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      Hello Blade & Soul fans, Welcome to the official Blade & Soul Dojo FAQ! This thread contains commonly asked questions about Blade & Soul's Western versions. Have a question? Check to see if it's posted here or use our forums search feature before creating a new thread. This thread will be updated at all times by any of the Dojo staff members. For additional information on Blade & Soul visit our wiki, or check out the official Blade & Soul West website. Table of Contents <a href="#1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> <a href="#3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> <a href="#4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> <a href="#5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> <a href="#6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> <a href="#7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> <a href="#8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> <a href="#9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> <a href="#10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> <a href="#11">What are the playable races?</a> <a href="#12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> <a href="#13">What are the playable classes?</a> <a href="#14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> <a href="#15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> <a href="#16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> <a href="#17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> <a href="#18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> <a href="#20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> <a href="#21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> <a href="#22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> <a name="1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Korean game development studio, Team Bloodlust and is published by NCSOFT. <a name="2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> You can find the official Blade & Soul West site here. <a name="3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> The North American and European versions are currently set to be released on January 19th, 2016. Head Start for founder's pack owners will begin at 10:00am PST on January 15th, 2016, and name reservations for Disciple and Master pack owners will begin on January 11th, 2016. The game has already been officially released in the following regions: Korea: June 30, 2012
      China: November 28, 2013
      Japan: May 20, 2014
      Taiwan: November 20, 2014
      <a name="4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> Yes. CBT 1: Oct 29, 10am PDT - Nov 2, 10pm PDT [NA server only]* CBT 2: Nov 13, 10am PDT - Nov 16, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 3: Nov 24, 10am PDT - Nov 30, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 4: Dec 11, 10am PDT - Dec 14, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** CBT 5: Dec 18, 10am PDT - Dec 21, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** *NA servers will only support English. **EU servers will support English, French, and German; except on CBTs 1, 2, & 3. <a name="5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> Blade & Soul has been announced as a F2P (free-to-play) title for the West and will have no content limitations. They have also stated that the game will not be "pay-to-win". <a name="6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> No. <a name="7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> Blade & Soul's Western servers will be housed in the following location: North America: Dallas, Texas US
      Europe: Frankfurt, Germany.
      <a name="8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> There are currently no plans to support Oceanic/SEA servers. However, NCSOFT has stated that if the community shows enough interest they will reconsider. A petition has been created for NCSOFT to reconsider. <a name="9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> No. Transferring accounts is not possible, but transferring the physical appearance of your character from other versions is possible through the profile screenshot function in Character Creation. <a name="10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> There are currently no plans for region blocking. <a name="11">What are the playable races?</a> Jin, Gon, Yun, Lyn. Click here for more information. <a name="12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> In North America, the word "Kun" closely resembles a derogatory racial slur. <a name="13">What are the playable classes?</a> There are currently six confirmed playable classes for the Western versions. The "Warlock" class can be found in the KR, CN, JP and TW clients but have yet to be confirmed for the North American and European release.
      Blade Dancer
      Blade Master
      Force Master
      Kung-Fu Master
      <a name="14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> Yes. The playable races in Blade & Soul are indeed restricted to a select few classes. Below you'll find what you can play each race as. Jin: Assassin, Blade Master and Kung Fu Master
      Gon: Destroyer, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      Lyn: Blade Dancer, Force Master and Summoner
      Yun: Blade Master, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      <a name="15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> The initial level cap on release will be 45. <a name="16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> No. <a name="17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> Blade & Soul will be released for Windows PC. <a name="18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> Below are the PC specs taken from Blade & Soul's Korean client. [Minimum Spec] CPU : Intel Dual core/AMD Athlon 64X2 or better RAM : 2G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8600GT/AMD Radeon HD4600 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (32bit / 64bit) DirectX : 9.0c [Recommended] CPU : Intel Quad core/AMD Phenom II X4 or better RAM : 4G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8800GTX / AMD Radeon HD4850 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (64bit) DirectX : 9.0c <a name="19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> You can view all past broadcasts here. <a name="20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> Yes, you can view their packages here. <a name="21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> This has not yet been confirmed. <a name="22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> Yes. Updated: December 25th, 2015


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  1. The Ballistix, but the difference in timing has virtually no effects on gaming.
