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.


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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

Enermax contunes to provide uninterrupted power

Subject: Systems | December 12, 2005 - 07:19 PM |
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Club OC powers through a review of Enermax's Liberty series.  As you might expect, Enermax has added all the newest goodies, without going overboard, and does it in style.


"With dozens of Power Supply companies to choose from these days, it's hard to make the right

decision. However, there is still a few companies out there that you can choose by brand name only

and be guaranteed that you made the right choice. One of those companies is Enermax.

Source: Club OC

TIVOs are for wimps

Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:54 PM |
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Real geeks build HTPC's on their own.  So if you do feel like making a personal video recorder, you will probably want a SFF case and board to start with.  Consider the Silverstone SUGO SG01, a comparitively spacious SFF system, with enough room you won't be shopping for add on cards that were made for laptops.  See what Think Computers thinks of it here.

'Small form factor (SFF) cases are becoming more and more popular these days, especially as LANS

and home theater PC's are becomi

Antec gives you a way to test your power

Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:38 PM |
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Antec provides you with good quality PSUs, and now they also give you a way to verify that.  Think Computers has posted a review of Antec's ATX 12V Power Supply Tester.  This is probably the best way to find out if the flucuations on your 12V line that your BIOS reports are actually happening.

'Ah yes, another product from one of the top makers of PC cases and Power Supplies. Antec would be who I am referring to.