Checkpoint: $655 Video Card Edition

I originally intended to buy a video card for my new PC some time in the “near future” but I kept putting it off as games kept piling up for my PlayStation 4. I even went ahead and pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 Pro before considering finishing my new PC. Then Microsoft and NVIDIA announced their free Gears of War 4 with a 1070/1080 promo and after a bit of shopping around, I pulled the trigger on an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC. This purchase is up there with my NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT as one of the most expensive video card purchases.

I was essentially convinced to pick up the video card by a free copy of Gears of War 4. I wanted to buy Gears of War 4 when it hits $30 price range in a few months’ time but this promo accelerated those plans. With the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, I’ve effectively abandoned my Xbox One. I only had it to play Microsoft’s exclusives and now that they’re bringing titles like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4 to Windows 10, I’m left wondering why I bought this console.

I just finished Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and I was left feeling like I’m missing another half of the game. I enjoyed what I played but the way they’ve left the story was disappointing to say the least. Up next? I’m probably going to start Dragon Quest VII.

Checkpoint: Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Edition

I’ve been patiently awaiting a competitor to the ASUS Eee netbook. Why? So I can be writing stuff like this without actually sitting at my desk. It’s not meant to replace my desktop — merely accompany it. I’ve looked at the MSI Wind, the Acer Aspire One and the ASUS Eee line, but I just couldn’t commit to any of them. Then Dell shows up with their Inspiron Mini 9.

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A Partnership & A New Combatant

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I remember VIA as the “other” chipset vendor. You know, the cheaper alternative with picky PCI clockrate issues. That was a long time ago. Nowadays, they’re in the business of low cost and low power chipsets and processors. Starting Thursday VIA will be partnering up with NVIDIA in order to take on Intel and its Atom platform . All the best to the soon-to-be newly weds!

Speaking of Atom, the MSI Wind finally launched. It comes in two configurations:

$399 – Linux and 512 MB DDR2
$499 – Windows XP Home 1 GB DDR2 (2 GB maximum)

Both come with the usual array of features which you can discover for yourself on MSI’s website.

I’ve been keeping my eye out for a laptop like this – especially ones configured with Intel Atom processors. Between this and the ASUS Eee PC 1000, I’ve got plenty to think about. Which is the better one? I don’t know yet.