Digital Storm's wide selection of PCs

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 03:53 PM |
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AnandTech had a hard time choosing what system to review from the boutique Digital Storm.  With systems ranging from a $1200 Phenom II and DDR2 system to above $6000, there was a lot of choice and AnandTech decided to go with the high end.  The system they chose is watercooled with a Core i7-965 @ 4.00GHz on an EVGA X58 3X SLI, 6GB of triple channel Corsair DDR3-1600
and three GTX 285 1GB
cards all of which push the price up, along with some other interesting components.  

Source: AnandTech

Hassle-free Hardware-based Overclocking with the ROG OC Station

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.

Source: ASUS

Crank your 7 up to an 11

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech is working on taking Windows 7 (RC1) to new heights of performance with their new system build.  The build list is done, a EVGA X58 SLI and Core i7 920 along with a pair of 6GB OCZ DDR3-1600 kits and an HD 4890 provide the power for this build, with a variety of other expansion cards and storage devices as well.  At this point the components have all arrived and are ready to be assembled.   See the pictures and tips by following the link.

Source: Extremetech

ZOTAC announces the NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series

Subject: Systems | May 12, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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ZOTAC is pleased to announce the world's first NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series.
The new ZOTAC ION platforms deliver superior power efficiency without any compromises. Powered by an NVIDIA ION
graphics processor and your choice of an Intel Atom N330 dual-core or N270 single-core processor, the ZOTAC ION
features Blu-ray high-definition video playback capabilities, compatibility with NVIDIA CUDA-enabled applications
and quick multi-tasking performance.

General details:

Source: ZOTAC

Pixel perfect?

Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM |
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If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge.  There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution.  ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features.  Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa

Source: Extremetech

Hot sun and long days means it's time to buy a new PC and hide in the basement

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations.  The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen.  For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen.  The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c

Source: Ars Technica

Video Review: Digital Storm 950 Si Core i7 Gaming Rig

Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM |
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Although I am still working on the written review of the Digital Storm 950 Si system, I thought I would go ahead and release the video version.  This is the first of MANY new video projects being worked on here at PC Perspective so let me know what you think!!

The visible HTPC

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case.  Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor

Bargain shopping

Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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The Tech Report has been keeping a close eye on the falling prices in the electronics industry and has capitalized on those savings by updating their system recommendations.   Sure, their Double Stuff system is $2,628.90 in total, but you get a pair of GTX275's and an X-25 M SDD among others.  The Sweet Spot sits at about half that price, but their Econobox runs a hair over $500.  Check out their specs here.

Acer AspireRevo first to announce with NVIDIA ION platform

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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Today NVIDIA and Acer partnered together to formally announce the first real ION-based hardware solution: the AspireRevo.  There really isn't much news here to report other than what we have