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441  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Anyone buy an evga Geforce 7800 GT in Oct? CARDPOOL $100! on: November 06, 2005, 09:00:39 AM
Jack,

Just got one from newegg the other day. Lets cardpool!
442  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do you think of this setup? on: November 05, 2005, 03:58:47 PM
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I gotchya there.  But in order to use the DDR don't you have to have two matched sticks? Or is that something else I'm thinking of.  (note:  I'm a CprE, I understand the terms but haven't kept up with the changes and where we are at tech-wise.)  I guess I expected something more out of the MBs these days.  It seems like we've been at PC3200 forever for standard stuff.  And I needed a refresher.  Thanks for the tips!


Yes its best to use a matched pair and like ^^^ he said most mobo manufacturers have a list of recommended memory that can be found on thier sites. That said the memory I use PQI Turbo PC4000 was not on the list for my last mobo (ABIT AI7) or my current one (DFI Infinity NF4) and it works like a charm.

I just put my newish system together last night and when I was doing research on what parts to get, I noticed that all the new Intel mobos were using DDR2, but all the A64 ones I looked at were still using DDR.
443  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do you think of this setup? on: November 04, 2005, 02:02:00 AM
Couple -o- terms first.

DDR = Double Data Rate
FSB = Front Side Bus

So if your running 200Mhz FSB which is default for most moden CPU's you need DDR 400 memory. If your going to overclock by increasing the speed of the front side bus as high as 250Mhz you'd need atleast DDR 500 memory.

A good place to check out would be the memory forum here http://www.ocforums.com/

-Tony
444  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 03, 2005, 12:43:17 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I have a BFG card. I`d personally go that route. It has a LIFETIME warranty, and when I called them for something simple...get this, they seemed to actually know what they are doing. One more fact. BFG is the Nvidia card Falcon Northwest uses. I`m assuming they do that because of the reasons listed above and because they must have less issues with them over other cards. Who know. I have one though and love it!


The eVGA card I ordered has a lifetime warranty as well and thier support is great as I've had one of thier 6800GT's for over a year now.
I also believe the eVGA 7800 GT CO is clocked at 470Mhz/1100Mhz which is higher than the BFG.


-Tony
445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Back & Forth, Back & Forth - No 360 for me... on: November 03, 2005, 12:56:07 AM
What ^^^^ he said...
446  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 02, 2005, 09:10:20 PM
Yep, got it from newegg $369 for the 7800GT CO. Will have to fax the invoice to eVGA  to get the copy of CoD2 though....

-Tony
447  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 02, 2005, 02:50:04 PM
Good call... Just make sure you have a good 450W+ power supply. I'm doing the same since some of the newer games dont run too well @1680x1050 even on my 6800GT. The following is on its way:

A64 3700+ (San Diego)
DFI NF4 Infinity mobo
eVGA 7800GT CO (free copy of CoD2 if purchared befo 11/7)

I'll also be bumping the ram to 2GB after xmas.
448  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do you think of this setup? on: November 02, 2005, 02:44:21 PM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
What about the memory type? 3200 seems pretty standard these days.  But I've seen 3500 and other types, whats the best and fastest?


If your not going to overclock PC3200 is all you'll need. The speed of the bus (200Mhz) defines how fast the memory runs and you'll gain nothing by running PC4000 memory, you might actually loose performance if the PC4000 cant run memory timings as tight as the PC3200 can.

-Tony
449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 02, 2005, 02:39:28 PM
Meh.... Both me and my brother have both decided to cancel our preorders due to lack of interest in the launch lineup and lackluster previews of the ones we were interested in (Kameo & PDZ).
450  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do you think of this setup? on: November 02, 2005, 02:17:10 AM
Just ordered an upgrade for my pc today from newegg...

A64 3700+ (San Diego) (Gonna OC it to > 4000+)
DFI Infinity NF4 Mobo
eVGA 7800GT CO (its the one running 470Mhz core, supposed to be within 1-3 fps of the GTX) plus a free copy of CoD2

Will be reusing the following

1GB (2x512) PQI DDR 500 Memory
2 x 120GB Maxtor SATA Drives
500W Ultra X-Connect Power Supply

I agree with what Ron said about memory though. 1GB minimum should be the standard for a gaming PC these days. I'll be either adding two more 512 sticks after xmas or getting a 2x1GB kit to bump it up to 2GB.

I've had two friends this week alone find out the had way that 255 & 512MB arent enough. My bro got WoW last week and over the weekend he got to Ogrimmar and he was freezing up for 30sec at a time (256MB).... I'd helped a riend upgrade his pc earlier this year and he didn't want to spend anymo $$ than for 512MB, called me today cryin the blues because CIV 4 was running like a dog... DUR... When I had him check > 700MB was being used.....
451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 28, 2005, 12:10:57 PM
Check out www.consolegold.com now..... Seems Rich has put up a page of his own....
452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 26, 2005, 10:30:17 PM
I cant get to OO either.... Whats this BC that I keep seeing people mention?

