Can it play Crysis ... silently?

Subject: Systems | November 25, 2010 - 01:27 PM |
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When the gorgeous slideshow that was Crysis first hit the market, no one was worried about how much noise their system made while they overclocked it in an attempt to get playable framerates. 
Now that other games with the same demands have come and gone SPCR has decided that it is time to use Crysis for a different kind of benchmark.  They've put together a guide on building a PC that can manage above 35fps in Crysis while only producing about 20dB

An HTPC of a different sort, the Micca Slim-HD

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2010 - 03:27 PM |
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At first glance, the Micca Slim-HD resembles an external HDD case, which makes sense as that is what it is in the most basic sense.  The big difference is that it can output a 1080p signal over HDMI and audio via a standard 3.5mm plug, without needing to be hooked up to anything but a display.  AnandTech would recommend this to anyone who puts price and portability above features, as this device lacks the ability to stream media from the net, which is something that competitors at a sli

Source: AnandTech

CULV and ION together thanks to Zotac

Subject: Systems | November 18, 2010 - 01:59 PM |
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Silent PC Review has an interesting little piece of equipment up for review, the Zotac IONITX-P-E has a CULV processor embedded in it's ION powered motherboard.  As you would likely assume, the performance is a vast improvement over an ATOM powered ION board and is also more expensive.  If you are looking for a fairly energy efficient all in one HTPC or media server this Zotac board is worth a moment of your time.

An Atom powered high def HTPC from Zotac

Subject: Systems | November 12, 2010 - 12:34 PM |
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Zotac's Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop is a mix of good and bad in a box that resembles a laptop that cannot be opened.  The bad, at least in The Tech Reports experience was that the BluRay player had a habit of disappearing from Windows, a rather nasty fault for a box that is intended to play HD video. On the good side were the peripherals, there are a pair of USB3 ports for your usage and the blend of the Atom D525 1.8GHz
and the new nVIDIA Ion GPU managed perfect video playback of 1080p sources. 

System recommendations of a different sort

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2010 - 03:28 PM |
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We at PC Perspective are not the only ones who make systems recommendations for those looking for somewhere to start when they build a PC, many other sites have recommendations as well.  For instance, The Tech Report has seasonal updates to their recommended systems and this Fall sees an entirely new box along with updates to their usual suspects like the Econobox and Double Stuff Workstation.  This update also includes "The Vespa" their take on the sub-$300 nettop.

Wireless HD transmission

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2010 - 02:23 PM |
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Wireless is in, wires are passe.  
You can ditch your cable for satellite, set up a wireless router for your HTPC to be connected to the internet and even buy a wireless speaker system but when it comes time to hook up those sources to of from a TV you are stuck with physical wires again, ruining the entire theme.  Drop by Legit Reviews for a look at a solution to your dilemma in the form of the Air SyncHD Wireless 1080p HDMI Transmitter Kit. 
It is a plug and play kit consisting of a transmitter

Another quiet build from SPCR

Subject: Systems | November 1, 2010 - 04:43 PM |
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With a name like Silent PC Review it should come as no surprise that the focus of their system recommendations is on systems that produce as little noise as possible.  Their latest build would be perfect for a home file or media server and is enclosed in a mid-tower case as opposed to an HTPC styled enclosure.  That helps when you are planning on including up to nine HDDs, with a nice mod using elastic cord to reduce noise.  Check out the full build here.

A different type of HTPC case from Lian Li

Subject: Systems | October 28, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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It doesn't look particularly like an HTPC case at first glance, being rather tall and not shaped like your usual stereo components but after a while you can begin to see why Lian Li is positioning the

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.