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PC Gaming / World of Warcraft Guild
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:41:22 AM »
I haven't been on GATT for quite some time now. It is mostly due to World of Warcraft. My brother and I have started a guild on the Bloodscalp realm called "The Usual Suspects". Right now, it consists of just a few of us. We are looking for new players who would like to join our guild. We have not gotten into raiding or other high level content yet so it is a good point for others to jump on. If you would like to level an alt on the server, that is cool as well. By the way, all new guild members start at rank "Fennster".  :mellow:

Hardware, Tweaking & Networking / PC Pics
« on: July 07, 2008, 11:58:59 PM »
I just got a new digital camera and was testing it out. So, I thought, "Why not post some pics of my PC on GATT?" Then, I thought that I should probably start a thread for posting PC pics. Here we go:

Front case

Side case


Keyboard and Mouse

Left Speaker

Right Speaker


Handheld Gaming / Chrono Trigger returns
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:18:19 PM »
From GameSpy ...

Chrono Trigger Returns! (DS)
The Timeless Classic Teleports to Nintendo DS This Holiday Season
Official Press Release | July 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it will release CHRONO TRIGGER(R) in North America this Holiday season. Remastered exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), this marks the first time that the groundbreaking RPG will be available on a handheld console.

Originally released in 1995 on Super NES(R) and shipping more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, CHRONO TRIGGER has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by critics and fans alike. With a unique and multifaceted storyline, the game revolutionized the world of RPGs with
never-before-seen features, including an unprecedented soundtrack and multiple endings determined by side quests and the player's actions.

With artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and an unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda, CHRONO TRIGGER represents the best-in-class of the video game world. This newly revamped edition maintains all of the game's original elements and spirit while introducing the portability, dual-screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality of Nintendo DS. Players will soon be able to rediscover the exhilarating RPG experience, breathtaking storyline and innovative gameplay in the palm of their hands.


When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.


-- A masterpiece with an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time

-- An unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda

-- Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills

-- Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world

-- Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality

-- A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic

CHRONO TRIGGER has not yet been rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at for more information about ratings. The official website can be found at

Media / Boss Summer Movies 2008
« on: June 20, 2008, 11:55:11 PM »
I have to be honest here. It has been a long time since I have seen this many really quality movies during a summer period. It seems that every movie I go to see meets or surpasses my expectations ... and this is even before some of the biggest films come out (Dark Knight, Hancock, Wanted). This thread is meant to be just a summary of opinions of Summer movies of 2008 (one line comment per movie). Feel free to add comments as new movies come out.

The Forbidden Kingdom - A bit before summer ... Awesome movie with the 2 masters
88 Minutes - Nice Al Pacino flick
Iron Man - Probably the best comic book movie ever made
Speed Racer - Very colorful and fun movie
Kung Fu Panda - One of the best and funniest CG animated movies ever made
You Don't Mess With The Zohan - Adam Sandler is really funny ... Emmanuelle Chriqui is really hot
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - It's Indy, 'nuff said
The Incredible Hulk - Edward Norton is Bruce Banner ... very good stuff
Get Smart - Laugh out loud funny on a Mr. Bean level

So, now my system looks something like this:

CHP: Nvidia nForce 780i SLI
MB: EVGA 132-CK-NF78
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3 GHz
GPU: PNY Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB
RAM: 4 x 1 GB Corsair DDR2-667 (5-5-5-18)

My memory is 2 sets of this to make 4 GB, I believe:

I was wondering if it makes sense to upgrade the memory and how much faster (percentage wise) it would be if I do. These are some options I am looking at:




I'm not sure what difference in speed I would get in going from what I have now to one of these. In addition, how much better would it be to go higher than DDR2-1066? My MB should be compatible with DDR2-1200. Any comments, suggestions and recommendations are welcome.

I decided to upgrade my CPU and ended up doing the motherboard and RAM as well.

Original specs:

CHP: Nvidia nForce 650i SLI
MB: Asus P5N-E SLI
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6420, dual 2.13GHz cores, 4MB L2 Cache
RAM: 4096MB Corsair DDR2 PC6400 DDR2-800 (4x1024)

New specs:

MB: Intel DX38BT
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
RAM: 2048MB Corsair DDR3-1066 (2x1024)

My original managed 9,458 in 3DMark06. With the upgrade, I only get in the 7,000's. How is this possible???

