Spring has sprung and it is time for new system recommendations

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2010 - 02:36 PM |
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In this case it is The Tech Report who have updated their recommended system builds, just ahead of the arrival of AMD's 6 core 1090T CPU so the only 6 core processor in these systems is the ultra fast Core i7 980X.  That 980X sits in the the Double Stuff workstation along with the ever popular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
and 12GB of DDR3-1600.  Other big changes include moving the Utility Player to a microATX motherboard and enclosure to make it even more handy as an HTPC.

VidaBox's new HTPC case bears a long name for such a small case

Subject: Systems | April 12, 2010 - 03:30 PM |
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The impressively titled VidaBox SLIMv3 vCase3 Premium mATX HTPC Case
might be a little hard to find online but it will certainly fit the needs of many HTPC builders.  The case is slightly reminiscent of a rack mounted case but even more like an old VHS player.  The assembly is so easy a child can handle it, as proved in MadShrimps review.  Drop by for a look if you prefer a clean look for your HTPC as opposed to the more flashy styles of design.

Source: Madshrimps

Have Gateway's prebuilt systems changed their spots?

Subject: Systems | April 9, 2010 - 01:49 PM |
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Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600.  Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games.  The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much.  Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close<

Source: Tech Spot

Serial Attached SCSI heads in a different direction

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2010 - 04:23 PM |
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SAS has been suffering a bit of embarrassment at the hands of SSDs as what once was the undisputed champion for performance in a data centre has been left behind by the quick new flash based upstart.  Adoption of SSDs into those specific areas is slow for several reasons, not least of which is price as you might rightly think.  The other important reason is storage density and that is a huge factor in corporate environments.  Sure the SSDs do things faster, but often at a speed far in excess of what is needed in these environments and they are going to take up a lot more space e

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Taking your home theatre seriously

Subject: Systems | March 24, 2010 - 02:12 PM |
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One of our long standing contributors, Lee aka Robotech, has assembled a very comprehensive look at assembling the perfect home theatre.  This is not a review of hardware so much as it is a blueprint to set up a room so as to reach audio and video nirvana.  It will involve tape measures and calculators as the size and shape of the room is one of the more important things for getting that perfect experience.  Join him in Part 1 of what will be an ongoing series of articles delving into the high end of home theatres.

Hackintoshing your way to imperfection

Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 03:03 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 - 03:20 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 - 01:35 PM |
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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 - 01:22 PM |
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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 - 05:19 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 - 01:41 PM |
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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 - 03:14 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 - 07:14 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 - 02:27 PM |
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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 - 02:44 PM |
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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 - 02:37 PM |
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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 - 03:00 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.  <

Source: Hack a Day

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

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2009 - 02:47 PM |
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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 - 11:35 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.