When it comes to HTPCs, only the movie should be seen or heard

Subject: Systems | October 20, 2010 - 06:08 PM |
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The aesthetic choices made differ greatly between a high powered gaming machine and an HTPC.  The gaming rig can be bog and loud and not interfere with its use; an HTPC is preferably tiny enough to be mistaken for a receiver and too quiet to hear.  OCIA investigates the steps needed to make a silent HTPC in their new article.  They start with the stylish Zalman HD 503 case and take you through the selection and assembly steps to get you the silent HTPC of your dreams.

Source: OCIA

Build yourself a silent home server

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2010 - 06:03 PM |
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SPCR are updating their silent server build with new parts that have arrived on the market recently.  While the idea behind the server is similar to what we saw in the Puget Systems Serenity system that
Ryan reviewed, the focus on the system is slightly different.  This system ends up with six HDDs as well as an IcyDock for backup and is extremely quiet even for an SPCR build; even better it will only set you back ~$1200.

A Sage guide to a powerful HTPC program

Subject: Systems | October 13, 2010 - 02:37 PM |
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SageTV is a program to help make the most out of your media center PC (or Mac), and they have just released a brand new version which Missing Remote wrote a guide to.  They take you through more than just the basic requirements and setup, choosing instead a slightly more comprehensive guide that includes other software that enhances the capabilities of SageTV.  Check out the guide whether you are already a SageTV master or if this is the first time you have h

Fermi can do quiet

Subject: Systems | October 7, 2010 - 11:52 AM |
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When you read about a build with dual GTX480s the one word you do not expect to be used to describe the PC is quiet but that is exactly what [H]ard|OCP is showing off in their new article.  The trick was apparently the case chosen to house the system with a SLI GTX480s, a Silverstone Raven RV02. 
That allowed them to install everything 90o from normal and have air flow running from bottom to top with partial positive pressure (for more on air pressure listen

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mmmmm, God Box; the Ars systems guide returns

Subject: Systems | September 28, 2010 - 12:53 PM |
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If somehow the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard hasn't given you the inspiration you need to build a new PC, or you can't afford the $5,500 EVGA Classified SR-2 based uber system then perhaps what you seek is at Ars Technica.  The have three different system recommendations from the $800 Athlon II X3 based Budget Box to the $12,600 God Box.  They include every part you might need from the CP

Source: Ars Technica

A handy feature guide to your TVs ready to go companion

Subject: Systems | September 28, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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For those wanting to skip the entire process of building an HTPC to capture shows and to stream online content there is a lot of choice between set top boxes and the like.  From the renewed Apple TV through Google's new attempt to integrate their player with new TVs to the PS3, there are quite a few different ways to get nonstandard content onto your TV screen.  Gizmodo has put together a chart outlining what features each offers, from mobile device integration through Hulu compatibility,

Source: Gizmodo

CyberPower's new Dragon sports a Phenom II X6 and a GTX460

Subject: Systems | September 16, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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The system which Think Computers just finished testing, the CyberPower Gamer Dragon, costs a hair over $1000 and sports a six core Phenom II with 4GB of DDR3 and a GTX460 in a customized Elite 430 case.  They compared the total system price to what the cost would be to build it from scratch and CyberPower turned out to have priced the system below what ThinkComputers could have built it for, always a nice touch from a boutique store. 

What is this about Google and Apple providing TV service?

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2010 - 02:26 PM |
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Recently we have seen the advent of Google TV and a re-imagined Apple TV hit the markets and a lot of consumers are wondering what the difference between the two services is and how they differ from an HTPC.  Digital Trends explains in their article, highlighting the strengths and limitations of the two services.  Apple TV is very proprietary as you would expect and is mostly a way to connect your TV to iTunes so you can rent shows and movies as well as being able to disp

Head back to school with a new system

Subject: Systems | September 9, 2010 - 01:51 PM |
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The Tech Report has updated their systems guide, with a mind towards the student who needs something powerful enough to get their projects complete and maybe a bit of streaming media and gaming on the side.  Sticking with their established categories of Econobox, Utility Player, Sweeter Spot and the Double Stuff Workstation, they've updated the components to reflect the parts available currently.

ZOTAC announces the first mini-PCs with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives

Subject: Systems | September 8, 2010 - 12:26 PM |
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HONG KONG – Sept. 8, 2010 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today announces the new ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray series mini-PCs -- the world’s first shipping mini-PCs with an integrated slot-load Blu-ray drive and slim and stylish design.

Source: ZOTAC