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Unread 12-14-2014, 01:08 PM   #21
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Default I like this feature.

Even if they don't have Steam codes, you can create shortcuts in Steam so that the Steam overlay will be present and your friends will see that you are in the game. I do that for several games (e.g. things from Blizzard, ArenaNet, some older games I have) so that I can still chat on Steam easily and folks can see I may be busy.

You do it from the Library screen -- click "Add a Game" at the bottom-left and then select "Add a Non-Steam Game". It will let you put a shortcut to the game that can be placed into whatever category or section of your library you want (if you use tags and the like in your Steam library), and it will use whatever name/abbreviation you give for the shortcut to report "<player> is in Non-Steam Game <game name>".
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Unread 12-14-2014, 06:02 PM   #22
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Even if they don't have Steam codes, you can create shortcuts in Steam so that the Steam overlay will be present and your friends will see that you are in the game. I do that for several games (e.g. things from Blizzard, ArenaNet, some older games I have) so that I can still chat on Steam easily and folks can see I may be busy.
I believe I've gotten this feature to work with GOG.com games, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it with Origin content.
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Unread 12-14-2014, 06:19 PM   #23
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Default One DRM platform is enough for me.

Since Origin is a similar kind of application and service as Steam, it may not ever work. You could point Steam at a game, but it might just cause Origin's UI to launch anyway to then launch the game.

I do not have Origin, however, so I cannot advise directly.
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Unread 12-14-2014, 06:25 PM   #24
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Yeah, I wouldn't bother with Origin at all if not for Bioware's titles.

(Actually debating on whether to purchase DA: O and DA2 on Origin or Steam when I purchase the PC versions.)
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I recently went through a similar procedure with some upgrades I made to my rig. I decided to do the job thoroughly, complete drive wipes and a windows reinstall, followed by downloading everything again. Took a few hours, but it runs smooth like butter now.

As to seeing slowdown in applications being related to a video card upgrade, this strikes me as highly unlikely. Web browsing and general computing aren't terribly graphically intensive actions, its either your processor or RAM I'd assume. Not sure what other hardware you're using though.

In terms of temperature, you've got the current radeon flagship, enjoy your new room heater lol. 85 under load is fine, but that fan noise probably won't ever get better. If you feel like going crazy some day get a custom water block for it and put it underwater. the 290 is just a hot ass card though.

Also, make sure you've got an appropriate power supply to run that thing. If you just shoehorned a man-sized gpu into a petite sized rig you might be right up against the power supply operating headroom, which might possibly be causing your slowdowns, but if you're not seeing any graphic card failures or shutdowns you're probably ok.

I'd suggest running your card at performance settings though, nobody should buy a high end graphics card and the neuter it with power settings. What you need is MOAR POWER.

(invest in a nice headset, won't help your roommate any but will block out the fan noise lol)
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