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iBuyPower BTS 11 gaming rig
     Thu, Aug 11 2011 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Some might say, “Hey, I could build a rig similar, or better, for a lot less.” In actuality, while doing a price comparison via Newegg with the different components the system comes with, including the operating system — some parts we couldn’t find to include in the price comparison, like the Xion 700W PSU, the actual RAM, and iBuyPower’s water cooling solution, so similar parts were priced out instead — we found that it would cost about the same as what iBuyPower is offering the BTS 11 for.
  FULL STORY @ IBUYPOWER

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Fri, Jul 29 2011 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. This months entry oozes in style, money spent and flamboyance. For 2011 we upped the prize that you can win a little. The rig of the Month July 2011 is absurd. A Dutch guy pretty much transformed one room and a desk into a big PC. Everything you are about to see us customized, he built a table, he places radiators under the housing of the floor and has gotten everything liquid cooled with only the best gear. And then when you look at the finished product .. all you can say is WOW -- that's a guarantee. A good chunk of money was spend on this setup, luckily he got sponsored a little as otherwise this project would have been unaffordable. Guys, meet Peter Brands from The Netherlands and his “L3p D3sk”, already working 8 months on this project, which we consider this to be art really.
  FULL STORY @ ARTICLE

Disabling NVIDIA's HDMI Audio Under Linux
     Thu, Jul 28 2011 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those who don't use Linux, or do use Linux but aren't aware, the audio system found within the OS is horrible. Not in quality, features or performance, but rather in configuration and execution. Since I began using Linux in 1999, and moved to it full-time in 2004, the bulk of my most frustrating troubles have had to do with audio, and a recent problem only solidifies that fact further. This time though, it's not an audio card at fault, but rather the HDMI audio chip built into NVIDIA's GeForce graphics cards.
  FULL STORY @ DISABLING

Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC
     Thu, Jul 28 2011 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Housing an entire system in what is the smallest form we've ever seen, Edge-HD2 appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a tight budget that don't have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. The HD2 gets an upgrade from its predecessor in the form of a slightly quicker CPU, a larger hard drive, and Windows 7 pre-installed, so there are some distinct advantages of going with a system setup like this. But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

HP Pavilion dv6-6170us
     Tue, Jul 26 2011 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“With an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU and AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics card, the HP Pavilion dv6-6170us provides all the performance of these premium laptops for several hundred dollars less. However, you will have to sacrifice a few features to get those savings.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

Apple Mac Mini Thunderbolt Released Without DVD Support
     Tue, Jul 26 2011 | 2:35P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Apple has launched its all new Mac Mini 2011 (Thunderbolt) desktop computer. The Mac Mini has been a cheaper way for a consumer to get into Mac's without shelling out a ton of cash. The Mac Mini's come priced in at $599 and $799 but they do not include a monitor. One feature that you won't find on the new Apple Mac Mini will be a DVD drive. Apple has decided that the DVD drive is dead and did not include it. With everything going digital, there really isn't a big need for DVD's or is there?"
  FULL STORY @ RELEASED

iBUYPOWER BTS11 Budget Gaming Rig
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 2:25P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BTS11 system is packed with some of the custom components featured in their sale and weighs in at $999. But can a sub $1000 rig assembled professionally really be considered a "gaming rig"?
  FULL STORY @ IBUYPOWER

 
Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Tue, Jul 19 2011 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The rig of the Month June 2011 style, silence and performance are the key ingredients for the PC. A good chunk of money was spend on this Rig to get Thomas Michels his most most excellent build ever, supporting SLI and Thermaltake Level 10 alright. Meet the PC of Thomas Michels, 26 years of age.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Dell Vostro 3350
     Tue, Jul 12 2011 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Dell Vostro 3350 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop that's geared towards small business users. It has fantastic battery life and mobile broadband capabilities, but it only has average performance in the end.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

Aria Gladiator HD2-K Review
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the market for an all-in-one system stuffed with the latest hardware? Aria.co.uk might have just what you're after.
  FULL STORY @ SYSTEMS

Apple Mac OS X Lion: A Preview of What's to Come
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Steve Jobs revealed few details about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at the "Back to the Mac" gathering on Apple's Cupertino campus late last year. But most recently the company began seeding a preview of the operating system to its developer program members, giving us a chance to see where OS X is headed before it becomes available to the general public this summer. Between the iOS-like features we saw back in October and what we are seeing now, it's clear Apple has drawn a lot of inspiration from its popular iPhone and iPad devices, making significant changes to OS X and adding features that are focused on simplifying the overall experience for both new and longtime Mac users. Considering that OS X's last major release, Snow Leopard, was not focused on new end-user features, Mac OS X Lion appears to be a more significant release in terms of functionality, user interface and workflow improvements. We've compiled a list with several of the changes and new features disclosed so far. Read on for a quick tour of what's new.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

NZXT H2 Computer Case Review
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Explosions, pings, message notifications, and the Windows login tune. What do all of these have in common, you may ask? Well, these are all sounds we may hear almost every day when sitting in front of our computers. From just logging on to playing games, we hear a plethora of stuff coming from our speakers or headsets. However, one thing most users don't want to hear while performing their day-to-day routine would be the incessant humming from their computer itself. In my case, the last thing I would want to hear when I am gaming or listening to music is the spinning noise from my hard drive, or the noise from my case fans. To combat this problem, some people may go about and get the best fans and passive cooling units to reduce the noise. What some users do not think of, however, would be to choose a quieter chassis to seal the deal. Well, today we have a new case from NZXT that advertises to do just that. NZXT is well known in the industry for their high quality cases, fans, and power supplies. The product we will be taking a look at today is the NZXT H2 from the Classic line of cases, which is pretty self-explanatory. This line seeks more classic and clean designs, while providing modern luxury at the same time. Without further delay, let us dive right into our review, and see how well this chassis reaches its goals for being quiet and clean looking at the same time.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Chillblast Fusion Impact 3D Full System
     Thu, Jun 23 2011 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Chillblast may not be as well renowned – or as infamous – as Overclockers or Scan, but they’ve been around the block enough to know the game and they’re well established as a solid, affordable gaming system builder. Today we take a look at another of their setups, this one that provides the full 3D experience: monitor, glasses and GPU. It’s got a Sandybridge i5 CPU too."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC
     Wed, Jun 01 2011 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When you think of Sapphire you think of video cards and more recently motherboards. Along with expanding into the motherboard market, today, Sapphire introduced its newest product the Edge-HD Mini PC. With a dual core Intel Atom D510 and a Nvidia ION 2 GPU the Edge HD could be a perfect HTPC or PC for light use. The Edge HD gets its name from its thin size; everything is packed in a form factor that is smaller than the average home router. Considering its contents, the size is very impressive!
  FULL STORY @ SYSTEMS

Dell Monitors on e-IPS Matrix
     Mon, May 30 2011 | 5:57P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to talk about five monitors from Dell on e-IPS matrix ranging from 21.5 inches to 30 inches in size. These products boast excellent viewing angles, great functionality, less than 10 ms response time and quite affordable prices. Read more in our new roundup!
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

News: Asus shows ultra-thin UX Series Eee PC at Computex
     Mon, May 30 2011 | 5:33A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a Computex press conference Asus unveiled a new ultra-thin UX Series notebook with an aluminum chassis Sandy Bridge CPU options and USB 3.0 connectivity. The company also showed off a slim Eee PC X101 that`ll cost $200 and a mainstream notebook with Bang & Olufsen audio."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

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