-Tony
453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sexiest Actress of our time? on: October 24, 2005, 03:38:27 PM
Eva Mendes

454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 19, 2005, 10:39:44 PM
Installing the game now. Just got home with it, Walmart had it for 39.7x. Mebbe we can all get together and play some MP sometime. I'll be out -o- town from tomorrow through late Sat. Just send me a PM if you want to play sometime after that.

-Tony
455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POP: Warrior Within ? on: October 18, 2005, 10:40:03 PM
Gota ? I got SOT from Laner on Sat and finished it up last night, it was like digital crack. I just couldn't stop playing the game. I'd like to play the sequel, but I heard the xbox version atleast was buggy (savegames) as hell. If I do decide to pick it up are there any workarounds or ways to avoid the bugs?
456  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 16, 2005, 01:42:17 PM
+1 to Laner, games arrived in excellent condition. Thanks!
457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Consoles on LCD on: October 11, 2005, 10:49:12 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Scott"
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Why would Halo2 stretch to fit the widescreen? It works fine on widescreen tvs.

Because it is only a 480p game I think, so 640x480 or something, trying to fill 1680x1050...  Anyway, showing it on a higher res monitor probably exagerrated every jaggy, and other issues, as opposed to normal TVs.


Oh of course Scott, I forgot about that. Could you explain to me how the..."high def" games work? What resolution are they at? Will they look better on the LCD? I dont really mind continuing to play on my shitty tv, but I wouldn't mind using the LCD either smile

TOMORROW!


720p games run in 1280x720 and I believe 1080i runs at 1900x1080. And I'm no sure if the 2005 supports those resolutions. The X2VGA website even warns about alot of LCD monitors not supporting those resolutions. All I can say is give it a try.

-Tony



-Tony
458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Consoles on LCD on: October 11, 2005, 10:45:34 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
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Why would Halo2 stretch to fit the widescreen? It works fine on widescreen tvs.

Because it is only a 480p game I think, so 640x480 or something, trying to fill 1680x1050...  Anyway, showing it on a higher res monitor probably exagerrated every jaggy, and other issues, as opposed to normal TVs.


Yes when stretched it was very jaggy and blocky...
459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Consoles on LCD on: October 11, 2005, 10:44:29 PM
Because Halo2 and most games on the XBOX for that matter run in 480i or 480p which is 640x480 and with an LCD you can either let it (the lcd) stretch the image to fit the screen or play it in a native 640x480 "window". Halo 2 looked much better on my 19" CRT using the x2vga than the 2005 & it also looks better on my new 26" Toshiba HDTV.

-Tony
460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Consoles on LCD on: October 11, 2005, 02:42:02 PM
Just an FYI for anyone looking to get a LCD, check out gotapex.com

They have a Dell deal listed for the 2005FPW for $39435 (which is what I got mine for a few months back) and the 2405FPW 24" for 779.35.

-Tony
461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Consoles on LCD on: October 10, 2005, 09:07:23 PM
I had an X2VGA and my xbox connected to my 2005FPW for all of about 5 minutes. Halo 2 (480p) looked like crap being stretched to fit the screen. 720p shouldn't look nearly as bad, but I didn't have any 720p games at the time and have since sold my X2VGA to my brother and got a 26" HDTV to play on.

That said for the 360 MS will be selling a first party VGA cable for it, so no need for an expensive 3rd party one.

PC games look nice on the 2005 though... King Kong looked awesome running in 1680x1050.

-Tony
462  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: 50+ Games Gotta Go, PC/PS/DC (Updated Dec 07) on: October 07, 2005, 03:25:30 PM
I'll take Beyond Good and Evil & Prince of Persia SOT for XBOX. Do you take paypal? PM me with payment info and I'll get it sent.

-Tony
463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / King Kong Demo is out. on: October 07, 2005, 03:12:55 PM
Its up over on fileshack.com and is ~289MB.
464  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any interest in a Halo 2 league for lesser skilled players? on: October 02, 2005, 05:43:24 PM
Send me a friend invite (tehShadowWolf). The group I play with are mostly married with kids types. Most of the guys I play with on a regular basis (my brother included) are 20 - 25's in team slayer. We play for fun and are not concerned about rank and dont get all pissy if we get on a losing streak...

-Tony
465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / w00t! Month 2: OXM Arrives 7 Days from the New Month on: September 26, 2005, 01:50:09 PM
I got you beat! I got 3 issues last week. One October issue I already had and two for November (one with a disc and one without)....

-Tony
466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 19, 2005, 02:14:15 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Still three weeks away?  Meh.


I know, a long wait. Im a little annoyed they can't get these goddamn games out sooner. What the heck takes them 3 weeks?


I'd bet its the "World Wide" release....
467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 18, 2005, 02:14:05 AM
The demo was sweet, but bogged my system (3.5Ghz P4, 1GB ram, 6800GT) until I turned some of the bells & whistles off. I wonder if they got any optimization done since the demo??? I'd love to play this game, but I'm not puttin any more $$ into my pc now with the 360 coming out so soon.

