desktops

  • TigerDirect's $299 HP Desktop (For Two Days)**

    In the process of signing up for TigerDirect’s 20-day Wii, PS3 and Zune giveaway, I apparently ended up on its e-mail newletter lists. Which is how I found out about this deal on an HP desktop. Until December 8, TigerDirect is selling a $299** HP dx2200 desktop. (**It’s actually $499.99, but it’s got $200 worth of rebates on it.) Normally I balk at cheapy desktops, but this… Read More

  • Update: Antec Nine Hundred Very Quiet

    So yesterday I mentioned a review from XYZ Computing on Antec’s Nine Hundred gaming desktop case. The big black box is loaded with three 120mm fans and one of Antec’s Big Boy 200mm fans, which the site reported, and in turn I did too, as being “not very quiet.” Well, now I’m starting to wonder if XYZ even turned the fans on. Three other reviews make it a point to… Read More

  • Antec Nine Hundred: My My, What Big Fans You Have

    Those crappy little 90mm fans cooling your desktop just aren’t cutting it? Antec’s Nine Hundred “ultimate gamer case” sports three, 120mm fans with mounts for more, and a 200mm top-mounted fan. If you’ve never seen a 200mm fan in a case, it’s impressively large. To the point where you might feel the owner is over-compensating for other shortcomings. I’m… Read More

  • AMD: Two Chips Are Better Than One. No Really. They Are. We're Serious.

    Well, AMD officially launched its 4×4 platform and three new FX-series processors: 2.6GHz FX-70, 2.8GHz FX-72 and 3GHz FX-74. Or is that six processors? Each one is a set of two, dual-core CPUs. And according to Tom’s Hardware Guide, the platform and processors add up to a whole lotta “meh.” Which, by the way, took them 13 pages to get to. It’s not that the setup… Read More

  • 8×8 + Systemax = VoIP PC

    Sometimes I just like saying “VoIP” even when it doesn’t pertain to anything I’m actually talking aobut. VoIP. Anyhoo this time it does though as PC maker Systemax (the house-brand for TigerDirect.com) announced a new partnership with VoIP-and-videophone communications company 8×8, Inc. yesterday (yes, I know this is late, but I wasn’t around yesterday and that… Read More

  • AMD In Your Apple Power Mac G5 Quad…Sort Of

    So, AMD’s ownership of ATI now means that anywhere you once put the graphics chip-maker’s products, you’ll now be putting in AMD. In this case, it’s the newly available ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition. The card is your best option for delivering high-end 3D graphics performance to an older Power Mac desktop with a x16 PCI Express slot. For $349, you get 36 pixel shader… Read More

  • Intel Core 2 Quad: Damn, That's Fast!

    So the verdict’s officially in on Intel’s new quad-core processors: Four cores is better than two. On the surface that might not seem like a big shocker, but as I’m sure you all know not all new technologies live up to their promises. There’s more than a smattering of coverage coursing through the Internets’ pipes today, but ComputerShopper.com popped out a full… Read More

  • Corsair Celebrates Its RAM Dominance With Gold-Plated Modules

    Memory manufacturer Corsair is having a very good year with its high-end performance RAM modules. Year-to-date the company’s total premium module shipments have surpassed one million units. To celebrate the acheivement and its general market dominance, Corsair is giving away five, custom 2GB DDR2-8888 gold-plated DOMINATOR memory kits. The DOMINATOR sticks are pretty awesome with an advanced… Read More

  • Logitech Alto Makes Your Laptop More Desktop

    This is pretty simple really—it’s a notebook stand that puts your screen at eye-level and includes a built-in, full-size keyboard—and I’m surprised, with all of Logitech’s accessory and peripheral knowledge, the company didn’t crank something like this out sooner. The keyboard is complete with a number pad, a media panel and a key layout that’ll be… Read More

  • Kingston Adds 2GB Sticks To Its Laptop ValueRAM Lineup

    If you’re rocking a particularly small, small-form-factor PC or are looking to get a little extra performance out of your laptop, you’ll want to pay attention to this. Kingston Technology, memory-vendor extraordinaire, has made available 2GB 533MHz and 667MHz ValueRAM SO-DIMMs. Although, by “Value” it simply means that the modules don’t fall under the company’s… Read More

 
  • ATI Launches Midrange Radeon X1650 XT

    It’s always fun to look at, dream about, lust after the high-end stuff, but when it comes down to it, most of us go right for the midrange option on whatever we’re buying. That’s what makes the new CrossFire-ready 256MB X1650 XT so appealing. It’s reasonably priced at $149 and has a good helping of the features you’ll find on the more expensive cards from the company. Read More

  • BYO Falcon Northwest FragBox2

    Not that you couldn’t build your own small-form-factor gaming PC in a Silverstone case before, but now you can get the satisfaction of doing it and still pretend you spent thousands of dollars on a pre-built system from a boutique vendor. Priced at $299 (pricey for sure, but it includes an ATX-sized 750-watt PSU), Falcon Northwest’s FragBox 2 chassis is now widely available through… Read More

  • Super Talent Launches Solid-State IDE Drives

    With standard consumer hard drive disk sizes quickly approaching 1TB for a single drive, this 16GB Flash-based drive (with a street price of about $500) from memory manufacturer Super Talent is puny. However, the company’s IDE Flash drives (available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities) are perfect for UMPCs and laptops because they are lightweight, have low power needs and are highly reliable. Read More

  • Big Brand Vs. Boutique: Does It Really Matter?

    With HP buying VoodooPC last week and Dell purchasing Alienware earlier this year, there’s been more than a few comments around the Web on how these mainstream vendors will impact the quality of the boutiques. The fact is, many companies have high-end, mainstream and value brands, so why should computer vendors be any different? HP and Dell deserve some credit for realizing that just because… Read More

  • HP Officially Announces Purchase Of Voodoo PC

    This is sort of out of nowhere for HP, but it just picked up Canadian boutique computer vendor Voodoo PC. HP made an attempt at building gaming desktops a couple years ago, but didn’t seem to put too much time or effort into that market segment and shortly dropped the venture altogether. I’ve always liked Voodoo’s systems, despite their being pretty freakin’ costly and… Read More

  • Velocity Micro Announces Quad-core Workstations

    Along with other news coming out of the Intel Developer Forum today, Velocity Micro unveiled its updated ProMagix W160 workstation with Intel’s upcoming quad-core processor (code-named “Kentsfield”). What does this mean to the average consumer? Not a whole lot. But if you’re a day trader with massive spreadsheets and you like to listen to music, download pirated movies, and… Read More