Make your own amateur SETI station

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 03:33 PM |
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The SETI League has posted instructions on how to do it!  The diagram has links to pages containing specifics.

This site shows how you can set up your own SETI receiving station using nothing more than an old C-band satellite TV dish, general coverage receiver and your PC. With it, you can also do radio astronomy as well. Can't beat that!

Source: MAKE: Blog

Ageia PhysX Engine for Linux

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 03:16 PM |
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Maybe you won't be able to get the latest and greatest game titles the same day as your friends running Windows, but as Phoronix found out, when they do release them for Linux, Ageia PhsyX will work.

"For nearly a year Ageia has been making headlines with its innovative physics technology that they hope will revolutionize game-play not only for PC games but also console platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Source: Phoronix

Make a LAN party laptop to brag about

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 03:09 PM |
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The Tech Zone has posted a guide on assembling a laptop that will game as well as full tower PC's.  If you follow their advice, the only technical difficulty you might have at a LAN party would be your battery dying.

"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant computer towers standing at everyone's feet.

Cisco And Intel Collaborate In Building The Next-Generation Supply Chain

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 08:38 AM |
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HONG KONG, Sept. 27, 2005 — Cisco Systems® and Intel Corporation today announced a collaborative effort to support EPCglobal Hong Kong's EPCnetwork initiative to bring end-to-end supply chain visibility to the Pan Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region.

Techspot provides a 2nd opinion on high end PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 03:46 PM |
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Techspot has their own High End PC component guide up, in case you wanted a second opinion after looking at Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard.  Or I suppose you could pick up one of the new offerings from Dell, and have it all together when you pick it up.

"Back like a bad RMA request, TechSpot's High-end PC builders' guide takes another stab at fabricating the finest custom PC possible.

Source: Tech Spot

120mm based heatsinks cool quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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Hi-Techreviews takes a look at the Thermalright SI-120.  This is the follow up to the XP-120, and fits on almost any AMD chip, and with a LGA 775 RM you can put it into an Intel system, assuming your motherboard can fit it in.


"When the XP-120 heatsink was released it became an immediate success with people singing its praises in forums here in the states and abroad. Yet as good as it was there was one thing that made it far from perfect and that was its failure to fit on a large number of motherboards.

Plentiful power, petit package

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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Want to overclock your SFF PC, or just put 2 gigs of high speed Corsair memory in it to improve performance?  Shuttle and SilverStone thinks you should be able to, and so do the guys at hardCOREware!

There's no question who rules the prebuilt SFF system market. Shuttle was the first true innovator, and haven't rested since taking over.

Source: hardCOREware

Heatpipe technology keeps evolving

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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At 4.5 inches tall, the Ultra Fire Heatpipe AMD CPU Cooler may not fit in every case, but it is certainly compatible with sockets, 

370, 462, 754, 939, and 940 are all supported.  PimpRig puts it and it's dual 80mm fan design to the test!  It's not quite as good as watercooling yet, so if you have your heart set on the lowest heat, look below.

"Not to call Ultra liars but I wanted to see how heavy this heatpipe really was.

Source: PimpRig

Check out the beep codes on this case mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 01:11 PM |
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Don't just build a replica of R2-D2, make him useful too!  Head on over to PimpRig to see all the pics.

"One of our forum regulars, TheGreatSatan, has completed his amazing R2-D2 project.

Source: PimpRig

Memory that RAM's the message home

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 12:19 PM |
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Not only is Corsair's Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR fast RAM, but it has programmable LED lights.   If you long for the days when red scrolling LED signs were everywhere, now you can get some for your PC, just like ModTheBox did.

"Included with the Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR Memory modules are two matching 10-digit alphanumeric displays. Each display consists of a small PCB with identical 34-pin connectors.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Watercooling Means They Can't Sneak Up On You

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2005 - 08:33 AM |
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ThermalTake's Bigwater SE is a 120mm Fan & Radiator, a copper waterblock, a 12V pump and a 5.25" drive bay tank.  It might not be quite as easy to install as it's predecessor, but it is cheaper, and as Tweaknews discovers it cools pretty well.

