Systems from the Guru

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has three gaming system build to recommend, from a budget PC that should keep your old system in the game to a high end one that is built in the hopes it will be able to handle Crysis.  Read through them, and compare PC Perspective's own recommendations from our Hardware Leaderboard.

Source: Guru of 3D

Tame your cables

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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When you go shopping for a few things for your PC, you tend to think of hard drives, RAM or graphics cards.  At Tech Connect Magazine, they have posted a review of something everyone needs, but very few have, cable ties.  They review Akasa's reusable Velcro ties, which will let you organize the spaghetti in your case and behind your desk in moments.

Asus to Launch X38 Express Motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 09:47 AM |
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I'm sure we all knew that Asus was going to get this out sooner rather than later, but Dailytech has some new information on the availability of the upcoming Asus P5E3 motherboard:

Source: Daily Tech

Antec Launches the VERIS Series of Media Components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 05:05 PM |
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Fremont, CA - August 14, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global
provider of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade
and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched its VERIS series of media components.

The VERIS series features the Fusion Black 430, an updated version of
Antec's original Fusion home theater PC (HTPC). It boasts an IR
receiver compatible with Microsoft WindowsR MCE and VISTA to enable
the use of a remote control. In addition, the LCD display remains
bright and accessible even in a darkened home theater.

Source: Antec

Ambient level cooling is for suckers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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Thermoelectric cooling offers a very powerful way to cool your PC, but it does come with a hefty price.  OCIA looks at a scaled down version of the Freezone, the CoolIT Systems EliminatorThey found the installation to be totally problem free, although the power draw that the TEC needed when the system was at full power added to the overall noise.

"The idea behind thermoelectric co

Source: OCIA

Corsair isn't all about overkill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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If you don't need 1000W, and most PCs do not, then it's better to go with a high quality PSU that meets your needs, as opposed to just getting the cheapest, most powerful PSU you can find.  To address the needs of those systems Corsair sells their VX450W PSU, and [H]ard|OCP has reviewed it.  Much like in Lee's review they found it to be a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This fan has a large foot print

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2007 - 01:23 PM |
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The Xclio 3060 Plus has a 36cm fan, just over 1 foot in diameter that takes up most of it's side panel.  They seem to have felt that that is enough, and haven't included any front or rear fans although there are grills for them if you feel they are necessary.  Big Bruin loved the noise level that came from this fan, as it was very quiet and provided powerful cooling at the same time.

Source: Big Bruin

Mid-range, mid-sized tower roundup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2007 - 03:32 PM |
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The ASUS Vento 7700, Cooler Master's ITower 930, Gigabyte's 3DAurora 570 and Poseidon are all up for review at X-bit Labs.  These cases are aimed at the mainstream, lacking some of the features the high end cases offer, but offering more style and extras than the plain cases many volu

Source: X-Bit Labs

Not just a shiny box

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 9, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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The Ultra X3 1000watt Modular Power Supply has a claims to deliver a full kilowatt of energy efficient power.  PCApex hooked this PSU up to several systems to see how well Ultra could deliver on this promise, and the PSU held between 80-85%.  While multiple 12V rails are missing, delivering 70A to the one rail it does offer will not leave your 8800 starving for power. 

Source: PCApex

A nice start to a silent finish

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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Gigabyte's Triton 180 is a low priced case with high priced features, like 120mm fans, extra HDD space and a tool-less design.  Unfortunately it is missing the one feature that many high end cases offer, and that you can easily get used to, a removable motherboard tray.  Still, HotHardware found this case to be well constructed and definitely a good buy.

Source: HotHardware

PC Power & Cooling sees red

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2007 - 04:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has put the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Crossfire Edition into their PSU torture chamber, and puts this red box under pressure. From the over-sized heatsinks inside the casing, to the wiring guards and the sheer reliability of the unit under load, they felt this PSU lived up to the reputation people have come to expect from PC P&C.  They were left scratching their heads over the Silencer moniker though.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Half way to a watercooled system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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The Puget liquid cooled Antec P180B is a handy case for someone just getting into watercooling or those who are old hands at it.  The already watercooling friendly case has been modified for watercooling and comes with a pair of radiators, 2 120mm fans, pump, and a reservoir.  Those just trying out watercooling will appreciate the work that has already been done for them and those familiar with the method will like the amount of heat the system can disperse.  The full review is up at Think Computers.

Tell VIA what you think!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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On VIA Arena they have posted a link to the VIA VP of Marketing's blog and email.  If you want a chance to give VIA an idea what you think of them, or even just see what is up on his blog, drop by this thread in their forums for a link, and a chance to see what other people are saying.

Source: VIA Arena

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2007 - 03:51 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 1 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled the environmentally friendly Corsair VX Series of power supplies. Designed and engineered for mainstream computer users, both the VX450W and VX550W supplies support the Energy Star 2007 Standard and feature the industry's most efficient power-management and ultra-quiet design available.

A very active 12V rail

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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OCZ's ModXStream 780W gives you a very feature rich, as well as powerful, power supply.  OCZ's EZMod cable management system makes for a clean install and the black mesh will fit in with the interior of most PCs.  Four 20A 12V rails, with a max 755W will ensure that even multiple graphics cards get enough power, and the overall efficiency is good.  Modders-Inc will take you through a tour

Source: Modders-Inc

Cooler Master Introduces the CM 690 PC Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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When it comes to PC chassis, no one does it better than Cooler Master. For years now, Cooler Master has been on the leading edge of PC chassis design. Today, Cooler Master is pleased to announce its latest creation - the CM 690 PC chassis. By utilizing a unique mesh design, the CM 690 effectively blends together both form and function, offering users a mid-tower chassis without compromise.

When looking at the CM 690, it's easy to be taken in by its bold lines and superb styling.

Linebacker might be more appropriate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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Sunbeamtech's Quarterback case seems a little larger than your average Quarterback, but it is a great case to build a system with.  It weighs just over 9kg, and has four 120mm fans to go with the large openings in the front of the case.  It is also very inexpensive for a tool-less case, but Big Bruin had some concerns about being able to use the core fan setup and longer graphics cards at the same

Source: Big Bruin

The Ars System Guide goes gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Ars Technica has designed a pair of gaming boxes to satisfy gamers everywhere.  One is a bit price conscious, weighing in at ~$1200, and the go all out for the ~$3000 performance box.  It is worth the time to look if you are thinking about picking up a PC, or just figuring how long you will have to live on Mr. Noodles to buy one.


You can always contrast their choices with our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, to see which setups you prefer.

Source: Ars Technica

The low cost chipset with an attitude

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The MSI P6N SLI Platinum and Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI are very similar boards, with dissimilar prices.  The MSI based on the 680i SLI and the Abit on the 650i SLI.  The main difference between those 2 chipsets is the third PCI express slot, and the 650i's being limited to 8x as opposed to 16x, not that there is any benefit to be gained from the 16x PCI ex

Source: HotHardware

Make mousing a breeze

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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CoolTechZone has a look at LogiTech's new Wii inspired Cordless mouse.  It is unlikely that gamers will adopt it as a replacement, and besides they have the actual Wii to game with.  However, if you are using a projector to show off a presentation or controlling an HTPC, this mouse suddenly makes a lot of sense to use.

Source: CoolTechZone