Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | February 28, 2006 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HTPC's are becoming quite common, not only the purpose built cases, but even micro-ATX boards built with the quiet HTPC in mind. Silent PC Review has posted a huge review of the Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure, that is more of a giant, stylish heatsink than a normal case. The included PSU keeps with the same style ethic, and provides enough power without producing excess heat or noise.
"It's raining TNNs at SPCR!?
Subject: Systems | February 24, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the ThermalTake ToughPower 550W may not be the most powerful PSU out on the market right now, that is not it's purpose. The idea behind this PSU is to provide stable power, with the least variation on the lines possible. Read the review at Bjorn3D to see how well it does it's job.
"Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's yet to be available ToughPower 550W power supply. You might
ask what's the big deal? Let's say you already have a PurePower / PowerStation ~500W model.
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot has put together a budget PC guide, that ends in 2 final configurations. They are both complete systems, up to and including the OS, the bottom rung is about $600 and the recommended is ~ $1000. Keep in mind, these will not satisfy gamers, but are perfect for a relative or aquaintence that finds their "web surfing email machine-thingy" slow, and wants a new one.
"Build your budget box right.
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers takes a look at a silent PSU from AeroCool, the Zerodba 620W PSU. The first time you glance at the title, it may come across as Zebra, but this really is a silent PSU with enough power to handle any dual-VGA setup.
"This one is for all those that like a PC quiet. Whether you are an owner of a HTPC or a high end
gaming powerhouse, our next product up for review may be what you need.
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.