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Thermal Memory Cooler with Heatpipes

Thermal Memory Cooler with HeatpipesWhen making use of high-performance PC parts, overheating may sometimes occur. This is because PC parts such as hard disks, CPUs, and RAM modules tend to run at very high speeds, which in turn generate heat. It is a particularly prevalent problem in systems without proper aeration and ventilation.

If not addressed immediately, you know that a lot of bad things are bound to happen to your PC and its parts. That’s why you simply can’t underestimate the value of cooling devices. Take the Ultra Thermal Memory Cooler with Heatpipes for instance, Ultra’s premier RAM cooling solution. It ensures that your RAM modules run cool even under extreme load.

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Do It Yourself Dual-Core: Intel D945GCPE Barebone Kit

Intel D945GCPE Socket 775 Barebone KitThe Intel D945GCPE Socket 775 Barebone Kit is a great purchase when you want a high end system capable of running power hungry applications while saving money. You’ll have full control over what goes into your system to maximize the system for your needs and be able to buy an extra stick of RAM or a bigger monitor with the money you save.

At the heart of the system is a dual core Pentium E2180 with a clock speed of 2.0GHz and 800FSB that is built for today’s multi-threaded applications and consumes significantly less power than its predecessors. The socket 775 design, also known as Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) means that it is easy to install and upgrade your processor.

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Leave your house. Keep your Tunes! The Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD

Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD ReceiverWith the various forms of music storage available today, isn’t it high time for you to finally update your car’s cassette player? Okay, a cassette player may be an exaggeration.

But you have to admit, you’ve always wanted to connect your iPod or USB flash drive to your car at one time or another. With the Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver, you can now connect what you’ve always wanted without any hassle.

For Great Music Playback on the Road

Highly compressed audio is no match for the Advanced Sound Retriever technology in the Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver. May it be MP3, WMA, WAV, or AAC files, you’ll be able to enjoy crisp and clear sound quality all the time. Store your music files on USB memory devices, your iPod® or any portable digital players, and rest assured they’ll sound great in your car. The built-in MOSFET 50 W x 4 amplifier creates excellent sound quality and minimizes distortion. Supertuner® IIID advanced analog and digital processing enhances your audio listening experience.

Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver

With the Pioneer DEHP4000UB, expect to hear great sound from your iPod, USB flash drive, or vast CD collection; Listen to Johnny Cash and Keith Urban as they croon your socks off. Let Norah Jones her take you to her world of pop music. Rock out with smashing hits from Incubus and Disturbed. Whatever genre of music you like, it’ll sound great!

3 RCA Hi-Volt preouts on the receiver let you add external amps and speakers so you can quickly expand your system. You can use the built-in AUX input for connecting any digital portable player and other external auxiliary devices. This input is located on the front panel for quick and convenient access. If connected with the proper device, you can enable Sirius radio’s Game Alert function: Just set up the receiver to alert you when sports games involving your favorite teams are about to start!

Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver

Plug in the compatible Bluetooth adapter, and you can operate your Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones easily, safely, and hands-free. This way, talking via the Bluetooth earpiece and your vehicle’s speakers reduce the risk of you getting distracted behind the wheel. The Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver automatically mutes all other audio during incoming or outgoing calls.

Pioneer DEHP4000UB is compatible with Apple iPodWith the brilliant OEL display, file search and access are extra-quick as well. Song title, artist, time and album information are displayed very clearly, and the 7-Way Rotary Commander is very intuitive and user-friendly. The Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver has special features so you can easily use your iPod portable music player in your car. By pressing and holding down the “List” button, folders will pop up on the in-dash display, containing the songs made by the same artist you’re listening to. Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD ReceiverPassenger Control Mode allows your passenger to use the iPod directly to browse and select music, while connected to the unit for playback. The Random Button, meanwhile, makes it easy to hear something fresh.

With all these features built in, the Pioneer DEHP4000UB CD Receiver is a great way to upgrade the audio system in your vehicle! With everything you need for portable music players, iPods, even bluetooth this head unit does the same stuff CD receivers twice as expensive can do. It should install in a single day; then get ready to experience car entertainment like never before!

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Don’t Desert, Upconvert! With the Samsung DVD-V6700

Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR (RB/Open Box)Do you still have a ton of VHS tapes lying around? If you do, you might want to consider the Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo. It’s designed to span the gap between the aging VHS format and the current DVD!

