Corsair HTPC system build guide

Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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Following up on their guide to build the ultimate gaming machine, Corsair has posted a system build guide for HTPCs.  Follwoing the easy instructions and detailed photos, you will end up with a very stylish and quiet component.


"Dive into the details of building a home theater PC.  From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details!

Dude, this one isn't a DELL

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550.  They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.


"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the

mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also

be a good family computer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A spring breeze goes well with the smell of new components

Subject: Systems | March 20, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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Springtime, when the flowers bloom, the skies clear and the grass wants to be cut ...

Source: Extremetech

Silverstone's extends their quality to PSUs

Subject: Systems | March 16, 2006 - 06:40 PM |
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3DXtreme likes Silverstone's new PSU, the Zeus ST56ZF 560W.  Silverstone claims this PSU is built around an industrial core, which seems to refer to the rock solid voltage delivered by this unit.  If you aren't building a silent machine, and are looking for a high efficiency, low fluctuation PSU, this might be one to consider.

"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the Zeus 560 Watt Power Supply.

Source: 3DXtreme

Best of the budget PSU's

Subject: Systems | March 14, 2006 - 06:15 PM |
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Looking for a good, stable PSU, but you can't spend $200 or more to get it?  Get to TECHGAGE, where they have rounded up 3 of Ultra products value PSUs, and see how well they can perform under load.

"All too often we read reviews of power supplies that are not cheap. Some good power supplies can

run between $100 and $150, if not higher!

Source: TECHGAGE

MAINGEAR Quad SLI Beast

Subject: Systems | March 13, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Union, NJ - March 9, 2006 — MAINGEAR, renowned manufacturer of award winning, record breaking, top performing gaming PCs, unveils the fastest, most powerful gaming PC in the world. The BEAST SLI is the ultimate in gaming hardware and now with NVIDIA QUAD SLI, gaming will never be the same.

Source: Maingear

SLI for your SFF

Subject: Systems | March 7, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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AnandTech has a head to head review of 2 tiny SLI systems.  The Monarch Hornet Pro SLI Revenge Micro-ATX and Shuttle's SN26P SFF, both fully capable of running 2 high end cards in SLI, so they fit a lot of power into a very small space.

"The twist comes in the inclusion of a system that isn't a Small Form Factor design in the

strictest sense of the word.

Source: AnandTech

Powering Quad-SLI the easy way

Subject: Systems | March 7, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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3dGameMan has snuck a peak at Hiper's newest upcoming PSU, a Quad-SLI ready 730W PSU.  Now you can stop worring about running 2 PSU's in tandem, just to support your video cards, as long as the PSU becomes available about the same time the Quad-SLI motherboards do!

"HPU-4x730 series is the flagship HIPER PSU for 1st half of 2006, it is enclosed with our PATENTED

MESH & Industry's fist Stainless Steel PSU Body.

Source: 3dGameMan

Choose your system

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 04:18 PM |
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The following 4 system reviews cover almost every possible base in system design.  Start off loking at OCIA's dream system setup, and picture yourself eating Spam for a while, until you manage to pay off the bills.  Or go for a more mainstream system, a budget system, or a very quiet one, your choice.

"Carrying over from the mainstream guide is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+. This chip is clocked from

the factory at 2.0 GHz (10 x 200) but is capable of MUCH more.

Source: OCIA

King of the PSU Hill

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 01:32 PM |
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All the usual suspects were rounded up by X-bit labs, and recieved electric shocks until they cried uncle.  Drop by and see which power supply survived with the best marks.

"We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units in our detailed roundup today. We will

discuss in great detail the solutions from Enermax, FSP Group, MGE, SilverStone, SinTek, Zalman

and Foxconn. These models are all very powerful ones with over 400W capacity that are available in

retail stores.

Source: X-Bit Labs