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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!).

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Once reserved for Corporate America and those with a fat wallet, the ability to use a consumer level ink jet printer to print on optical media comes home. Now the average consumer can forget about toying with...

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ATA hard drive vendors now look to accommodate simple server setups. A lot less pricey than SCSI, we decided to take a look at a few popular ATA accessory products from Maxtron, GUP, Promise, Raid Sonic and...

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Why has the PC not managed up to now to gain acceptance as a high-end multimedia device for stereo-quality sound and DVD video? The reasons vary, between fan noise and lack of compatibility with big-screen TV...

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Consumers are beginning to latch onto the idea of the Mini PC concept. We test the Bare-bones Shuttle with the Athlon 64 chipset and three other compacts from Soltek, Biostar and Shuttle based on the P4...

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We realize not all of our readers are mechanically gifted alike. So for those of you who can't remember the last time you held a screwdriver but want to build a custom case, we created the first ever THG UV...

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Canon has launched four new multi-purpose printers. In addition to the i550 and i850 that are still featured in the catalog, Canon stands ready to introduce the i250, i350, i450 and i470D - they are less...

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DFI claims that its LANParty motherboards offer RAID that is not only secure, but also fast. They're selling a relatively unknown RAID mode - RAID 1.5. We took a look at what it could do in practice.

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The choice of compact PC's for daily office use is growing, but they vary in size, shape and functionality. We examined three interesting systems from MSI, Shuttle and Saintsong in our lab.

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External hard drives from Western Digital have been around for some time now. What's new is that they now support FireWire and USB 2.0 in the same device, allowing the 200 GB and 250 GB top-of-the-range models,...

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After 300 hours of testing in the Tom's Hardware labs, we bring you a comparison of 65 CPUs - from the Pentium 100 to the latest Athlon XP 3000+. It's a monster review with 13 different CPU platforms.

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In the second part of the big VGA Charts Update we take a look at 31 cards and how they perform on a slower system. Also, we check out how FSAA, anisotropic filtering, and a combination of both affect...

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After pushing the P4 to 4.1 GHz, it is AMD's turn in our labs. We set up and install a new super-cooler with an AMD Athlon XP 2700+. Then we pump up the frequency to 2835 MHz. Does this mean we have an Athlon...

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LG Electronics recently introduced a 48x CD-R/RW drive - the GCE-8480B. We are going to compare this unit with its predecessor, the 40x GCE-8400 burner, to discover whether the improved performance justifies...

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Arild Skullerud talks about his experiences building a PC for his living room. Can a PC combine the features of a digital VCR, MP3 server, and Internet TV? Sure it can, but at what cost?

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Our second reader how to makes the grade. Tim Reynolds talks about his personal experience of building PCs, and the process he follows to try and keep things nice and stable.

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ATI introduces its new All In Wonder 9700 PRO, which is based on ATI's new DirectX 9 GPU, the R300. We bring you a first look at the features of this latest multimedia card.

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If you wondered what it takes to get published on Tom's Hardware Guide, here's a start. Tom's Hardware reader Jim Tomlinson submitted this article, and we thought it would be a good idea to give our informed,...

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In part one, we covered the components basics. Now, we are going to show both novice and advanced DIY builders how to assemble all of the components and put together a fully operational machine.

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Novices needn't be scared of the insides of their PC. This guide provides the basics for the proverbial "dummies," though advanced users can also learn something.

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This Shuttle Mini PC is a beauty: P4 power coupled with GeForce 4 Ti and DDR333 just blaze away. And you can hear a pin drop over the noise (or the lack thereof) from this little baby - who could ask for...

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In this article we talk with a professional who makes his living constructing case mods. He offers us extensive insight into a rather complex subject and at the same time provides you with an awesome tutorial...

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The new ultra-compact mini-PCs unshackle themselves from outmoded computer concepts and offer high performance, complete features and better ergonomics. We tested the Shuttle mini PC SS40 - a quiet system with...

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Water cooling offers the best conditions for overclocking and a silent PC system. We show you how to build such a PC system, step by step. Accompanying the article is a brand new Tom's Hardware Guide video that...

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We've talked about running Windows applications inside Linux, and now we'll look at the same for Windows gaming. WineX, from TransGaming Technologies, lets you run DirectX games in a Linux environment. We ran...

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Boards based on the NVIDIA GeForce4 started shipping on the first day of March, and we have a first look at 3 GeForce4 Ti4600 cards from ASUS, Leadtek, and Creative.

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Adding more storage space to your TiVo is almost as simple as adding a second hard drive to your PC. But it definetely wouldn't have been this simple if TiVo hadn't decided to use Linux for its operating...