Hackintoshing your way to imperfection

Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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The Tech Report has been playing with a system based around a Gigabyte X38–DQ6 and an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU and have two main targets in mind.  The first is to make the PC as cost effective as possible and the second is a little more ambitious, to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. 
They do have a guide on what to do to the BIOS and successfully installed and booted the machine.  Now that the machine works, find out what features can and can't be expected to perform properly.

A new way to interface with your HTPC

Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 12:20 PM |
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Almost all TV Tuner cards come with a remote control to add to the pile that likely lives on your coffee table, though some abandon that in favour of a wireless mouse and keyboard.  techPowerUp!

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BFG Tech Announces Customer Appreciation Sale on Phobos and Deimos High Performance Systems

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2010 - 10:35 AM |
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Libertyville, IL – March 1, 2009 – BFG Technologies, producer of Phobos, the innovative high performance gaming/home theater system, and Deimos, the powerhouse SLI desktop replacement notebook, is excited to announce that all purchasers of their custom-built systems will get 10% off the final invoice when ordered between March 1 and March 19, 2010.

The Deimos X-10 SLI Desktop Replacement Notebook delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers and multimedia enthusiasts the convenient

Four new systems to choose from

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 10:22 AM |
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While we would prefer you to use the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, it is not your only source of information for possible builds.  The Tech Report puts together four recommended builds including a double stuff work station for those doing creative and productive work on their PCs along with the usual delimitations of performance.  You will even find a Core i5 in their recommended media machine.

Monuel MonCaso, a castle for your HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 02:19 PM |
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If you are looking for a unique and compact HTPC case you should consider Moneual's MonCaso 600.  If you are not into building SFF PCs you may have never run into Moneual before as their entire line up is based around that.  This case includes a 350W TFX form factor PSU, a good idea as the long skinny PSUs can be difficult to find.  At 3.8 x 16.9 x 13.8" you will not be fitting anything other than an mATX board inside (perhaps the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 LGA Steve just reviewed) and any extra cards you want to add will have to be s

Bring the Box Office home with the help of Patriot

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2010 - 10:41 AM |
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The Patriot Box Office is a 5.5"x5.75"x1.5" device that will run you $99 and includes quite a kit; the Box Office, composite video cables, a 5' HDMI cable, the remote with the required batteries, and a USB to mini-USB cable.   That will give you a network enabled media player with a Realtek RTD1073DD inside that will
display full 1080p content.  AnandTech tried connecting wirelessly and were rather disappointed with the outcome.  When they switched to a hard wired connection it worked brilliantly.

Source: AnandTech

Digital Storm Unleashes the Ultimate Gaming Experience with Black|OPS Gaming PC

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2010 - 12:14 PM |
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Fremont, Calif. - (February 11, 2010) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in system integration, proudly unveils its most elite line of gaming PCs to date: Black|OPS. With the Black|OPS line of high-performance gaming computers, Digital Storm has elevated the standards to which gamers hold their computers to.

ASRock gives you a powerful little HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2010 - 04:14 PM |
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The ASRock ION 330HT-BD is a small HTPC system based around an Intel Atom 330 and an Ion GPU that work to play Blu-Ray movies at full definition.  As it turns out, the system displayed absolutely no problems when Hardware Heaven tested it, the CPU peaked at roughly 25% utilization indicating that there is plenty power to play your movies.  The testing they did with Oblivion did not go quite so well, so don't expect much gaming from this HTPC.

Business PCs Arrive with New Intel Core vPro Processor Family

Subject: Systems | February 4, 2010 - 11:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2010 – Intel Corporation today unveiled its 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes for PCs with greater, more flexible performance, theft prevention and cost savings in a rapidly changing business computing environment. These and several other capabilities are at the heart of many new Intel-based business laptop and desktop computers beginning to roll out from computer manufacturers worldwide.

