It's a budget box, not a gaming box

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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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.

Source: Tech Spot

Not a striped PSU, it's a silent PSU

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 04:30 PM |
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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.

New hardware leaderboard, the dream system gets even better

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Check it out!

'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.  :)'

T-break offers some small advice

Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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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.

Source: t-break

Ultra Products X2 full feature PSU

Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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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

Is four seperate 12V lines enough for you?

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 06:19 PM |
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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.

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