Having for many years suffered under the nominal speed of my NVIDIA Geforce 5900XT graphics card, Windows Vista persuaded me through the use of its Aero interface to upgrade. The thought and indeed desire of having something faster for my new flashy desktop inspired me to ask around on my personal discussion forum for some advice and thanks to one of the members, I have now invested in a new swanky ATI card.
I have always purchased 3DFX (of course they don’t exist anymore!), then NVIDIA (their support for Vista wasn’t brilliant though and AGP forgotten) and now my first ATi card. Having only an AGP slot, I was not going to replace my motherboard and other components just for a faster PCI Express graphics card, so with this limitation and a budget to follow I opted for the ATI Sapphire X1950Pro 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI VIVO AGP.
The graphics are stunning and this has certainly had a surprising reaction for me. I used to be a very active PC gamer, but I was so fed up of drivers, incompatibilities and system crashes, I turned to console gaming in the shape of the Microsoft Xbox and now the Xbox 360. Now though I am having (at least a brief) return to PC gaming and will be meeting up with some old clan friends in the next few days who I haven’t spoken to in years!
Lately I have been enjoying Unreal Tournament 2004, Half Life 2, Call of Duty 2 and quite a few more. It is so nice to crank up the levels to maximum and have the ability to use full scene anti-aliasing (to get rid of those jaggies), with extremely good frame rates.
I will always be an avid supporter of the Xbox 360 platform, but it is nice to venture back into the PC realm once more and enjoy online multiplayer with a keyboard and mouse. I certainly miss Xbox Live though, it has to be said!
I love finding websites that first of all offer something that is free and secondly something that is really interesting. I can say hand on heart that I am useless at anything like 3D model creation, however if any feels brave enough to have a go for themselves, here is the perfect opportunity.
Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
IrfanView is a simple to use Graphic (image) viewer and is very useful for quickly opening many types of files and making simple alterations like resizing. I use this application quite a lot for my websites and is worth a try especially if you want to open an obscure file format.
To try this freeware program, click the link below: