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Subject: Systems | October 28, 2010 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It doesn't look particularly like an HTPC case at first glance, being rather tall and not shaped like your usual stereo components but after a while you can begin to see why Lian Li is positioning the
Subject: Systems | October 20, 2010 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aesthetic choices made differ greatly between a high powered gaming machine and an HTPC. The gaming rig can be bog and loud and not interfere with its use; an HTPC is preferably tiny enough to be mistaken for a receiver and too quiet to hear. OCIA investigates the steps needed to make a silent HTPC in their new article. They start with the stylish Zalman HD 503 case and take you through the selection and assembly steps to get you the silent HTPC of your dreams.
Subject: Systems | October 19, 2010 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR are updating their silent server build with new parts that have arrived on the market recently. While the idea behind the server is similar to what we saw in the Puget Systems Serenity system that
Ryan reviewed, the focus on the system is slightly different. This system ends up with six HDDs as well as an IcyDock for backup and is extremely quiet even for an SPCR build; even better it will only set you back ~$1200.
Subject: Systems | October 13, 2010 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SageTV is a program to help make the most out of your media center PC (or Mac), and they have just released a brand new version which Missing Remote wrote a guide to. They take you through more than just the basic requirements and setup, choosing instead a slightly more comprehensive guide that includes other software that enhances the capabilities of SageTV. Check out the guide whether you are already a SageTV master or if this is the first time you have h
Subject: Systems | October 7, 2010 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you read about a build with dual GTX480s the one word you do not expect to be used to describe the PC is quiet but that is exactly what [H]ard|OCP is showing off in their new article. The trick was apparently the case chosen to house the system with a SLI GTX480s, a Silverstone Raven RV02.
That allowed them to install everything 90o from normal and have air flow running from bottom to top with partial positive pressure (for more on air pressure listen
Subject: Systems | September 28, 2010 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If somehow the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard hasn't given you the inspiration you need to build a new PC, or you can't afford the $5,500 EVGA Classified SR-2 based uber system then perhaps what you seek is at Ars Technica. The have three different system recommendations from the $800 Athlon II X3 based Budget Box to the $12,600 God Box. They include every part you might need from the CP
Subject: Systems | September 28, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those wanting to skip the entire process of building an HTPC to capture shows and to stream online content there is a lot of choice between set top boxes and the like. From the renewed Apple TV through Google's new attempt to integrate their player with new TVs to the PS3, there are quite a few different ways to get nonstandard content onto your TV screen. Gizmodo has put together a chart outlining what features each offers, from mobile device integration through Hulu compatibility,
Subject: Systems | September 16, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The system which Think Computers just finished testing, the CyberPower Gamer Dragon, costs a hair over $1000 and sports a six core Phenom II with 4GB of DDR3 and a GTX460 in a customized Elite 430 case. They compared the total system price to what the cost would be to build it from scratch and CyberPower turned out to have priced the system below what ThinkComputers could have built it for, always a nice touch from a boutique store.
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2010 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently we have seen the advent of Google TV and a re-imagined Apple TV hit the markets and a lot of consumers are wondering what the difference between the two services is and how they differ from an HTPC. Digital Trends explains in their article, highlighting the strengths and limitations of the two services. Apple TV is very proprietary as you would expect and is mostly a way to connect your TV to iTunes so you can rent shows and movies as well as being able to disp
Subject: Systems | September 9, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has updated their systems guide, with a mind towards the student who needs something powerful enough to get their projects complete and maybe a bit of streaming media and gaming on the side. Sticking with their established categories of Econobox, Utility Player, Sweeter Spot and the Double Stuff Workstation, they've updated the components to reflect the parts available currently.
Subject: Systems | September 8, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HONG KONG – Sept. 8, 2010 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today announces the new ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray series mini-PCs -- the world’s first shipping mini-PCs with an integrated slot-load Blu-ray drive and slim and stylish design.
Subject: Systems | September 7, 2010 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, TAIWAN-September 7, 2010- VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-M850 Mini-ITX board, the first board to feature the latest VIA VX900 media system processor, creating the i
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Amulet Devices' Remote Controlis billed as a way to allow you to control your various A/V devices with the power of your voice. As all of us have encountered voice recognition software on the phone at some point, this may make your skin crawl imagining bring that experience to your TV viewing. At an MSRP of $249
the number of people willing to take the plunge will be limited, though Missing Remote did get some good use out of it. Picking up the
Subject: Systems | August 31, 2010 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the setup that Ryan tested, the Maingear F131 has a watercooled Core i7-970 6-core overclocked to 4.5 GHz on an ASUS P6X58D X58
with 6GB of DDR-1600 and a pair of GTX 480 along with a Crucial SSD. Those components add up to a seriously powerful system as well as an expensive one at about $4200.
Subject: Systems | August 26, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are always interested in those small form factor Atom-based PCs but we are usually let down by their overall performance, even when they are coupled with a discrete graphics solution. Zotac has been making a killing with their line of ZBOX miniature PCs but today they are announcing the release of a new set of options that combine the NVIDIA ION graphics processor not with the Intel Atom CPU, but with Intel Celeron CULV single and dual-core CPUs!
Subject: Systems | August 24, 2010 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
IBUYPOWER is a fairly well known boutique builder and one of their new systems, the Paladin XLC Phantom Series is up for review at Legit Reviews. With an expected retail price just under $1,500 it is a fairly heavy duty system and the white NZXT Phantom case makes it a rather attractive one as well. A liquid cooled Core i7-930
on an ASUS P6T SE with 6GB of DDR3-1600 provides the backbone of the system with a Radeon HD 5830 providing the graphical power. In an nice change from the usual, when Legit Reviews
Subject: Systems | August 19, 2010 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now it might seem ambitious to call an empty HTPC case the 1080p but realize that most who buy an empty case are planning on filling it with powerful components that can handle 1080p playback.
Subject: Systems | August 13, 2010 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's U250 hides a Core 2 Duo T6600, 4GB of DDR3, a 500GB HDD and a DVD-Dual layer drive behind a 23" 1920x1080 touchscreen display. The Inquirer like the look of it much more than the earlier U200 as the display has been improved but unfortunately the multi-touch capabilities have not. The system lacks the power for high end gaming at decent resolutions but there were no issues with DVD playback or with watching YouTube videos. Other all-in-one PCs have bett
Subject: Systems | August 12, 2010 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As ExtremeTech is quick to point out, proprietary HTPCs are easy on initial setup but incredibly difficult to customize and most people will find that after a while they would like at least some customization on their HTPC. There is a way to build a box that is completely flexible, it just takes some setting up before you can use it. Do not give up hope as they will take you through the setup of a flavour of Linux specifically customized to be the OS behind an HTPC, Mythbuntu 10.04, as well as t
Subject: Systems | August 6, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $650 the Acer Aspire M3400 falls between the Budget and Mid-Range systems on the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard in price. Both the GPU and CPU are from AMD though the parts differ from the HWLB build, using a Phenom II X4 820 and an HD 5450 on an unspecified motherboard that sports the AMD 800 series chipset and 6GB of DDR3-1333. The performance is about what you would expect, reasonable for general usage after the removal of the crapware that comes pre-installed but not a gaming machine by any means.&nbs