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Seagate Backup Plus Slim External USB 3.0 2TB Hard Drive Review
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PC to showcase that small can be beautiful too!
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "All of this goodness gets contained inside a Corsair Carbide Air 240, one of our favorite small form factor cases. Because of the dual-chamber design you get a shorter case than even your normal mATX cases, though you do gain a bit of width (don't we all...). The result is an incredibly clean, compact and, in our case, white system that only needs a copy of Windows 8.1 to finish it off."

ECS LIVA-X Mini PC (Intel N2808)
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 6:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tired of your smart TV's horrible interface? Looking to add Wi-Fi and digital media options to your home theatre? Want Windows in your living room? ECS's LIVA X is the cost-effective, silent solution to meet those needs, as well as the basic compute needs of most Internet users. With added storage-expansion options and more CPU power, the new LIVA X is the mini PC many have been waiting for.

Alienware Alpha Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Alienware Alpha is a compact living room gaming PC that suits the gamer wanting better graphics, frame rates, and resolutions on a more consistent basis. On top of this, you get the advantages of gaming on a PC, such as a massive game library, cheaper games and the excellent modding community.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our second mini-ITX gaming build guide is centered around creating a powerful yet quiet system inside the ultra small, limited edition NCASE M1 case.

LIVA has a cool new name - the “X”
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:37P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our review of the original LIVA mini-PC we found it to be an interesting product, but it was difficult to identify a specific use-case for it; a common problem with the mini-PC market. Could the tiny Windows-capable machine be a real desktop replacement? That first LIVA just wasn't there yet. The Intel Bay Trail-M SoC was outmatched when playing 1080p Flash video content and system performance was a little sluggish overall in Windows 8.1, which wasn't aided by the limitation of 2GB RAM. (Performance was better overall with Ubuntu.) The price made it tempting but it was too underpowered as one's only PC - though a capable machine for many tasks. Fast forward to today, when the updated version has arrived on my desk. The updated LIVA has a cool new name - the “X” - and the mini computer's case has more style than before (very important!). Perhaps more importantly, the X boasts upgraded internals as well. Could this new LIVA be the one to replace a desktop for productivity and multimedia? Is this the moment we see the mini-PC come into its own? There’s only one way to find out. But first, I have to take it out of the box.

Lenovo Erazer X315 Gaming Desktop PC Review
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 2:06P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have our first Lenovo gaming machine in the lab in the form of the Erazer X315. Just how well will this budget system perform? Read on to find out."

ORIGIN PC MILLENNIUM 4K Gaming Desktop Review
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 1:17P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have probably one of the most overkill desktops we`ve seen. Sporting three GTX 980s, the MILLENNIUM is built to withstand 4K gaming and beyond."

Tesoro Excalibur Review
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 3:28P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Beyond a no frills design, the Excalibur also includes 512Kb of onboard memory for up to 200 macros or 2000 keystrokes that can be saved over 5 custom profiles, 5 Modes of LED backlighting (only available in blue) as well as various media keys and 6/NKRO.

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, features some excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so does the cost. Digital Storm offers four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779) and Level 3 ($979) give users three Vanquish II systems to choose from under $1,000. It’s the Level 4 that we’re evaluating today, and at $1,259 the question is, did Digital Storm find the right balance of performance and price?

Chillblast Fusion Ares System Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not everyone has the time or inclination to build their own system, so fortunately there are still a handful of companies in the United Kingdom selling custom builds. Today we look at the latest Fusion Ares system from Chillblast. This £1,399 build is equipped with an overclocked Core i7 5820k 6 core processor, R9 285 graphics card, Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5 motherboard, 16GB of fast DDR4 memory alongside a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. Is it worth the money?

CyberPower Achilles Pro System review
     Sun, Dec 28 2014 | 4:18A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at a new rig from system builder Cyberpower. The Achilles Pro incorporates the latest Intel i5 4690 processor, alongside a Gigabyte GTX780, Gigabyte Z97 Gaming motherboard and a 256GB Plextor PCIe SSD. Cyberpower have decided to adopt the exciting new In-Win 904 case as well in this £1,399 build. Is it worth the money?

Zotac ZBox Pico PI320
     Fri, Dec 26 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac is a company with lots of experience when it comes to small PC’s. We have reviewed some of them before and always come away impressed.The little PC we are testing today, and it really is little, is their smallest yet as it quite literally fits in your pocket. Even though it is small it still comes with WIndows 8 and is by all accounts a proper PC. It might not fit all users but it turns out to be a nifty little PC with several interesting use-cases.

MSI AG270 2QE-037US Gaming AIO Review - Core i7 + GTX 980M
     Sat, Dec 20 2014 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To overcome that price difference, you have to consider the advantages offered by a system like the AG270. Integration: you get all of this hardware in a small overall package that is pre-built and warrantied. Mobility: though not as mobile as a notebook you can definitely take this system to different rooms or even LAN parties with relative ease. Size: the 27-in 1080p screen will definitely provide a better integrated gaming experience than any 15-in or 17-in notebook. Simplicity: you get a touch screen and the ability to have a single computer that Mom and Dad can safely use, while also harnessing the power of the GTX 980M for your Battlefield addiction."

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Dec 15 2014 | 4:05P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mini PC kit ECS has offered is shipped in a DIY format, and incorporates a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. The footprint of the product a"

PC hardware
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
t's that time of year again. The big man to the north is making his list—and checking it twice—while shoppers to the south contemplate what to get for the beloved techies on their lists. Our staff has compiled a stack of suggestions based on our favorite PC hardware, mobile devices, and other gadgets.

Falcon Elite-GT1 Assassin SE System
     Mon, Dec 01 2014 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Falcon Computers supplies this Elite-GT1 Assassin SE as a bare tower priced at £999 inc VAT. If you choose you can also buy peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and screen from Falcon but anyone looking for a gaming upgrade will probably already own those peripherals. Besides, £999 has a nice ring about it.

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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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  1. 10 Steps to a Secure PC
  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
  82. Wireless Home Networking
  83. Wireless Network Security
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