This case swings both ways, and likes the water ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila is a hefty beast, that is designed to be set up either as a normal ATX system, or a BTX.  It has plenty of space in HDD bays for hiding your cabling, and good airflow.  On the other hand, it will be difficult to place a Bigwater 735 and a large video card into the case, at the same time.

If you want a more spacious interior, check out Lee's review of Thermaltake's new Armour Jr.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Office 2007 - Worth the time it takes to install?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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The Inquirer starts off the week with an overview of the new Office 2007 Suite, Beta 2.  More than just an aesthetic change, this Office incorporates several new ideas like ribbons.  Drop by for this overview, and keep an eye open this week as they test each application individually.

Source: The Inquirer

AM2's secret weapon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 04:52 PM |
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The Inquirer has discovered AMD's answer to Conroe, and have posted a bit of information on what their upcoming plans may be.

If you are unfamiliar with Conroe, and the idea of IPC, read Ryan's preview, right here on PC Perspective.

Source: The Inquirer

Physics 101 at The Tech Report

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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With the arrival of Ageia's PPU at The Tech Report, they quickly loaded up Cell Factor and Ghost Recon Adavanced.  Not only do they talk about the experience, and show frame rate effects, they also have some very telling pictures, showing the extras you get from Ageia.

The TGIF Mod Squad

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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The case mods are starting to arrive at ExtremeTech.  Drop by to look at the competition, and sumbit your own if you have 'em.  Don't forget we have our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective to show off your mods too!

Source: Extremetech

Sneaking out of Computex to see ECS' factory

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done.  Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.

Take to the skies

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action.  Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.

"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in

planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a

battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Announces New Low-Latency DDR2-800 Kits

Subject: Memory | June 23, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced two low latency
PC2-6400 memory solutions prepared to deliver enthusiasts the performance
they demand on the latest DDR2 platforms. The new PC2-6400 Platinum Revision
2 Edition is rated at 4-4-4 and the new PC2-6400 Titanium Alpha Edition is
rated at 3-4-3-9 making this dynamic duo an exciting new addition to the
acclaimed OCZ memory line.

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Look Ma! No hands!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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Hands free input devices, such as head tracking devices are steadily improving.  Drop by PDAToday to look at Natural Point's newest offering, the Track IR Pro 4, and see if you are ready to eveolve past the mouse & keyboard.

Source: PDAToday

AM-2 Boards from Foxconn & Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 22, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Drop by AnandTech for a look at 2 AM-2 boards, both using the nForce 590 chipset.  They can help you decide between the feature rich Foxconn, or the well laid out Gigabyte offerings.

Source: AnandTech

High-Powered Shoot Out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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Legit Reviews grabbed 8 SLI/CrossFire PSUs, none less than 550W.  Drop by to find out who makes the cut.

Intel Opens Third High-Volume 65nm Manufacturing Facility

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.

Burnin the Blu-ray way

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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ExtremeTech managed to find a real, live Blu-ray DVD burner, the Pioneer BDR-101A.  Drop by and find out just how long it takes to burn 25GBs onto a DVD, and if you feel like paying the ~$1,000 to get one for yourself.

Source: Extremetech

Getting to know services.msc

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Windows XP has a lot of services the run by default, many with names you may not recognize, or understand what they do.  While disabling svchost is not the best of ideas, maybe you don't need UPnP running in the background.  Drop by PC Stats, they've just published a guide on understanding and tweaking the services WinXP runs.

Source: PCStats

Foxconn provides the basis for a killer HTPC system

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2006 - 06:23 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

Intel Helps Expand Use Of Technology In Turkey Through Intel's World Ahead Program

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced that Intel will increase efforts in Turkey to drive greater technology accessibility, Internet connectivity and enhanced education to advance knowledge and skill development, job growth and quality of life.

Through its World Ahead Program, Intel, together with several local technology companies, will make available a new type of low-cost, fully featured desktop PC to first-time computer users, and the company will significantly increase its work with educators to improve teaching and le

Intel And VMware Launch Virtualize ASAP To Accelerate And Fuel Virtualization Into Data Centers

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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PALO Alto, Calif., June 21, 2006 — Intel
Corporation and VMware*, Inc. announced the launch of the Intel-VMware
Virtualize ASAP*, a global program to further accelerate IT customer
deployment of applications in virtual environments using VMware
Infrastructure on Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms. The program
also strengthens the collaboration between Intel and VMware around
optimizing Intel platform support for virtualization.

Get a Gremlin in your ear

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at a new music service called Gremlin and the MP3 player that goes with it.   By using WI-Fi, you aren't tied to a PC to change the music on the player, by paying the monthly subscription fee, you can connect to their database of songs from anywhere the player can get a wireless signal.