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No more all-in-one Microsoft Windows discs!

"One of the nice things to come out of Microsoft’s complete overhaul of the Windows installer for Vista and beyond was that it did away with the idea that different variations of Windows needed different discs. Previously each distribution of XP (Home/Pro/MCE) required its own disc, and then each license type (OEM/Retail/VLK) also required its own disc. This lead to an astounding number of disc types, and complete and utter frustration when for users attempting to install Windows and not having the correct disc to go with the key they had."

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Undervolting the AMD Phenom II X4 965

"The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition impressed us when it launched earlier this week. Well, just about everything but the long-winded naming scheme and a slight concern about its power consumption under load conditions impressed us. Of course, the last minute change from a 125W TDP rating to a 140W TDP rating had us scratching our heads and those of the motherboard suppliers who will see a few less products certified for this processor."

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Video Review #665: Connect3D X1800 GTO 256MB Video Card

With the 1600 series Video Cards at the lower end, and the 1900 series Video Cards at the high end, this is clearly a middle of the road product. This doesn't mean the Connect3D X1800 GTO 256MB Video Card is lacking in performance though. It will comfortably play the most demanding games, and remember that it's Crossfire ready. Price vs. Performance is very high! Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #667: EVGA 7600GS 256MB Video Card

The EVGA 7600GS 256MB Video Card comes in two different flavors: Active cooling, and Passive cooling. This review is for the Passive cooling model. The card is fantastic for silent computer setups or in a Home Theater PC for watching HD movies. On the gaming side of things, this card has all the features but lacks real performance. Of course, EVGA has their higher end 7900 series cards for that! Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #669: Asetek WaterChill Xternal Water Cooling

There are many external water cooling kits on the market, but few are as hardcore as the Asetek WaterChill Xternal. This kit has everything needed for a complete water cooling solution. It comes with three waterblocks; one for the CPU, GPU, and Chipset. All have an acrylic top with a thick smooth solid copper base. The main unit houses a great pump, viewable reservoir, large radiator, and four 120mm fans. One very unique feature with this system is that it can be connected to your computer's USB and controlled with custom software. It even comes with an LCD.

Video Review #670: HIS X1800GTO Turbo 256MB Video Card

Need to get in the game, but don't want to break the bank? Well, this video card offers great performance and features at an affordable price. The core speed on this product is 520MHz, which is 20MHz over the default X1800 GTO core speed. 256MBs of GDDR3 memory at 1000MHz is also a plus. It also comes with 12 pixel shader processors that will have no problem powering through the latest games. And let's not forget, its crossfire ready!" Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #673: SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Case

The SilverStone Temjin TJ08 has a clean look and great design. The front is aluminum, but the remainder is steel and weighs in at only 5.5kg (12lbs). There are two 5.25" and two 3.5" external drive days and two internal 3.5" drive bays. This case also has a removable motherboard tray which makes installation of a motherboard, CPU, cooler, & memory simple. One big plus is the two quiet 120mm fans included with this product. This is a very unique feature for a micro-ATX case and will provide exceptional cooling inside the case. This is a full featured, affordable micro-ATX solution.

Video Review #675: Enermax Aurora & Crystal Keyboards

Both the Aurora and Crystal Keyboards look fantastic, are very well constructed, and should last a very long time. There are very few quality aluminum keyboards on the market today, so it's great to see that Enermax has designed two new keyboards to add to the small list. The only real disadvantage to an aluminum keyboard is the obvious, price. Although, if you have a nice aluminum case, you really should have a beautiful aluminum keyboard to match. Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #676: Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case

The Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case is son of the full tower Armor case. It has many of the same features but is a mid-tower case. This is by default an ATX case but there in an optional BTX upgrade kit available. It has many drive bays, lots of ventilation, two 120mm fans, and comes with a tool-less design. Two different colors are available; black or silver, & either with or without a window. While this case is not all aluminum, the front bezel is. This helps keep the cost down but preserves the look. Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #681: Cooler Master Centurion 534 Case

The Cooler Master Centurion 534 Case is a budget case, but it has lots of features and looks great. There are five 5.25" & one 3.5" external drive bays, as well as four 3.5" internal drive bays. It has a tool-less design on both the drive bays and the expansion slots, making installation and removal a snap. One 120mm fan is included and an optional one can be added. This is not Stacker quality, although if you are looking for an affordable quality product, check it out. Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #685: Thermaltake Eureka Aluminum Case

The Thermaltake Eureka Case looks great with excellent features. It has 5x5.25" and 2x3.5" external drive bays, and 5x3.5" internal drive bays. There is plenty of room to work on the inside and the motherboard tray is removable. The included two 120mm fans provide fantastic air circulation which is crucial. It even fits an extended ATX motherboard. This product has home server written all over it. Watch the Video to find out more...

Video Review #687: HIS X1300 Video Card

The HIS X1300 PCIE 1x Video Card has the technology of the higher end video cards but it doesn't have the performance. This is certainly not a hardcore gamers card in any respect. Even so, it is still excellent for a low-profile Home Theater PC for watching movies or for playing the odd game." Watch the Video to find out more...