Save $45 now, and spend $1450 later

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of.  Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar?  If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.

Source: HotHardware

Going against the grain

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Bjorn3D offers some advice on building a truely unique case, without having to get a CNC machine.  They start out with several designs of wooden cases, but as the build progresses they find some of their ideas don't work out the way they wanted.  In the end though, a great looking wooden case is made, and advice on how to start your own is plentiful.

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Manufacturer: Zalman
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Features and Specifications

The HD160 Home Theater PC enclosure features elegant audiophile styling, very good airflow, and accommodates a full size ATX motherboard. Zalman’s quiet, yet powerful, 460W power supply is a great match for this system.

620 rock sold Watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Corsair has moved into the PSU market with the same panache as they display with their memory.  The HX620W Modular PSU really impressed TweakTown with the stability of it's rails, a .01 V difference between idle and load. 

Source: TweakTown

Windows and Linux SDKs coming for AGEIA PPUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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AGEIA PhysX SDK v2.6 Brings
Dynamic, Interactive Realism to Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit & Linux
Environments

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Bloody huge turbine powered heatpipe cooler, and it runs underwater

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 12:37 PM |
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The Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe cooler is built around a 95mm fan that provides 49.8cfm @ 25dBA and a speed of only 2200rpm, plus they claim it can run underwater ... not that I'd recommend testing that with a running system.  Big Bruin gives it a run against the XP120.

Source: Big Bruin

Much ado about Team Fortress 2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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Gamehelper has got the scoop on TF2 today, in an interview with Doug Lombardi and Kim Swift at Valve HQ.  Covering not only TF2, they also discuss a bit about Portal and Narbacular Drop, as well as Episode 2.

If you are a fan of turn-based 4X games ... you have to download the Space Empires 5 demo, the link is just below.

"GH: What kind of maps can we expect to see? I know 2Fort makes an appearance.

Source: Gamehelper

A case that towers over the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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At 7kg (15lbs), 72cm tall (almost 2.5 ft) and 36cm wide and deep (1.2ft), it is hard to imagine using Thermaltakes Mozart Tx as an HTPC case.  Fitting both full ATX/BTX and mini ATX boards, it is very versatile, but when you are easily able to fit 10 120mm fans into the case, it seems more likely the case will be stuffed with top of the line, heat pumping components.  Legion Hardware loved it, and want you to love it too.

Open Source goes to Cape Town

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 11:55 AM |
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The VIA pc-1 is a client and server set up, running a flavour of Ubuntu Linux which lets youth in Cape Town program Open Source applications, under the tutelage of University students.  The idea is to enable them to produce software that is usable in their lives, as well as giving them a lot of knowledge in the basics of programming.

Source: VIA Arena

80 Plus, and what it means when it comes to PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus.  As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUS® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."

The problem being that they are very hard to find.  The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.