Subject: Systems | November 17, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lian Li is more well known for the extreme size of their cases, some seem to be able to fit a whole PC's worth of components, with enough space left over to store a small child. The PC-C36 Muse heads in exactly the opposite direction, being a tiny and well camouflaged
HTPC case. Many users will appreciate the fact that it comes completely empty, apart from a PSU, it is up to you which mATX board you wish to use. Drop by Icrontic to see just how well Lian-Li does an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | November 14, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a LANShark and it's from Smooth Creations, which means two things. One is that the exterior of the PC has an incredibly well done airbrushing job, this particular model having a nice surfing motif on a clear acrylic case. The second thing is the power of the PC it's self. Inside the LANShark you will find an overclocked Q9550 and a pair of HD 4870 1GB in CrossFire
and a 4GB kit of Patriot DDR2 clocked to 900MHz. Take a gander at all the pictures over at Legit Reviews.
Subject: Systems | November 5, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ever wish you could see more reviews of insanely powerful boxes that would break your bank account? CPU3D, with the help of some sponsors has done just that. Their Hydrobox V is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-Extreme, with an overclocked Q9650 @ 4.05GHz (9x450), 2Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 and two Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870X2s, plus some custom watercooling. It falls just short of 40fps for Crysis at High Quality, x4 AA and x16 AF.
Subject: Systems | October 31, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The All In Wonder is back for the HD revolution. It supports NTSC, SECAM and PAL, up to 125 channels on a TV tuner with stereo audio and has plenty of connectors like DVI, HDMI connectors and a Coax input for cable or antenna. Legit Reviews was also glad to see the power of an HD 3650 for those who might want to do a little gaming as well. Get one, your HTPC will love you for it.
Subject: Systems | October 27, 2008 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AVADirect is a custom system builder that uses a lot of the tricks you find in boutique systems, without the insane prices. The system that Ryan tried has a C2Quad Q9450 pumped up to 3.40 GHz and 4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800, giving you some serious power. The 9800GTX+ is a little odd to include; it is still a solid card but will have great difficulties keeping up with the speed of the CPU and RAM. At $2450 it is has rather impressive stats and you can always customize your build to beef up the graphics subsystem.
Introduction and Specifications
AVADirect is a relatively unknown system builder in the boutique world and is a small company that has a lot to offer. For a much lower price than you can get comparatively fast Alienware or Voodoo systems, AVADirect can build you a top-of-the-line gaming PC for a reasonable cost while also offering the tech support that many gamers really want.
Introduction and Specifications
Alienware is the most well known name in the world of boutique system builders and they have a wide following of users consider the size of pre-built enthusiast PCs. Today we are looking a new Area-51 system configuration that sports some impressively fast components including a QX9770, VelociRaptor drives and CrossFire X graphics cards.
Subject: Systems | October 22, 2008 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Snbeamtech's UFO case will give you a very unique looking system, the clear acrylic lets people see every component you chose in clear detail. They've expanded their lineup with an HTPC model, keeping the clear acrylic but reducing the size to fit in with stereo components. Four 80mm fans keep the air moving and your components cool, though you should not expect too much, the acrylic sides do not radiate any heat as metal would. See right through it in the review on Hardware Secrets.
Subject: Systems | October 14, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware set themselves a rather difficult task, building a gaming PC for $900 that can handle todays games at a full 1680x1050 resolution. 4GBs of RAM, an Intel Core2 Duo and an HD4850 later and they were playing Crysis Warhead on Gamer settings and seeing an average of 28fps. A few tweaks or some reduction in quality to Mainstream and you can expect the game to play even more smoothly.
Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand. If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender. I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more. It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include