They make a good server case, can they do the same with mid-towers?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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I-StarUSA has been making server cases for quite a while, but the S-8 Storm Chassis is the first Mid-tower they've produced.  With a fairly minimalistic design, tool-less installation it may seem run of the mill, but when is the last time you bought a case made of real steel?  See what ClubOC thought here.

Source: Club OC

Hard drive basics served up on a platter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:55 PM |
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If you find yourself confused about hard drives, the RPM speeds available, and the difference between various ATA, SATA and SCSI interfaces, then worry no more.  The Tech Zone has put together a guide that should answer all your questions.

Lamptron will sell you a rubberized screw replacement

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Screw replacements that reduce vibration noise, fan grills tight enough to act as filters and keep you clean, and other noise reducing fan add-ons are their specialty.  Think Computers gives Lamptron's products a try, so check out how it worked out for them.

For the Emperor!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2006 - 03:57 PM |
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A member of PC Apex has designed a case mod themed on an Inquisitor from the tabletop game Warhammer 40K.  Everything, right down to the Seal of Purity is included, so get over there and look at it, or else you are a spawn of Chaos.

"This mod is based on the Inquisitor characters in the warhammer 40000 universe. For those who have no

idea what I'm talking about, it's a table top miniatures wargame from a british company called Games

Workshop.

Source: PCApex

Mushkin moves into power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2006 - 03:22 PM |
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Mushkin isn't just memory anymore, with the release of their Enhanced 650 W power supply.  It has the proper ATX 2. 0 standard setup, plus some extras, like an optional ground wire.  TweakTown is ready to tell you all about it.

Source: TweakTown

Aluminium keyboards for the fashion conscious

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2006 - 04:55 PM |
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They are certainly not cheap, but the Enermax Aurora and Crystal keyboards are very stylish.  When you go all out on an aluminium case, shouldn't you get a matching keyboard?  Drop by 3dGameMan for the full story.

Source: 3dGameMan

A case mod of Mass Destruction

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2006 - 01:11 PM |
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G-gnome, a member at bit-tech, has assembled an amazing case mod that you have to check out.  He has described almost all of the steps he has taken to build this case, and he seems to be having a blast doing it.

Source: bit-tech

Socket AM2 maddness

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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Socket AM-2 is here, and the reviews are everywhere!  Start off at [H]ard|OCP, for their look at the newest from AMD, and finish off back here, with Ryan's review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's Core Microarchitecture Redefines Computing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 23, 2006 — Intel today disclosed record breaking1
results on 20 key dual-processor (DP) server and workstation
benchmarks.

[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the Pavilion

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2006 - 05:05 PM |
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[H] went and picked up an HP Pavilion a1330n from a local reseller.  Follow them through the purchase, set up, benchmarking, and the inevitable call to Tech Support.

For those who prefer to build their own, Ryan has updated the PCPer Hardware Leaderboard, don't go shopping before you read his recommendations!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Making a good cooling system better

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The Tekbunker looked at the Zalman Reserator 1 and liked what they saw ... but wondered if they could improve it's looks and performance.  They start first with improving heat exchange for the Reserator itself, and will continue on by trying to improve the flow.

Plus, our own Bob Dyl looks at the Cooler Master Mystique Modified Aluminum Case, a new take on the old Wave Master 2.

Source: Tekbunker

Hard work pays off in monstrous case mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Leecho's newest case mod at MODTHEBOX is a monster ... literally.  Already with a frightening facade, and a backbone ... he adds gull-wing doors.  Check out the pictures of this almost completed mod.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Will you believe the PSU is important now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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A True Review points out all the ways that a strong PSU is the heart of any system.  Now that every component in your PC is thirsting for more power ... a high end graphics card will drain as much power as an entire system would have 5 years ago, you need to put a lot more thought into the PSU you use.

Do it yourself extreme cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2006 - 04:26 PM |
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If you have more spare time than spare change, and have avoided phase change cooling because of the price, then this guide will eat up some of that time.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an article describing how to build your own phase change cooling system.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Introducing Viiv

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews a Viiv system, based around an ASUS N4L-VM DH and a socket 479 processor, Intel's Core Duo T2600 clocked at 2.16GHz.  While it is essentially a mATX board, it contains far more built in features than you would expect.  Drop by for a sneak peak.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Cooling solutions balanced for your bank account

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviews 2 budget coolers from Spire, the VertiCool II and the DiamondCool II.  While neither will win prizes for extreme cooling, they are certainly powerful enough to use in a normally clocked PC.

AMD and nVIDIA have some big plans for your office

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 12:34 PM |
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IBM and Dell need to watch their backs.  AMD and nVIDIA are working together to get a foot in the office door.  The Inquirer has more info on their plans to become the choice of business PC's.

"NVIDIA AND AMD are readying to give Intel a bloody nose in the business market, confirming our

earlier reports it's readying a full frontal attack on Chipzilla.

According to Echannel Line, Nvidia has signed up the top 20 system integrators worldwide to take a

chunk out of Intel's arm and Dell's leg.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA based TabletKiosk eo Arrives in US Marke

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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New eo™ Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) equipped with advanced connectivity, easy to use touch panel interface, and enhanced battery life though the ultra-low power VIA UMPC Platform


Taipei, Taiwan, 15 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that TabletKiosk, a leader in Tablet PC computing solutions, has selected the VIA UMPC platform to power eo, its new Ultra Mobile PC.


eo is one of the first of a new breed of UMPC devices that fuse traditional PC functionality, with unpreced

Silver Stone LC20M HTPC Case Reviewed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2006 - 08:30 AM |
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There's a nice review of the Silver Stone LC20M HTPC case. For the money, no one else makes a nicer HTPC enclosure than Silver Stone.


"The VFD, IR, power LED and HDD activity LED are all behind the acrylic strip beside the drives. The LEDs that were chosen for this case do not fit well, as they are bright blue and very noticable from your sofa. Even behind the darkened acrylic, I found them to be distracting when watching a movie in a dark environment.

Source: bit-tech

Third time is the charm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 07:13 PM |
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Seasonic has abandoned Dr. Cable in lieu of cable sleeves, and has seriously increased the number of connectors on the PSU.  Drop by SPCR to see all the changes the S12-330 Rev A3 has incorporated.