Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components. For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing. The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect. If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (April 7, 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 Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI, and fast Intel solid-state drives as an new available upgrade option.
BFG Technologies recently updated the default configuration for the Phobos Performance Edition after tests showed that two BFG GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards running in NVID
Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different. It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside. Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing.
Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.
Subject: Systems | March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC. You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive. Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming. Take a loo
Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player. Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick. On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out. What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy. Perhaps so