It’s a combo unit, which means it doesn’t take up much space. It has a really low price tag and yet it is a capable unit that combines the abilities of two separate pieces of entertainment equipment.

Home Entertainment For a Whole Lot Less

Though it had been repackaged for resale, the Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo is still a product that has been tested to be in its original working condition. Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR ComboThis unit has undergone rigorous testing and inspection to ensure that it’s still worth every dollar.

Indeed, this is true value for your money. A slim, black design easily matches the rest of your entertainment system components. It’s so versatile it can support DVD, DVD-R, CD, VCD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, JPEG, and VHS formats. Now you can go old school and make use of your old VHS tapes. Watch movies and play music with this affordable offering from Samsung. You can also record your favorite shows, as well. Just link up this affordable product with your TV and speakers, press a button, and voila! Immediately save a winning interview or a winning Olympics moment in digital memory.

With progressive scan output, you can easily achieve hours of enhanced viewing pleasure. The Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo upconverts your DVD titles to a more outstanding resolution. With ports for S-Video, component video, and DVI, you won’t have any connectivity problems once you find the right Television: an LCD flat panel, plasma, or CRT TV will all have no trouble connecting it to this 2-in-1 Samsung unit.

Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo

The Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo has 5.1 channel audio capability, for true breathtaking surround sound. Instantly pump up the audiovisual entertainment right in your home! Digital audio outputs (both Optical and coaxial) allow you to connect a variety of options in rigging up your entertainment system. Conveniently, an AV jack is located in front for easier connectivity!

Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo

To further enhance your viewing convenience, the Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo comes with a handy, well-designed remote. All the buttons are properly labeled, so you can easily control your entertainment system. You can record shows with the touch of a button.

With its support for multiple formats, wide range of connectivity, and a handy remote control, the Samsung DVD-V6700 DVD Player/VCR Combo is a must-have for every budget-conscious home entertainment enthusiast! If you want great value at an incredibly low price, make sure this is part of your entertainment system. After all, it leaves more money for that show stopping television and pulse-pounding audio equipment!

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Stay Liquid-Cool with the Cooler Master Hydra 8800 Bloc

Cooler Master Hydra 8800 VGA Liquid Cooler For NVIDIA GeForce 880 GTX and 8800 UltraFew technologies can compare to the graphics processing power that the ultra-powerful Geforce 8800 and Geforce 8800 GTX graphics cards can whip up. These are two of the most formidable graphics cards today.

Unfortunately, they’re also notorious for running a little hot. To keep these extreme video solutions running cool, turn to the Cooler Master Hydra 8800: the perfect water-cooling device that allows your high-performance graphics card to run at optimum speeds!

Monster Cooling for your Geforce 8800

By combining the best that air and liquid cooling offers, the Cooler Master Hydra 8800 VGA Liquid Cooler efficiently lowers the overall heat of your graphics card, and subsequently that of your whole PC system as well. The air cooling mechanism found in this device features particular improvements over basic air cooling designs. Cooler Master Hydra 8800 VGA Liquid CoolerFirst and foremost, the sheer size of the fan allows it to suck huge amounts of air, resulting in large amounts of heat being dispelled quickly. Secondly, besides its size, the fan spins at a fast 1800 RPM. Lastly, the ingenious case design allows smooth entry of cool air and the quick exit of hot air. All of this results to decreased operating temperatures.

To further facilitate the Cooler Master Hydra 8800’s air cooling technology, the air cooling system is complemented by a liquid cooling system. Liquid cooling is a very effective heat management solution, since water has two characteristics that make it especially apt for dissipating heat: it draws heat faster and the other is that it absorbs more heat before its temperature begins to rise. As is the case with this device’s air cooling technology, its liquid cooling mechanism is quite advanced. Featuring a water block with pure copper base and three heatpipes, any heat from the graphics card won’t stay there for long!

Cooler Master Hydra 8800 VGA Liquid Cooler For NVIDIA GeForce 880 GTX and 8800 UltraThis is because the copper absorbs a lot of heat, which the device then cools in the water block and expels. The Cooler Master Hydra 8800 offers a leak-proof guarantee, so don’t worry. It’s very reliable and with a noise rating of only 19 dBA, you won’t notice it working its magic: you’ll just feel your graphics card’s increased performance.

