Upgrading on a tight budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Legion Hardware has some advice for upgrading a computer to play the new FPS games; they spend less in total than many would on just a video card.  Drop by to see how they did it.

Even ATI recommends it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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Neoseeker went hunting for the most powerful PSU they could find.  They found it in the FSP Epsilon FX-700 GLN, a 700W PSU with 4 seperate 12V lines and a 99 PFC.  This PSU is almost a must for high end SLI or Crossfire setups

Source: Neoseeker

Just mount it and you are cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 03:51 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the G-Cooler Liquid CPU Cooler.  It is a closed loop when it arrives, you need not play with tubing or filling the reservoir, just mount it to your processor, and the radiator to the case where you would normally put an 80mm exhaust fan.

Intel will be the death of the BIOS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel is pushing the Extensible Firmware Interface, which is intended to replace BIOS as the most basic component in a working motherboard.  The Register has more information on their plans.

As well, Ryan has finished his review of the Abit A8N 32X, so check out this SLI nForce4 board.

Source: The Register

Common Computer Killing Actions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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PCStats has put together their latest guide on the most common ways that people kill computers.  If you are under the illusion that your PC is invulnerable, you really should give this a read.

Source: PCStats

Silent cooling from ASUS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Pro-clockers looks at a large, silent cooler from ASUS, the Silent Square.  With the large heatpipes, it bears a resemblance to an engine block and it does perform well.

Blizzard's Ghost is a no show, but Tom Clancy delivers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced was caught and interrogated by Ars Technica.  Drop by to see what secrets were revelead about the newest in this long running series.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel First-Quarter Revenue $8.9 Billion

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced first-quarter revenue of $8.9 billion, operating income of $1.7 billion, net income of $1.3 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 23 cents. Excluding the effects of share-based compensation, the company posted operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.6 billion and EPS of 27 cents.

More info at the Intel Pressroom.

The pick of the 7800GTX litter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2006 - 07:07 PM |
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If you are looking for the best of the best, check out ExtremeTech's review of 3 top 7800GTX models.

Source: Extremetech

A stack of case reviews

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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Cooler Master scores again with the Stacker 830, a full sized aluminium tower.  TweakTown takes you through all the features of this high quality case today.

If you like the case, but think it could use some improvements, Bob Dyl will take you through the steps of some small modifications to the CM Stacker 830.

Source: TweakTown

Cool copper jewlery for your system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 17, 2006 - 05:43 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Vizo Sleet Copper Cooling Components, 3 types of copper heatsinks designed to cool system RAM, chipsets, and VRAM.  The double sided thermal tape they come with keeps them on in any orientation.  Plus copper looks good, and cools even better.

So much air intake the case looks bloated

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2006 - 12:33 PM |
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... but not in a bad way. The NZXT Lexa is shaped a little differently than a lot of the boxes on the market, but Overclockers Club loves it anyways.  Check out the full review of this pre-modded and superbly cooled case ... plus the case comes with a T-Shirt!

Also check out Lee's review of the Antec P150, it is a silent design that doesn't limit you to microATX motherboards only.

See your systems info at a glance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews the CyrstalFontz CFA-635.  It does everything you would expect a fan controller to do, but it can also display a lot more.  Check it out.

"With the dearth of fan controllers and temperature monitors on the market today it's not very

often that you run across one that brings a whole lot more to the table. Today we're taking a look

at one that brings more than just fan speed control and simple temp reporting."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: TECHGAGE

48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.


The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October.

A powerful decision that you have to make when modding

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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Modders Inc runs over the basics you need to keep in mind when buying a PSU for your system.  While it may not be the most glorious and brag worthy component you put in your case, without a good PSU, you may never have a stable system.

"Choosing the right PSU for your modded system can sometimes be a challenge, but the information

contained within this Modding 101 should help make choosing the right PSU for your PC a little

easier."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Modders-Inc

AM2 early preview

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2.  Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well.  This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?

Source: AnandTech

Time to spring clean your thermal goop

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 12:41 PM |
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If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be.  Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion.  R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.

Wasn't this supposed to be everywhere by now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 05:02 PM |
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I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now.  That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it.  Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.

Heat pipes and water cooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Thermaltake has introduced the Volcano Heat Exchanger, and A True Review will explain exactly what it does.  It looks much like an oversized, fanless heatsink with connectors to use with tubing for water.  Read on to see just how it performs, and how to install it.

VIA Launches First Single-Chip Embedded Chipset, the VIA CX700, at ESC 2006

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Fremont, California, 4th April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7® and Eden® processor platforms, the most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including rich video graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and highly power-efficient package.