Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 08:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build. With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it. In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating. Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV. They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.
Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 10:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Richmond, VA — May 1, 2007 — Velocity Micro, the largest independent U.S. builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today that it has acquired Overdrive PC, a U.S. based boutique manufacturer of highly overclocked gaming and multimedia computer systems. Following the acquisition, Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC will maintain individual brand identities to collaboratively provide high quality, performance systems for a broad range of professional, enthusiast, and PC gaming customers.
Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista. With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid? Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.
Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 09:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive. Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it. ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.
Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you. Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service. Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.
Introduction and Specifications
The Apple TV claims to be able to bridge the gap between all that media being stored on your computer and move it to your high definition television. Can it survive without support for HD video though?
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 09:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on. Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside. Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 07:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX. With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management. Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.