Media / The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:13:29 AM »
This looks like it is going to kick serious @$$ when it is released in August. Brendan Fraser is back but this time Maria Bello plays Evelyn. John Hannah returns as well as Evelyn's brother. The twist is that the movie is set in Asia and also stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. Directing is Rob Cohen (Fast and Furious, Stealth, XXX) with Stephen Sommers (previous Mummy movies) producing.

More info can be found below:

All GATT members with Wii's ...

Post your Wii Numbers so that we can add each other and play online.

(Once your Wii number has been posted, myself or other mod will update the list)


Wii Friend Code - Brawl Friend Code -  Brawl Callsign - GATTer's Callsign

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5761 0142 6500 6911 - 3952 8957 3871 - Key - martialmario

7391 0364 9505 6525 - 5455 9089 2729 - vivman1107
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4272 4653 3843 3206 - 0645 5526 1319 - LimitGTX
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XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX - 4897-5754-7227 - Rocke - RockLee

XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX - 2105-8392-1490 - adwin
XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX - 4167 4348 0595 - adwin neighbour
XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX - 5370 1554 4043 - woodyear99
XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX - 1977 0382 2761 - Gamepro

5974 2677 4630 3602 - Agokillya

GATT username in Red where applicable...

Media / 10,000 BC
« on: March 08, 2008, 12:34:17 AM »
I just came back from checking this out. It was real cool and surprised me in a good way. I not too sure about the historical accuracy, though. The action was good with a decent story behind it. The actress was really hot as well. A nice bonus was a chance to see new trailers for Iron Man, Hancock and Dark Knight. To sum it up in one word: Yahallaa.

Media / Beowulf
« on: November 26, 2007, 11:23:57 PM »
I went to see this in IMAX 3D and it was unbelievable. This movie sets a new standard for CG with characters that look AND act realistically. The 3D effect was amazing and done at all the right moments. All the actors did phenomenal jobs with the voice work as well. Definitely one of the best movies of the year.

PC Gaming / World of Warcraft and Creative Labs X-Fi issue
« on: July 15, 2007, 03:35:21 AM »
As a recent victim of WoW addiction (about 2 months), I was a little disturbed when I noticed an issue while playing. I received my new Velocity Micro PC last week with Vista Home Premium and reinstalled WoW on it. After playing a bit, the sound just disappeared in the game. I exited the game, went back in and noticed that there was still no sound. I exited again and tried to play a regular AVI video file. There was no sound in that either. I rebooted the PC and the sound was restored. It happened again later on. At first, I thought it was a Vista issue and decided to try a dual boot with XP. It happened on XP as well. I then found out that there is an issue with X-Fi cards and WoW. I thought that this would be helpful for others to know before buying a X-Fi card. I am now using my onboard Realtek sound and it works fine so far.

Benchmarks / vivman1107 Benchmarks
« on: July 08, 2007, 12:09:36 AM »
Update 6/17/08: After some tears, I finally settled on an Intel e8400 Core 2 Duo CPU and an EVGA nForce 780i SLI MB. I re-ran 3DMark06 and replaced my previous result with the new one.

Update 6/14/08: I upgraded to a PNY Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB graphics card. I re-ran 3DMark06 and replaced my previous result with the new one.

Update: I am now running Windows XP. I re-ran 3DMark06 and PCMark05. I replaced my old results with the new ones. It looks like I will be moving up a couple slots in the rankings.  :mellow:

This is the first time I have run any benchmarks so I may have left out some stuff along the way. I used the free versions of benchmark software. As a result, 3DMark 06 and PCMark 05 required separate online pages for the results.



System Properties

Video Benchmarks

3DMark 2001 SE

3DMark 06

System Benchmarks

PCMark 05



Part Specific Benchmarks

SiSoftware Sandra



I attached a PDF of my system configuration from PCMark 05.

