NVIDIA 560 Ti to 750 Ti GPU upgrade makes Core i7 Z68 system quieter, faster, cooler, using half the power

Our family's gZilla gaming system is based on an Intel Core i7 2600K and an ASRock Z68 motherboard, from mid 2011. This system started life hidden in our basement, with 2 video cables running up to the family room's 55" TV one floor above it, and to a 24" monitor next to the TV, where the…

Aug 19 2014

Nixeus VUE27D review, efficient 2nd-gen 2560x1440 IPS LED DisplayPort monitor improves on the original VUE

I use a standing desk. Reasonable size and weight for my 3 monitors is almost as important to me as excellent image quality. Having had thousands of hours using my Nixeus NX-VUE27 these past 2 years (Close look at my Nixeus NX-VUE27 2560×1440 27″ monitor Aug 24 2012), I'm now able to offer…

Jul 30 2014

Reminiscing with Alfred Poor about Microsoft Flight Simulator, for aNewDomain

I've been given the opportunity to be a Senior Contributor at aNewDomain by renowned author Gina Smith: co-founder with John C. Dvorak of the scitech and geek culture site aNewDomain, Gina's now-legendary team includes some of the top writers, editors, photojournalists, techpros and artists in…

Nov 27 2013

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Controllers work well with Windows 8 built-in drivers

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller(s) + Wireless Gaming Receiver for Xbox 360 = PC gaming fun If you have an Xbox 360, you probably have extra Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers that you can pair with your Windows 8 system, for some fun. Read more about Apple Mac Mini macZilla and…

Jan 3 2013

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered, here's a simple fix that worked on Windows 7 gaming system with NVIDIA 560 Ti, and Windows 8 ThinkPad W520 with NVIDIA 1000M

Ah, the dreaded "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" message, aka, TDR error that dates back to Vista days. Here's my saga, that began in the summer of 2012: You may recall I'm using an SLI configuration in gZilla, the family's gaming system. That's two 560 Ti based…

Jun 27 2012

"gZilla" Z68 Gaming System is completely alive!

[See also hardware refresh with GPU upgrade, Aug 2014.] Below article as originally published, Dec 11, 2011.  = Fun. Finally, this project is entirely completed! This household gaming system now has all its cables tidied up and secured, for occasional travel. As you can see from the first…

Dec 12 2011

CORSAIR CWCH60 CPU Cooler for $43.74 USD

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler I'm not trying to be a review site, but instead, more focused on blogging about the actual step by step ways I've found to make various products work for my projects. In other words, I don't claim to have reviewed every product in a…

Nov 28 2011

gZilla Gaming System allows Boyo to excel at StarCraft 2

Clearly he's got mad skills.  And yes, school and homework are always first with Boyo, where's he's also excelling. Once he proved himself with growing SC2 skills this past spring of 2011, it became clear his 4 year old laptop was holding him back, even with its discrete graphics. First, we…

Nov 5 2011

Superguide: gZilla, tZilla, & vZilla are born! (gaming, thinkpad, & virtualization)

All of these systems have a focus on energy efficiency, with few frills to needlessly burn up watts. Built for the long haul, to serve my family's needs for the next 3-4 years. And they're pretty much bricks if access is unauthorized (RAID encryption, HDD passwords, etc). The content here is…

Oct 1 2011

“gZilla” Z68 Gaming System – built for speed and fun

Mar 14, 2012 Update: For more pics, see also TinkerTry.com/gzillacompleted. For more backstory, see also tinkertry.com/boyobio. For boyo's new site, see boyostarcraft.com. Back when creating vZilla, I decided to standardize on this same motherboard I've become quite familiar with, for a gaming…

Oct 1 2011