Subject: Systems | February 23, 2007 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes a long hard look at the troubled life of HTPCs. While a computer junkie will have no trouble assembling their own HTPC, either Linux or Windows based, they are not a mainstream product. With PVRs and STBs making an appearance on store shelves, HTPCs already have competition. Add to that DRM and HDCP, which make HTPCs not manufactured by a content provider difficult to work with. Plus, you also need to make it HD compatible, and with enormous amounts of storage to be able
Subject: Systems | February 22, 2007 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In all fairness, the parts list of the Dell XPS 710 H2C is impressive, without question, but not as impressive as the over $5000 price tag. However, if you are looking to buy an incredibly powerful gaming machine, without any hassle setting it up, and having tech support with it, then this may be perfect. Head over to HotHardware to see how this box won Editor's Choice.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 19th February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Ainkaboot, a London-based company designing cluster servers for high performance computing (HPC) and high availability computing, is shipping the first ultra compact Octimod MPC7-1500 cluster modules powered by VIA EPIA EN15000 mainboards.
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Alienware shows us what a top-of-the-line gaming system is supposed to look like. With a quad-core CPU and the latest NVIDIA SLI graphics, does the Area 51 7500 meet a picky gamer's expectations?
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system. Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems. It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches). Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.
Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8. They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter. How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run. That is really only the first step. Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case. They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS. Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista. The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM. If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start. There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.
Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling. Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure. They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem. Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.
Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well. Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve. Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review. As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.