Monday, February 28, 2011

New desktop, and the Fantasy Art of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Hi Everyone!

You may remember that we announced that our gaming laptop died recently.
I hadn't anticipated buying another one for several months, as I was looking into options for a 4-GPU system and had been quoted C$4000 for it. More research revealed that I would probably not want even 2 GPUs for a while, and by then I'd probably be getting whatever was on the market at the time.

So I settled for just one GPU and capped it at 1 GB because benchmarks show that 2 GB doesn't give you a lot more bang for your buck. The desktop recommended by local North Vancouver, BC, Canada outfit Global Express Communication included a Gigabyte X58A-UD5 motherboard (which has curious innovations like a backup BIOS); a massive Lancool case that hums with five fans and has practically no screws involved in opening it or adding cards and drives; Intel i7 CPU at 3.2 GHz (not overclocked); and XFX Radeon HD 5770 graphic card (1 out of 3 possible on the motherboard).
Except for having gone cheap with a less-than-1TB hard drive, Windows 7 scored the desktop as having a Windows Experience Index of 7.4 out of 7.9. Total price under C$1500 -- and GEC delivered it right to my home!

I'm still sorting through the documentation, but in the meantime installed Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion with Vibrant Textures, turned up all the hardware-controlled graphics settings to max (8x Anti-Aliasing with Super Sampling, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, High Quality Mipmap Detail), and took some new screenshots of the Imperial City Market District. I've put them at the start of the slideshow for your convenience if you'd like to check it out.

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