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Subject: Systems | July 28, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Giving people the information need to build better gaming machines is the main focus of tech review sites, with better file servers and other, perhaps more profitable, PC purposes running a distant second. iXBT has decided to break the mold by putting together an article on how to build a better office PC. Over a dozen CPUS, ranging from a $31 Sempron to a $220 C2 Quad, 7 different motherboards and even 3 discreet AMD graphics cards along with 1GB of both DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800. Drop by for a look a
Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way. The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards. If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can. Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components. You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard has just been updated, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. This time try PC Stats, and their 3 current recommended systems. Their $500 budget system is based around an Athlon X2 7750 BE with an HD4850 and 2GB of DDR2-800. The $1000 mainstream features a 3GHz C2D E8400 with an HD4890 and 4GB of DDR2-1066. Lastly the $2000 performance machine has a Core i7 920, a GeForce 285GTX and 6 GB of DDR3-1600 in triple channel.
Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does. Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways. The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test.
Subject: Systems | July 6, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a system around a Core i7 and an X58 motherboard, you tend to think big when it comes to the case. The heatsinks used on Core i7's often hit 6", which can severely limit your choices of case. Hardware Zone is thinking the exact opposite as they review the Shuttle SX587H.
Shuttle has designed this case as they do all their others, so it sits in about the same size range as a toaster oven, and could possibly function as one. Drop by for a look at the specs and
Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Do you have an old laptop or desktop system hiding away somewhere; which you plan to do something with, at some time in the future? Why not turn it into an HTPC system? Sure, it is nice to go out, pickup an Atom + 9400M motherboard and a sweet Shuttle HTPC case and put together a brand new system, but you could always do that sometime in the future and give the ancient one away. Watch as Digital Trends turns an old Dell laptop with a 2.66GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeF
Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well. The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice. Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks. All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user. The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing. When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar.
Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers.
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers. As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought. They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.
Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent. There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink. An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed. Drop by for a look at t
Subject: Systems | June 1, 2009 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFG Technologies' Phobos, the only gaming system featuring one-touch overclocking, to offer new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors
Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 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 Advanced and Elite Editions Gaming/Home Theater System now come standard with Intel's Core i7 950 and 975 processors respectively.
Subject: Systems | May 28, 2009 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Axentra HipServ Plug is a tiny little box (110mm x 69.5mm x 48.5 mm) powered by a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU with 512MB of NAND storage memory and 512MB of DDR2. To interface with it you have a USB 2.0 slot and a gigabit NIC, and to power it up, you simply plug it into a mains power wall wart. All the interface is web based, as you might assume from it's size, shape and lack of video output. Legit Reviews does feel it is a work in progress, they used an 8GB USB key that was pre-formatted and it worked fine but when they connected a 1TB USB hard drive, things did not go so
Subject: Systems | May 27, 2009 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Nano processor by Shuttle Inc. in its latest ultra small form factor PC, the fanless Shuttle XS29F.
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