  2. The difference between single and dual channel is speed. Dual channel doubles the number of connections between ram and cpu. It's not possible to run 4 sticks of ram in single channel on an 1155 mobo. There's also no need to buy 16gb of ram. Just gaming you'll never use more than 4gb, if you have a ton of things open in the background you'll just barely get up past 5gb. And by the time you do need 16gb, the speed of ram you can get today could be an issue and if, in the future, you buy a new motherboard with DDR4 ram slots your current ram becomes obsolete. Those to ram kits probably not work together correctly. Ram is sold in kits specifically because it has to be tested to be sure they work correctly together. If they do you'll have to run the Ballistix Elite kit at higher timings to match the other kit.(the lower timings are why they're more expensive) These 3 articles cover everything about ram in a more in depth and complete way than I could here: DDR Multiple Channels Timings
  3. I'll be the hipster with more male than female characters. I'm probably going to have 3 characters, male gon, male lyn and female jin. Male Gon because he fits Destroyer class better. If the female Gon was more like the Female barb in Diablo 3 (actually looks like she can carry a massive 2h axe) i'd roll female just to bother people that dislike muscular female archetype. Male lyn because it's the most out of the ordinary thing you could play. And female jin because I don't like make jins. yup.
  4. New GoT tonight, so excite.

  5. The extreme 4 will overclock fine but, because your water cooling your cpu, your vrm will be somewhat starved for air. Add in the fact that you'll be running at a fairly beefy overclock the lifespan of the motherboardis going to be shortened. the extreme 6 has beefier heatsinks with heatpipes that will stay noticeably cooler. the ud5h also has similar heatsinks with heatpipes and also a beefier 12+4 phase vrm that will inherently run cooler. This does a good job of explaining vrms more in depth if you're interested. the difference between the 670 and 680 will always stay at about 5%, whatever optimizations NVidia makes to the 680 will also be made to the 670. The higher memory versions will definitely be a good investment for future proofing. games like BF3 and Crysis 3 already use more than 2gb vram if it's available even at 1080p. The vram isn't really that much of a bottleneck on 1080p yet, but in the future there's a possibility that it might be. It really comes down to whether or not you're willing to pay the extra for 5% more performance or 100% more vram. The revised build looks great except for the ram. If you do decide to get the 3930k you should be getting a quad channel kit, the one you have there is only certified to run in dual channel.
  6. Your build looks good. 750W is more than enough, you could add another 680 and still be fine but It would be a good idea to get something better like any seasonic branded one or corsair's TX,HX or AX series, This is not much more expensive and significantly more reliable. It would also be a good idea to seriously consider a 3930k. you get the benefit of streaming at higher quality with less of an impact to your games and you also get an upgrade path. If you get the 3770k and later decide you want to upgrade you'll be forced into a new motherboard. Assuming that you're purchasing that cooler for a big overclock and not silence(in which case you could get away with something cheaper) you should consider getting a better motherboard, at least an asrock extreme 6 and ideally a gigabyte ud5h. The difference between the 670 and 680 is about 5%. assuming you'll be playing at 1080p on a 60hz monitor that difference is not worth spending the extra seeing as the 670 is already good enough to play everything. If you come across a game that has unfavourable performance on the 670 it will be pretty much the same on a 680. 5% of 60fps is 3fps, not nearly enough to make a meaningful difference. Those monitors are honestly trash, they'll turn on and work fine but you really should consider getting this or this. Both dirt cheap and very good. The acer monitor is a fast IPS(more accurate colors, no color fading at wide angles) and has a glossy glass front. The asus is TN so it won't look as good, better than those in your build, it isn't glossy like the acer so if your room is bright or there's a window behind you it would be a better choice. The rest is just nit-picky stuff: A more silent case would be better, something like the fractal design define r4, less background noise is something a streamer should be looking for. Water cooling adds more points of possible failure to your system. If for example the pump goes bad your entire system is down till you get that fixed/replaced. if the fans(only point of failure) on an air cooler go bad, you can just use one of your case fans till you get a replacement. You should consider o-rings for that keyboard, it would make it significatly quieter if you bottom out your keys a lot. There's a video on the product page I linked showing the improvement. Get the 2013 version of the deathadder. the glossy plastic on the side is gone and the sensor is better. Get a professional desk mic to avoid ear rape.
