Subject: Systems | February 16, 2006 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
'Starting at the top, the biggest difference we see is a move from an nForce4-based SLI system to an ATI Xpress 200 CrossFire-based system sporting the new X1900 XTX GPU and the X1900 CrossFire cards. While this did increase the price of the graphics on the system, the fact was that even IF the NVIDIA 7800 GTX 512s had been in stock, they just aren't as fast as ATI's R580 core. Plus...they weren't in stock. :)'
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break will help you build one of those itty-bitty HTPC's by offering a guide on the best things to put inside it. Assuming you've already found a nice barebones enclosure, follow their advice, and your home theatre system should be impressing people in no time.
"In fact, for non-gamers we would recommend an Intel CPU + chipset combo. While we havent had a
chance to look at any VIIV platform from Intel yet, we're guessing that it would be an ideal
choice for an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org has posted a review of Ultra Products X2 PSU, with it's 120mm fan, modular flex force cabling and dual PCIe cables. Even with dual 6800's running through 5 interations of 3DMark05, the power barely flucates.
If you are worried that 550W won't cut it, make sure you read Lee Garbut's review of the BFG 600W PSU, it is a beast.
"What impressed me the most was that even while holding down a high powered SLI set
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular 600W PSU can provide exactly that. Just because quad SLI systems are only theory at the moment, that doesn't mean you can't get ready for them now! Plus, with a nearly silent 120mm fan and a modular setup with well shielded cables, this PSU shouldn't be crippled by a systems power needs for a while. Read all about it at Techniz.
"The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU.
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | January 31, 2006 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | January 19, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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