Sometimes, well, more times than I'd like to admit, I commit to projects that I know in the back of my mind that I don't have adequate time to commit to it. Case in point, I agreed to check out a family friend's system a few days ago and it is still sitting in my living room, waiting to get looked at. It's not that I've been exceptionally lazy, but rather that things have been pretty crazy around the house again right now.
Between massive car repair bills, sick kids, security audits, xmas shopping, and a LITTLE relaxing, my time is very limited these days.
A couple nice things I did do this week though was upgrade my video card in my home system from a GeForce 4 Ti4200 to a GeForce 6600GT. I also got Cassandra the same card as an Xmas present because her Creative GeForce 2 was getting a little long in the tooth and her brand new Narnia game refused to run without any type of Pixel Shader support. Pixel Shader 3.0 support should be enough for a while I hope, and as far as I know, only Far Cry takes advantages of PS 3.0 so far anyway.
I didn't want to go 'balls out' and get an ATI X800 or even a GeForce 7800 because I don't want to invest a lot of money into a "dying" standard that is AGP. Our next systems will be PCI-Express and when that happens, I won't have a problem going the extra mile. I got an amazing deal on these MSI refurb cards from NewEgg anyway. My guess is that people tried to stick a volt modded PCI-E BIOS on these cards and killed them originally. Either way, the price per card was 1/2 than it was at Circuit City for the same card. We didn't need the game bundle or the other packaging that normally ends up in the trash/recycling anyway.
Our LCDs max out at 1280x1024 and 1024x768 for native resolutions, so the fact that games might run a bit slower at 1600x1200 is a moot point for now.