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TR's fall 2009 system guide
— 10:18 AM on September 16, 2009

In this edition of the system guide, we update our Utility Player and Sweeter Spot builds with Intel's new Lynnfield processors, juice up the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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Chance to win a Core i7 gaming PC
— 3:38 PM on September 8, 2009

Intel and a couple of its system-building partners are going out of their way to make this week's launch extra special.  CyberPower and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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Intel's P55 Express chipset
— 12:29 AM on September 8, 2009

Lynnfield requires a new motherboard based on Intel's P55 Express chipset. We've rounded up three examples from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI to see how...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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A tale of avarice, betrayal, and upgrading
— 4:57 PM on August 20, 2009

It's story time with Uncle Dusty, kids, so scoot in and I'll spin you a tale of terror sure to make spiders crawl up your...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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Just fix the AHCI already, AMD
— 12:21 PM on August 17, 2009

I've been partial to AMD for a long time. The first PC I built for myself had an Athlon Thunderbird running at a blistering 1.4GHz,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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AMD's 785G integrated graphics chipset
— 11:00 PM on August 3, 2009

AMD has a new 785G integrated graphics chipset designed for Socket AM3 CPUs and sub-$100 motherboards. Join us as we explore whether the 785G...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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A compact, fast, and quiet PC for the kitchen
— 12:54 PM on June 25, 2009

If you've read our summer system guide, you might enjoy hearing the story of how our very cool Pocket Swiss Army Knife config came...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

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TR's summer 2009 system guide
— 12:10 AM on June 25, 2009

Our latest system guide features a Phenom II- and DDR3-powered Econobox, a highly versatile Mini-ITX build (which can take a Core 2 Quad and...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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High-end Socket AM3 chipsets under the microscope
— 10:53 PM on June 17, 2009

The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition makes a compelling case for Socket AM3, particularly now that LGA775 has no real upgrade path. Which chipset...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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TR's April 2009 system guide
— 11:06 PM on April 14, 2009

Thanks to continually declining hardware prices, we've been able to concoct some amazingly affordable builds in our latest system guide. The star of this...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's February 2009 system guide
— 8:30 PM on February 23, 2009

Our new system guide includes a series of firsts: a Phenom II X3 has landed in one of our primary builds, our cheapest Core...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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Nvidia's Ion platform
— 8:00 AM on February 3, 2009

Intel has often been criticized for pairing its Atom CPU with anemic 945G-series chipsets, but now there's an alternative in Nvidia's Ion platform. Read...

Type: Feature article Tags: Chipsets Systems

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Dissecting the Steam Hardware Survey
— 9:02 PM on December 18, 2008

As a cross-platform gamer increasingly disenchanted with the PC, I absolutely love Steam and what Valve has done for the platform. Over the last five...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming

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Seven affordable PSUs take on The Beast
— 1:52 PM on December 18, 2008

In its latest outing, our beastly power supply tester takes on seven PSUs between 350 and 500W, including a lowly generic unit. Read on...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power

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The parent trap
— 5:37 PM on December 11, 2008

We've all been there at one time or another: fixing a family member's computer. It's not a situation I particularly mind, since my family has...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

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TR's Christmas 2008 system guide
— 4:39 PM on November 24, 2008

We cleverly side-stepped Intel's Core i7 offensive in our previous guide by focusing on cheaper systems. Now that the Core i7 is out, we've

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared
— 3:39 AM on November 3, 2008

If you want one of Intel's swanky new Core i7 processors, you're going to need a motherboard upgrade. But which one? We've faced off...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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