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Subject: Systems | February 29, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Four systems builds are proposed by The Tech Report in their newest system guide. Everyone is covered from the budget conscious gamer to the gamer who can afford it all, as well as a powerful workstation that has more filling than an Oreo double stuff.
For even more choices, drop by PC Perspective's own Hardware Leaderboard, and see what Ryan recommends.
Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance with the latest technology and innovative features, all in sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.
Gamers won't outgrow the XPS 630 as since it's based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It's ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors. Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.
Subject: Systems | February 25, 2008 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has put together a green system guide, for those energy conscious PC users out there. They cover a lot of the basics and also offer a pair of systems builds. The first is for the gamer, and while it doesn't have Crossfire or SLI, it should still be able to handle almost anything you throw at it. The second is a more extreme system built around an EPIA processor, but with a draw of 58.4-97.3W, it certainly won't add onto your power bill, or your carbon footprint.
Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on. Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition. One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost. To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC. See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 - For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Uberclok is a relatively new PC builder, who offers prebuilt overclocked PCs for a fair amount less than what you pay at other suppliers. AnandTech did the math, and there is only a $400 difference between building one of these rigs yourself. The premiums Uberclok offer are a 3 year warranty, 30 day guarantee and a tech support line, so it's up to you to decide your preference. Take a look at the full review of the Ion to see how well it performs.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AutumnWave OnAir GT can turn your laptop into an HDTV and PVR with just a few simple steps. It's USB connection makes it very handy to base an HTPC system around your laptop without having to give up lugging it around with you. A few plugs and you are free to go, offering an alternative to people who want a PVR but aren't interested in buying and building a purpose built system. See how easy it is over at Overclockers Online.
Subject: Systems | February 5, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The other project from Intel this weekend was the release of the NDA hardware reviewers have signed about Skulltrail. We can finally see just how powerful their flagship system will be, for those few that can get one. [H]ard|OCP's testing proves that this machine can really do a lot, especially when multitasking. They did have some issues with Crysis and with SLI, but all in all, they still had a lot of fun testing this machine.
Subject: Systems | January 30, 2008 - 09:47 AM | Ryan Shrout
It should come as no surprise that Asus wants to capitalize on the Eee PC branding that has been so damn popular. Would you be interested in an E-DT (desktop computer), an E-TV or an E-Monitor?
Subject: Systems | January 25, 2008 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Nova is a nicely sized system, good as an HTPC or better as a SFF office PC. It has an Intel 2160 (1.8GHz Dual Core) on an Intel 946GZ chipset with intgerated graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a DVD rewriter drive. It is about the same size as the Mac Mini, which seems to be it's natural prey. Drop by t-break for a preview.
Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet. Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture. See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.
Subject: Systems | January 11, 2008 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced the launch of its first modular server building block products that support a server specification announced last July by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES. It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling. All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past. The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.
Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products.
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna. You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t
Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*. Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes
Subject: Systems | November 21, 2007 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at PenStar Systems there is a lighter look at AMD's Spider, and the components we have heard so much about lately. A lot of the information you can garner from reading the review may be stuff you have already seen, bu I bet you have not heard the Phenom referred to as "the big girl with attractive friends".
Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC. While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies. Besides, you may like the sound effects.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change. Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now. AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC. The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics. The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage. Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f