HTPC or LAN party box ... you decide

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Is a 5.5lb SFF case designed to fit dual video cards, 4 drives, a full power supply, and 4 fans designed for HTPC use, or as a mobile box to take on the road?  Either way SPCR takes a long look at the QMicra from PC Design Lab, to figure out what niche this case best fits in.

New Dell Dimension PCs Featuring NVIDIA nForce and GeForce technologies

Subject: Systems | September 13, 2006 - 05:44 PM |
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Quickly go from work-mode to play-mode with a Dell™ Dimension™ desktop powered by NVIDIA. Whether you are crunching numbers, watching a Hollywood blockbuster, or taking on the enemy in your favorite game, the new Dell™ Dimension™ can deliver the performance and features you need with the flexibility you desire.

The new Dell™ Dimension™ E521 and C521 feature the NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics processing unit (GPU), which is designed to deliver:

Source: NVIDIA
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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction to System Reviews

Alienware's Aurora 7500 line, featuring the AMD Athlon FX-62 processor and an NVIDIA 7950 GX2 graphics card, is a screamer in games and just about everything else!

Antec's home for overclocked HTPC systems

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
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The Antec Fusion seems aptly named, a mix of HTPC style, with some serious cooling.  It is very easy to set up with the colour coded instructions and the quiet power supply and 120mm fans don't make that much noise.  Take a look and see if you are as impressed as Overclockers Online.

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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With a bit of tweaking, and a good cooling system, [H] will show you how to put together a budget system with the performance of an Intel Extreme Edition or an AMD FX processor.   Make sure you read it.

You can also get a second opinion from Ryan, he has just updated the Hardware Leaderboard, and for the first time ever, 3 of the 4 systems are Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Complete Core 2 Duo system for those on a budget

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more.  At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.

Source: AnandTech

Viiv versus AMD Live, just your standard battle for dominance

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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HTPC's are quickly becoming a common thing, so Intel and AMD have decided to each offer their own standards.  They take 2 very different approaches, Intel's is to only allow pre-made machines to carry the Viiv label, while AMD has made a list of approved components, so you can choose between buying a complete system, or building your own.  TweakTown has gathered a lot of information on this battle to rule the Digital Home.

Source: TweakTown

No, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD.  They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly.  HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.

Source: Hexus

Adopt a Core 2 for less

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The Tech Report points out the pricing of the Core 2s, and AMDs price cuts, have made it fairly cheap to set yourself up with a new system.  Check out the 4 system recommendations they offer, and their subsititions for those who don't like the basic setup.

Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard here at PCPerspective, with links right to New Egg to buy all the components.

PC Club's new Tech Support

Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gone through 4 systems from PC Club, but ran into some serious difficulties with their tech support.  Giving them another chance, they try out a new system priced at just over $1200, and call up tech support to find out what, if anything, has changed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP