The grand piano of HTPC cases

Subject: Systems | April 11, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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CPU3D has been working with the Thermaltake Mozart VC4001SNS HTPC Chassis, the newest version in the Mozart line.  With the same style that you would expect from previous members of this line, the case will easily blend into a component cabinet, and the quality is in line with Thermaltake's other offerings.  It is big enough to fit full ATX boards, so the sky is the limit when you are picking up the parts to build an HTPC machine.  Pick up the Media Lab model and you will get a VFD front display, remote con

Source: CPU3D

Movie night on the move

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design.  The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties.  Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer.  Drop by Virtual-Hid

Gaming on a budget

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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It would be nice to be able to spend $1200 on your graphics sub system alone, but most people can't really afford a pair of 9800 GX2s.  Many can't even afford to spend a full $1200 on the entire PC.  Legion Hardware has been doing some hard core research, and have put together a budget conscious gaming PC for just under $1000.  If that is your financial sweet spot, the check out this build. 

Sony charges $50 to NOT install software on your PC

Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it?  Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....

Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.  

Source: TG Daily

Compact power from Shuttle

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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Shuttle is famous for it's SFF PCs, although not man of their previous boxes have the power of the XPC

Prima SX38P2 Pro.  Built around an X38 board, this PC supports Crossfire, the new 1333MHz 45nm Intel processors, PCIe 2.0, Dolby DTS Connect, Intel's Turbo Memory and up to 8Gb of DDR2-800.  Add BIOS tweaking for overclocking and overvolting, and you have some serious power.  See how well it held up to Hardware Zone's testing.

This HTPC brought to you by Alienware

Subject: Systems | March 4, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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When one thinks of Alienware, one cannot help but think of overkill; both in price and in performance.  They've decided to create an HTPC, the Alienware HD Media Server which will set you back between $5000 - $7000 depending on the parts you choose.  Legit Reviews tried out this media server, with it's C2Quad, X38 motherboard, 4TB of storage in RAID5 and even a built in Blu-ray player.  They've also hired a professional installer to incorporate it into their home entertainment centre, and they will do an update

For those about to upgrade

Subject: Systems | February 29, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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Four systems builds are proposed by The Tech Report in their newest system guide.  Everyone is covered from the budget conscious gamer to the gamer who can afford it all, as well as a powerful workstation that has more filling than an Oreo double stuff.

For even more choices, drop by PC Perspective's own Hardware Leaderboard, and see what Ryan recommends.

DELL BRINGS FULL-THROTTLE GAMING WITHIN REACH

Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance with the latest technology and innovative features, all in sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.

Gamers won't outgrow the XPS 630 as since it's based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It's ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors. Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.

Source: Dell

Low carb computing

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2008 - 06:40 PM |
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Ars Technica has put together a green system guide, for those energy conscious PC users out there.  They cover a lot of the basics and also offer a pair of systems builds.  The first is for the gamer, and while it doesn't have Crossfire or SLI, it should still be able to handle almost anything you throw at it.  The second is a more extreme system built around an EPIA processor, but with a draw of 58.4-97.3W, it certainly won't add onto your power bill, or your carbon footprint.

Source: Ars Technica

O HTPC, where art thou?

Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM |
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Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on.  Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition.  One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost.  To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC.  See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article