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

Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform for PC Performance Aficionados

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 - For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.

Guaranteed overclock for less

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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Uberclok is a relatively new PC builder, who offers prebuilt overclocked PCs for a fair amount less than what you pay at other suppliers.  AnandTech did the math, and there is only a $400 difference between building one of these rigs yourself.  The premiums Uberclok offer are a 3 year warranty, 30 day guarantee and a tech support line, so it's up to you to decide your preference.  Take a look at the full review of the Ion to see how well it performs.

Source: AnandTech

Mobile HTPC made easy

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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The AutumnWave OnAir GT can turn your laptop into an HDTV and PVR with just a few simple steps.  It's USB connection makes it very handy to base an HTPC system around your laptop without having to give up lugging it around with you.  A few plugs and you are free to go, offering an alternative to people who want a PVR but aren't interested in buying and building a purpose built system.  See how easy it is over at Overclockers Online.

Finally we get some numbers

Subject: Systems | February 5, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The other project from Intel this weekend was the release of the NDA hardware reviewers have signed about Skulltrail.  We can finally see just how powerful their flagship system will be, for those few that can get one.  [H]ard|OCP's testing proves that this machine can really do a lot, especially when multitasking.  They did have some issues with Crysis and with SLI, but all in all, they still had a lot of fun testing this machine.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Asustek announces Eee family product lines

Subject: Systems | January 30, 2008 - 09:47 AM |
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It should come as no surprise that Asus wants to capitalize on the Eee PC branding that has been so damn popular.  Would you be interested in an E-DT (desktop computer), an E-TV or an E-Monitor?

Source: Digitimes

ASUS is thinking small

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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The ASUS Nova is a nicely sized system, good as an HTPC or better as a SFF office PC.  It has an Intel 2160 (1.8GHz Dual Core) on an Intel 946GZ chipset with intgerated graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a DVD rewriter drive.  It is about the same size as the Mac Mini, which seems to be it's natural prey.  Drop by t-break for a preview.

Source: t-break

The instant HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet.  Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture.  See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.

Source: Aselabs

Intel Launches New Modular Server Building Blocks for Worldwide System Builder Channel

Subject: Systems | January 11, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced the launch of its first modular server building block products that support a server specification announced last July by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization.

Dell's new tiny tower

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES.  It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling.  All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past.  The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.


Forthcoming AMD LIVE! Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.

Source: AMD

Turn any PC into an HTPC with one little stick

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products. 
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna.  You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t