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Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment. The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part. In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 04:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier. No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty. That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well. Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.
Subject: Systems | May 12, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jonathan Hung
Lenovo has announced brand new products to their consumer line-up, letting out a fresh batch of notebooks, all-in-one systems, and a lone nettop.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In this case it is The Tech Report who have updated their recommended system builds, just ahead of the arrival of AMD's 6 core 1090T CPU so the only 6 core processor in these systems is the ultra fast Core i7 980X. That 980X sits in the the Double Stuff workstation along with the ever popular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
and 12GB of DDR3-1600. Other big changes include moving the Utility Player to a microATX motherboard and enclosure to make it even more handy as an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | April 12, 2010 - 07:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The impressively titled VidaBox SLIMv3 vCase3 Premium mATX HTPC Case
might be a little hard to find online but it will certainly fit the needs of many HTPC builders. The case is slightly reminiscent of a rack mounted case but even more like an old VHS player. The assembly is so easy a child can handle it, as proved in MadShrimps review. Drop by for a look if you prefer a clean look for your HTPC as opposed to the more flashy styles of design.
Subject: Systems | April 9, 2010 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600. Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games. The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much. Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close<
Subject: Systems | April 5, 2010 - 08:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAS has been suffering a bit of embarrassment at the hands of SSDs as what once was the undisputed champion for performance in a data centre has been left behind by the quick new flash based upstart. Adoption of SSDs into those specific areas is slow for several reasons, not least of which is price as you might rightly think. The other important reason is storage density and that is a huge factor in corporate environments. Sure the SSDs do things faster, but often at a speed far in excess of what is needed in these environments and they are going to take up a lot more space e
Subject: Systems | March 24, 2010 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our long standing contributors, Lee aka Robotech, has assembled a very comprehensive look at assembling the perfect home theatre. This is not a review of hardware so much as it is a blueprint to set up a room so as to reach audio and video nirvana. It will involve tape measures and calculators as the size and shape of the room is one of the more important things for getting that perfect experience. Join him in Part 1 of what will be an ongoing series of articles delving into the high end of home theatres.
Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 08:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been playing with a system based around a Gigabyte X38–DQ6 and an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU and have two main targets in mind. The first is to make the PC as cost effective as possible and the second is a little more ambitious, to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
They do have a guide on what to do to the BIOS and successfully installed and booted the machine. Now that the machine works, find out what features can and can't be expected to perform properly.
Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 08:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost all TV Tuner cards come with a remote control to add to the pile that likely lives on your coffee table, though some abandon that in favour of a wireless mouse and keyboard. techPowerUp!
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2010 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Libertyville, IL – March 1, 2009 – BFG Technologies, producer of Phobos, the innovative high performance gaming/home theater system, and Deimos, the powerhouse SLI desktop replacement notebook, is excited to announce that all purchasers of their custom-built systems will get 10% off the final invoice when ordered between March 1 and March 19, 2010.
The Deimos X-10 SLI Desktop Replacement Notebook delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers and multimedia enthusiasts the convenient
Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we would prefer you to use the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, it is not your only source of information for possible builds. The Tech Report puts together four recommended builds including a double stuff work station for those doing creative and productive work on their PCs along with the usual delimitations of performance. You will even find a Core i5 in their recommended media machine.
Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 10:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a unique and compact HTPC case you should consider Moneual's MonCaso 600. If you are not into building SFF PCs you may have never run into Moneual before as their entire line up is based around that. This case includes a 350W TFX form factor PSU, a good idea as the long skinny PSUs can be difficult to find. At 3.8 x 16.9 x 13.8" you will not be fitting anything other than an mATX board inside (perhaps the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 LGA Steve just reviewed) and any extra cards you want to add will have to be s
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Box Office is a 5.5"x5.75"x1.5" device that will run you $99 and includes quite a kit; the Box Office, composite video cables, a 5' HDMI cable, the remote with the required batteries, and a USB to mini-USB cable. That will give you a network enabled media player with a Realtek RTD1073DD inside that will
display full 1080p content. AnandTech tried connecting wirelessly and were rather disappointed with the outcome. When they switched to a hard wired connection it worked brilliantly.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2010 - 08:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | February 9, 2010 - 12:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock ION 330HT-BD is a small HTPC system based around an Intel Atom 330 and an Ion GPU that work to play Blu-Ray movies at full definition. As it turns out, the system displayed absolutely no problems when Hardware Heaven tested it, the CPU peaked at roughly 25% utilization indicating that there is plenty power to play your movies. The testing they did with Oblivion did not go quite so well, so don't expect much gaming from this HTPC.
Subject: Systems | February 4, 2010 - 07:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | January 25, 2010 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whether you are setting up an HTPC, upgrading your stereo or picking up a new TV, it is a good idea to think about connections before you start. The chances are you will have multiple inputs to worry about; as an example a PC with a TV tuner may output the sound to a TV via an HDMI connection, while using an S/PDIF or optical connection to send audio directly to the stereo receiver. Digital Trends includes and goes beyond such matters in their new article with suggestions on matching your receiver to the requirements of your Blu-ray player and ensuring that the speakers you purchas
Subject: Systems | January 20, 2010 - 07:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CyberPower has sent their newest Xtreme Gaming system to Ars Technica, with a price tag that has dropped from their previous system. Housed inside is a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P with an i5-750 @ 2.66GHz and 4GB of Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-1600 and perhaps most importantly an ATI HD 5870 1GB. That P55 board, with a pair of DIMMs seems to have allowed CyberPower to drop the price,
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2010 - 08:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One alternative to the Windows Media Centre when building an HTPC is to go with a flavour of Linux and MythTV. The set up may be a little daunting to those who have never used or installed Linux, but the rewards are worth the time invested. MythTV does have an Achilles Heel, which is its inability to deal with streaming video from the net. Many have tried to integrate that capability into the program, with mixed results. There is a new plug in in the works that may solve this dilemma, MythNetVision which consists of a search screen and a site/RSS browser screen. <