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Upgrading to 4850

I have been playing L4D2 for a while now on my 20" iMac(2008) and sometimes on my dad's Core2Duo (2008). The iMac performs better interms of graphic but my room is at the edge of Wifi connectivity to the access point, I get high ping spikes quite often. On my dad's machine, the graphics has to be turned down way low to achieve playability. Still sometimes when the horde comes it still lags a fair bit.

This was when I decided to upgrade the graphics card. I figured that was the chokepoint. So asking my friends for recommendations (as I'm totally outdated with whats new and whats for computer parts). I was linked a used unit, which was being sold by someone in Kuching. After some nego we came to agree on a fair price and COD'ed this afternoon.

It may not be the latest and the greatest but it still can very comfortably allow me to play L4D2 at near maximum detail. That was really something, used to play the game in lowest possible setting. 

Dual DVI

Comparing with my old Radeon x1650. There was a serious increase in size of the board and the cooling system. The fan on the 4850 is pretty high pitched. I guess its been used a fair bit. But its still acceptable, I just had to close the casing. Normally I would leave it open so I can have easy access if I needed it. 

My old casing. I could not find the front of it. Anyways, one of my concern of the 4850 is the power drain. If memory serves, it drains nearly 50w of power when its on load. And it might just fry my el cheapo power supply. The system did for no reason freeze a bit once in a while when I played 2 hours of L4D2 just now. But it did not crash or anything of the sort. 

One thing tho, the card is hot. Litterally. When touching the casing just at the area where the 4850 was installed, it was more than warm. But the top of the casing was cool, so I guess it was ok. Since there are holes everywhere to vent out the hot air.

This was the old score according to Windows7 score.

This screenshot was after the new hardware was tested. Note that the Graphics and Gaming graphics subscore increased about 3 points each! Making the whole system half decent. Wait, what's the maximum can the components score?

Anyways I think it was worth the performance increase. I may have to swap in a larger capacity power supply, but will deal with that when I reach that point. Not bad for a under RM 200 deal. So starts my uber cheap upgrades, next maybe more RAM. Hopefully can score some cheap used RAM! Muahaha! 

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 50 f/1.4]

 

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Angry Birds Lite Beta on Android

Angry birds have finally come to Android.

Well, its still in beta.

I have been reading and hearing about Angry Birds for a while now. It started with the Apple iPhone and then went to the Apple iPad. There was a release on Nokia phones but it was as far as I know only for the Nokia N900 (booo) other Nokia touch device can not play it =P

Very entertaining cinematic trailer. [MUST WATCH]

In game trailer, showing off the 5 abilities of the 5 different birds available in the game =))

Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 120 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.

Only until recently I had the chance to play it on my Android device. None of my friends who were on the Apple iPhone tried this game, I guess they have too many games to play. In any case if you have ever played Worms back in 1995 well its almost the same thing. The only twist is that its not turn based, and you have a limited number of tries to reach the objective or you lose the round. 

Angry Birds Lite Beta was made available on the Android Market around 3rd September 2010, I only found out four days ago. It only has one stage as its still in beta.

So that was how I did. At this point in time if you hit the Full Version button it will lead you to its landing page where you can fill a form to be informed of when the full game is to be released. I cant wait ! I wonder why the screenshot got cacated. Ugh, must try other software next time. 

And since its a beta, it may fail sometimes. For me, its been about 5 percent, where it loads and then just closes. Fire it up again, and it runs like a gem. Funny how that is. 

So if you have an Android Device (2.x above only) and want to give this game a go, then head to the market place and let the birds fly! 

OR Scan the QR code below and let the birds fly ! =)

 

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