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Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The following 4 system reviews cover almost every possible base in system design. Start off loking at OCIA's dream system setup, and picture yourself eating Spam for a while, until you manage to pay off the bills. Or go for a more mainstream system, a budget system, or a very quiet one, your choice.
"Carrying over from the mainstream guide is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+. This chip is clocked from
the factory at 2.0 GHz (10 x 200) but is capable of MUCH more.
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 10:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All the usual suspects were rounded up by X-bit labs, and recieved electric shocks until they cried uncle. Drop by and see which power supply survived with the best marks.
"We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units in our detailed roundup today. We will
discuss in great detail the solutions from Enermax, FSP Group, MGE, SilverStone, SinTek, Zalman
and Foxconn. These models are all very powerful ones with over 400W capacity that are available in
Subject: Systems | February 28, 2006 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HTPC's are becoming quite common, not only the purpose built cases, but even micro-ATX boards built with the quiet HTPC in mind. Silent PC Review has posted a huge review of the Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure, that is more of a giant, stylish heatsink than a normal case. The included PSU keeps with the same style ethic, and provides enough power without producing excess heat or noise.
"It's raining TNNs at SPCR!?
Subject: Systems | February 24, 2006 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the ThermalTake ToughPower 550W may not be the most powerful PSU out on the market right now, that is not it's purpose. The idea behind this PSU is to provide stable power, with the least variation on the lines possible. Read the review at Bjorn3D to see how well it does it's job.
"Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's yet to be available ToughPower 550W power supply. You might
ask what's the big deal? Let's say you already have a PurePower / PowerStation ~500W model.
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot has put together a budget PC guide, that ends in 2 final configurations. They are both complete systems, up to and including the OS, the bottom rung is about $600 and the recommended is ~ $1000. Keep in mind, these will not satisfy gamers, but are perfect for a relative or aquaintence that finds their "web surfing email machine-thingy" slow, and wants a new one.
"Build your budget box right.
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers takes a look at a silent PSU from AeroCool, the Zerodba 620W PSU. The first time you glance at the title, it may come across as Zebra, but this really is a silent PSU with enough power to handle any dual-VGA setup.
"This one is for all those that like a PC quiet. Whether you are an owner of a HTPC or a high end
gaming powerhouse, our next product up for review may be what you need.
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
'Starting at the top, the biggest difference we see is a move from an nForce4-based SLI system to an ATI Xpress 200 CrossFire-based system sporting the new X1900 XTX GPU and the X1900 CrossFire cards. While this did increase the price of the graphics on the system, the fact was that even IF the NVIDIA 7800 GTX 512s had been in stock, they just aren't as fast as ATI's R580 core. Plus...they weren't in stock. :)'
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break will help you build one of those itty-bitty HTPC's by offering a guide on the best things to put inside it. Assuming you've already found a nice barebones enclosure, follow their advice, and your home theatre system should be impressing people in no time.
"In fact, for non-gamers we would recommend an Intel CPU + chipset combo. While we havent had a
chance to look at any VIIV platform from Intel yet, we're guessing that it would be an ideal
choice for an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org has posted a review of Ultra Products X2 PSU, with it's 120mm fan, modular flex force cabling and dual PCIe cables. Even with dual 6800's running through 5 interations of 3DMark05, the power barely flucates.
If you are worried that 550W won't cut it, make sure you read Lee Garbut's review of the BFG 600W PSU, it is a beast.
"What impressed me the most was that even while holding down a high powered SLI set
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular 600W PSU can provide exactly that. Just because quad SLI systems are only theory at the moment, that doesn't mean you can't get ready for them now! Plus, with a nearly silent 120mm fan and a modular setup with well shielded cables, this PSU shouldn't be crippled by a systems power needs for a while. Read all about it at Techniz.
"The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU.
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has gotten their hands on a sweet system from OverdrivePC, the Gemini.SLI. This is one of their top models, and can be completely customized when you order it. The big selling point is that every possible component that can be overclocked already is, and all the stability testing has been done for you. Check it out.
"Overdrive PC is a company that specializes in systems using over-clocked processors and GPUs.
Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firingsquad is putting together a powerful system, with one constraint, no component can cost more than $400. Take a look to see what made it into the system.
"FiringSquad just posted an article describing a system build with a limit of $400 per component.
Subject: Systems | January 31, 2006 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCApex (who were PimpRig until yesterday) has just released a power consumption calculator, called Juice. Just pick all of your components from the drop down menus and it calculates your total power needs, don't forget to specify the number of each component you have. The only caveat is that this tool calculates total power consumption, it doesn't specify loads on each seperate rail.
"Fu3lman has released a new application which is an advanced PC wattage calculator for
determining the power u
Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wondering where to start with that HTPC project you keep putting off? T-break comes to the rescue with their first article on choosing the right HTPC chassis, with a comparison between 2 popular designs, one from Silverstonetek and one from DIGN.
"HTPCs seem to be getting more and more popular by the day and while one route to take is to buy a
SFF from Shuttle or MSI, lots of us like to build everything from scratch.
Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
System Cooling has posted a review of Enermax's Noisetaker AX 600W PSU. With dual fans, and dual 12V lines, it is ready for the newest power hungry, heat producing PCIx video cards. It's Power Factor sits between .98 and .99, making it an extremely efficient power supply.
"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast.
Subject: Systems | January 19, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviews a great system from MESH, their new Titan X1800 FIRE. As you might guess from the name, it is based around a pair of x1800's, running in Crossfire mode. The performance is amazing; it is a fairly expensive system, but you certainly get your moneys worth.
If you are more into building your own systems from scratch, the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard was updated recently, drop by and get some ideas for great hardware to put into your next system.
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2006 - 09:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone takes a minute to bust the bubbles of those who thought we would be using a PSU with 1000 watts in order to power SLI rigs by 2006. While the PSU's overall power keeps growing in importance, we haven't quite reached the extremes that we could eventually need.
"Ever since NVIDIA's SLI debuted, we've been hearing about high powered power supplies, which were
supposed to have surpass the 700W+ limit in order to support the power hungry SLI setup, b
Subject: Systems | January 13, 2006 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a pair of system reviews up, the first of which is WidowPC's WidowFX. That's followed up by the Maingear Prelude. Consider these 2 as a good start for getting new system with very little assembly required.
"The experience that we had with WidowPC on the back end was above average. They have friendly and
responsive techs, and, essentially, they build a stable gaming systemâ€” once you get the parts that
Subject: Systems | January 10, 2006 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ThermalTake ToughPower is 550 watts of quiet power. It has dual 6-pin VGA power connectors for SLI/Crossfire rigs, and four SATA connections all at a fairly low price. Even better, the sleeved power connectors won't detract from a case set up for it's looks. Read the full review at Overclocker's Cafe.
"Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU.
Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 11:42 AM | Ryan Shrout
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