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Subject: Systems | October 5, 2006 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Falcon Northwest's FragBox II is undergoing close scrutiny at [H]ard|OCP. They discovered some issues the first time the reviewed a system from them, and this system had some too. Of course, if they didn't run into any problems, how can they find out how well the Tech Support team performs.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2006 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has published a guide to Small Form Factor PCs. While the main usage for that footprint still lies in home built HTPCs, it has matured to the point where it can make an attractive and powerful system. Now that most of the major features come built into the motherboard, and you can buy smaller video cards that are every bit as powerful as the larger versions, you really can consider SFFs for gaming and other computer tasks.
Subject: Systems | September 27, 2006 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS heard tell of a company called OrigenAE, who had an HTPC case just waiting to be reviewed. Seeing as how it is a company almost no one has heard of, and that the case seemed to be designed for higher end HTPC systems, they jumped at the chance to review it. Drop by to find out if this company should be more popular, or if it remain languishing in obscurity.
Subject: Systems | September 26, 2006 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's XPS 410 is a solid performing system, [H]ard|OCP was quite happy with the performance of the sytem when gaming or using it for other multimedia applications. However, several issues with the system had them dealing with Tech Support, whose performance was far from stellar.
Subject: Systems | September 19, 2006 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our mates at [H]ard|OCP be doing a review of the Gateway FX510XG system o' gaming. She be rigged out for a hard sail into whatever realms o' tha imagination you might be venturing towards.
"Gateway couples an Intel Core 2 Duo with one of ATI's most powerful graphics processors. Could this be a match made in heaven?"
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | September 13, 2006 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 6150 LE graphics processing unit (GPU), which is designed to deliver:
Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 25, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 19, 2006 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 29, 2006 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.