The past couple weeks have been good and bad. I ordered two new parts that I have wanted for a long time, a new sound card and video card. I ordered an Asus Xonar DX to replace my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS which has given me massive head aches with Windows Vista. I also ordered an EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 to replace my aging Nvidia 7800 GT. Let me pause for a moment and give a some praise to that card which has served me well for over three years. That card has handled everything from Fallout 1 to Crysis for me. I am 75% of the through The Witcher Enhanced Edition (which is the best game of the last two years) and the card performed decently well for its age. Its been overclocked so high for so long that I think its time I give it its rest.
The 260 is awesome. Crysis and Warhead both play 45 fps average on High settings. Runs much lower temperatures with the stock cooler than my 7800 with its aftermarket heatsink. The power consumption however is through the roof.
So I started experiencing hard system locks a couple days after getting the cards. After little bit of investigation, I discovered my PSU fans (2 x 80 mm) had given up the ghost. After a certain while, the PSU became so hot it just halted. If I put my nose close to it it smelt like burning metal or if I touched it I would burn my hand. Luckily it is covered under warranty and I am getting a much better replacement which should be here next week. Ultra X3 800 w PSU is my replacement.
I also ordered a new case. The GTX 260 is massive. I needed to rearrange half my components to get it to fit which I did not enjoy doing. I have way too many things jammed into a relatively small mid tower. A friend is buying my current case and an extra heat sink and I am getting a Cooler Master 690. My apartment is so hot I needed to look for a case that had more air flow than my current Ultra Grid which has been a sweet case.
I havent even spoken of the new Asus Xonar sound card, I should do that soon. Sound quality in general is amazing but I am still unconvinced about its gaming capability.
This week should be a good one, new PSU, Case and I will be able to finally get to overclocking my Q6600 which I have had trouble with up until now. Lets pray my system becomes stable for the first time.