Not your usual Alienware

Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD

Entertainment Center has.  The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them.  Drop by Think Computers for a look.

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 Processor on the World's Smallest Board

Subject: Systems | May 14, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 14 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board that features the extremely power efficient 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, offering embedded developers an uncompromisingly compact, highly integrated board.

Dell dropping XPS support to push Alienware brand

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2008 - 01:37 AM |
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Even though we just recently were gifted with the release of the Dell XPS 630, a move intended to bring the Dell XPS line to a lower cost product range, it would appear that the company plans on dropping a lot of their XPS line in order to help with the financial issues the company has had.  While we are not sure which of the XPS products will survive, or for how long, or what the XPS notebooks' fate is, the idea will apparently be to continue to push the Alienware brand for high-perf

Source: engadget

Full function HTPC remote and display

Subject: Systems | May 8, 2008 - 01:16 PM |
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The VL System M-Play Blast is a combo LCD display and remote control perfect for an HTPC system that doesn't have either set up in it's case.  It gives you a lot more freedom to choose an HTPC case, as you are no longer limited to picking up a case that has them already included.  Check out the software suite and hardware over at Tweaknews

Source: Tweaknews

Dell XPS 730 H2C Quadruples the Power

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Dell has raised
the performance bar yet again with the launch of the XPS 730 H2C edition, a
premier gaming desktop that is one of the most advanced gaming platforms on the
planet.

With
support for optional quad-core processors, quad GPU graphics solutions and up
to four hard drives, the XPS 730 is more than ready to deliver an immersive
experience and ensure gamers pwn their opponents in the most demanding PC games available today.

Source: Dell

Spring Cleaning, enthusiast style

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2008 - 05:00 PM |
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Spring is here, time to toss out that old system and get a fresh new one, or at least to cherry pick some prime new components to put in your system.  To help you with that, The Tech Report has updated their System Guide, with 4 updated systems including a totally reworked HTPC system. 

HTPC from AMD

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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Matching the AMD 4850e and the ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Micro ATX board will not help you break any performance records.  It will however give you a great HTPC system that is fairly cheap to set up, very cheap to power and easy to cool quietly.  While we would all like to see AMD processors at the top of the performance char

Source: TweakTown

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative dedicated to developing AMD processor-based commercial desktop and notebook solutions designed specifically for businesses.

Source: AMD

Gigabyte's new slimming program

Subject: Systems | April 23, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Gigabyte has jumped into the world of barebone thin clients with it's STA Thin Client.  Even though it ships with no memory or storage, it can handle both PATA and SATA drives, giving it a one up on other flash based thin clients.  Phoronix, being who they are, immediately tried to install Linux on it.  You might be surprised to hear that Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and even SLAX worked just fine, extending the possible usefulness of this thin client significantly.

Source: Phoronix

Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | April 16, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This news follows last week's announcement that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are generally available, and brings the number of available global OEM platforms based on the new processors to 13.

Source: AMD

The grand piano of HTPC cases

Subject: Systems | April 11, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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CPU3D has been working with the Thermaltake Mozart VC4001SNS HTPC Chassis, the newest version in the Mozart line.  With the same style that you would expect from previous members of this line, the case will easily blend into a component cabinet, and the quality is in line with Thermaltake's other offerings.  It is big enough to fit full ATX boards, so the sky is the limit when you are picking up the parts to build an HTPC machine.  Pick up the Media Lab model and you will get a VFD front display, remote con

Source: CPU3D

Movie night on the move

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design.  The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties.  Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer.  Drop by Virtual-Hid

Gaming on a budget

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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It would be nice to be able to spend $1200 on your graphics sub system alone, but most people can't really afford a pair of 9800 GX2s.  Many can't even afford to spend a full $1200 on the entire PC.  Legion Hardware has been doing some hard core research, and have put together a budget conscious gaming PC for just under $1000.  If that is your financial sweet spot, the check out this build. 

Sony charges $50 to NOT install software on your PC

Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it?  Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....

Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.  

Source: TG Daily

Compact power from Shuttle

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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Shuttle is famous for it's SFF PCs, although not man of their previous boxes have the power of the XPC

Prima SX38P2 Pro.  Built around an X38 board, this PC supports Crossfire, the new 1333MHz 45nm Intel processors, PCIe 2.0, Dolby DTS Connect, Intel's Turbo Memory and up to 8Gb of DDR2-800.  Add BIOS tweaking for overclocking and overvolting, and you have some serious power.  See how well it held up to Hardware Zone's testing.

This HTPC brought to you by Alienware

Subject: Systems | March 4, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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When one thinks of Alienware, one cannot help but think of overkill; both in price and in performance.  They've decided to create an HTPC, the Alienware HD Media Server which will set you back between $5000 - $7000 depending on the parts you choose.  Legit Reviews tried out this media server, with it's C2Quad, X38 motherboard, 4TB of storage in RAID5 and even a built in Blu-ray player.  They've also hired a professional installer to incorporate it into their home entertainment centre, and they will do an update

For those about to upgrade

Subject: Systems | February 29, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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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.

DELL BRINGS FULL-THROTTLE GAMING WITHIN REACH

Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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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.

Source: Dell

Low carb computing

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2008 - 06:40 PM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

O HTPC, where art thou?

Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM |
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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