Pretend you need it for school

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices.  PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations.  Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build.  The $2000 machine is where

Source: PCStats

A few problems at the start, but a nice finish

Subject: Systems | August 11, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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nMEDIA has been making a name for themselves making HTPC cases, with their 2000B model being up for review at The Tech Report.  The B in this model name denotes a black finish, there is also an S model if silver is more your thing.  Standing 17" x 16.4" x 6.6" should give you enough room for cooling and components without being so large as to look awkward in a living room entertainment centre and they use drop down pan

As seen on The Best of SNL

Subject: Systems | August 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM |
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SmoothCreations is gaining a big name in the enthusiast crowd, as most systems are done just right.  Quality builds with seriously powerful components are just part of the parcel, there is also the incredible paint jobs that grace the outside of their cases.  New at the Guru of 3D is the LANShark, sporting a skull motif and side panel made entirely of acrylic.  Inside you find an i7 965, a GTX 295 and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1600 and a Rampage II Gene motherboard, though you can customize the parts if you plan on ordering one.  The CPU is cooled via a Cool It Pure H2O
and the res

Source: Guru of 3D

ATI FirePro M7740 Graphics Accelerator and Dell Precision M6400 Together

Subject: Systems | August 4, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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SIGGRAPH 2009, NEW ORLEANS, LA - Aug. 4, 2009 - Increasing the momentum and industry support for its 3D professional graphics accelerators, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its newest solution for content creators and computer-aided designers (CAD) who demand mobility: the ATI FirePro M7740 graphics accelerator, set to power Dell Precision M6400 Mobile Workstations.

Source: AMD

A workhorse of a different colour

Subject: Systems | July 28, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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Giving people the information need to build better gaming machines is the main focus of tech review sites, with better file servers and other, perhaps more profitable, PC purposes running a distant second.  iXBT has decided to break the mold by putting together an article on how to build a better office PC.  Over a dozen CPUS, ranging from a $31 Sempron to a $220 C2 Quad, 7 different motherboards and even 3 discreet AMD graphics cards along with 1GB of both DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800.  Drop by for a look a

Source: iXBT Labs

Don't fence me in

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way.  The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards.  If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can.  Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components.  You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.

Source: hardCOREware

Mix and match until you are satisfied

Subject: Systems | July 17, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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Although the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard has just been updated, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion.  This time try PC Stats, and their 3 current recommended systems.  Their $500 budget system is based around an Athlon X2 7750 BE with an HD4850 and 2GB of DDR2-800.  The $1000 mainstream features a 3GHz C2D E8400 with an HD4890 and 4GB of DDR2-1066.  Lastly the $2000 performance machine has a Core i7 920, a GeForce 285GTX and 6 GB of DDR3-1600 in triple channel. 

Source: 3DCenter

ION Rocks

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does.  Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways.   The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test. 

A different way to look at X58

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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When you are building a system around a Core i7 and an X58 motherboard, you tend to think big when it comes to the case.  The heatsinks used on Core i7's often hit 6", which can severely limit your choices of case.  Hardware Zone is thinking the exact opposite as they review the Shuttle SX587H. 
Shuttle has designed this case as they do all their others, so it sits in about the same size range as a toaster oven, and could possibly function as one.  Drop by for a look at the specs and

An easy weekend project

Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM |
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Do you have an old laptop or desktop system hiding away somewhere; which you plan to do something with, at some time in the future?  Why not turn it into an HTPC system?  Sure, it is nice to go out, pickup an Atom + 9400M motherboard and a sweet Shuttle HTPC case and put together a brand new system, but you could always do that sometime in the future and give the ancient one away.  Watch as Digital Trends turns an old Dell laptop with a 2.66GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeF