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  1. Hey Bok, maybe you should start buying pre-made PC's after all:







    Microsoft Vista Ultimate





    Intel Core2 Extreme QX9650 (Overclockable up to 4.0GHz)





    NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI





    Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz up to 8G





    NVIDIA GeForce GTX280 3-Way SLI





    Up to 4TB





    Blu-ray DVD





    2 x LAN 10/100/1000


    Power Supply



    2 Kilowatts (Dual Power)


    AccessoryGaming Keyboard, Mouse, Mousepad, Headset

    Holy ****.

  2. Wow. Slower than a GX2 in majority of benchmarks. Costs $150 more. 1.4 BILLION TRANSISTORS :blink: AT 65nm => terrible yields. Doesn't appear to be a sound financial move on Nvidia's part to have released this. They should have kept it as an engineering exercise and released it a few months later in 45nm, potentially in GX2 form.

  3. Sometimes I really miss the "Good" old days of Unix and X11 ;)


    I am afraid that I might have to get Vista within a year. The next PC is going to be requiring x64, so not much point in trying to go out and buy an XP 64 bit, as Windows 7 will most likely be around before getting any decent value for money out of that investment.

    There are quite a few very good 64bit *nixes around, you know? What's keeping you from using them, and if it's gaming and Microsoft programs, why not setting up a dual boot machine?

    /agree. Ubuntu is freaking incredible. You can do everything you could in Unix + X11, plus you have access to all the source code, plus Compiz will give you eye candy that shames Aero and Mac. I use it for pretty much everything except MS Office and games (for which I use XP).

  4. Very few contemporary applications are memory-bandwidth limited. Get any memory sticks that your mobo can support, you'll be fine. Of course, the amount of RAM does have a huge impact. Since it's a new PC, I'd say get at least 4GB unless you plan on upgrading soon.

  5. Well, it seems that the static only happens when I play mp3s. It doens't make the static sound when I got a game going, but then I have only tested ME and Crysis so far. Oh, my CPU is ordered. I am wondering how much of a performance boost I will be getting from going froma 3ghz 800 FSB Cedar Mill single core to 3ghz 1333 FSB Core 2 Duo dual core.

    Yeah, the 800 -> 1333 upgrade is not going to make a big difference.


    However, the Cedar Mill (Pentium4D) to Conroe (C2D) upgrade is freaking HUGE. A 1.8GHz C2D with 2MB cache can run circles around a 3.6GHz P4D. You're getting a 3.0GHz C2D with 4MB cache. Hypothetically, if the P4s existed to this date, then we're talking about the equivalent performance of a ~6-7GHz Cedar Mill. The difference *is* really that huge. Despite this, as mkreku said, you probably won't perceive this in a lot of real-world scenarios, where you'll likely be bottlenecked by memory latency, HDD and GPU speed.

  6. In order of recollection (which might be vaguely correlated with the impact each of these games had on me):


    1. Ninja Gaiden: Black
    2. Half Life
    3. Diablo
    4. KotOR
    5. KotOR-II
    6. Portal
    7. No One Lives Forever 2
    8. CnC Generals Zero Hour
    9. Guild Wars
    10. NFS Porsche Unleashed

  7. Do you have an Nvidia card? If so you could consider investing in their PureVideo DVD decoder. It offloads the bulk of the decoding process to the GPU, plus it does a fantastic job (the best I've seen) of deinterlacing non-progressive-scan content. You can use the decoder with frontends like Media Player Classic, Zoom Player (both excellent frontends) and even Windows Media Player.

  8. 2x 9800GX2 Quad SLI is vista only, and is a toss up about which is faster (vs 3x 8800) cuz it has more shader power but less memory

    Fair enough. It still seems you need to be in the $1000-investment ballpark to gain anything out of Vista, which is more than what 95% (completely unscientific guesstimate) of gamers would be willing to pay. For that 95% -- a lot of which are fairly serious gamers with, say, 8800GT-class setups -- XP is faster than Vista.


    I can't argue against the theoretical validity of your original comment, but theoretical maxima are moot when you're trying to sell a volume product such as Vista. All said and done, it's a bad, bloated product which probably started off with a decent set of design goals but ended up as a complete mess due to some terrible design decisions accompanied by craptacular drivers from Nvidia, Creative et al.

  9. No i'm just sick of hearing people say that XP is faster for games. Vista is truly the fastest for games if you have the hardware. XP just doesn't have the capability to take advantage of more than two videocards, while Vista is coded so it can sli 3 or 4 cards

    So you're saying that Vista is faster for those that wish to invest $1800 on video cards alone (3x 9800GX2s... because if you're looking at 3-way SLI you're probably not looking at something like 3x 8800s since 2x 9800GX2 would be faster, cheaper, and less cumbersome).

  10. It has nothing to do with the hardware, Gabs. It doesn't matter if the game is on the XBox 360 or the PC, or both. When dealing with the raw processing power and capabilities of this current generation of console compared to mid level PCs the power level and capabilities are pretty much even. Its a matter of software, the design choices going into the game that will make or, more than likely, break Fallout 3. In any case the old vanguard of Fallouters are in the severe minority. Fallout 3 will sell and sell well, even if not a single old school Fallout fan buys a copy of Fallout 3.



    The only argument you can make against consoles IMO is where the mouse and keyboard interface has a definite advantage (FPS's) or are an absolute requirement (RTS's). The old demographic argument (consoles are for teh kids) that probably made sense in the N64 generation is no longer valid today.


    I do think those screenies are ugly, although that wouldn't stop me from trying out the game. But the Morrowind-style gameplay somehow just doesn't appeal to me.

  11. Bought myself a used fat PS2 for 35 bucks!!


    Playing Gran Turismo 4 and absolutely loving it. It's been several years since I've played a racing game that I really liked.


    Also started playing Jak and Daxter... another delightful game!


    I have Xenosaga I sitting around somewhere, I'll get to it sometime.

    You need to get a hold of God of War & God of War 2 & Resident Evil 4 & Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King & Bully & ... There are LOTS of quality games available for you if this is your first PS2.

    :thumbsup: Thanks!


    I'm beginning to realize what I'd been missing all these years. :)

  12. Bought myself a used fat PS2 for 35 bucks!!


    Playing Gran Turismo 4 and absolutely loving it. It's been several years since I've played a racing game that I really liked.


    Also started playing Jak and Daxter... another delightful game!


    I have Xenosaga I sitting around somewhere, I'll get to it sometime.

  13. No, I have the Premium HDMI version. it doesnt really matter if I play games or just look at the dashboard, the picture is definently not 1920 wide. It could have something to do with running it on VGA perhaps? I have my HDMI-DVI cable down here at the office to connect my laptop.

    Ah okay, I'm 90% sure it's the VGA that's doing it.

  14. Oh yeah, rubber-band AI in racing games!! That's something that can make me throw the controller (I always play racing games on consoles) through the TV!


    When I make a huge mistake in a racing game, so much so that I get stuck in a fence for like a minute or so, and then return to the track only to find that the other cars have stopped and waited for me.. talk about immersion killer! And not to mention when you've done a completely perfect race, you've beaten the track record by several seconds.. and then you're passed on the finish line by a GROUP of cars rubber-banding behind you.. Everyone beating the old records just because YOU did it.. Holy crap, I get angry just writing about it. :thumbsup:>_<:bat:

    I hate runner band AI. I simply cannot understand the logic behind it.


    Among other things, "catch-up" in career mode was what made me move away from the Need For Speed series for good. That franchise hit its high point with Porsche Unleashed, it's been downhill since then. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any other driving game that captures the balance between arcade and simulation physics as well as Porsche did. The exotic locations in all the old NFS games were awesome too. I'm not a big fan of the open-city stuff.

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