ASUS is thinking small

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2008 - 10:15 AM |
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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 - 03:08 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 - 10:51 AM |
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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 - 08:40 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 - 08:16 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 - 12:26 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

Silverstone's new HTPC offerings

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*.   Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes

The lighter side of the Spider?

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Over at PenStar Systems there is a lighter look at AMD's Spider, and the components we have heard so much about lately.  A lot of the information you can garner from reading the review may be stuff you have already seen, bu I bet you have not heard the Phenom referred to as "the big girl with attractive friends".

Reach your HTPC's full size with this new expansion product

Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC.  While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies.  Besides, you may like the sound effects.

Source: OCMODSHOP

The new budget computer

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:28 AM |
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With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change.  Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now.  AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.

Source: AnandTech

An HTPC of a different colour

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC.  The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics.  The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage.  Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f

OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling's Adoption of Enthusiast System Architecture

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - November
5, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced PC
Power & Cooling's adoption of ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture), the new
and exciting initiative to enable PC components to communicate operational
information in real-time and provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software
control to manage the conditions within their high-end system.

Extra-Sensory Apparatus

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 09:43 AM |
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There are going to be at least 2 camps immediately forming after nVIDIAs new Enthusiast System Architecture hits the market.  There are those who own a laser thermometer and already run a half dozen voltage and temperature tracking programs congruently and average the results will leap for joy at the chance to add yet another set of reading to their statistics.  Then there will be those who want to save clock cycles for gaming and consider stability testing a weekend project, not the purpose of their build.  Whichever camp you decide you fall into, you need to know what nVIDIA i

How to shove peices into your PC, the right way

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2007 - 10:41 AM |
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R&B Mods has published the second article in their 2 piece series on building PCs.  The first installment took you through the list of parts that you will want to get, this article focuses on the assembly of the pieces you chose into the case, and getting it to that first boot.  If building a PC from scratch has you feeling overwhelmed, then read on and put your mind at ease.

Confessions of a multimedia packrat

Subject: Systems | November 1, 2007 - 09:11 AM |
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Just because your HTPC system is full to overflowing, even thought it has several terabytes of storage doesn't mean you have a problem.  All it means is that you have to figure out a way to organize all your files better.  OCModShop offers a suggestion on what to do as an alternative to actually deleting some of your favourite shows.

Source: OCMODSHOP

HTPC on the cheap

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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The good news is that you can build yourself a perfectly capable HTPC for the cost of parts, or cheaper if you have some lying around.  The bad news is you will have to learn some Linux.

Source: Extremetech

SkullTrail will have an extremely limited run

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 10:14 AM |
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TechARP has gathered together everything they could find out about SkullTrail in this list.  The major problem seems to be that Intel is only planning on running 2000 of them off the production line.

Since you probably won't be able to get your hands on one, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, and get some ideas on building your own dream machine.

Source: Tech ARP

I swear, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | October 1, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Gateway's One looks a bit like an iMac, with the system contained in the screen.  Thankfully, it is more like the new one, with a nice flat panel.  That is where the similarities stop, other than the design, it is pure PC.  The Techgage article has pictures of the machine, both inside and out, so go on a take a look ...  you know you are curious.

Source: TECHGAGE

Stealthy HTPC system and cooler

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC.  The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet.  Antec has als

Getting more from your system with the new CPU prictng

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD.  While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one.  See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.