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

You don't need a theme or a CNC machine to make a great system

Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well.  The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice.  Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.

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PCs can be cute too

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks.  All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user.  The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing.  When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar. 

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Manufacturer: Smooth Creations
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A Sweet System

Even though Smooth Creations is a new to the boutique system builders game, they have started developing a name for creating incredibly artistic designs, as well impressively performing ones. Today we are taking a quick preview look at an all AMD-based system that uses a Phenom II processor and HD 4870 GPUs.

Form, function and the HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers. 
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers.  As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought.   They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.

Petrified Computer

Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent.  There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink.  An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.  The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed.  Drop by for a look at t

BFG Upgrades Phobos with new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Subject: Systems | June 1, 2009 - 02:43 PM |
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BFG Technologies' Phobos, the only gaming system featuring one-touch overclocking, to offer new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Advanced and Elite Editions Gaming/Home Theater System now come standard with Intel's Core i7 950 and 975 processors respectively.

The product is the plug

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2009 - 02:08 PM |
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The Axentra HipServ Plug is a tiny little box (110mm x 69.5mm x 48.5 mm) powered by a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU with 512MB of NAND storage memory and 512MB of DDR2.  To interface with it you have a USB 2.0 slot and a gigabit NIC, and to power it up, you simply plug it into a mains power wall wart.  All the interface is web based, as you might assume from it's size, shape and lack of video output.  Legit Reviews does feel it is a work in progress, they used an 8GB USB key that was pre-formatted and it worked fine but when they connected a 1TB USB hard drive, things did not go so

Silence is Golden in the Office with Shuttle's First VIA Nano-Based Mini PC

Subject: Systems | May 27, 2009 - 11:07 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Nano processor by Shuttle Inc. in its latest ultra small form factor PC, the fanless Shuttle XS29F.

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Manufacturer: CompuLab
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Unboxing and Preview

A pleasant surprise on this Tuesday afternoon, a package arrived on my doorstep from Israel. Perplexed by its origin I ripped open the bag to find a brand-spanking-new fit-PC2 nettop computer in my hands. This little guy has been getting a lot of attention recently for its incredibly small size (fits inside the area of DVD almost) and interesting hardware configuration.