Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way. The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards. If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can. Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components. You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard has just been updated, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. This time try PC Stats, and their 3 current recommended systems. Their $500 budget system is based around an Athlon X2 7750 BE with an HD4850 and 2GB of DDR2-800. The $1000 mainstream features a 3GHz C2D E8400 with an HD4890 and 4GB of DDR2-1066. Lastly the $2000 performance machine has a Core i7 920, a GeForce 285GTX and 6 GB of DDR3-1600 in triple channel.
Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does. Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways. The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test.
Subject: Systems | July 6, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a system around a Core i7 and an X58 motherboard, you tend to think big when it comes to the case. The heatsinks used on Core i7's often hit 6", which can severely limit your choices of case. Hardware Zone is thinking the exact opposite as they review the Shuttle SX587H.
Shuttle has designed this case as they do all their others, so it sits in about the same size range as a toaster oven, and could possibly function as one. Drop by for a look at the specs and
Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Do you have an old laptop or desktop system hiding away somewhere; which you plan to do something with, at some time in the future? Why not turn it into an HTPC system? Sure, it is nice to go out, pickup an Atom + 9400M motherboard and a sweet Shuttle HTPC case and put together a brand new system, but you could always do that sometime in the future and give the ancient one away. Watch as Digital Trends turns an old Dell laptop with a 2.66GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeF
Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well. The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice. Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks. All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user. The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing. When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar.
A Sweet System
Even though Smooth Creations is a new to the boutique system builders game, they have started developing a name for creating incredibly artistic designs, as well impressively performing ones. Today we are taking a quick preview look at an all AMD-based system that uses a Phenom II processor and HD 4870 GPUs.
Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers.
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers. As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought. They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.
Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent. There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink. An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed. Drop by for a look at t