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If you ever plan to build your own PC, Tom's Hardware’s System Builder Marathon is a must-read. Our editorial team builds, tests, and evaluates PC systems at varying costs, using the components that we think maximize value. These components include motherboards, cooling devices, CPU platforms, chipsets, memory, cases, hard drives, networking and graphics cards and power supplies. For each build, we include performance benchmarks that include 3D games, audio and video compression, graphic design, image manipulation, and video editing. Our testing includes each configuration in its stock form and overclocked. Feel free to build along with us or watch patiently from the sidelines, because, remember—each of these systems are given away at the end of the marathon (don’t forget to enter!).
Windows XP a Goner? First Aid for your Windows PC
Jan 12, 2005 - in Reviews
Blue screen, registry error, blank screen... ack! Somebody tell me: how I can retrieve my data? How do I get my system running again? THG shows you which tools to use, and how to use them to get everything running again - without data loss or the dreaded reinstall.
Intel researchers build laser on chip
Jan 7, 2005 - in News
Working with the basic material of computer chips, Intel researchers have constructed an all-silicon laser that could lead to computers one day harnessing light waves rather than electrical currents to shuttle data swiftly.
IBM researchers eye 100 TByte tape drive
Dec 17, 2004 - in News
IBM has begun work on new technologies designed to boost the capacity of tape storage devices by 250 times.
Europe uses Grid to create new megacomputer
Dec 14, 2004 - in News
European research institutes are linking together four supercomputers to create the world's fourth most powerful megacomputer, without having to spend the money it would normally cost to build such a monster.
Asustek transforming into major notebook vendor
Dec 3, 2004 - in News
Asustek Computer aims to ship four million notebooks in 2005, including two million own-brand models and two million OEM/ODM models, according to sources at the motherboard maker.
Build Your Own XGA Projector II: Suitable TFT Monitors
Dec 1, 2004 - in Reviews
The conclusions from our first XGA projector story remain: fun and fascination are guaranteed when you build your own projector. However, some folks have told us they need help finding TFT monitors with panels that are well-suited to the project, so we felt it was time to update the topic and list suitable candidates.
LG Philips LCD plans five billion dollar investment despite output glut
Dec 1, 2004 - in News
LG Philips LCD is to invest five billion dollars in new facilities to produce next-generation flat panel displays in order to strengthen its global market leadership.
Patch 3.5.0 for 3DMark03 released
Nov 16, 2004 - in News
Futuremark released a new patch for the 3DMark03 benchmark suite.
It's Here! The Holiday Buyer's Guide 2004
Nov 15, 2004 - in Reviews
Are you confused about what to give for the holiday season? Over the last several weeks, we have reviewed some of the most exciting, expensive and sometimes strange electronic gadgets. The result is this easy guide to help you decide what toys to buy - and to dream about.
Intel BTX boards go on sale
Nov 15, 2004 - in News
Long heralded Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) Intel motherboards have started to go for sale in Japan.
Supersize Your TV for $300: Build Your Own XGA Projector!
Nov 13, 2004 - in Reviews
Have fun tinkering and save a boatload of money on a high-quality XGA projector. THG shows you, step by step, how to build an XGA projector with 3,500 ANSI lumens. A new video also provides additional inspiration, giving you an impression of the picture quality you can achieve.
THG Graphics Card Buyer's Guide
Nov 10, 2004 - in Reviews
The THG Graphics Card Buyer's Guide has been written to be a guideline for the purchase of a new graphics card. It aids beginners in selecting the right model with the right feature set, and explains the newest technologies and features.
ATI Brings HDTV to the PC
Sep 17, 2004 - in Reviews
ATI's HDTV Wonder gives your PC HDTV television capabilities. But while saving you the expense of buying an HDTV television, the PCI card's installation can be a challenge while Nvidia graphics card users are left out in the cold. THG weighs the good against the bad.
Webcam Quality Test Shootout
Sep 10, 2004 - in Reviews
Webcams are as pervasive as mice in any electronics store, but do they all work the same? THG tested five from Creative Labs, Inside Out Networks and Logitech to see how their software, picture quality and usability measured up.
