Think inside the box

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system.  Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems.  It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches).  Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.

Ultimate gaming machine, when it works

Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8.  They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter.  How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The things that HTPCs are made of

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run.  That is really only the first step.  Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case.  They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS.  Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.

Source: Ars Technica

4 recommendations for a Vista system

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista.  The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM.   If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start.  There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.

High performace HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling.  Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure.  They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem.  Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.

Source: TECHGAGE

Systemax tries again

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well.  Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve.  Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review.  As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system.  On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965).   The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant.  Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.

Source: TweakTown

Polywell gets another look

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 11:11 AM |
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The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007.  Now they return, and order a Core 2 Duo E6400/7900 GT system with 2 GB of Kingston 667MHz DDR2.  As is [H]'s habit, Polywell gets a complete review, not just their system, but the ordering process straight through to the tech support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Giving Away SLI Components

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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Starting December 22nd, NVIDIA and their partners are giving away a component each and every day for a year

Every day for a year, between December 22nd, 2006 and December 21st, 2007, NVIDIA will give away one SLI-Ready component to someone with an SLI-Ready, or SLI-enabled PC.


Each day, NVIDIA will draw a winner and post the winner's name here on SLIZONE.


Winners have exactly 7 days to contact NVIDIA and claim their prize - if they don't, they lose the prize and it goes bac

3 Christmas system recommendations

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 11:08 AM |
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The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500.  With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.