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Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products.
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna. You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t
Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*. Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes
Subject: Systems | November 21, 2007 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at PenStar Systems there is a lighter look at AMD's Spider, and the components we have heard so much about lately. A lot of the information you can garner from reading the review may be stuff you have already seen, bu I bet you have not heard the Phenom referred to as "the big girl with attractive friends".
Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC. While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies. Besides, you may like the sound effects.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change. Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now. AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC. The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics. The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage. Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f
Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November
5, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced PC
Power & Cooling's adoption of ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture), the new
and exciting initiative to enable PC components to communicate operational
information in real-time and provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software
control to manage the conditions within their high-end system.
Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are going to be at least 2 camps immediately forming after nVIDIAs new Enthusiast System Architecture hits the market. There are those who own a laser thermometer and already run a half dozen voltage and temperature tracking programs congruently and average the results will leap for joy at the chance to add yet another set of reading to their statistics. Then there will be those who want to save clock cycles for gaming and consider stability testing a weekend project, not the purpose of their build. Whichever camp you decide you fall into, you need to know what nVIDIA i
Subject: Systems | November 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
R&B Mods has published the second article in their 2 piece series on building PCs. The first installment took you through the list of parts that you will want to get, this article focuses on the assembly of the pieces you chose into the case, and getting it to that first boot. If building a PC from scratch has you feeling overwhelmed, then read on and put your mind at ease.
Subject: Systems | November 1, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because your HTPC system is full to overflowing, even thought it has several terabytes of storage doesn't mean you have a problem. All it means is that you have to figure out a way to organize all your files better. OCModShop offers a suggestion on what to do as an alternative to actually deleting some of your favourite shows.
Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has gathered together everything they could find out about SkullTrail in this list. The major problem seems to be that Intel is only planning on running 2000 of them off the production line.
Since you probably won't be able to get your hands on one, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, and get some ideas on building your own dream machine.
Subject: Systems | October 1, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gateway's One looks a bit like an iMac, with the system contained in the screen. Thankfully, it is more like the new one, with a nice flat panel. That is where the similarities stop, other than the design, it is pure PC. The Techgage article has pictures of the machine, both inside and out, so go on a take a look ... you know you are curious.
Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC. The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet. Antec has als
Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD. While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one. See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC. The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable. There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.
Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's hard to say that either the AMD 4X4 platform, or Intel's V8 lack in performance, as they are going to be a huge jump from current platforms. Not that motherboards.org is going to let that stop them. They take reference models of both out for a test drive and benchmark them. Head over a get a good look at what these platforms will be capable of when they are released to market.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W. It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs. With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case. Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP. If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.