Hackintoshing your way to imperfection

Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 03:03 PM |
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The Tech Report has been playing with a system based around a Gigabyte X38–DQ6 and an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU and have two main targets in mind.  The first is to make the PC as cost effective as possible and the second is a little more ambitious, to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. 
They do have a guide on what to do to the BIOS and successfully installed and booted the machine.  Now that the machine works, find out what features can and can't be expected to perform properly.

A new way to interface with your HTPC

Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 03:20 PM |
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Almost all TV Tuner cards come with a remote control to add to the pile that likely lives on your coffee table, though some abandon that in favour of a wireless mouse and keyboard.  techPowerUp!

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BFG Tech Announces Customer Appreciation Sale on Phobos and Deimos High Performance Systems

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2010 - 01:35 PM |
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Libertyville, IL – March 1, 2009 – BFG Technologies, producer of Phobos, the innovative high performance gaming/home theater system, and Deimos, the powerhouse SLI desktop replacement notebook, is excited to announce that all purchasers of their custom-built systems will get 10% off the final invoice when ordered between March 1 and March 19, 2010.

The Deimos X-10 SLI Desktop Replacement Notebook delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers and multimedia enthusiasts the convenient

Four new systems to choose from

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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While we would prefer you to use the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, it is not your only source of information for possible builds.  The Tech Report puts together four recommended builds including a double stuff work station for those doing creative and productive work on their PCs along with the usual delimitations of performance.  You will even find a Core i5 in their recommended media machine.

Monuel MonCaso, a castle for your HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 05:19 PM |
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If you are looking for a unique and compact HTPC case you should consider Moneual's MonCaso 600.  If you are not into building SFF PCs you may have never run into Moneual before as their entire line up is based around that.  This case includes a 350W TFX form factor PSU, a good idea as the long skinny PSUs can be difficult to find.  At 3.8 x 16.9 x 13.8" you will not be fitting anything other than an mATX board inside (perhaps the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 LGA Steve just reviewed) and any extra cards you want to add will have to be s

Bring the Box Office home with the help of Patriot

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2010 - 01:41 PM |
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The Patriot Box Office is a 5.5"x5.75"x1.5" device that will run you $99 and includes quite a kit; the Box Office, composite video cables, a 5' HDMI cable, the remote with the required batteries, and a USB to mini-USB cable.   That will give you a network enabled media player with a Realtek RTD1073DD inside that will
display full 1080p content.  AnandTech tried connecting wirelessly and were rather disappointed with the outcome.  When they switched to a hard wired connection it worked brilliantly.

Source: AnandTech

Digital Storm Unleashes the Ultimate Gaming Experience with Black|OPS Gaming PC

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2010 - 03:14 PM |
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Fremont, Calif. - (February 11, 2010) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in system integration, proudly unveils its most elite line of gaming PCs to date: Black|OPS. With the Black|OPS line of high-performance gaming computers, Digital Storm has elevated the standards to which gamers hold their computers to.

ASRock gives you a powerful little HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2010 - 07:14 PM |
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The ASRock ION 330HT-BD is a small HTPC system based around an Intel Atom 330 and an Ion GPU that work to play Blu-Ray movies at full definition.  As it turns out, the system displayed absolutely no problems when Hardware Heaven tested it, the CPU peaked at roughly 25% utilization indicating that there is plenty power to play your movies.  The testing they did with Oblivion did not go quite so well, so don't expect much gaming from this HTPC.

Business PCs Arrive with New Intel Core vPro Processor Family

Subject: Systems | February 4, 2010 - 02:27 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2010 – Intel Corporation today unveiled its 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes for PCs with greater, more flexible performance, theft prevention and cost savings in a rapidly changing business computing environment. These and several other capabilities are at the heart of many new Intel-based business laptop and desktop computers beginning to roll out from computer manufacturers worldwide.

A quick checklist for a new A/V system

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2010 - 02:44 PM |
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Whether you are setting up an HTPC, upgrading your stereo or picking up a new TV, it is a good idea to think about connections before you start.  The chances are you will have multiple inputs to worry about; as an example a PC with a TV tuner may output the sound to a TV via an HDMI connection, while using an S/PDIF or optical connection to send audio directly to the stereo receiver.  Digital Trends includes and goes beyond such matters in their new article with suggestions on matching your receiver to the requirements of your Blu-ray player and ensuring that the speakers you purchas