Hardware, Tweaking & Networking / vivman1107's new Core 2 Duo machine
« on: June 29, 2007, 08:14:09 AM »
As I am now permanently in the US of A, I can finally get a new machine. That, plus my parents need one so I am donating my current PC to them (my excuse to get one). I decided to go with Velocity Micro as they have no interest financing for 6 months. I got approved for $1,600 so I took their $1,500 model and made a couple tweaks. This is what I ended up with:

Case: GX-W Black - Velocity Micro Classic Case - Pure Aluminum with side window, 2 x 120mm fans
Power Supply: 500 Watt Velocity Micro Power Supply with Dual Blue Lighted Fans
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI, Socket 775, PCI-E, DDR2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6420, dual 2.13GHz cores, 4MB L2 Cache
Memory: 4096MB Corsair DDR2 PC6400 DDR2-800 (4x1024)
Video: 2 x 256MB eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Velocity Micro Performance Edition in SLI, 2 x DVI
Audio: Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeAudio
Hard Drive: 250GB Hitachi 7200rpm 8MB Cache SATA 300 w/NCQ
Optical Drive 1: 20x Lite On DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Dual Layer, Black Bezel
Optical Drive 2: 16x DVD/48x CD-RW Lite On Combo Drive, Black Bezel
Floppy Drive: 8-in-1 Floppy Drive & Media Reader Combo, Black Bezel
Network Adapter: Integrated 10/100/1000MBps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

Total price: $1,590

The system originally had 2 GB RAM and I upped it to 4. I took out the keyboard and mouse and changed the case to one with a window. I have Vista Home Premium because that was the default. Changing to XP Pro would have added $75 to the cost. I just figured that the 4 GB of RAM should handle Vista and I was planning on upgrading to it in the near future anyway. This kept me just within my assigned budget. Now, you may notice that there is no keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers. This is because I bought these for my current PC and will use them:

Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

Monitor: HP L2045w 20" widescreen

Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX

I always liked the Microsoft Natural keyboards so that was an easy choice. The choice between the G5 and G7 mice came down to the color and lack of batteries for the G5. The HP monitor was chosen based on a boss review in Maximum PC and the fact that it rotates to portrait mode (good for some MAME games). The Klipsch speakers have been known as best in class since they were released so that was an easy choice. The M-Audio studio monitor speakers that are now the best in the business are a little too pricey for my blood.

Currently, the PC is in the assembly stage so I should have my hands on it by next week. I will try to get some pics up when I get it set up.

Ole Talk / Amazon to Open DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:18:13 AM »
This is huge news IMHO. This can really give iTunes some competition because everyone knows MP3 and it is not locked in to one player or service. I will likely be one of the first to sign up as long as the prices are not ridiculous.

Hardware, Tweaking & Networking / Speedtest results
« on: May 10, 2007, 10:09:38 PM »
This thread is for posting speedtest results from The site is These are my results:

From GamePro's site:

Some of the games on this list are great. Others are downright awful. But all 52 games on this list have influenced the medium of video games in a lasting, meaningful way. Here are 52 games for the ages.

News / Nintendo's profits up 77%
« on: April 26, 2007, 09:28:59 PM »
There was a time when people said the DS was a piece of $hit and naming a console Wii would just destroy it's popularity. Well, those people should read this:

Media / Hot air balloon shaped like Darth Vader's helmet
« on: April 24, 2007, 03:53:27 PM »
Well, the subject speaks for itself. Check out the article for a bit more info:

Console Gaming Archive / The Exclusive Arms Race
« on: April 08, 2007, 11:30:36 PM »
This article applies to all next-gen systems so I thought it should have its own thread. This is basically a list of all known (announced) exclusive titles for each system, both released and unreleased. As we all know, these titles are probably most heavily influential in our decision to purchase a system. As of April 2007, it seems that the Xbox 360 has the most exclusives, with the Wii next and the PS3 in 3rd. Of course, quality always trumps quantity so it remains to be seen which system will have the most quality exclusives.

Media / Mr. Bean's Holiday
« on: April 08, 2007, 11:49:21 AM »
Go and see it now. Hmm ... You still here waiting for more information? Ok, fine. This movie will make you laugh so much that you will start to cry. Then when you stop crying, you will start laughing again and so it will go. This was so much better than the first Bean movie that came out a few years back. It was like they developed a story around a group of his little skits instead of the other way around. Each little skit is about the length it usually is in the TV show (5-10 minutes). Some are naturally a lot funnier than others but the best of them truly rank up there with some of the most classic from Mr. Bean. So, like I said in the first sentence ... If you have any interest in Mr. Bean, comedy or want to experience an entire movie theater laughing continuously, go and see it now.

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