  7. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mlxr This is assuming you'll reuse your hard drive, the fans are optional.
  8. Sure thing, feel free to pm me anytime. The most demanding thing you'd realistically use a gaming pc for is playing demanding games like those. If you were running something unrealistic like 4 instances of prime95 and furmark then yes it'd probably end up using more like 400w, but nobody realistically puts that much stress on their pc. There's also potential gain in more ram, an i7 or even a more expensive motherboard, but at the end of it it will just be a waste if you pay for features you have no use for. The system in the chart of mine obviously includes a few fans, mouse, keyboard etc. it's also using an overclocked 2600k. Realistically this system will rarely reach 300W usage. Even if it does, and all the things you mentioned are installed into the system there will still be leeway for more. if this were back in the last generation of GPUs then i would agree with you that 450w isn't going to cut it on a gaming system,(the 570 for example would regularly draw 300w; the 670 barely ever uses more than 140w) but the newer hardware uses substantially less power and that's only going to continue to be reduced as the manufacturing process shrinks. As long as future upgrades don't involve SLI, dual gpu graphics cards or a move to the LGA2011 platform, he'll be good for quite a few years with a 450w PSU. There's no problem in buying a higher wattage power supply, it won't hurt, but it offers no "realistic" benefits if you are not doing something that would warrant it. Ghast, you should only buy that 650w supply if you're going to run sli in the near future. If not it's as much of a waste of money as 16gb of ram or an i7. If you dont feel comfortable running your PSU at ~75% of it's rated wattage then you could pick up a 500-550w supply but that's up to you. The 830 sells out frequently because it's discontinued, I only included it because at that price it's a steal. The other SSDs are fine but I would stay away from the "samsung 840" it's pretty much a test product (first SSD to use TLC NAND) the true successor to samsung's 830 is the 840 Pro. other SSDs you should keep an eye on are, all of the intel SSDs, Plextor's m5s and kingston's hyper x3 if it's cheap. the Corsair neutron series is also very good.
  9. The power supply is actually not even close to "cutting it close" The system, even when overclocked will not use more than 350W max. so the highest it'll use is around 75% of the rated voltage. I'd say that's a pretty comfortable place to be on a Gold rated PSU. proof Source
  10. The "new" skrillex stopped being terrible.
  11. Been a while since my last post, Here we go. You'll be fine at around medium settings Your current system should handle high(4) That planned build is a mess you should read the thread in my sig. Assuming both are not factory overclocked the 7970 is going to be about 5% faster, not really worth the extra. if you do decide to overclock, the 7970 will end up about 15~20% faster If all you're after is gaming performance then an ivybridge i7 is a complete waste of $100 Proof The only i7 really worth considering is the 3930k, it has 2 more physical cores and LGA2011 isn't dead yet. Now, your build here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JCSd has a few things wrong with it, the cpu cooler is trash, the ram is a worthless upgrade over 1600MHz ram, I wouldn't use a Hitachi hard drive if it was free and you're paying way too much for windows. This is what I would do with your budget: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JNf7 If you ever plan to run dual GPUs replace the power supply with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze You could look into building a mini ITX system, a Silverstone FT03 mini is really small and pretty painless to move around a lot with. But building with this case does come with a slight premium over something larger, not as much as a laptop though. The smaller one is the case I'm talking about. Otherwise any laptop with a quad core i7 and 670m should be able to handle your needs
  12. This is the absolute minimum if you want a laptop. It will play on high settings, you might have to turn a few things down though. Or, build a pc yourself. Spend $500 and you'll end up with the same performance.
  13. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
  14. It'll play it at medium at it's native resolution. I'd highly advise against even considering it though. Everything Razer that isn't their deathadder, naga and blackwidow, is overpriced trash.