Installing WindowsXP and Service Pack 2 with 1 CD
Sep 8, 2004 - in Reviews
Installing WindowsXP and the recently released Service Pack 2 no longer requires separate installations. Using a process called slipstreaming, Microsoft allows users to burn CDs that combine a WindowsXP installation CD and Service Pack 2.
Modding Fans Will Love It: The U2UFO Chassis
Sep 7, 2004 - in Reviews
Who said that only barebones can come in a cube format? The extravagant and attractive U2UFO PC chassis by Mountain Mods reaches new dimensions.
Hitachi, Matsushita, Toshiba to form LCD venture
Aug 31, 2004 - in News
Three of Japan's largest electronics companies, Hitachi, Toshiba and Matsushita Electric, have reached a basic agreement to create a joint venture to manufacture and sell LCD panels for televisions, the companies said Tuesday.
13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square
Aug 4, 2004 - in Reviews
The small cube-shaped barebone PCs continue to emerge in a growing number of living rooms as sleekly designed personal video recorders (PVR) and DVD players. However, loud fan noise pollution is too often a necessary evil.
Intel to bundle ATI-based VGA cards with 915/925 motherboards
Jul 23, 2004 - in News
Intel and ATI Technologies plan a co-marketing initiative called "Driving Change", which will target the channel and bundle ATI own-brand add-in-board (AIB) clients with Intel own-brand motherboards, according to sources at Taiwanese motherboards makers.
FRAPS v2.2.4 Released
Jul 20, 2004 - in News
FRAPS is a game benchmarking, screen- and video capturing tool. Check out the new version.
XGI to start marketing own-brand graphics cards in second half of 2004
Jun 7, 2004 - in News
Taiwan-based graphics chipset maker XGI Technology plans to ship own-brand graphics cards in the second half of this year, according to company sources.
ATI may announce Axiom next week
May 28, 2004 - in News
Having roundly trashed Nvidia's PCI Express graphics module format, MXM, ATI will tout one of its own, dubbed Axiom.
Locking Down Your Passwords with KeePass
May 7, 2004 - in Reviews
A freeware utility called KeePass encrypts your passwords and pin numbers in a locked-down database that also goes wherever you go. THG takes you through the setup process and details how the utility can make your life safer.
Clutter Rescue: 2 Port KVM Switches
Apr 23, 2004 - in Reviews
You want to access two PCs, but don't want to duplicate the mess and clutter of another monitor, mouse and keyboard. KVM switch vendors claim to offer a remedy.
Safer Stick: Biometric Flash Disk
Apr 9, 2004 - in Reviews
USB flash drives are convenient, but their small size makes them prone to theft or getting lost. While Plexuscom's device is just as easily lost or stolen as the next flash drive, a built-in fingerprint sensor ensures that no one other than yourself can access the data.
Saving Space: 4 Port KVM Switches
Apr 6, 2004 - in Reviews
Tapping the resources of several PCs at once is a novel concept, but cluttering a workspace with additional monitors, keyboards and mice is a less-than-viable alternative for most. KVM switches allow for instant access of two or more PCs with a single keyboard, mouse and monitor.
IBM's processor plans: Build your own microchip
Mar 31, 2004 - in News
IBM has announced new processor plans, which would allow PC manufacturers and electronics makers to add application-specific features and enhancements to the chip's design. IBM chief technologist Dr. Bernard Meyerson also disclosed that the company is working on chips which would be able to reconfigure themselves.
My Own Server Part 1: DIY 1U Rack Servers
Mar 19, 2004 - in Reviews
Whether for Web hosting or general-purpose office applications, 19" servers dominate the enterprise landscape. We take a 1U server from MSI as an example and offer a step-by-step account of what it takes to build a complete system.
Mar 12, 2004 - in Reviews
A USB memory key is indeed a handy little gadget, but Gigabyte's WLBZ201 also offers Wi-Fi access as well. For USB memory key and a wireless adapter functionality, the WLBZ201 leaves nothing to be desired. However, the device does have its shortcomings.
Future Promise for Graphics: PCI Express
Mar 10, 2004 - in Reviews
PCI Express is coming. We try to give you a forecast of how it will affect graphic cards and systems. We also try to find out if we really need the increased bandwidth of 4 GB per second that PCI Express x16 offers at this time.