Zalman's big HTPC idea

Subject: Systems | June 7, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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The Zalman HD 160 HTPC enclosure that Tweaknews reviews is a little different than most HTPC cases.  For starters, it will acccept full ATX boards, and since it comes without a PSU, you can choose the one you want to power the system with.  Read on for more about this quiet HTPC case.

Source: Tweaknews

[H]ard|OCP goes for a cheap system

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2006 - 03:59 PM |
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The Compaq Presario SR1800NX is not exactly a powerhouse, but at less than $400, it is a great PC for office work or basic websurfing.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how being absorbed bt HP has effected Compaq's pre-built systems.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Issues Statement On Dell Decision To Offer Customers Choice

Subject: Systems | May 18, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 18, 2006 --AMD
(NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the
announcement Dell Inc. made in its quarterly earnings statement that it
intends to offer AMD Opteron™ Dual Core processor-based servers.

Source: AMD

An HTPC your stereo might be jealous of

Subject: Systems | May 17, 2006 - 04:49 PM |
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Kingwin's HTPC box, the Supernova gets a full examination at MODTHEBOX.  It has a well designed LED display, and the total stereo aesthetic has been executed perfectly, read the review to see how it performs.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Get some hot voodoo action

Subject: Systems | May 5, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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HotHardware burns themselves playing with the Voodoo PC OMEN a121x Crossfire.  It's not a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Source: HotHardware

This PC is a trained killer

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2006 - 06:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has bought a Vicious PC Assassin, and pushed it as far as they could.  Drop by for their full review of the system, and the company that makes them.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A capture card to base an HTPC on

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews the VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro MCE Edition, a video capture card and tuner with an impressive name.  Check out the features you can get with this $100 card.

Source: Bjorn3D

Stability is not always reached by applying more power

Subject: Systems | April 18, 2006 - 04:55 PM |
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The Tech Zone lets you in on a little secret about power supplies.  It is not the total wattage that defines system stability, it is the ability to deliver that power without fluctuations.  Find out more in their full article.

Finding something to build, while waiting for new cores

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
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Later this year the new cores will be ready, but if you don't want to wait for AM-2 or Conroe there is still great systems to build.  Extremetech puts together a Core-Duo Pentium system to while away the time.

If you find yourself with the urge, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard!

Source: Extremetech

Was the PSU supposed to do that?

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU.  When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened.  Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.

Source: Guru of 3D

A multipurpose HTPC with style

Subject: Systems | April 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP's newest system review examines a fully built HTPC, the Polywell Mini-Box2 939NP.  Not only does the case masquerade as a stereo component, this little guy will play 3D games with AA enabled.  Check it out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Is it live, or is it Linux? PVR build guide

Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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In the third part of their Mini-ITX/HTPC series, XYZ talks about how to set up a Linux PVR.  If you wouldn't pay the premium to have a normal PC setup for you, why do the same with a personal video recorder?

"For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time using my Mini-ITX computer.

Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India

Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 — Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India.

A PSU built for extreme gamers

Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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The XG Duro 900W Power Supply comes with 4 +12V rails, perfect for trying to get a pair of dual core graphics cards up and running as fast as they can go.  3dGameMan provides their usual comprehensive review, and proves that this is a well thought out PSU, and not just another pretty phase.

'The XG Duro 900W Power Supply with Quad +12V rails is obviously going to turn heads.

Source: 3dGameMan

Corsair HTPC system build guide

Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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Following up on their guide to build the ultimate gaming machine, Corsair has posted a system build guide for HTPCs.  Follwoing the easy instructions and detailed photos, you will end up with a very stylish and quiet component.


"Dive into the details of building a home theater PC.  From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details!

Dude, this one isn't a DELL

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550.  They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.


"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the

mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also

be a good family computer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A spring breeze goes well with the smell of new components

Subject: Systems | March 20, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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Springtime, when the flowers bloom, the skies clear and the grass wants to be cut ...

Source: Extremetech

Silverstone's extends their quality to PSUs

Subject: Systems | March 16, 2006 - 06:40 PM |
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3DXtreme likes Silverstone's new PSU, the Zeus ST56ZF 560W.  Silverstone claims this PSU is built around an industrial core, which seems to refer to the rock solid voltage delivered by this unit.  If you aren't building a silent machine, and are looking for a high efficiency, low fluctuation PSU, this might be one to consider.

"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the Zeus 560 Watt Power Supply.

Source: 3DXtreme

Best of the budget PSU's

Subject: Systems | March 14, 2006 - 06:15 PM |
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Looking for a good, stable PSU, but you can't spend $200 or more to get it?  Get to TECHGAGE, where they have rounded up 3 of Ultra products value PSUs, and see how well they can perform under load.

"All too often we read reviews of power supplies that are not cheap. Some good power supplies can

run between $100 and $150, if not higher!

Source: TECHGAGE

MAINGEAR Quad SLI Beast

Subject: Systems | March 13, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Union, NJ - March 9, 2006 — MAINGEAR, renowned manufacturer of award winning, record breaking, top performing gaming PCs, unveils the fastest, most powerful gaming PC in the world. The BEAST SLI is the ultimate in gaming hardware and now with NVIDIA QUAD SLI, gaming will never be the same.

Source: Maingear