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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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An upgrade tale 2: upgrade harder
— 11:45 AM on September 25, 2009

So, almost three years had passed since my last major system upgrade—downright shameful negligence for someone in this line of work, clearly. I won't...

Type: Blog post 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trying out Windows 7's XP Mode
— 3:04 PM on May 11, 2009

Late last month, Microsoft revealed plans to offer a free Windows XP virtualization solution to users of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. In a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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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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Thoughts on the Windows 7 beta
— 4:44 PM on January 13, 2009

I've already written at length about my (generally positive) appraisal of Windows Vista, yet I'm still eagerly looking forward to Windows 7. While I find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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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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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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