Stealthy HTPC system and cooler

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC.  The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet.  Antec has als

Getting more from your system with the new CPU prictng

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD.  While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one.  See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.

Heavy duty Blackbird

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM |
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Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC.  The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable.  There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.

Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.

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A tale of two titans

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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It's hard to say that either the AMD 4X4 platform, or Intel's V8 lack in performance, as they are going to be a huge jump from current platforms.  Not that motherboards.org is going to let that stop them.  They take reference models of both out for a test drive and benchmark them.  Head over a get a good look at what these platforms will be capable of when they are released to market.

Low powered computing

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W.  It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.

Source: VIA Arena

Taking the easy route to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs.  With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case.  Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell adds the 2400Pro and 2400XT to their OptiPlex line

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP.  If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.

Source: AMD

Dell Offers XPS 700 Motherboard Upgrade

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM |
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Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system?  This news is for you!  :)

The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.

The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.

Source: Daily Tech

Full sized HTPC case

Subject: Systems | August 13, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart IP adds some new functionality to the Mozart HTPC series, including an integrated iPod dock.  Even with the design being mostly focused on looks, which they do very well, there is enough space inside the case for a full ATX motherboard.  techPowerUp liked the solid construction of this case, as well as Thermaltake's decision to make the Media Lab display optional, for those who want a different LCD display panel.

Source: techPowerUp!