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Subject: Systems | May 25, 2009 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP decided it was about time to take a shot at building an inexpensive HTPC system. In order to keep the costs down they opted to go with a system designed to either stream video from the web or from a DVD, BluRay need not apply. In some cases, old tech from that system you were totally planning on using in the future sometime can be harvested, and there is always online trading and buying to pick up anything you don't have for less than new prices. The build isn't finished, but the amount of
Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech had a hard time choosing what system to review from the boutique Digital Storm. With systems ranging from a $1200 Phenom II and DDR2 system to above $6000, there was a lot of choice and AnandTech decided to go with the high end. The system they chose is watercooled with a Core i7-965 @ 4.00GHz on an EVGA X58 3X SLI, 6GB of triple channel Corsair DDR3-1600
and three GTX 285 1GB
cards all of which push the price up, along with some other interesting components.
Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2009 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is working on taking Windows 7 (RC1) to new heights of performance with their new system build. The build list is done, a EVGA X58 SLI and Core i7 920 along with a pair of 6GB OCZ DDR3-1600 kits and an HD 4890 provide the power for this build, with a variety of other expansion cards and storage devices as well. At this point the components have all arrived and are ready to be assembled. See the pictures and tips by following the link.
Subject: Systems | May 12, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ZOTAC is pleased to announce the world's first NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series.
The new ZOTAC ION platforms deliver superior power efficiency without any compromises. Powered by an NVIDIA ION
graphics processor and your choice of an Intel Atom N330 dual-core or N270 single-core processor, the ZOTAC ION
features Blu-ray high-definition video playback capabilities, compatibility with NVIDIA CUDA-enabled applications
and quick multi-tasking performance.
Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge. There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution. ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features. Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa
Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations. The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen. For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen. The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c
Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Although I am still working on the written review of the Digital Storm 950 Si system, I thought I would go ahead and release the video version. This is the first of MANY new video projects being worked on here at PC Perspective so let me know what you think!!
Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case. Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor
Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been keeping a close eye on the falling prices in the electronics industry and has capitalized on those savings by updating their system recommendations. Sure, their Double Stuff system is $2,628.90 in total, but you get a pair of GTX275's and an X-25 M SDD among others. The Sweet Spot sits at about half that price, but their Econobox runs a hair over $500. Check out their specs here.
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today NVIDIA and Acer partnered together to formally announce the first real ION-based hardware solution: the AspireRevo. There really isn't much news here to report other than what we have
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components. For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing. The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect. If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (April 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI, and fast Intel solid-state drives as an new available upgrade option.
BFG Technologies recently updated the default configuration for the Phobos Performance Edition after tests showed that two BFG GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards running in NVID
Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different. It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside. Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing.
Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.
Subject: Systems | March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC. You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive. Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming. Take a loo
Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player. Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick. On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out. What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy. Perhaps so
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up. That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for. ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s
Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out. It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000. Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar