Monday, December 04, 2006

Oooo new gaming

Why would I, having a full-time job and a sliding thesis want more gaming? Well... I do. I'm compulsive, and it makes me happy, so yay for games.

First off, my poor compy is WORKING AGAIN! Hooray! It was locking up under 3D stress (but not a thermal issue), and was really pissing me off. It was either the video card or the chipset. Thankfully, I now know.
It was a gamble - basically I staked a $250 card replacement on a 50/50 prognosis. Thankfully, I was right, and the computer seems stable. Plus, I really like the card. Not only does it run extra cool, barely spiking past 60 (my EVGA Geforce 6800 GT would regularly hit the 135C thermal shutdown point), but it's also faster. My score on 3DMark 2006 went from 2000 to over 3700. Also, my Vista "Gaming Graphics" performance index went from 5.0 to 5.8.

Also, my Xbox 360, one hard drive replacement later, is finally working. I really love this console. Despite being more than content with the wide selection of Xbox 360 Live Arcade games, I've also picked up Saint's Row. It's a shameless GTA3 ripoff. But I like GTA3, so it really was a perfect choice.

So, what's the moral of this story?

A weekend trip to Fry's can be very expensive and very gameilicous.

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