Systems

It used to be that large physical dimensions were a telltale sign of a Herculean gaming PC. Looming desktop towers with wild looking exteriors indicated the presence of serious hardware inside. Cracking one open might reveal multiple graphics cards and fancy liquid cooling setups, both almost considered prerequisites in order to crank up the eye candy in demanding games and to play at high resolutions. But somewhere along the way, things began to change. While some of the most powerful gaming systems still reside inside gargantuan full tower enclosures, a growing number of decked out desktops have... Read more...
There's a new company joining the ranks of boutique system builders with customization options that could turn the head of even the most die-hard DIY-er. The paint is scarcely dry on the Origin logo—the business opened on November 17th—but the corporation's three founders each spent a decade at Alienware prior to founding Origin. Their collective expertise is already evident; Origin offers unique customization options that set a new bar for what constitutes a "customizable" system. In this preview, we'll examine both the nascent company and the design of the review system it sent for evaluation;... Read more...
  On The Case! A look at 4 ATX cases... one of the most important parts of your system!   When is the last time you thought about your system chassis? It was probably when you had to get into it to replace a card or processor. Perhaps it was when you made the jump to ATX from the AT form factor when you bought that cool new Pentium 2 Motherboard. Regardless, you probably didn't give it much consideration beyond how fancy it looked. The fact is, a good case with power supply is one of the most important aspects of your system. It is the foundation on which you build the custom PC of your... Read more...