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PC build for playing Rift: Planes of Telara on Ultra Settings

In Computer Hardware, Electronics, Gaming, MMO, Overclocking & Tweaking, RPG on February 12, 2011 at 5:28 am

Update: As some have expressed qualms about going Intel with the recent Field-Effect Transistor biasing issue (potentially affecting SATA 3GB/s on some Sandybridge), I have included an alternative AMD/ATI option.

Introduction
Meet the…

RIFTER 2500 TITANIUM

computer to play Rift

Rifter 2500 Ti (Titanium)

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NVidia GT300 Tapes Out, but ATI’s ‘Evergreen’ RV800 still Ahead

In Computer Hardware, Electronics on July 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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DirectX 11 Goodness!

The day has finally arrived. NVidia’s much-awaited GT300 sporting DirectX11 and a slew of new capabilities has finally taped out. If these chips pass the final foundry tests, they are expected to them some out of manufacturing by November 2009, but it will be be March 2010 before mass production will be in  full force. ‘GT300’, while not the official name, is what ‘everyone’ seems to be calling the new Nvidia GPU these days. NVidia has previously revealed GT300 to be a new cGPU architecture which is radically different from previous generation G200, G92 and the G80 GPUs. The new the cGPU designs further the general-purpose processing design that the last generation brought to market. cGPUs are quite literally GPUs imbued with CPU capabilities,  bringing graphics processors ever closer to their role as general-purpose computational devices. NVidia’s Adrianne must be looking very happy now… and maybe a little less creepy.

NVidia's New Mascot: Meet Adrianne, rendered in photorealistic 3D

NVidia's Mascot: Meet Adrianne, rendered in photorealistic 3D

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Building a Low Cost Enthusiast Desktop PC System For Under £550

In Computer Hardware, Electronics, Gaming, Overclocking & Tweaking on July 23, 2009 at 3:57 am

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Requirements

Let’s take a look at how we’d ‘spec’ a system designed to meet the needs of enthusiasts while also keeping costs low:

1) Decent performance in processor-intensive tasks such as video editing/encoding/decoding and other hyperthreaded software

2) Gaming performance at moderate resolutions such as 1680×1050

3) Potential for overclocking

4) Upgradability

The Budget

We want this to be a mid-range system of sorts. I plan to do a really low-cost budget performance/gaming rig for something like £350-£400 soon, but for this system let’s choose more of a mid-range budget. Something in the region of £500-£600 should be fine, so let’s settle on £550, give or take. The average laptop is atleast £500-£600 and we want a system that far outstrips even a high-end laptop in performance.

Guru3D.com showing the use of AMD's Overdrive utility for easy overclocking

Guru3D.com showing the use of AMD's Overdrive utility for easy overclocking

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