This HTPC is a pyramid scheme

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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In their newest system review, [H] looks at the Maingear Prysma HTPC.   Maingear has manged to put a lot of powerful components in a uniquely shaped case, and bundled lots of goodies to make the setup easier.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

[H] gets their game on

Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI.  The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Samsung's take on the UMPC

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone.  It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself.  With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.

"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.

Build an Ultra-matic HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 29, 2006 - 06:48 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for a look at the Ultra Products Microfly SFF case, a perfect home for an HTPC system.  It might take a bit of planning to squeeze a full system in the box, but once you get it in, it should run nice and steady.

iBUYPOWER versus [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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The next retailer on [H]'s list is iBUYPOWER.  Opting to buy the same system they purchased from Cyberpower, this reivew focuses on the experiences they had with the original purchase and shipping of the system, as well as the Tech Support they used after the box had arrived.  Find out if they met [H]'s expectations or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Foxconn provides the basis for a killer HTPC system

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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Foxconn's Winfast 6150K8MD Micro-ATX Motherboard, based around nVidia's 6150 chipset will let you build a powerful s939 HTPC system.  With 7.1 sound onboard, as well as 4 SATA ports, you will be able to store and play a lot of media.  Drop by TweakTown for the full review.

Source: TweakTown

eMachines revisited

Subject: Systems | June 20, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP revisited eMachines website, this time to order the new T6528.  For an extra $50, they've moved from a Sempron to a full fledged A64 3500+.  Check out the full review, which even covers trouble they had with a hard drive.

As well, Ryan has updated the Hardware Leaderboard, to include the new AM-2 chips, as well as the nVidia 7950GX2
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Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not just an HTPC, it's a Media LAB!

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel.  It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.

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.