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TR's Spring 2010 system guide
— 12:42 AM on April 13, 2010

In this edition of the guide, we've fine-tuned our four main builds, added a hexa-core processor to our fastest config, and whipped up an...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's March 2010 system guide
— 10:43 PM on February 24, 2010

In the wake of our big processor roundup, we've updated TR's system guide with more finely tuned CPU recommendations, new graphics cards, and motherboards...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's Christmas 2009 system guide
— 5:50 PM on December 3, 2009

After this year's launches, we're now on the final stretch to December 25. We've thus given our system guide a touch-up to account for...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's Windows 7 system guide
— 11:32 PM on October 21, 2009

Windows 7 is upon us, as is a whole line of DirectX 11 graphics processors from AMD. Come see how we've updated our system...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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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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Windows 7: A desktop user's take
— 3:07 PM on August 26, 2009

Does Windows 7 really live up to the hype? Is it a worthwhile upgrade over Vista and XP for desktop users and enthusiasts? We took...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Toward a more rational backup strategy
— 10:43 PM on July 7, 2009

Like many of us, my history of backup management is shameful, littered with poorly labeled DVD-Rs, manual file copies, and a minimum of forethought. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Windows

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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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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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Announcing TR's Christmas Giveaway 2008
— 11:44 AM on December 16, 2008

It's time once again for our annual TR Christmas giveaway. This time, we're giving away a gratuitously awesome bundle of components, complete with a...

Type: Feature article Tags: The Tech Report

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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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TR's fall 2008 system guide
— 9:20 PM on October 21, 2008

In preparation for the holiday season, we've completely reworked our system guide with more affordable systems at new price points. Come check out the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's back-to-school system guide
— 12:36 AM on August 27, 2008

In our latest system guide, we've jacked the Grand Experiment with a quad-core processor and high-end graphics, put an 8800 GT into the Econobox,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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ASUS's Eee Box B202 small form factor PC
— 11:46 AM on August 7, 2008

Asus's Eee Box B202 is the tiniest, quietest desktop computer this side of the Mac Mini. But can the B202 do for desktops what the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Internet

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TR's Summer 2008 system guide
— 11:59 AM on June 30, 2008

AMD and Nvidia spat out new GPU generations within days of each other in the past two weeks, and the landscape has changed on the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems

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TR's April 2008 system guide
— 5:33 PM on April 24, 2008

The time has come again for a new system guide. Thanks to falling prices and major hardware makers engaged in furious competition, we've managed...

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