Quietly cooling your HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2006 - 05:52 PM |
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The nMedia Icetank is not strictly for HTPC usage, but considering how quietly it can cool, it is perfect for that type of use.  It is fairly large, but designed to fit almost any processor type, which greatly helps during installation.  Drop by O2 for the full review.

This case swings both ways, and likes the water ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila is a hefty beast, that is designed to be set up either as a normal ATX system, or a BTX.  It has plenty of space in HDD bays for hiding your cabling, and good airflow.  On the other hand, it will be difficult to place a Bigwater 735 and a large video card into the case, at the same time.

If you want a more spacious interior, check out Lee's review of Thermaltake's new Armour Jr.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Office 2007 - Worth the time it takes to install?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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The Inquirer starts off the week with an overview of the new Office 2007 Suite, Beta 2.  More than just an aesthetic change, this Office incorporates several new ideas like ribbons.  Drop by for this overview, and keep an eye open this week as they test each application individually.

Source: The Inquirer

AM2's secret weapon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 04:52 PM |
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The Inquirer has discovered AMD's answer to Conroe, and have posted a bit of information on what their upcoming plans may be.

If you are unfamiliar with Conroe, and the idea of IPC, read Ryan's preview, right here on PC Perspective.

Source: The Inquirer

The TGIF Mod Squad

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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The case mods are starting to arrive at ExtremeTech.  Drop by to look at the competition, and sumbit your own if you have 'em.  Don't forget we have our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective to show off your mods too!

Source: Extremetech

Look Ma! No hands!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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Hands free input devices, such as head tracking devices are steadily improving.  Drop by PDAToday to look at Natural Point's newest offering, the Track IR Pro 4, and see if you are ready to eveolve past the mouse & keyboard.

Source: PDAToday

High-Powered Shoot Out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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Legit Reviews grabbed 8 SLI/CrossFire PSUs, none less than 550W.  Drop by to find out who makes the cut.

ZoneAlarm picks a fight with Eudora and McAfee

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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CNET reports that ZoneAlarm users are having dating difficulties with Eudora, and some McAfee users are unable to install the program.  The fix was released yesterday, so drop by ZoneAlarm to have your difficulties removed.

Zalman tames the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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By copying the design for the s939 CNPS9500LED, Zalman's heatsink for AM-2 systems is bound to impress.  Drop by Pro-clockers to see how well the cooling power transferred.

A closer look at nVIDIA and ATI's AM-2 offerings

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 03:34 PM |
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X-Bit Labs examines 2 AM-2 boards, a reference ATI board from Sapphire called "Sturgeon" and the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe.  Drop by and find out what these chipsets are capable of, and the different implementations used by the two competitors.

Also check out Ryan's review of the Asus N4L-VM DH, a Core-duo motherboard.

Source: X-Bit Labs

BTX - Forgotten, but not gone?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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The BTX form factor is taking a while to be adopted.  While not too many systems are being based on it, you can still find cases that meet the new specs, like the SilverStone TJ08, reviewed by TECHGAGE.

Source: TECHGAGE

[H]ard|OCP has lost their marbles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Seriously, they've posted a full reivew of Marble Blast Ultra for the XBox 360, and they loved it!  I can't imagine what drove them to this level, where they describe a puzzle game involving a rolling marble as "...visually impressive and does a great job showing off the power of the Torque Shader Engine".  Drop by and watch their descent into madness, and see what else they buy with accumulated Microsoft Points.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NZXT provides precise power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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The NZXT Precise 650 Watt Power Supply that Overclockers Club reviews won't have much problems powering newer graphics cards.  Over 500W is dedicated to the 2 12V lines, so even the new 7950GX2 should get enough power.  It also cools well, though that makes it a little louder than other models.

I spy with my i ... something that is not an iPod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers to find out how unique the iRiver is.  It's not very large, at only 0.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", and sports a 2.2" colour display, and a price tag under $200.  Can it displace your iPod from next to your heart?

Keep your northbridge chilled quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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Drop by BCCHardware to find out about a way to keep your northbridge cool, passively.  The Zalman ZM-NBF47 is a passive cooler that is much quieter than any fan based solution, and it will outperform most stock coolers as well.  The blue tinted aluminium construction is rather nice looking, as well.

Source: BCCHardware

Stable like a rock, pretty like a glow-in-the-dark butterfly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Having a powersupply that is stable is one thing, but having one that is as attractive as it is stable is quite another.  The Kingwin Mach 1 600W PSU, as reviewed at Club OC, is exactly that.  With a plentiful amount of blue LEDs, this PSU will be at home in any modded case.

Or, for a more unassuming PSU, check out Lee's review of the CoolerMaster iGreen Power 600 PSU here on PC Perspective.

Source: Club OC

A 570 Ultra intended for 1 graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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The HardwareZone reivews MSI's K9N Platinum, an nForce 570 based motherboard. It has most of the extras you would expect from that chipset, with a little trimming, especially on the PCI-E side, making it cheaper while still having some extras, and staying rock solid.

It's got a 140mm fan!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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The AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler is huge, and also much quieter than you would expect.  Moving 68.37 CFM at 20.87 dBA, it will perform well, if you're motherboard can fit it.  Drop by ThinkComputers to find out how well it works.