Upgrading to NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

It wasn’t as simple as swapping video cards, but I managed to get it done right without a single glitch.

Yesterday I bought a new Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT from FutureShop at a good price (which by the way was on sale). When I got home and opened up my Intel Core 2 Quad PC to install the new card into the PCI Express slot, I noticed that there wasn’t any connectors left from the power supply. Furthermore, the video card recommends at least a 400 watts power supply and the one I have gave a total of 300 watts only. So in other words it was time to upgrade the power supply as well.

FutureShop and BestBuy has a couple of overpriced power supplies so I decided to grab one from a small computer shop near my house. I managed to find a good 580 watts power supply at a reasonable price.

So I went back home, removed the old 300 watts and replaced it with a beafier 580 watts. Then I installed the massive Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT and fired it up. Now, I failed to mention that I didn’t have a video card prior to this. The whole time I was using the integrated piece of crap graphics chipset that came built into the motherboard. So you can imagine the difference that I will experience.

I have to admit, playing Team Fortress 2 now seems like I have never played it before. Everything seemed to come to life. It’s certainly a day and night difference. Finally, I am experiencing the game as it should be.

Now that my video card is up to date, I can finally grab a game that will definitely run smooth on my PC. I always wanted to try out either Assassin Creed or Crysis. Who knows, I might even grab them both. Both seem to get a lot of good reviews and I have seen numerous gameplays on YouTube and they got me a lot more excited to try them out.

So what’s next on the upgrade list? Nothing crucial really. But it would be nice to get a large widescreen monitor and maybe upgrading the RAM from 2Gb to 4Gb. But in the meantime, I am certainly quite satisfied with my PC’s performance.

Follow-Up #1: Shipping With USPS Sucks

The package still hasn’t arrived, but on the bright side USPS updated the tracking information. This is what it reads now:
 
Detailed results:
  • Into Foreign Customs, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • Arrived Abroad, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • International Dispatch, March 04, 2008, 7:08 am, NJI
  • Electronic Shipping Info Received, March 01, 2008

At least now I know where the package is. But I still can’t help but wonder why it stayed for a long time at the Inernational Dispatch. Anyways, I am guessing it will take another two to three business days until I see anything updated on their website.

Shipping With USPS Sucks

Apparently I am not the only one who ever had a problem with USPS. After googling the issue I am having, it turns out there have been numerous victims out there.

Three weeks ago, I bought an item from ebay (which I have a lot of experience in). During the first week, the seller had a problem with USPS. Apparently they didn’t send him the right boxes so he had to delay shipping the item until the second week. So after he sent me the tracking number on the second week, it showed on the USPS website that the item was received by their system. A couple of days into the second week, the USPS website updated the information displayed and indicated that the item is now at the "international dispatch" ready to leave the country. And that’s where it is since then.

Two full weeks (that’s ten business days) after the item was shipped, the item still remains at the international dispatch. I come home every single day after work looking for my package and end up dissappointed. Personally, I hate waiting. Patience is something that I totally lack. And I haven’t ever experienced such horrible shipping through out my entire ebay history except for this time. It’s not like it’s the first time I bought something online and got it shipped from the States either. As a matter of fact, I bought an item that was twice as expensive from a city in California and it arrived in less than five business days through UPS.

So far, all I know is that the item is still stuck in customs waiting to be cleared for over ten business days. To me, that sounds like a lot of time. And I am sure that most of it is time wasted. I am hoping that I won’t have to wait another full week. Maybe I will be lucky enough to come home tomorrow from work and finally find my package has arrived.

Not a Bad Winter

I keep hearing numerous comments on how bad this winter is and how cold it has been and I honestly can’t see any truth behind it. I think people are just used to complain about winter in general even if it was a short and light one.

Sure we had a couple of winter storms, but they didn’t last long. They mostly sneak up on us during the night and it ends by next day afternoon. Long enough to just burry your car under a feet of snow. I haven’t heard or seen any horrible winter accidents through-out London. I mean of course you always get those usual bumper to bumper accidents but thats because of the slippery roads. People just have to drive slowly and carefully. Is that too much to ask or extremely difficult to follow?

I lived through almost ten Canadian winters and this year is by far NOT the worst of them all. If anything it’s most likely to be the least.

I Need Something New

I feel like everyday has been the same for at least 3 years (if not more). There hasn’t been any new addition or change in my life for such a long time. It’s almost as if I have been living the same day every day! And I am starting to get sick of it.

I used to buy new things, like gadgets or clothes, to spruce things up a bit. But lately that hasn’t been helping much. Maybe that too is part of the routine that I am trying to change. I realy don’t know anymore. All I know is that I need something exciting in my life. Right now it feels like there is a huge gap or emptiness inside and I can’t find a way to fill it.

Do I need to adopt a new hobby? Engage in a certain sport? Start to take some work home to fill some time? Maybe catch up on reading? I know there is a lot of options out there but which one would bring some sort of fun and excitement?

This will certainly take some time to figure out what to do. So I have to be patient (something I definitely not good at) and see what happens.