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Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations. The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen. For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen. The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c
Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Although I am still working on the written review of the Digital Storm 950 Si system, I thought I would go ahead and release the video version. This is the first of MANY new video projects being worked on here at PC Perspective so let me know what you think!!
Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case. Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor
Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been keeping a close eye on the falling prices in the electronics industry and has capitalized on those savings by updating their system recommendations. Sure, their Double Stuff system is $2,628.90 in total, but you get a pair of GTX275's and an X-25 M SDD among others. The Sweet Spot sits at about half that price, but their Econobox runs a hair over $500. Check out their specs here.
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today NVIDIA and Acer partnered together to formally announce the first real ION-based hardware solution: the AspireRevo. There really isn't much news here to report other than what we have
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components. For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing. The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect. If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (April 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI, and fast Intel solid-state drives as an new available upgrade option.
BFG Technologies recently updated the default configuration for the Phobos Performance Edition after tests showed that two BFG GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards running in NVID
Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different. It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside. Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing.
Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.
Subject: Systems | March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC. You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive. Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming. Take a loo
Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player. Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick. On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out. What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy. Perhaps so
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up. That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for. ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s
Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out. It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000. Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar
Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 10:04 AM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, so we were exactly two months early on the news, but just about everything I predicted would happen for the Mac line in 2009 basically came true today.
Subject: Systems | February 20, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Glacialtech seems well at home designing HTPC cases, as you can see from the Altair A381 Media Center PC Case. It looks very much like a stereo receiver and will be at home sitting with any kind of stereo system. The included remote control is a nice touch as is the LCD display. Techware Labs feels that this is the best HTPC case they have run into as of yet.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2009 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even grouping any ATX/BTX types, you are still left with full sized desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and now we have nettops. You could point out a strange little beast called the iMac, but as far as ASUS is concered their Eee Top ET1602 is the first nettop available. The most noticeable
feature, and really the only part to the nettop is the 5.6in touchscreen LCD with a 1,366x768 resolution which also happens to house the entire system. An Intel Atom N270 + 945 GSE and 1GB of DDR2 provide the processing power, which may be why HEXUS feels a little sceptical about the
Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running. They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2009 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.
Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.
Subject: Systems | February 5, 2009 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By now you are likely used to system build recommendations on hardware review sites, like our own Hardware Leaderboard, with several suggested builds at various price points. bit-tech has put together a guide that is similar, with one significant difference, the three builds they recommend are all intended to be used as HTPCs. They range from a design meant to take up as little space as possible, to an affordable system to an HTPC that can handle gaming.