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Subject: Systems | March 24, 2010 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2010 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2010 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2010 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | February 4, 2010 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | January 25, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | January 20, 2010 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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,
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2010 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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. <
Subject: Systems | January 5, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | December 18, 2009 - 02:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
VIA Nano Processor Readies VIA EPIA Boards for Next Generation Embedded Applications and Windows 7 T
Subject: Systems | December 15, 2009 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | December 11, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | December 8, 2009 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | December 1, 2009 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | November 30, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Swedish company called Fractal Design offers custom systems with some interesting features. Their
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,