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Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 06:26 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 - 02:53 PM | 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 - 06:19 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 - 02:11 PM | 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 - 06:22 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 - 03:22 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 - 06:29 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 - 03:06 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 - 06:16 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 - 12:13 PM | 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 - 03:33 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 - 06:10 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 - 02:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: Systems | December 12, 2005 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Club OC powers through a review of Enermax's Liberty series. As you might expect, Enermax has added all the newest goodies, without going overboard, and does it in style.
"With dozens of Power Supply companies to choose from these days, it's hard to make the right
decision. However, there is still a few companies out there that you can choose by brand name only
and be guaranteed that you made the right choice. One of those companies is Enermax.
Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Real geeks build HTPC's on their own. So if you do feel like making a personal video recorder, you will probably want a SFF case and board to start with. Consider the Silverstone SUGO SG01, a comparitively spacious SFF system, with enough room you won't be shopping for add on cards that were made for laptops. See what Think Computers thinks of it here.
'Small form factor (SFF) cases are becoming more and more popular these days, especially as LANS
and home theater PC's are becomi
Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec provides you with good quality PSUs, and now they also give you a way to verify that. Think Computers has posted a review of Antec's ATX 12V Power Supply Tester. This is probably the best way to find out if the flucuations on your 12V line that your BIOS reports are actually happening.
'Ah yes, another product from one of the top makers of PC cases and Power Supplies. Antec would be who I am referring to.
Subject: Systems | December 8, 2005 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aptly named LinuxHardware has been running a series on creating a great Linux machine, and the pictures are finally in. This is a great series to introduce you to building a Linux box with no hardware problems.
Or, for a second opinion, check out the newly updated PCPer Hardware Leaderboard.
"So, where's the value and justification for buying a system similar to this one, that costs about
fives times more than a budget system but has similar
Subject: Systems | December 5, 2005 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven has a review of the Thermaltake PurePower PST 520W, which goes a little bit further than the usual PSU. Not only is it a PSU, but it also has 2 "Power Stations" that connect to the PSU. Read the full review to see exactly why that is, and what you can do with them.
After you're done, don't forget to check Lee's review of the Antec Neo HE 500 High Efficiency PSU.
'In 2005 another of Thermaltake's innovative products entered the re
Subject: Systems | November 30, 2005 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't want to be digging around in your case with a multimeter, but are pretty sure that your crashing is caused by a bad PSU, BigBruin has a review of the tool you want. The FrozenCPU ATX 2.0 PSU tester is about the simplest way out there to check your PSU.
"When it comes to troubleshooting hardware inside your computer, any enthusiast can tell you that
any particular problem can be caused by one or more components going/gone bad.
Subject: Systems | November 23, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Continuing on in their series of pre-built PC's, and the stores that sell and support them, [H]ard|OCP has a look at Puget Systems Dual Core Custom system. The box they put together certainly has power, but how well did Puget Systems tech support and buying process stack up?
"Can $2600 get you a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a top-end video card, and backing from a