Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Closer to Mission Impossible!

The movie Mission Impossible featured a lot of cool gadgets and other stuff we often dreamed about using. One of these (or something similar to it) has been developed by German company DVD-D Gemany Ltd. The gadget I'm referring to would be the self-destructing mission tape. But unlike the self-burning/exploding tape, the DVD-D works like this: Once you take the DVD-D out of it's packaging, you have 48 hours to use the DVD-D before it degrades until it is rendered unusable. Useless? Not quite, the industry that could .benefit from this technology is the rentals industry. Rentals could reduce operating costs by not having to retrieve DVD's that were rented out. Several countries, like France, Italy and Scandinavia, are already implementing this technology.

The only implication of this technology is that we now have more garbage to deal with, perpetual Earth day everyone. :D

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pictures of my Rig

To start off, here is a quick look at the front view of the Antec Nine Hundred. Composed of mostly steel part and being a full ATX tower, the 900 is HEAVY. As in 8 Kg heavy without any components installed. I remember lugging the case around when I bought it and had to commute by train, my arms ached for several days. =)
Although not shown in my picture, the 900 has a huge 200m fan mounted on top and constantly blows air downward cooling the CPU and GPU which is blown out by the rear 120mm fan and the two 120mm front side fans. All of the fans feature cool blue LED's to show that there is power. The only thing amiss in the picture would be my old DVDR, which stands out because it's white.

This is how my Rig looks like from the side clear panel. You can see the Zalman 9700 LED sitting prominently on top. I took picture while the computer was running, so you should see the blue LEDs of the rear fan and the CPU fan. Also shown here is the Corsair PSU sitting at the bottom. The 900 tower case is designed so that the PSU's are place at the bottom and you can adjust the PSU's fan position. You should also be able to see the 8800 GT video card just below the CPU fan. It's not quite sa big as the GTS or GTX, but its big enough for me. =)

This picture is a close up of the Zalman 9700 and the G.Skill DDR3 memory. The memory sticks are dual channel and are connected in the first and third slot of the motherboard memory slots. You'll also notice the fan RPM switch, this controls the speed of the fan. Lastly, you can also see part the the X38 Diamond's CircuPipe just below the CPU fan.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My new bad ass Rig!

Just last month I was able to assemble what I consider to be my "Diamond in the Rough", the rough being my humble home. hehe

Here are the Specs:

Intel Q6600 Quad Core G0 stepping (2.4GHz with 4MB L2 cache)

The brains of my rig. It may be considered "Entry-Level" relative to other Quads available, but hey, I got it for almost $45 less from a local forum marketplace. The great thing about it being G0 stepping is that it supposedly uses less heat than its B3 counterpart, which makes it a better choice for overclockers.

MSI X38 Diamond

I will admit, the MSI X38 Diamond wasn't the best idea when I chose a motherboard. The most important drawback is it's crippling inability to support DDR2, and that the X48 came out just 2-3 months after I bought the X38. Frustrations aside, it is still a respectable board with FSB speeds reaching 1300 Mhz, better cooling courtesy of it's CircuPipe (Pure Copper Cooling solution, shown in the pic), and supports PCI 2.0 cards. Another cool feature that I really enjoy and use, is the board's ability to show a more advanced fuzzy logic view of the POST state, like if it's checking CPU->DDR->VGA-IDE to a successful boot.

Inno 3D 8800GT OC edition

I love this card. Without having to break the bank too much, the GT OC delivers almost the same performance as the stock 8800 GTS and doesn't eat up too much power. It is overclocked at about 15% from the stock GT GPU and only requires only one GPU power connector.

G.Skill 2GB DDR3

The G.Skill main memory was the result of my early motherboard choice blunder. I'm not saying that the G.SKill memory is a bad piece to acquire, but it just wasn't supposed to be included in my budget, and at $340 dollars you'll understand why. And like my CPU choice, this memory is considered entry-level in the DDR3 range, but delivers power proportional to its hefty price tag. =P

Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case

Before I even thought of the other parts to buy for my rig, I was already decided on the tower case to buy. This was it. Although a bit heavy (almost 8 Kg), its features far outweigh its weight. It's a full ATX tower and features three 150mm fans mounted in front with cool blue LEDs, one 150mm in the rear, and a HUGE 200mm Fan on top! The 900 isn't screwless and the hard disk and optical drive mounting can be a hassle, even if the hard disk rack is modular. My only problem with the 900 is its grilles; more holes, more dust, more cleaning, 'nuf said.

Zalman CNPS 9700

This wasn't necessary in my rig, but when I saw the blocky and definitely "unsexy" stock Intel cooler, I knew I just had to replace it with a sexier alternative. With its hot looking 100% copper fins and 110mm Fan with blue LED, I was hooked.

Corsair 620W PSU

Since most of the parts I bought were relatively heavy weight in terms of power consumption, I went safe and selected a robust power supply with wattage to spare (unless I crossfire or SLI my GPU's =D ). The good thing about the PSU was it's cables were designed to be modular, meaning, if you don't need a certain cable, you simply don't connect it. Simple and clean workaround to messy cables.

New Online Pokemon games

Since the sad closing of Pokemon crater, I've been searching the Internet for other replacements, and luckily someone posted a comment about the Pokemon Crater closure with a link to his blog, which surprisingly contained a whole bunch of sites featuring FREE Pokemon playing opportunities.

Below are some the featured sites from OnlinePokemonGames blog: