HTPC or LAN party box ... you decide

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2006 - 08:59 AM |
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Is a 5.5lb SFF case designed to fit dual video cards, 4 drives, a full power supply, and 4 fans designed for HTPC use, or as a mobile box to take on the road?  Either way SPCR takes a long look at the QMicra from PC Design Lab, to figure out what niche this case best fits in.

New Dell Dimension PCs Featuring NVIDIA nForce and GeForce technologies

Subject: Systems | September 13, 2006 - 02:44 PM |
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Quickly go from work-mode to play-mode with a Dell™ Dimension™ desktop powered by NVIDIA. Whether you are crunching numbers, watching a Hollywood blockbuster, or taking on the enemy in your favorite game, the new Dell™ Dimension™ can deliver the performance and features you need with the flexibility you desire.

The new Dell™ Dimension™ E521 and C521 feature the NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics processing unit (GPU), which is designed to deliver:

Source: NVIDIA

Antec's home for overclocked HTPC systems

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 02:32 PM |
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The Antec Fusion seems aptly named, a mix of HTPC style, with some serious cooling.  It is very easy to set up with the colour coded instructions and the quiet power supply and 120mm fans don't make that much noise.  Take a look and see if you are as impressed as Overclockers Online.

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 12:47 PM |
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With a bit of tweaking, and a good cooling system, [H] will show you how to put together a budget system with the performance of an Intel Extreme Edition or an AMD FX processor.   Make sure you read it.

You can also get a second opinion from Ryan, he has just updated the Hardware Leaderboard, and for the first time ever, 3 of the 4 systems are Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Complete Core 2 Duo system for those on a budget

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more.  At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.

Source: AnandTech

Viiv versus AMD Live, just your standard battle for dominance

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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HTPC's are quickly becoming a common thing, so Intel and AMD have decided to each offer their own standards.  They take 2 very different approaches, Intel's is to only allow pre-made machines to carry the Viiv label, while AMD has made a list of approved components, so you can choose between buying a complete system, or building your own.  TweakTown has gathered a lot of information on this battle to rule the Digital Home.

Source: TweakTown

No, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD.  They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly.  HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.

Source: Hexus

Adopt a Core 2 for less

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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The Tech Report points out the pricing of the Core 2s, and AMDs price cuts, have made it fairly cheap to set yourself up with a new system.  Check out the 4 system recommendations they offer, and their subsititions for those who don't like the basic setup.

Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard here at PCPerspective, with links right to New Egg to buy all the components.

PC Club's new Tech Support

Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gone through 4 systems from PC Club, but ran into some serious difficulties with their tech support.  Giving them another chance, they try out a new system priced at just over $1200, and call up tech support to find out what, if anything, has changed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Shuttle launches AM2 SFF system

Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market.  The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.

SLI and PPU, read to play, no effort required

Subject: Systems | July 25, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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The Systemax Wildcat SLI Gaming PC is pretty impressive for it's $4499 price tag.  You get 2 BFG GeForce 7900GTX 512MBs in SLI and an Ageia PhysX 128MB GDDR3 Physics Accelerator Card, all ready to play GRAW.  Head to Hot Hardware to see it in action.

Source: HotHardware

This HTPC is a pyramid scheme

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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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 - 09:14 AM |
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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 - 03:04 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 - 03:48 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 - 10:58 AM |
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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 - 03:23 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 - 03:32 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 - 12:52 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 - 12:27 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