Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500. With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.
Subject: Systems | December 7, 2006 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MediaLab remote control is an accessory to the ThermalTake MozartTX, but is by no means limited to that case. VIA Arena has already covered a lot about the case, it's PSU and a 7" LCD screen to attach to it, that are all linked to in this article. Check out the review for a look at everything you need to set up a perfect HTPC, or even an entertainment centre for your car.
Subject: Systems | November 28, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP offers up their collective opinions on 2 systems anyone would be happy to find under their tree. One is $1500 and the other $2800 and both will give you plenty of performance.
Or for something different, Ryan has updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard to include the 8800GTX, and some other goodies.
Subject: Systems | November 21, 2006 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews MSI's SFF PC. While not as stylish as some systems purely designed for HTPC use, there is a nice tradeoff, it's performance is on par with a M2N32-SLI. Find out if this system strikes the balance you are looking for.
If you are looking for a large HTPC case, that is still going to fit into a living room, check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Mozart TS.
Subject: Systems | November 20, 2006 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Puget Sound Quiet Gaming PC looks solid at first glance. Running just under $2000 shipped, with an AM2 X2-3800, 2GB of Corsair's 667MHz RAM and a 7600GT. As [H]ard|OCP runs it through testing they do find that a balance between quiet and hot was reached, but it might not be good enough. Read on to find out if this system gets a recommendation, or not.
Subject: Systems | November 10, 2006 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABS, one of [H]ard|OCP's favorite vendors has designed a very powerful gaming system. The performance is something to behold, both gaming and encoding, but as it was a pre-release system, there were a few troubles.
Subject: Systems | November 7, 2006 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Mozart Sx Slim HTPC case uses some innovative ideas to let you fit a full ATX board, and even a normal 1 slot PCIe video card in a tiny area. hardCOREware has posted a full review of this well made HTPC case.
Subject: Systems | November 2, 2006 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the Hypersonic Sonic Boom OCX, a hard core gaming system. The bad new is the price tag, at $3400.00, but the good news is that it gets you a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of Mushkin RAM and a GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card. As [H] finds by the end of their experience, you do get your money's worth if you can afford it.
Subject: Systems | October 20, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP published a review of the Voodoo Hexx, just before HP purchased Voodoo, so their review may not be representative of the experience one will have with HP. That said, this $3000 SFF gaming machine has the stats to perform on paper, but [H] found the real machine a little lacking.
Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire. [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.