-Tony
468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gladiator Evolved Video on: September 13, 2005, 01:06:45 PM
Check out this awesome vid some guy made using Halo 2. The video is based off the big battle near the beginning of the movie Gladiator. Its a big download ~82MB, but its over 12 minutes long.

http://halo.bungie.org/news.html?item=14004

-Tony
469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintencats coming? says the producer of Nintendogs on: August 25, 2005, 01:30:13 AM
Heh... I dont need Nintencats for that we got a real one that does just that... For the most part and guess what its a female...

Quote from: "Graham"
I can just see it now.  They will program it so that they ignore you as soon as you try to start playing with them, but the DS will start to meow in the middle of the night when it feels like it wants some attention.
470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What games are you going to buy for the Xbox 360 at launch? on: August 24, 2005, 01:09:19 PM
Put my preorder in yesterday for the $399 360 and Perfect Dark Zero and Quake4.
471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone getting The Hulk : Ultimate Destruction? on: August 23, 2005, 06:34:31 PM
Its in my gamefly queue...
472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion no longer a launch day title (XBox 360) on: August 23, 2005, 02:07:12 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
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My buddy at EB informs

I'll toss that out right now.  I used to run an EB, they had little idea what was going on.  Its best guess with them.

That said, I'll confirm with my contacts (if I can) and report back.


Hehe... Hopefully it isn't the same contact that told you two sku's for the 360 was BS  :wink:
473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Darkwatch is out this week? What's the vibe? on: August 20, 2005, 01:27:39 AM
Yep found that out yesterday grrr.. However I also found out that those with a modded xbxox can hex edit the xbe file and change one byte from 20 -> 40 and viola 480p is enabled.  I ended up getting a 26" Toshiba HDTV today and darkwatch doesn't look to shabby at all on it even though its only 480p. It even looks good when I have the tv set to fill the screen (tv is widescreen) even though the doesn't support it. Now I'm ready for 360 HiDef gaming  biggrin
474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Present your Google Fu! [56k warning in advance] on: August 20, 2005, 01:19:07 AM
HA.. I've got one of those setting right here on my desk at work. He used to sit on top of my CRT, but for a kung foo fighter he cant seem to balance on top of my dell lcd too well slywink

Quote from: "th'FOOL"
This one's for Tim:



 unibrow
475  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and Soaked Expansion FS on: August 18, 2005, 03:15:55 PM
YGPM
476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 01:10:13 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Game companies are sick of losing money on their consoles. I can't understand how any one can knock Microsoft for the $399 price. They aren't short changing anyone, they are just trying to give people more options by offering the $299 version.

If Sony releases the PS3 for less than $400 I will be shocked. Not only that, but just think about how much money they can potentially lose if they price the PS3 at $400. There is the system, the built in wireless adapter, the Hi-Def dvd, and I have heard that they are also considering an optional hard drive. I wouldn't be mad at Sony if the PS3 started at $600 dollars with all the crap they are putting in it.

Then there is Nintendo, and I wouldn't be suprised at all if the Revolution was only (ha only) $200. Yet they have catches too, charging to download all the games for one, and the other is that for that price, their machine just won't be able to do what the other two can. I know that it is all about the "game play", but if they don't improve the tech, they can't improve the gameplay.

People might not understand or like what Microsoft has done, but they have just opened gamers eyes to the $400 console price tag. It's kind of funny, because they totally took the burden off of Sony.


You are smoking something, right?   Weed?  Crack?   Something like that?

I thought so.    I could BUILD a damned fully functional powerful computer for $600... but you'd be willing to purchase a console with tons of restrictions and proprietary CRAP for $600?

No thanks.   You and about 10 other guys will have to enjoy that console yourselves.


What! You couldn't build anything close to the 360 for $600. Hell a highend vid card these days goes for $500 alone.
477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 720p = What resolution? on: August 18, 2005, 01:00:26 PM
Thanks. Looks like mine doesn't support 720p... I thought it might have been because I didn't have widescreen enabled in the dash, but that didn't help either. Looks like I might pick up a Toshiba (26HF85) 26" HDTV tomorrow since I'll be needing one for the 360 anyway.
478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 08:39:15 PM
I see alot of people pissin and moaning over the XBL Silver being whats included, but I do remember reading that if you already have a paid XBL subscription it will convert for free to the Gold.
479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Darkwatch is out this week? What's the vibe? on: August 17, 2005, 06:37:30 PM
If anyone thats getting this for XBOX and has a HDTV or an X2VGA could confirm that it supports 480p would be much appriciated. I've got my copy but wont be opening it until someone can confirm/deny that it works in 480p as 480i dont work at all on my X2VGA. If you look at the features on Microsofts site it 480p is checked as a feature, but on the back of the actual box it is not checked....

-Tony
480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 03:00:37 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Here's a list of the accessories:
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• Hard Drive (20 GB) ($99.99, 99.99 Euros, 69.99 GBP)


Biggest rip-off ever?



I will be waiting to see how the system is cracked to take a larger HD.   If they hackers work fast you can have a $299 system and put in a 120 GB drive for only $60 more instead of $100 for a 20GB one!


Not quite.. By looking at the size of the thing I highly doubt its gonna use a standard desktop pc drive, more likely a laptop type of drive and 120GB laptop drives are running ~$250 and 60GB drives go from ~90 - 150 depending on rpm.
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