The Monarch Rebate Countdown continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Monarch Computer's rebate countdown continues ... not that much time left to wait.


Keep an eye on this page, or you will miss some amazing deals!


Boldly going where no AMD part has gone before

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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AMD will be announcing a new single core chip clocked at 3GHz in early April.  It will probably take longer for the dual core version to appear.

"AMD will use its 65nm party in Prague to talk about the progress company is making with

production ramp of its Fab36, but at the same time, company will introduce their fastest clocked

production CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

Washington, D.C. Ranked Best City For Teleworking In Nationwide Study

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Washington, D.C has been named the 'Best City for Teleworking' in America, according to a new study released today by research firm Sperling's BestPlaces and Intel Corporation. The phenomenon of telework has grown rapidly in recent years thanks in part to the availability of powerful mobile computers based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology and a network of more than 19,000 hotspots in the U.S.

A tool-less heatsink for your tool-less case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the Kingwin Big Air AMD CPU Cooler, a incredibly easy to install heatsink.  If you are a little clip-shy after managing to drive a screwdriver through a motherboard when dealing with a very stubborn socket clip, take a look at this innovative way of securing the heatsink to the socket.


Don't forget about the CoolerMaster giveaway, you have until April 11th to enter!


"Kingwin has

Modding ahead of the curve

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2006 - 05:19 PM |
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In the last of the series on case modding at Extremetech, suggestions from readers on the best way to cut curves was requested from those who have done it before.  The replies poured in, and you can take advantage of all of the tips'n'tricks on your next project.

Source: Extremetech

Start with a silent case, then add quiet components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 06:11 PM |
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With as many case manufacturers and styles as there are in the market right now, it makes sense to start with a purpose built case to put your system in.  If you are going to agonize over every component on the inside, give the case some consideration too.  Silent PC Reivew examines the Nexus Breeze Real Silent Computer Case, which, as you may have guessed, is a good enclosure to build a quiet PC in.

"Nexus Technology is addressing the problem of noisy computers head-on with their new Nexus

Breeze Real Sil

Add a little "Green Power" to your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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Coolermaster jumps into eco-friendly waters with their release of the iGreen Power series, and Hardware Zone has pics and stats.  Before you start looking down your nose at them, these are simply high efficiency PSU's with added PR.  High efficiency translates into less heat, and more stablity, so keep your eye out for them.

"Green power is all the rage nowadays and Cooler Master reacts to this with its new iGreen Power

series of energy efficient PSUs.

*NIX SendMail vulnerability

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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UNIX and LINUX are getting in on the newly discovered vulnerability theme for this week as well.  According to this story on CNET, the Sendmail flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your machine.  The Windows version is not at risk and upgrading to version 8.13.6 of *NIX sendmail will secure you, as it contains a patch for this vulnerability.

"An attack could interfere with or intercept mail delivery, permit the intruder to tamper with

other p

The reasons to spend more on an HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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PCApex demonstrates the benefits of choosing a purpose built HTPC enclosure instead of just using a small case.  The investment will cost you more up front, but read the article and see if they can convince you the Cooler Master Media 260 is worth it.


If you like the idea, but not the case, read Bob's review of the SilverStone SG-01 Evolution.


"The idea behind a home theater PC is to make it as inconspicuous as possible while able t
Source: PCApex

A universal heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 05:28 PM |
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The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal.  It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.


Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!


"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
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Floppies are dead, long live the USB thumb drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2006 - 03:40 PM |
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PC Stats feels it is official, there is no use for 1.44 floppies anymore.  Now that you can boot from a USB thumb drive, flashing from DOS is no longer a painful evening of trying to find the one working floppy in a huge stack of corrupted ones.  With the larger capacity, it is easy to carry your needed software anywhere, or to set your self up a bootable Linux distro that runs on almost anything.  Read more, and see if USB drives can do more tricks than you think.

"The USB memory key appear

Source: PCStats

The new improved modder's Dremel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2006 - 02:18 PM |
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MAKE: Blog has spotted a new tool from Dremel, the Stylus.  It is much smaller, and comes with a handle at a 90° angle, making detailed fine work much easier.  Modders, you may have found a new best friend.

"The Dremel Stylus is a unique tool for people who are passionate about hands-on projects.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Bacteria belches to power batteries?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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Meet Shewanella oneidensis at CNET, a metal munching bacteria that literally poops power.  With more study, and perhaps a bit of tweaking, this micro organism could be put into fuel cells to increase their life.   They could keep the liquid in the cells from becoming contaminated by excess waste and turn in into free electrons.

"Researchers at Rice University and the University of Southern California have embarked on a

project t

Coolink combines air cooling and silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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MODTHEBOX has discovered some of the quietest fans on the planet, the Coolink SWiF, accompanied by the Silent Saviour for cooling hard drives.   There are many fans in the series, from 80mm to 120mm, with varying speeds, and the loudest one they have is only 26dB.

"The appearance of the Coolink SWiF fans are slightly different from what you would expect from

standard case fans that are currently on the market.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Poking at the IE7 beta

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens.  Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.


"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Source: The Inquirer

Lian Li's Lucky 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM |
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BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them.  With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.

"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a

solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.

Source: BleedinEdge

A gaming keyboard that works easily

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away!  It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys.  It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.

"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features

the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.

Source: 3DXtreme

Swiftech can cool your whole system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at motherboards.org today.  This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock.  They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.

"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.

Get some cooling onto cluttered chipsets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:45 PM |
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The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space.  As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets.  Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.

"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Disclose Technologies To Make The Internet More Personal And Mobile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation Intel® Centrino® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.