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Subject: Systems | September 24, 2009 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has revisited their line up of recommended system builds, thanks to the new season's processors. AMD still rules their Econobox, with the highly overclockable
Phenom II X3 720 BE and the HD4850. The Utility Player gets an update with a nice Lynnfield processor on a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R while the Sweeter Spots uses a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P and a faster Lynnfield CPU. The Double Stuff system is of course the most impressive build, 12GB of DDR3-1600 along with a few other twinned components will
Subject: Systems | September 22, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 22, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the first ever Mini-ITX board to feature a dedicated on-board graphics processor and dual HDMI ports. The VIA VB8003 is ideally suited for a range of advanced digital media applications, supporting the latest advanced HD codecs and DX10.1 graphics.
Subject: Systems | September 18, 2009 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS bills their M4A78-HTPC/RC HTPC motherboard as a basis for which to build a Dream HTPC. It's a well laid out 780G based mATX board that comes with a remote plus a USB IR-receiver. Four DDR2 slots with dual channel capability, 5 SATA channels, a single IDE as well as the ability to provide your sound card with a separate power supply to reduce noise. Drop by Bjorn3D for a look at what features should not be left off of an HTPC motherboard.
Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI has broken away from the netbook market long enough to create an all in one desktop PC. The MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO looks to be a 19" 1600x900 TFT touchscreen LCD at first glance, but hidden inside is a full PC. An AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e powers it, with 4GB DDRII @ 533MHz
on the board its self, no memory upgrades for this machine. Graphics are handled by the AMD RS780G and SB710, the HD3200 gets 128MB of Side Port DDR3 to help it out. Benchmark Reviews tried it against Atoms and Ions and even a Dell to see how its performance measured up,
Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.
"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds
Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by. Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup. The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play. Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see
Subject: Systems | September 4, 2009 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A small brushed aluminium box that resembles a high end receiver hides inside of it just enough space for an HTPC. The Luxa LM100 has a simple front panel with a small LCD display and a cover hiding firewire and other connectors. Cooling comes in the form of several 50mm fans and any CPU heatsink you desire, as long as it is shorter than 10.2cm. Check out SPCR's final v
Subject: Systems | September 2, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS AT3N7A-I is Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection and will Perfectly suit your digital lifestyle. It is also an Atom based system with 8 USB ports,1 PS2 port, HDMI and VGA out, coax/optical out, eSATA, Ethernet and has six 1/8” jacks for analog audio out. ASRock also has as new Ion machine out, a complete system with a mini-ITX case, power supply, 2GB of memory, DVD drive and a 320GB hard drive. Find out how they compare to each other, as well as a Zotac unit over at AnandTe
Subject: Systems | August 24, 2009 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, the HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f seems like an HTPC system; small and slim build, Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and a wireless mouse and keyboard combo. Inside the machine you find a Core2 Quad Q8200 and 6GB of DDR3-1066 which offers a bit more power than you might expect, making word processing and surfing a strong possiblity. The main downfall of the system is the NVIDIA GeForce G210 graphics card, you won't be gaming on the Slimline but you'll have no problem with streaming video. If you are looking for a machine powerful enough for a machine used productively wi
Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video. It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input. Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs.
Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices. PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations. Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build. The $2000 machine is where
Subject: Systems | August 11, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nMEDIA has been making a name for themselves making HTPC cases, with their 2000B model being up for review at The Tech Report. The B in this model name denotes a black finish, there is also an S model if silver is more your thing. Standing 17" x 16.4" x 6.6" should give you enough room for cooling and components without being so large as to look awkward in a living room entertainment centre and they use drop down pan
Subject: Systems | August 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SmoothCreations is gaining a big name in the enthusiast crowd, as most systems are done just right. Quality builds with seriously powerful components are just part of the parcel, there is also the incredible paint jobs that grace the outside of their cases. New at the Guru of 3D is the LANShark, sporting a skull motif and side panel made entirely of acrylic. Inside you find an i7 965, a GTX 295 and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1600 and a Rampage II Gene motherboard, though you can customize the parts if you plan on ordering one. The CPU is cooled via a Cool It Pure H2O
and the res
Subject: Systems | August 4, 2009 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SIGGRAPH 2009, NEW ORLEANS, LA - Aug. 4, 2009 - Increasing the momentum and industry support for its 3D professional graphics accelerators, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its newest solution for content creators and computer-aided designers (CAD) who demand mobility: the ATI FirePro M7740 graphics accelerator, set to power Dell Precision M6400 Mobile Workstations.
Subject: Systems | July 28, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Giving people the information need to build better gaming machines is the main focus of tech review sites, with better file servers and other, perhaps more profitable, PC purposes running a distant second. iXBT has decided to break the mold by putting together an article on how to build a better office PC. Over a dozen CPUS, ranging from a $31 Sempron to a $220 C2 Quad, 7 different motherboards and even 3 discreet AMD graphics cards along with 1GB of both DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800. Drop by for a look a
Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way. The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards. If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can. Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components. You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard has just been updated, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. This time try PC Stats, and their 3 current recommended systems. Their $500 budget system is based around an Athlon X2 7750 BE with an HD4850 and 2GB of DDR2-800. The $1000 mainstream features a 3GHz C2D E8400 with an HD4890 and 4GB of DDR2-1066. Lastly the $2000 performance machine has a Core i7 920, a GeForce 285GTX and 6 GB of DDR3-1600 in triple channel.
Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does. Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways. The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test.
Subject: Systems | July 6, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a system around a Core i7 and an X58 motherboard, you tend to think big when it comes to the case. The heatsinks used on Core i7's often hit 6", which can severely limit your choices of case. Hardware Zone is thinking the exact opposite as they review the Shuttle SX587H.
Shuttle has designed this case as they do all their others, so it sits in about the same size range as a toaster oven, and could possibly function as one. Drop by for a look at the specs and
Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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