An easy weekend project

Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM |
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Do you have an old laptop or desktop system hiding away somewhere; which you plan to do something with, at some time in the future?  Why not turn it into an HTPC system?  Sure, it is nice to go out, pickup an Atom + 9400M motherboard and a sweet Shuttle HTPC case and put together a brand new system, but you could always do that sometime in the future and give the ancient one away.  Watch as Digital Trends turns an old Dell laptop with a 2.66GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeF

You don't need a theme or a CNC machine to make a great system

Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well.  The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice.  Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.

Source: Guru of 3D

PCs can be cute too

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks.  All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user.  The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing.  When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar. 

Source: futurelooks

Form, function and the HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers. 
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers.  As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought.   They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.

Petrified Computer

Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent.  There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink.  An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.  The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed.  Drop by for a look at t

BFG Upgrades Phobos with new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Subject: Systems | June 1, 2009 - 02:43 PM |
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BFG Technologies' Phobos, the only gaming system featuring one-touch overclocking, to offer new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Advanced and Elite Editions Gaming/Home Theater System now come standard with Intel's Core i7 950 and 975 processors respectively.

The product is the plug

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2009 - 02:08 PM |
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The Axentra HipServ Plug is a tiny little box (110mm x 69.5mm x 48.5 mm) powered by a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU with 512MB of NAND storage memory and 512MB of DDR2.  To interface with it you have a USB 2.0 slot and a gigabit NIC, and to power it up, you simply plug it into a mains power wall wart.  All the interface is web based, as you might assume from it's size, shape and lack of video output.  Legit Reviews does feel it is a work in progress, they used an 8GB USB key that was pre-formatted and it worked fine but when they connected a 1TB USB hard drive, things did not go so

Silence is Golden in the Office with Shuttle's First VIA Nano-Based Mini PC

Subject: Systems | May 27, 2009 - 11:07 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Nano processor by Shuttle Inc. in its latest ultra small form factor PC, the fanless Shuttle XS29F.

Source: VIA Arena

It's cheaper than a PVR!

Subject: Systems | May 25, 2009 - 01:48 PM |
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OCMODSHOP decided it was about time to take a shot at building an inexpensive HTPC system.  In order to keep the costs down they opted to go with a system designed to either stream video from the web or from a DVD, BluRay need not apply.  In some cases, old tech from that system you were totally planning on using in the future sometime can be harvested, and there is always online trading and buying to pick up anything you don't have for less than new prices.  The build isn't finished, but the amount of

Source: OCMODSHOP

Digital Storm's wide selection of PCs

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 03:53 PM |
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AnandTech had a hard time choosing what system to review from the boutique Digital Storm.  With systems ranging from a $1200 Phenom II and DDR2 system to above $6000, there was a lot of choice and AnandTech decided to go with the high end.  The system they chose is watercooled with a Core i7-965 @ 4.00GHz on an EVGA X58 3X SLI, 6GB of triple channel Corsair DDR3-1600
and three GTX 285 1GB
cards all of which push the price up, along with some other interesting components.  

Source: AnandTech

Hassle-free Hardware-based Overclocking with the ROG OC Station

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.

Source: ASUS

Crank your 7 up to an 11

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech is working on taking Windows 7 (RC1) to new heights of performance with their new system build.  The build list is done, a EVGA X58 SLI and Core i7 920 along with a pair of 6GB OCZ DDR3-1600 kits and an HD 4890 provide the power for this build, with a variety of other expansion cards and storage devices as well.  At this point the components have all arrived and are ready to be assembled.   See the pictures and tips by following the link.

Source: Extremetech

ZOTAC announces the NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series

Subject: Systems | May 12, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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ZOTAC is pleased to announce the world's first NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series.
The new ZOTAC ION platforms deliver superior power efficiency without any compromises. Powered by an NVIDIA ION
graphics processor and your choice of an Intel Atom N330 dual-core or N270 single-core processor, the ZOTAC ION
features Blu-ray high-definition video playback capabilities, compatibility with NVIDIA CUDA-enabled applications
and quick multi-tasking performance.

General details:

Source: ZOTAC

Pixel perfect?

Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM |
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If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge.  There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution.  ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features.  Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa

Source: Extremetech

Hot sun and long days means it's time to buy a new PC and hide in the basement

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations.  The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen.  For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen.  The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c

Source: Ars Technica

Video Review: Digital Storm 950 Si Core i7 Gaming Rig

Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM |
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Although I am still working on the written review of the Digital Storm 950 Si system, I thought I would go ahead and release the video version.  This is the first of MANY new video projects being worked on here at PC Perspective so let me know what you think!!

The visible HTPC

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case.  Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor

Bargain shopping

Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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The Tech Report has been keeping a close eye on the falling prices in the electronics industry and has capitalized on those savings by updating their system recommendations.   Sure, their Double Stuff system is $2,628.90 in total, but you get a pair of GTX275's and an X-25 M SDD among others.  The Sweet Spot sits at about half that price, but their Econobox runs a hair over $500.  Check out their specs here.

Acer AspireRevo first to announce with NVIDIA ION platform

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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Today NVIDIA and Acer partnered together to formally announce the first real ION-based hardware solution: the AspireRevo.  There really isn't much news here to report other than what we have

It's an overclocked YoYo

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components.  For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing.  The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect.  If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and

Source: CPU3D