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Yes, I know, this has been discussed many times, EVERYWHERE. But a google search gives me 1,000,000 results from 1,000,000 forums/websites I've never heard of. Take this as a compliment, because I trust this community more than any other out there.

So, question is, what is the best software/hardware to record gameplay?

Now, lets go a little more into detail.

I've been told I have a nice voice/personality when gaming. I'd like the believe so aswell. Plus I'd like to start doing funny/informative/cool videos. Thats something I've wanted to do forever.

I'd like to be able to show FPS and the gameplay with fluid motion, good quality, and accuracy. Have you ever bunnyhopped on CSS? That fast paced stuff iswhat I'd like to record.

Right now (and for the next few months) I'm using a laptop to do everything. You can find the specs in my sig. It's not great, but it gets the job done. Well, it did, until I tried to record CSS with Fraps and got a max 20FPS.

(Rant) Of course I've used Fraps. The problem with Fraps? It sucks. Inconsistent frames, frames drops, crashes, and a steady decrease in performance of about 50%. These are things I see both on my light gaming laptop and my old gaming PC. I really, really don't like Fraps.
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the 3 major recording software that i've seen talked about are fraps, dxtory, and bandicam. fraps having the highest quality, dxtory is becoming the most recommended, bandicam can do compression on the fly so you dont have to deal with those 20+ gig files in the 1st place.

I think a great deal of the problem is actually at the recording side. meaning the HDD is simply not fast enough to accept the writes from the recording software. AFAIK dxtory mitigate this by using multiple drives (much like a RAID0) but i don't know how that performs. I'm not familiar enough with the other 2 to make any comment on it.

i'm also looking for the best solution for recording 1080p @ 30FPS and from my research dxtory seems to be the one people like.
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Think I remember seeing somewhere that msi afterburner had good/decent recording software. Never tried it personally, though
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If you are recording, I would highly recommend you record on a separate hard drive especially the fraps. Of course the faster the hard drive the better.

Example:
http://youtu.be/bEGDgzlc7mA?t=3m15s
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The BEST way to record gameplay is to use a hardware recorder such as the Avermedia Live Gamer HD because it offloads all compression and recording from your CPU to the card. These are a bit pricey though and it may be better to use Dxtory which is probably the best software recorder.
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Dxtory with these settings has served me MUCH better than FRAPS and MSI Afterburner. Quality is very good and frame rate drop is almost none, but then again I only used it on a single SSD and SSD RAID 0 setup.
 
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