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Upgrading Old Computers Under $350


Warning:  Random post, but this may benefit those trying to upgrade old machines as cheaply and effectively as possible.

Story:  In 2006, I had two very old computers, in fact they are still old.  “Whiplash” was a custom build running a P5B Deluxe MB (533 – 1067 Mhz FSB), X1800 GTO video card (PCI 2.0), Pentium D 2.67 LGA 775 (Overclocked to 3.4Ghtz), 2 GB DDR2-5300 667Mhz RAM, 180GB 7200RPM HD, and a 500W power supply (Combined with a heater, I could throw a circuit breaker in a room, thanks to the X1800 needing 450W alone)  “Goldfish” was an older computer, stock with a PTGD1-LA “Goldfish” MB (533 Mhz FSB), X300 128 MB Video Card (AGP), 1 GB of DDR-3200 400 Mhz RAM, 200 GB 5400 RPM HD, and a 400W power supply.   Time took it’s toll, as well as other unfortunate experiments and incidents that rendered them inactive (The reason they could not be used was because the HD’s kept crashing)

ATI / AMD Catalyst 11.3 Download Released


AMD has released their ATI Catalyst 11.3 drivers. You can go download ATI/AMD Catalyst 11.3 now by going here.

GeForce GTX 590 Release Date Pushed Back to March 24th


Click here to see the reviews of the GeForce GTX 590 *Updated*

We all have been waiting for the release of Nvidia’s flagship Fermi Model, the GTX 590. We have witnessed multiple delays at this point, and now we will witness one more. The GTX 590 will be released on March 24th now, so those of you who wanted to get your hands on this card will have to wait a little longer.

As we know, only Asus and EVGA will be the makers of this card in the USA. In other countries, this may not be the case.

GTX590 Release Date

Nvidia has employed a dual vapor chamber cooling solution with a single fan in the middle. In an uncommon move by Nvidia, the top of the card is removable, so that everything can be cleaned easily. Both GPUs will be on a single 12 layer 2oz PCB Board and will be downclocked. This will effectively lower power requirements, as well as heat produced by the unit. This unit will have the usual high end features – three DVI Outputs, 3D Vision Support, etc. Just like AMD’s 6990, you will need at least a 750w power supply to run this card. I would recommend that you have a power supply that is at least 80+ Plus Bronze.

Expect to see Nvidia face similar driver issues for a little while they work to get the kinks out. Just like AMD, both companies are surely rushing their product out.

Let’s hope NVidia is able to overcome the woes that is evident in AMD’s 6990. If Nvidia does, you will be sure to find a GTX 590 Review from us over here at Geek Montage.

And yes, the price is still unknown. A good rule of thumb is to take AMD’s price and add a little bit more to it.

Interestingly enough, Nvidia has just come out with a teaser video for a mystery announcement. You will be able to find what is in the “hidden box” within the next few days. I know I am wondering! Could it be the GTX590 or the GTX 600 series? I think so.

The official price of this card will be $699. This will allow it to be competitive with the 6990.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 4 GB Reviewed!


At last there is now a review on AMD’s Flagship GPU, the HD 6990! This card gives 4 GB of Videocard Memory! Wow! This is one gigantic card that won’t actually eat away at your power supply as much as you would think. And the price? You can get this card for $699. You can find a full review of the AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB Card here.

According to the good old folks at Guru3d, this product will cost you roughly $100 to $116 a year if you do four hours of intensive gaming, five days a week. This is just in power useage from your video card alone.

Installing ATI Catalyst Install Manager Freezes and Gets Stuck


AMD has released version 11.1 of Catalyst. With this update comes many new performance enhancements, as well as bug fixes. Some people may be experiencing an error during the install process where Catalyst does not finish installing and just sits at the “Installing ATI Catalyst Install Manager” portion. To fix this, you should download the latest ATI Catalyst Hotfix. You can find it courtesy of Guru3d here.


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