overview

  • As of tuesday, there were 82.000 total matches
  • Average match time: 7:34
  • Most played hero: Pharah
  • Best chance of winning: Symmetra

Console

  • Overwatch comes to Xbox One and Playstation4
  • When Overwatch started to be developed, they planned from the beginning to have it on console as well
  • No cross-plattform gaming

New Map

  • The map is called Hollywood
  • You escort a payload, an omnic director, HAL-Fred Glitchbot
  • Starting from the Hollywood boulevard,
    you enter the Goldshire Studios
  • features lot of balconys and rooftops
  • next up, you go through the studio sets

New Heroes

  • Mei
  • Full Name: Mei-Lin Zhou, 31 years old
  • Occupation: Climatologist, Adventurer
  • Base of operation: Xi’an, China (formerly)
  • Affilation: Overwatch (formerly)
  • Armed with freezing weapons
  • She got trapped and had to go in cryo and was only rescued years later while her team died
  • First hero concepts got to close to Zarya
  • Abilities:
    • Endothermic Blaster
      Mei’s blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place. Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range.
    • Ice Wall
      Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.
    • Cryo-Freeze
      Mei instantly surrounds herself with a block of thick ice. She heals and ignores damage while encased, but cannot move or use abilities.
    • Blizzard
      Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.
  • D.Va
  • Real Name: Hana Song, Age: 19
  • Occupation: Pro Gamer (formerly), Mech Pilot
  • Base of Operations: Busan, South Korea
  • Affiliation: Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army
  • Ex-Progamer
  • One influence that drived her design was the idea of her streaming how she pilots her mech
  • Abilities:
    • Fusion Cannons
      D.Va’s mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active.
    • Boosters
      D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back.
    • Defense Matrix
      D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air.
    • Self-Destruct
      D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.
  • While in the mech, when she dies, only the mech is destroyed, and D.Va ejects.
    • Light Gun
      While outside of her mech, D.Va can continue the fight with a mid-range automatic blaster.
    • Call Mech
      If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray.
  • Genji
  • Genji is Hanzo’s brother
  • Real Name: Genji Shimada, Age: 35
  • Occupation: Adventurer
  • Base of Operations: Shambali Monastery, Nepal
  • Affiliation: Shimada Clan (formerly), Overwatch (formerly)
  • He almost died to Hanzo
  • Was given a cybernatic body by Mercy
  • Overwatch wanted Genji’s help to dismantle the Shimada Clan
  • Zenyatta helped him to come to terms with his new cybernetic body
  • Skills
    • Shuriken
      Genji looses three deadly throwing stars in quick succession. Alternatively, he can throw three shuriken in a wider spread.
    • Swift Strike
      Genji darts forward, slicing the air with his katana and passing through foes in his path. After the initial strike, his targets begin to bleed and take additional damage over time. If Genji eliminates a target with this ability, he can instantly use it again.
    • Deflect
      With lightning-quick swipes of his sword, Genji reflects an oncoming projectile and sends it rebounding towards his opponent.
    • Dragonblade
      Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Pre-orders Open for Overwatch: Origins Edition – Xbox One & PS4

Pre-orders have begun for the Overwatch: Origins Edition (Xbox One) and the Overwatch: Origins Edition (PS4) for $59.99 with FREE shipping.

The game release is slated somewhere between Spring 2016 or before June 12, 2016. Reserve your guaranteed copy while supplies last.

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Overwatch: Origins Edition (Console) Features

Unlock the Widowmaker Noire skin: Pre-purchase Overwatch and receive the special Noire skin for the deadly and ruthless Widowmaker. Clad in black and red, she stalks her prey like a venomous spider.

 

Origins Edition Features

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!

World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.

Hearthstone – Card Back: Battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

StarCraft II – In-game Portraits: With brand new portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector.

Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero: Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.

 

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

The Overwatch – Origins Edition (PC) pre-orders have begun. The pricing is set at $59.99 with FREE Shipping. The game release is approximately between Spring 2016 or before June 12, 2016.

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

Pre-purchase Overwatch and receive the special Noire skin for the deadly and ruthless Widowmaker. Clad in black and red, she stalks her prey like a venomous spider.

 

Origins Edition Features

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!

World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.

Hearthstone – Card Back: Battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

StarCraft II – In-game Portraits: With brand new portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector.

Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero: Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders Begin

The Overwatch Collector’s Edition (PC) pre-orders are now available. The Price is set at $129.00 with FREE shipping.

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Contents of the Collector’s Edition include the same features of the Overwatch: Origins Edition, plus the following items:

Overwatch Collector’s Edition

  • Visual source book — with in-depth illustrations and information about the game’s heroes, locations, and story
  • Overwatch soundtrack
  • A high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76
  • Postcards with illustrations of locations such as King’s Row, Ilios, Hanamura, etc.

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