Video Card Overheating

I own a Nvidia 9800 GX2 and for 3 years this card has given great performance. However, recently it has started to overheat and runs at 90 C at idle and 115 C under load. Everytime the temperatures go above 110 C, the frame rates drop in the 5-10 range and makes game play horrible until the temperatures drop by a few degrees again. I’ve tried increasing fan speed of the GPU fan and all my case fans, but in vain. I also tried under clocking both the cards, but they still refuse to run under 100 C. I think its time to buy a new card and bid adeiu to this old friend.

I just ordered an ATI Radeon 6950 from newegg which should arrive hopefully, before the weekend.


The Dark Convenant

The key to completing this chapter with ease is to push aggressively and fast. I had to restart this mission twice because the first two times I tried going at an easy pace and destroying all the mini bases before heading to the main green base and this gives the main base a lot of time to build more units and become stronger. As time goes by, the aerial attack by the green base also increases in strength which means you need to increase defense at the base, reducing your army in the offense. Even though there are 4 gold mines, you will soon be out of resources if you advance slow in this chapter.

Strategy that worked:

1. In the initial phase, when all the elf bases in the north and south are being attacked, move all the villagers and army (there will be 1-2 people in each base) to a corner of the map, where the undead will not find them. This destruction of bases is scripted so there is no point in fighting the scourge at this point in time. Once the cutscene ends, all the saved villagers and army will the teleported to your central base, giving you more army, saving both resources and time in the early stages.

2. Leave Vashj at the base with the elf archers for defense and take Kael along with the naga mirmidon’s and some archers to the purple base in the south east corner of the map. If you decide to keep some of the naga mirmidon’s at the base for defense don’t forget to use their ensnare ability to web the flying enemies. Take one dragonhawke rider to prevent the towers from attacking your troops. This base should take very little time to be destroyed. When you break the crates in the corner, you will find a tiny castle which you should save for later.

3. Get a few villagers here to build a town hall and start mining gold. Nothing else is needed here at this point.

4. Take Kael’s army after adding reinforcements, if necessary, and move to the purple base to the west of the newly established base of operations. This base would have slightly more troops, especially spiders, so take more than one dragonhawke rider. Once this base is down, create a town hall using the ‘tiny castle’ that you found when you destroyed the south east base in step 2. Ask a worker to build towers and move Vashj’s defensive army here.

5. Build more troops and create a bigger army and attack the Green base. Make sure not to cross into high upkeep. I was still at 51/90  upkeep when I attacked the green base and did not have any issues defeating it. If you haven’t spent more than 45 minutes before attacking the green base, this should be easy to defeat.

There is no need to destroy all mini bases (orange and purple) before attacking the green base. Note that when you’ve destroyed the purple base on the west, the orange base in the north west will send some troops to attack you in the south. The strength of the army will depend on how much time has passed since the chapter began.

I’m sure there are other strategies that work, however, the key is to attack aggressively and fast before the enemy gets too much time to strengthen his army.


A lot has happened since the last time I blogged, most notable of which was being there when my niece was born.

I have been playing numerous games over the last few months like mass effect 1 & 2, age of wonders 2 and shadow magic, and world of Warcraft: cataclysm to name a few. I finished Fable 2 main story two weeks ago, however, I still need to finish post main story side quests and achievements. I finished warcraft 3 campaign last weekend and I am currently playing warcraft 3 frozen throne single player campaign. You may also find me on one of the team fortress 2 servers from time to time.

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Chicken Kicker, Show Off!

Yeah, that’s right! I’m a chicken kicker and a show off …

Well …, I’m not a chicken kicker in real life .. that’s just mean and I don’t believe I’m a show off either. I’m talking about two different fun achievements in Fable 2 which came as a surprise to me in the first 30 minutes of the game.

I was at a friend’s place last week for dinner, and while the food was cooking, I decided to play Fable 2 to kill time. I must say that the game graphics and game play  are really good.  Player and NPC interaction is also very neat.

Anyways, after the first cut scene in the game, I was following my sister, and I happen to come upon a chicken. I was still getting used to the controls so when I got to the chicken, somehow I accidentally kicked it and it went flying away. This was hilarious to watch, so I did it deliberately for fun. I kept doing this to every chicken I found much to my friend’s worry who kept looking over my shoulder all the time to see what I was up to, because he thought that I might lose reputation or shift my alignment towards evil ( I was planning to play good), if I kicked chickens all the time. However, you don’t lose reputation or alignment if you do this. In fact, you will get some points for being funny, if you kick chickens around villagers and make them laugh.

However, in chapter 2, in my adulthood I must say, I kicked a chicken, and got 2 points for making a nearby villager laugh. I also got the achievement “Chicken Kicker” at the same time. I have no idea how far I kicked the chicken, but was immensely surprised to see the achievement pop up on screen. This achievement is very easy to achieve at the beginning of the game, when you are following your sister. There are a lot of chickens on the road, just try kicking them and see how far they go.

When you are collecting 5 gold in the beginning of the game, you come across a photographer, who wants someone to pose for him. It doesn’t matter what pose you choose, but extend it and end it correctly and you will get the “show-off” achievement. I chose to fart extensively and ended it perfectly without crapping in my pants. To end the extended poses without messing them up, stop performing them in the green section of the action bar. If you fail to get the achievement at this time, you will find a lady creating a sculpture later in the game, and you can pose for her and get it then. You can get a sculpture made for yourself as many times as you want, so getting this achievement then becomes easy as long as you have some gold to spare.

And so it begins…

I have been playing World of Warcraft for almost 10 months now, and as most people know, once you’ve started playing, it is very hard to stop. I have two level 80 characters, a paladin, Illasera with protection and retribution specs and a discipline priest, Viconia. Both are fun to play, however, my primary character for achievements is my Paladin Illasera.

There are plenty of reasons why I chose my paladin as my primary character for achievement runs.

  1. My Paladin was the first to reach level 80. My priest followed almost 4 months after, but by then I had already started accumulating achievement points on Illasera.
  2. Most of the achievements require strenuous grinding for hours and days at end, and it is not possible to do it on both characters at the same time.
  3. Achievements also require doing a lot of daily quests and as a healer, without enough damage throughput it is very time consuming to finish them fast enough. It is much less time consuming to do quests as a retribution paladin. I usually finish a round of 11 dailies of Argent Tournament in 55 minutes as a retribution paladin.
  4. Being a protection paladin, I can also solo most of the daily group quests, reducing my reliance on friends or fellow guildies for achievements. Even attempting to solo group quests as a priest is certain death!

That being said, I still join PUGs (picked up groups) if they are doing achievements as Viconia, though my main preference remains Illasera.

Note: The only category of achievements that I am not tracking on Illasera, are the PVP achievements, since I prefer playing PVP as my priest. I guess this also gives Viconia something to achieve 🙂

…one achievement at a time!