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Obligatory "My Rig" Post

Aug 4, 2004 — I always thought posting of system specs was rather lame, but here I'm doing it. Maybe because my system has always kind of sucked.

But when Doom 3 went gold I bit the bullet and bought a new system. I opted for a 3Ghz hyperthreaded 800Mhz bus with 1GB of 400Mhz ram from Dell. The most notable part of my system though is the Dell 2001FP 20.1" LCD with a 16ms response time. The LCD cost as much as the rest of the system. I also picked up a GeForce 6800 128MB, which I overclocked from 325Mhz to a whopping 400Mhz.

Last night I played Far Cry at the LCD's native resolution of 1600x1200 with all the visual settings MAXED (minus antialiasing) at an average of 50-60 FPS without the card becoming much warmer than room temperature.

For those wondering, the 2001FP was crystal clear with no ghosting of any kind. I don't think I could go back to a CRT now.

The 6800 is very stable and tweakable. The system came with a puny 150W power supply, so I replaced it with a 450W and the card ran great. All the 6800 cards require a dedicated 4-pin hard drive power plug attached to the card directly.

Overall the best gaming experience I've had yet in terms of speed and visual quality. I bought Doom 3 yesterday but still haven't had a chance to play it.

Dylan says:

I so want a high performance flat panel now. I really like the pixel-perfectness of LCD's, but I've never been happy with the native resolutions available on most flat panels.

It's not as true now as it used to be, but I could never figure out why flat panel displays had such low native resolutions. I mean, laptops have had native 1600x1200 resolutions for years and it's only just now that you can find flat panels with native resolutions of 1600x1200 for less than $1K.

Anyway, needless to say I'm eyeing specs to upgrade. Keep us posted on how Doom3 plays.

rnewhouse says:

The word behind the scenes is that after about October, flat panel prices will be coming WAY down. Something to do with manufacturing costs in Taiwan or something.

So, don't run out and buy anything right this minute. Instead, consider getting your mother one for Hanukkah. hahahahaha

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