"Some time ago, Thermaltake entered this market with a complete system they called Bigwater. Recently, Thermaltake introduced their next generation successor to the Bigwater liquid cooling system.

Source: Tweaknews

Asetek VapoChill Micro Showdown

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2005 - 04:31 PM |
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Whether you want ultra quiet, ultra powerful, or a compromise between those 2 extremes, one of the 3 fans reviewed by Overclockers Online will probably be exactly what you are looking for.

"As we can see in the testing numbers there is not a huge difference between the three models and because of this there is no single winner.

Duck Hunt Meets Doom

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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It's friday, sit back, relax and shoot some ducks with the BFG9000.  Even better, if you figure out how, you can convince the dog that laughing at you isn't exactly the best idea.

"Some cool folks have combined the classic NES game Duck Hunt with Doom. Duck Doom Deluxe is an updated version of the 2004 Duck Doom. I've been playing this game quite often recently and it is highly addictive. The objective is simple.

Source: boingboing

Quick, Easy & Cheap Upgrades

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2005 - 04:25 PM |
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Futurelooks has posted a very simple and easy to understand guide on inexpensive upgrades that can keep your computer running.  If you are wondering where to start when upgrading an older PC, give it a read!

"The cruel reality of the personal tech revolution is that to keep up with the virtual Joneses, you have to upgrade your hardware and software about every two years. Nowadays, no one wants to spend several grand on a new system.

Source: futurelooks

Aerocool Does Impressions Of Other Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2005 - 12:39 PM |
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3DXtreme reviews 2 of Aerocools latest cases, the Masstige which resembles a slightly scaled down CM Stacker, and the AeroEngine II, that bears a striking resemblance to a light weight ThermalTake Armor.  Check out the review to see how they compare to the originals. 

"Today 3DXtreme is proud to present our latest review of the AeroCool Masstige and AeroEngine II Cases. We've been privileged to review some of AeroCool's newest hardware and they've never failed to impress us.

Source: 3DXtreme

Keeping Cool In Fall

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2005 - 08:57 AM |
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Start your overclocking, t'is the season to squeeze some extra heat out of your PC, and start thinking about what you want other people to buy you.  The Guru of 3D has his hands on a Thermaltake Tai Chi, another giant heatsink that has been hollowed out and sold as a PC case.  If you can afford it, this case will not dissapoint. 


"Thermaltake recently released a new PC case.
Source: Guru of 3D

PC Case With A Spacious Interior & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2005 - 09:14 AM |
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With the size of components shrinking, the size of the cooling seems apparatus to grow.  With the norm quickly becoming huge heatsinks, 120mm fans, oversized videocards, or a radiator and waterpump, the size of your case can become an issue.   Gamepyre reviews the Lian Li PC76, a huge case, 24.79'(D) x 10.43'(W) x 22'(H), that should fit just about anyhing you want in it.

"After our exhaustive tour-de-force, there's one thing we've got to say about this case — it's big, really big — you wo

Source: Gamepyre

45lb Radiator Or Heavy PC & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2005 - 09:01 AM |
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Titan's Robela Water Case is a simple watercooling solution, that will net you some good temperatures.  As just about everything is built right into it, you get to worry less about jumping into watercooling to see what it is all about.  The folks over at hi-techreviews show you just what this case is made of.

"What do you get when you take a full-size tower case and turn one side-panel of it into a radiator with two 120mm fans mounted on it? You get the new Titan Robela Water Case.

Heatsink Size Does Matter & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2005 - 09:22 AM |
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SystemCooling reviews the ThermalRight SI 120, a much more compatible version of the XP 120, with almost no performance difference.  If you want your A64 to run at under 40C, but couldn't fit the XP 120 into your PC, then this may be the cooler for you.

"The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice.

Computer Case Cornucopia & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2005 - 09:17 AM |
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Miss one Monday, and a dozen new reviews come out.   First up today we have the MGE Titanium at Think Computers, a case that seems to incorporate every new innovation in case design from the past year into one case.  It is roomy, it still has enough space for a watercooling setup, and all that, and a price tag around the $100 mark.  If that's not the case you're looking for, there are almost 20 other reviews to choose from!


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