A quick checklist for a new A/V system

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2010 - 11:44 AM |
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Whether you are setting up an HTPC, upgrading your stereo or picking up a new TV, it is a good idea to think about connections before you start.  The chances are you will have multiple inputs to worry about; as an example a PC with a TV tuner may output the sound to a TV via an HDMI connection, while using an S/PDIF or optical connection to send audio directly to the stereo receiver.  Digital Trends includes and goes beyond such matters in their new article with suggestions on matching your receiver to the requirements of your Blu-ray player and ensuring that the speakers you purchas

A more Xtreme Cyberpower, for less

Subject: Systems | January 20, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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CyberPower has sent their newest Xtreme Gaming system to Ars Technica, with a price tag that has dropped from their previous system.  Housed inside is a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P with an i5-750 @ 2.66GHz and 4GB of Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-1600 and perhaps most importantly an ATI HD 5870 1GB.  That P55 board, with a pair of DIMMs seems to have allowed CyberPower to drop the price,

Source: Ars Technica

Streaming online content to a Linux HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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One alternative to the Windows Media Centre when building an HTPC is to go with a flavour of Linux and MythTV.  The set up may be a little daunting to those who have never used or installed Linux, but the rewards are worth the time invested.  MythTV does have an Achilles Heel, which is its inability to deal with streaming video from the net.  Many have tried to integrate that capability into the program, with mixed results.  There is a new plug in in the works that may solve this dilemma, MythNetVision which consists of a search screen and a site/RSS browser screen.  <

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Move over Eee Keyboard, this Linux Keyboard PC is only $99

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Remember the ASUS Eee Keyboard we showed you LAST year at CES 2009?  You can see a video of the impressive device that we have yet to actually see for sale anywhere, here

Source: SemiAccurate

VIA Nano Processor Readies VIA EPIA Boards for Next Generation Embedded Applications and Windows 7 T

Subject: Systems | December 15, 2009 - 08:35 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, December 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the latest VIA EPIA-M800 Mini-ITX and VIA EPIA-N800 Nano-ITX boards.

There are heatsinks almost as big as this case

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2009 - 10:28 AM |
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The Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 case is specifically built for miniITX boards, which in this case you can read as made for an ION based system.  This means that the case can be built to a much smaller scale, 12.5 x 10.6 x 2.8 inches, just enough room to fit a system in and also remain inconspicuous in a living room.  Motherboards.org takes you on a tour of the case as well as one possible system build to place inside the case in their latest review.

Cryo makes cool systems

Subject: Systems | December 8, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Cryo is a UK based custom computer shop with some good taste in components and a willingness to overclock.  Their Cryo Quad is housed in a Lian Li PC7-YCF case and features a Core i5 50 CPU running 4GHz kept cool by a Corsair H50 cooler as well as 4GB of Corsair GT PC3-12800 and a BFG GTX295.  Join Elite Bastards as they benchmark every piece of this system.

VIA Mobile-ITX Brings Further Miniaturization and Greater Flexibility to Embedded Devices

Subject: Systems | December 1, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, December 1, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced Mobile-ITX, the latest VIA-developed open form factor specification for the creation of ultra-compact and portable embedded devices.

Every case should have some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Subject: Systems | November 30, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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A Swedish company called Fractal Design offers custom systems with some interesting features.  Their
Define R2
ships with a feature called ModuVent, which are pieces of bitumen in either 120mm or 140mm squares which you can install into unused fan holes to both reduce noise and stop dust from coming into your system.  Since you can fit up to 7 fans in the system you can choose to make it either very quiet or fill all the holes and get a ton of airflow.  You may not get out to Sweden often,

Source: MetkuMods

... the very model of a modern major stereo

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2009 - 09:38 AM |
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The return of the tube amp is something that many wish for, but there is a lot of legacy components that
really do not belong in a modern stereo system, especially if you are using it in conjunction with an HTPC.  There is little point in picking up a sound card that provides HD audio if you are hooking it up to an amp that has played a Velvet Underground album on the day it came out.  Digital Trends takes a look at the modern A/V receiver and explains what the best features are, along with hints on price points for certain features.