Overclocked out of the box

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gotten their hands on a sweet system from OverdrivePC, the Gemini.SLI.  This is one of their top models, and can be completely customized when you order it.  The big selling point is that every possible component that can be overclocked already is, and all the stability testing has been done for you.  Check it out.

"Overdrive PC is a company that specializes in systems using over-clocked processors and GPUs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No piece greater than $400

Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 06:22 PM |
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Firingsquad is putting together a powerful system, with one constraint, no component can cost more than $400.  Take a look to see what made it into the system.

"FiringSquad just posted an article describing a system build with a limit of $400 per component.

Source: Firing Squad

How much Juice does your system drink

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2006 - 03:22 PM |
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PCApex (who were PimpRig until yesterday) has just released a power consumption calculator, called Juice.  Just pick all of your components from the drop down menus and it calculates your total power needs, don't forget to specify the number of each component you have.  The only caveat is that this tool calculates total power consumption, it doesn't specify loads on each seperate rail.


"Fu3lman has released a new application which is an advanced PC wattage calculator for

determining the power u

Source: PCApex

Choosing an HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 06:29 PM |
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Wondering where to start with that HTPC project you keep putting off?  T-break comes to the rescue with their first article on choosing the right HTPC chassis, with a comparison between 2 popular designs, one from Silverstonetek and one from DIGN.


"HTPCs seem to be getting more and more popular by the day and while one route to take is to buy a

SFF from Shuttle or MSI, lots of us like to build everything from scratch.

Source: t-break

5 pounds of quiet power

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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System Cooling has posted a review of Enermax's Noisetaker AX 600W PSU.  With dual fans, and dual 12V lines, it is ready for the newest power hungry, heat producing PCIx video cards.  It's Power Factor sits between .98 and .99, making it an extremely efficient power supply.

"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast.

MESH puts together a killer system

Subject: Systems | January 19, 2006 - 06:16 PM |
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HEXUS reviews a great system from MESH, their new Titan X1800 FIRE.  As you might guess from the name, it is based around a pair of x1800's, running in Crossfire mode.  The performance is amazing; it is a fairly expensive system, but you certainly get your moneys worth.


If you are more into building your own systems from scratch, the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard was updated recently, drop by and get some ideas for great hardware to put into your next system.


"MESH, pu
Source: Hexus

Thankfully, we still don't need a PSU with a kilowatt of power

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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CoolTechZone takes a minute to bust the bubbles of those who thought we would be using a PSU with 1000 watts in order to power SLI rigs by 2006.  While the PSU's overall power keeps growing in importance, we haven't quite reached the extremes that we could eventually need.

"Ever since NVIDIA's SLI debuted, we've been hearing about high powered power supplies, which were

supposed to have surpass the 700W+ limit in order to support the power hungry SLI setup, b

Source: CoolTechZone

Who to trust to build your system for you

Subject: Systems | January 13, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a pair of system reviews up, the first of which is WidowPC's WidowFX.  That's followed up by the Maingear Prelude.  Consider these 2 as a good start for getting new system with very little assembly required.

"The experience that we had with WidowPC on the back end was above average. They have friendly and

responsive techs, and, essentially, they build a stable gaming system— once you get the parts that

you ordered.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ToughPower, subtle styling

Subject: Systems | January 10, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The ThermalTake ToughPower is 550 watts of quiet power.  It has dual 6-pin VGA power connectors for SLI/Crossfire rigs, and four SATA connections all at a fairly low price.  Even better, the sleeved power connectors won't detract from a case set up for it's looks.  Read the full review at Overclocker's Cafe.

"Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU.

Holiday Buyers Guide

Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM |
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The gang at HotHardware has posted a Holiday Buying Guide for your viewing pleasure.  Of course, you can view our Hardware Leaderboard as well. 

Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish.

Source: HotHardware