Shifting into gear
System reviews are interesting in that anyone can put some PC components in a case and call it a gaming rig. The real issue is not just the hardware specs but how the company presents itself and how it supports customers before, during and after the purchase process. Having a 6-core processor overclocked to 4.5 GHz and a pair of GTX 480s never hurts though.
Subject: Systems | August 26, 2010 - 05:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are always interested in those small form factor Atom-based PCs but we are usually let down by their overall performance, even when they are coupled with a discrete graphics solution. Zotac has been making a killing with their line of ZBOX miniature PCs but today they are announcing the release of a new set of options that combine the NVIDIA ION graphics processor not with the Intel Atom CPU, but with Intel Celeron CULV single and dual-core CPUs!
Subject: Systems | August 24, 2010 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
IBUYPOWER is a fairly well known boutique builder and one of their new systems, the Paladin XLC Phantom Series is up for review at Legit Reviews. With an expected retail price just under $1,500 it is a fairly heavy duty system and the white NZXT Phantom case makes it a rather attractive one as well. A liquid cooled Core i7-930
on an ASUS P6T SE with 6GB of DDR3-1600 provides the backbone of the system with a Radeon HD 5830 providing the graphical power. In an nice change from the usual, when Legit Reviews
Subject: Systems | August 19, 2010 - 08:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now it might seem ambitious to call an empty HTPC case the 1080p but realize that most who buy an empty case are planning on filling it with powerful components that can handle 1080p playback.
Subject: Systems | August 13, 2010 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's U250 hides a Core 2 Duo T6600, 4GB of DDR3, a 500GB HDD and a DVD-Dual layer drive behind a 23" 1920x1080 touchscreen display. The Inquirer like the look of it much more than the earlier U200 as the display has been improved but unfortunately the multi-touch capabilities have not. The system lacks the power for high end gaming at decent resolutions but there were no issues with DVD playback or with watching YouTube videos. Other all-in-one PCs have bett
VIA is always into tiny things
VIA Technologies provided us with a sample of their new V1100 pico-ITX DIY computer and we came away pretty impressed with what the tiny little machine could provide. If you think you could use a Nano-powered SFF device, check out our video review in here!
Subject: Systems | August 12, 2010 - 09:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As ExtremeTech is quick to point out, proprietary HTPCs are easy on initial setup but incredibly difficult to customize and most people will find that after a while they would like at least some customization on their HTPC. There is a way to build a box that is completely flexible, it just takes some setting up before you can use it. Do not give up hope as they will take you through the setup of a flavour of Linux specifically customized to be the OS behind an HTPC, Mythbuntu 10.04, as well as t
Puget Returns with a quiet option
Puget Systems is back with a gaming PC that is rated under 20db - and if you don't know how quiet that actually is...your breathing is probably louder. They are able to accomplish this with mostly off-the-shelf parts and careful selection of components. Stop in and learn by example on how quiet computing can be done!
Subject: Systems | August 6, 2010 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $650 the Acer Aspire M3400 falls between the Budget and Mid-Range systems on the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard in price. Both the GPU and CPU are from AMD though the parts differ from the HWLB build, using a Phenom II X4 820 and an HD 5450 on an unspecified motherboard that sports the AMD 800 series chipset and 6GB of DDR3-1333. The performance is about what you would expect, reasonable for general usage after the removal of the crapware that comes pre-installed but not a gaming machine by any means.&nbs
Subject: Systems | August 3, 2010 - 10:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not quite an HTPC as it does not seem to have recording capabilities, the WD TV Live Plus HD media playercan stream from your Netflix account, YouTube and various other online media sources making it a little more useful than many media streamers. It is rather small, about the size of an external HDD case and it consumes about 4W which makes it great for people short on space and fre