Alienware's new Vista box

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista.  With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid?  Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.

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Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Maingear maintains it's reputation

Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you.  Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service.  Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.

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Another CableCard PC Pictured and Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 10, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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Looking for some more information on the upcoming AMD CableCard-ready TV tuner and systems using them?  Then head over to this quick preview at

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An HTPC for the discriminating enthusiast

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on.  Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside.  Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.

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Small time gamer

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX.  With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management.  Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.

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Take your HTPC to the extreme

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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ExtremeMhz has published the Extreme HTPC Guide.  They did quite a thorough guide, covering 3 pages of hardware choices that focus on telling you what options are out there, and which you might want, as opposed to giving you a choice of one or two cards.  The software section continues along the same vein, offering an overview of the software available, and the options, letting you decide what you need.  Drop by to see a great guide on building your dream HTPC from scratch.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New goodies in the Leaderboard

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 03:54 PM |
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Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard.  Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.

The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System.  The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features. 

Check them out!

5 Quad core systems showing off their stuff

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously.  Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Systems | March 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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San Francisco - Feb.

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Digital convergence in dire straits?

Subject: Systems | February 23, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a long hard look at the troubled life of HTPCs.  While a computer junkie will have no trouble assembling their own HTPC, either Linux or Windows based, they are not a mainstream product.  With PVRs and STBs making an appearance on store shelves, HTPCs already have competition.  Add to that DRM and HDCP, which make HTPCs not manufactured by a content provider difficult to work with.  Plus, you also need to make it HD compatible, and with enormous amounts of storage to be able

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Dude, that Dell you're getting sure does cost a lot

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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In all fairness, the parts list of the Dell XPS 710 H2C is impressive, without question, but not as impressive as the over $5000 price tag.  However, if you are looking to buy an incredibly powerful gaming machine, without any hassle setting it up, and having tech support with it, then this may be perfect.  Head over to HotHardware to see how this box won Editor's Choice.

Source: HotHardware

VIA EPIA EN-Powered Ainkaboot Octimod Cluster Makes HPC Scalable and Affordable

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 19th February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Ainkaboot, a London-based company designing cluster servers for high performance computing (HPC) and high availability computing, is shipping the first ultra compact Octimod MPC7-1500 cluster modules powered by VIA EPIA EN15000 mainboards.

Think inside the box

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system.  Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems.  It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches).  Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.

Ultimate gaming machine, when it works

Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8.  They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter.  How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?

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The things that HTPCs are made of

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run.  That is really only the first step.  Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case.  They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS.  Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.

Source: Ars Technica

4 recommendations for a Vista system

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 03:33 PM |
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The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista.  The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM.   If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start.  There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.

High performace HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 05:46 PM |
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NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling.  Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure.  They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem.  Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.

Source: TECHGAGE

Systemax tries again

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well.  Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve.  Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review.  As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 05:22 PM |
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Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system.  On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965).   The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant.  Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.

Source: TweakTown