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The New Rig

So my new computer has been built. And it is amazing. The quad core processor is incredibly fast. I can encode video at crazy speeds. Like 20 minutes of video into Xvid (two passes, 175mb target) in about 15 minutes. It does seem that VirtualDub will use all four cores when encoding video.

Video games run a whole lot better than my old computer as well. I can play Call of Duty 4 at 1280x1024 with 4x AA and all the shadows and dynamic lighting on no problem. I also am able to run Supreme Commander quite well and with both monitors turned on which is pretty cool. I had never played an RTS that used both monitors.

Here are some pictures:

The minor problem: It seems my new fancy video card is bad. I get these small blue dots at the top of the screen that look like dead pixels but they aren't. So I tested a different video card (just a cheap crappy one) and the problem went away. And it isn't a software problem since it happens in both Windows and Linux.

So I am going to have to RMA that in the next couple of days. Kind of annoying but it could be worse.

Windows XP 64-bit

So far the 64-bit of Windows XP hasnít given me any real problems. I was able to get all my devices working with no problems. Games work perfectly fine under it and everything. It might have gotten a bad rap when it came out but now it works great.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2007 at 6:09 pm - (0) comments.

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