After I poked around Everest for a while, I found out that my motherboard indeed did have a PCIe x16 card slot, contrary to what I had previously been told, meaning that I can run all my games at full graphics, at perfect FPS. I tried both Portal and Team Fortress 2 on full graphics and they ran full throttle, despite the significant bottleneck the rest of my mediocre hardware must be producing. Also, I got Half Life 2: Deathmatch for free because of an ATi offer =D
However, all my new hardware will be coming at Half Term (end of this month-ish) and I'll be lolling. But, I did tell my friend about the 1GB, dual-core, quad-DVI output behemoth of a graphics card that is available for ~£170 on ebuyer.com, so he'll be laughing at me in times to come. The immense thing about that card I described is that it is crossfire enabled (=3) and is pretty much two of my new card as it stands.
I have three English essays to write (admittedly, two should have been completed by now), IT coursework coming out of my ears (mainly because it's complete bollocks) and a History essay to write. Frankly, I'd rather play TF2 and Portal for hours on end. I should actually be doing coursework right now, but I realised I hadn't blogged in a while, so, meh…
This guy's awesome. He's witty, satirical, and a bit of a prick, and I love him. There's no point in talking about him, so I'll just show you.
Okay, I tried embedding and it didn't work, so I'll just link you:
Apart from that I had to re-install Windows because I completely ballsed up the installation of my graphics card and went into driver hell. However, now I'm in driver purgatory, because I can't get the sound driver to work. Realtek always was a cock. I think it may have something to do with my graphics card's HDMI thingy that apparently makes it a sound card too, that I didn't actually know about until I got it. I won't know until I've been through all of the Realtek drivers I can find.
Another side effect of re-installing Windows is the months of configuration that ensue. It's all a bit of a waste of time because I'll be downgrading to Vista for the sake of DX10 when the frickin' torrent is done.