We’re back again for the final phase of our second Build-a-Rig competition. For this round we are doing a theme relevant to many a younger enthusiast: back to school computers. In this Round we invited both Tony Ou from SilverStone and Jeremy Mortensen from Crucial to each spec out an $800 computer for the back to school season. Earlier we interviewed both representatives to discuss their own background and also to find the motives behind the configurations they submitted. Last week we got to dive into the experience of building these computers, and got to see what it is like to put these machines together and how easy they are to work on for those that like to get their hands dirty. Now for the final...

The Clarkdale Experiment: Mea Culpa

Several months ago, I wrote about my little experiment with Clarkdale, where I built a small form factor system, based around a Core i5 661 CPU, an Asus H55...

46 by Loyd Case on 5/4/2010

Loyd's New Year - A Trio of Problem Systems

Three systems, three different sets of problems. Loyd Case puts on his problem solving hat and shares what he learned.

109 by Loyd Case on 1/13/2010

Windows 7 Performance Guide

After nearly a year of serious waiting, the next Windows is here. Its arrival puts a stake in Vista, and may finally be what Microsoft needs to put XP...

205 by Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 10/26/2009

Digital Storm Core i7-965

Our first look at Digital Storm systems, with impressive, raw performance.

52 by Matt Campbell on 5/18/2009

Windows 7: Release Candidate 1 Preview

Following closely on the heels of Windows 7 Beta 1, Microsoft has released RC1 to the public. We find out what's new and how it stacks up to previous...

121 by Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 5/5/2009

IBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin F860-a

How does a Core i7 940 system with an ATI HD 4870 fare? Let's take a closer look.

32 by Matt Campbell on 4/14/2009

CyberPower Core i7-920

CyberPower's midrange Core i7 system takes a spin through our test lab, all without breaking the bank.

34 by Matt Campbell on 3/3/2009

Velocity Micro Edge Z55: Core i7-940 with CrossFire 4870

Velocity Micro is a prominent PC supplier with products available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. Has their popularity hurt their performance, or do they have...

28 by Matt Campbell on 12/12/2008

Maingear F131: Solid Contender

This is our first look at Maingear systems, and we like what we see. Note however that we say like, not love…

25 by Matt Campbell on 11/12/2008

The All-in-One Battle: Dell's XPS One 24 vs. Apple's iMac

These two stylish all-in-ones do battle and believe it or not, it's not as clear cut of a Mac vs. PC debate as you'd think. Faster gaming on...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2008

Überclok Reactor: Balanced Performance

Another spin around the block with Überclok, and we're still pleased with this up and comer.

30 by Matt Campbell on 10/10/2008

CyberPower: 4.0 GHz QX9770 and SLI GTX 280s

CyberPower is a well-known PC supplier. Today we review one of their monster quad-core machines with dual GTX 280s. How does it perform? In a word, great.

30 by Matt Campbell on 8/22/2008

HP Takes on Apple with the New Voodoo

HP and Voodoo finally start taking the Apple threat seriously and respond with one of the most innovative notebooks to come from a major PC OEM. Meet the...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2008

ASUS Eee Box Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked

We've been playing with a prototype of ASUS' Eee Box and we're finally able to bring you coverage on this sub-$300 PC. Complementing our Eee Box coverage are...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2008

iBUYPOWER: 4.0GHz QX9650 and 3-way SLI 8800 Ultras

iBUYPOWER is an established company that offers a wide variety of systems. This time around, we look at one of their high-end overclocked gaming systems to see if it's...

18 by Matt Campbell on 4/10/2008

A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1

After much fanfare, SP1 has hit gold. Can SP1 fix all that ails Vista? We take a look and find out.

62 by Ryan Smith on 2/27/2008

Überclok Ion: Midrange Overclocking, with a Warranty

Überclok is a new company building overclocked gaming PCs. Today we're looking at their midrange Ion model to see how it stacks up.

38 by Matt Campbell on 2/12/2008

Shuttle SG33G5: Black Beauty or Black Sheep?

We look at the small form factor SG33G5 with a quad-core CPU, onboard graphics, and an NVIDIA 8800 GT.

16 by Matt Campbell on 12/13/2007

HP Blackbird 002 Revisited

Today marks the official launch of HP's Blackbird 002, at least in terms of being able to customize the system configuration, so we decided to take a second look...

33 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2007

HP Blackbird 002: Back in Black

The Blackbird 002 is about to soar into the wild. A beast born from the marriage of VoodooPC and HP, we took an early unit out on a test...

31 by Jarred Walton on 9/12/2007

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