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If you dig custom PC builds and are also a fan of ASUS products, today is like Christmas for you. ASUS has announced its “Powered by ASUS” program, which essentially lets you configure a made-to-order custom rig from a boutique builder that’s packing ASUS components. “There are a lot of hardware enthusiasts and ASUS fans out there that do not build their own PCs, but want additional performance and features typically not available in off-the-shelf systems,” said Timothy Lin, Director of Product Management at ASUS. “This unique program offers consumers the ability... Read more...
What’s better than a custom PC tricked-out with killer components and sweet lighting? A custom PC with the aforementioned goodies as well as the ability to share your stellar gaming performance with integrated gaming and live HD broadcasting. CyberpowerPC’s new Pro Gamer FTW custom rigs have AVerMedia Live Gamer HD on board, and the technology records 1080p HD (60fps) video right to the Pro Gamer system. Users can easily add commentary and stream the content to an online audience. That’s not to overshadow the Pro Gamer FTW’s other impressive specs, though; these machines... Read more...
NVIDIA’s new GTX 675M mobile GPU is making its way into systems, and the latest is available from custom builder AVADirect. The company announced that the GTX 675M is available in its Clevo P270WM gaming notebook; it’s even available in dual-SLI configuration. The rest of the notebook’s specs are equally high-end include support for the Intel Core i7-3960X, 32GB of RAM, up to three drives (with up to 4TB of storage if you take out the ODD), and a 17.3-inch display. Such a machine carries a commensurate price tag; indeed, the Clevo P270WM with dual 675Ms on board starts at $2256.20.... Read more...
With the Erebus GT, iBUYPOWER set out to make a slightly smaller and less expensive line of systems to complement its Erebus custom gaming series, which is now renamed the Erebus XL series. There are actually three Erebus GTs in the new line, with configurations based on the AMD FX platform starting as low as $899, but the one iBUYPOWER sent us to test is an overclocked Intel Sandy Bridge-based version, Radeon HD 7970 graphics that costs $2499 (as configured). Yes, that’s a lot of moola, but as you’ll see, you get a lot of bang for those bucks... iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System Review... Read more...
So you’re in the market for a smoking fast system, and you have your heart set on a custom build. You can easily drop upwards of three (or four or five) grand on a completely tricked-out enthusiast-class rig that will leave your gamer friends standing in puddles of drool. If you’re on a stricter budget, you can also opt for something in the mainstream range that’s still pretty nice, yet costs closer to $1000-$1500; or, you can look for a sweet spot between the two, where shaking a little more out of the piggy bank gets you a system with all the performance you could ask for... Read more...
We like to play with custom systems around here, and the latest from Digital Storm looks to be a real gem. The Aventum is the result of diligent research on the part of Digital Storm, as the company has gone back to the drawing board regarding every part of the system, from the chassis design to proprietary software to its new Cryo-TEC cooling system. The Aventum software monitors 5 thermal zones and controls 13 (13!) fans to expel heat, and the case’s “thermal exhaust chamber” helps out, as well; that, in addition to the liquid cooling system that boasts no fewer than three 420mm... Read more...
In lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Two and a Half Geeks this week, we decided to feature a rather lengthy video we put together with our podcast host, Iyaz, for his show This Old Nerd, detailing the steps necessary to assemble a system from start to finish. One of Marco’s incredibly cute daughters also makes a few surprise cameos throughout the vid if you pay attention to what’s going on in the background... For many of you HotHardware regulars, this video may be a bit elementary, but if you’ve never built a system before or have friends or family thinking about taking... Read more...
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Actually, while it is the holiday season, it really sucks. Look at the economy, the stock market, job losses, and earnings reports for many companies. But it is the time of the year for tne annual Amazon.com Customers Vote promotion. How does it work? Step 1: Vote. Browse our six rounds of great products, and vote for the ones you'd like to buy at an amazing discount. Step 2: Check E-mail. Check your e-mail the day before each buying round to see if you've been randomly selected to participate in the race to buy. Step 3: Go! If selected, make sure you come... Read more...
iZ3D and Smooth Creations Team up to Offer a Limited Edition of Custom Painted 3D MonitorsEnjoy Dazzling Effects On-Screen and on the Outside of your Monitor Too! San Diego, Calif., November 3, 2008 -- iZ3D, LLC, designer, developer, and pioneer of advanced 3D visualization systems, is pleased to announce that the company is once again teaming with Smooth Creations, the popular computer custom paint company and now high end game system reseller. iZ3D (TM)is now offering on-screen 3D eye candy and now there are six styles of the monitor itself that are a treat to see. The limited edition of custom... Read more...
Verizon FiOS customers tend to be the envy of the rest of us non-FiOS, broadband users. Well, that envy quotient is about to go up another notch, as Verizon announced that as of next week, its 50/20 and 20/20 Mbps services will be available "across all of Verizon's FiOS Internet service footprint in 16 states." "Verizon had already offered the 50/20 Mbps and 20/20 Mbps services in its FiOS markets in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.  The company is now expanding those offerings to new Verizon FiOS customers in parts of California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland,... Read more...
Many, many people have said that Windows XP is just fine, and while Vista's great (DX10 comes to mind), it's not necessary for most.  Can an outcry of public sentiment save XP?Windows Vista was supposed to be a shot in the arm for Microsoft, which had gone five years without a new desktop operating system. It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, Vista sales have been slower than XP's (when adjusted for market size) and there's been a distinct lack of passion for the new OS. In Vista's first year, InfoWorld detected a deep anxiety over Vista among technologists and consumers alike. We decided... Read more...
Shell wants customers to give them the finger, at least in terms of paying for their gas.  10 Chicago-area stations are testing biometric payment systems. Ten Shell gas stations in the Windy City are testing biometric systems that let consumers walk up to the pump, scan their fingertips on a device and fill up their vehicles. The systems, also installed at Shell convenience stores, are directly linked to customers' checking or credit-card accounts for payment. "When we talk to customers, they're always looking for ways to make buying gasoline quicker and easier, and always looking for ways... Read more...
Monday Verizon unveiled a new new, symmetrical Verizon FiOS Internet service for consumers, featuring an upload and download speed of up to 20Mbps. Yes, you read that right, 20Mbps upload. The service went live in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday.The 20/20 service is first launching in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but Verizon says it will come to the company's 13 other markets eventually. The cost will be $64.99 per month for those with a Verizon phone contract, and $69.99 for those without.Our question: when are you coming to our area?  This makes everyone... Read more...
Dell has announced  it will be offering a version of the open-source operating system Linux, called Ubuntu, on a small number of desktop and laptop models. They apparently announced it by sending an e-mail on Friday from an un-named Dell employee to a blogger named Jeremy Garcia who runs a Linux advocate site. John Hull, manager for Linux OS technologies for Dell followed up today on Dell's website: Dell will offer only add-on peripherals and hardware options "that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support," Hull wrote. "These hardware options have been thoroughly tested... Read more...
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