Originally Posted by iGustopher
Arizonian, that's the greatest post I've seen so far on any of my threads :O
Are the Alienware 120hz monitors not for sale anymore? I can't find them on the Egg or the Alienware site... how is the picture? If it isn't for sale anymore, would an Acer 120hz monitor suffice for 3D?
What ambient temps are recommended for heavy use, like Crysis or Metro 2033?
Off my head, the MSI Lightning edition comes factory overclocked to about 855 Mhz. Is that more than sufficient for now?
+rep to you.
Get if from DELL
directly. I bought mine from Fry's Electronics near my house in store. I will say I did some homework on 120hz monitors before jumping into it. Here
is a thread I started sort of compiling my info as I learned about them. In the end I went with the Alienware AW2310 model. I was going to get the ASUS but the monitor had a glass screen and I don't like glass screens only because in a lighted room you can see the reflection of the room behind you in the glass. I did check other monitors but ran out of time posting about them in that thread.
As for the Alienware monitor performance I have to say I'm quite impressed. It's truly better than a 60hz and I'd never go back. It really helps in FPS not to be limited and does much better. It's awesome 2D. Blu-ray movies pops out at me without any discoloring as my older model I saw. 2D gaming also stands out. Make sure you hook up the DVI cord it comes with and not the HDMI when you 3D. The latest driver 270.61
users are no longer required to install a separate 3D Vision Controller driver or CD driver. It was the second set of drivers that came out that improved the GTX 580 performance twice so far from when it first came out. In fact it's getting another bump in performance from the beta 275.27
version. Just read what's being improved to the card.
In Crysis 2 I'm over the 100 FPS area constantly. I've got that cranked up to full AA and highest details I can push. The card gets as hot as 83C, and in Crysis 84C. As for ambient temps I'm not too sure I've never got a temp. I can tell you though I've monitored my CPU and with my OC it idles at 37C all four cores approximately. After a long session of gaming it raises about 3-4C, but I've got some hard core air cooling on it with a CoolerMaster V6 GT
on that baby. Plus a Gskill [ Turbulence II ] FTB-3500C5-D
dual ram fan. Nice blue led btw. It also is pushing air down on the mobo which helps keep things cooler.
I haven't tried 3D yet as I've broken the bank since December building this rig from ground up. Speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, entire tower n' guts. Fathers Day (can't wait) I'm getting Nvidia 3D glasses and will be able to tell you exactly how it does. From my homework on that thread I posted on 3D monitors you will see a bunch of reviews for each and it will give you an idea.
Lastly, on the monitor - Alienware (now purchased by DELL) offers a warranty of monitor replacement should you find one bad pixel.
As for the MSI GTX 580 Lightning, it's a great card. Very over clockable. At that cards stock you won't have any issues throwing any games at it for the next two years with a single card.
Good luck with your upgrading. It truly makes it fun to come home from work to my new system awaiting. I'm gaming as soon as the kids and wife are asleep, my only problem with my card and monitor is trying to get off and go to sleep.