Another thing that makes the the Cooler Master Hydra 8800 such a great choice is that it is easy to install. Just attach it to the graphics card, connect the necessary cables, and then connect the tubes. One tube serves as the inlet for the cool water, the other an outlet for the hot water. Cooler Master Hydra 8800 VGA Liquid Cooler For NVIDIA GeForce 880 GTX and 8800 UltraThe nozzles can be rotated 360 degrees for efficient tube positioning inside your PC. It comes with 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch nozzle fittings for near-universal compatibility with other liquid cooling systems. Since it doesn’t take an expert to install, you can solve your heat problems almost instantly!

You’re going to love the Hydra 8800 for giving your graphics card a higher overclocking threshold and it’s painless installation. If you own one of these high performance cards, then what are you waiting for? You definitely need the Cooler Master Hydra 8800.

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Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable Drive

Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable DriveIf you, like many other DVD burner fans (or average customizers who just want a good DVD burner), are looking for speed at a reasonable price, then the Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable Drive just might be the gadget for you. On the topic of speed, here are the figures: As far as DVDs are concerned, its lowest Write Speed is 5X, with DVD-RAM media. Its highest Write Speed tops out at 20X, for DVD-R and DVD+R media. On the CD side of it, Write and Read Speed top out at a reasonable 48X.

Burn, baby, burn: Speed and Quality from Sony

If you’re asking just how many formats the DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable Drive can burn on, the answer is both simple and staggering–Ten: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD±RW, DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL. This Sony burner allows for DVD±R (dual layer) recording offering a massive recording capacity of 8.5GB on a single-sided disc, whilst maintaining playback (read) compatibility with most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. If that is not enough, it can also read nine other media formats which include: CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-ROM, CD-Text, DVD Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, Photo CD and Video CD.

Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable DriveIts other crowning glories are as follows: It can be used either horizontally or vertically (for those of you particular as how how it loads). It has the ATAPI(EIDE) interface for computers. And for those who want efficiency in burning, the DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable Drive has the Power-Burn Conformed Technology to keep those buffer underrun errors firmly at bay.

For as long as your PC-AT compatible computer has ample RAM (256 standard, 512 if you’re using Windows Vista), enough HDD space (1GB standard, 10GB for DVD creation), and for as long as you have ten minutes to install, you’re all set to enjoy the writing power of this SONY DVD burner!

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Pimp Your PC Or Ultra Luxury Desktop

zeus mars computerThe title’s a bit of a misnomer. MTV & Xzibit have nothing to do with this and it isn’t about bringing in your old PC so you can have it customized. However, considering the appearance of the computers in question and the amount of money involved to get them, your chances of actually owning one is as close as getting featured on the TV show.

Japan’s Tokyo’s Zeus Computer has crafted a line of luxury desktops that bring a new definition to “over the top.” On the menu are the “Jupiter” model made of pure platinum and the “Mars” molded in solid gold, according to Tokyo-based Pink Tentacle, at the respective prices of 80 million and 60 million yen–or $760,000 and $570,000. The specs (as if they mattered), include a 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, a 256MB GeForce graphics card, and a Blu-ray DVD drive.

We’re pretty sure that you can come up with a list of things that you can spend nearly a million dollars on and feel more sensible about it. Do you know of a market for platinum and gold computers? I don’t think even Bill Gates has a computer like this.

Adding bling to gadgets isn’t new: gold-plated iPods do exist. Also, Dolce & Gabbana released a Motorola RAZR version of their own (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2253968&CatId=1809), creating a redundancy of sorts by turning a fashion phone into something even more fashionable. Given those examples, you could say that the arrival of pimped-out PCs was inevitable.


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    Hewlett Packard Noir: HP Blackbird 002 Dedication Edition

    200801010_1.jpgIntel’s newest gaming technology ignites every gamer’s fantasy as it fuels your entertainment inside the new HP Blackbird 002 Dedication Edition. Equipped with fully customizable features and a Quad-Core Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor QX6850 it’s designed to ignite your game and fuel your entertainment. This box brings Half Life to Total Life!

    Defying the Laws of Physics: It balances over a single cast aluminum foot, capable of supporting up to 600 lbs. This allows airflow under the 002 chassis containing a 1.1 kW power supply at its base. This enables an array of hidden vents that funnels air through all six sides of the chassis.

    Form IS Function: Its wedge-shaped design and vectored lines speak of maximum internal speed. The fins that line the top and front reflect a heat sink boasting of its thermal management capabilities.

    Obsolescence Is Obsolete: The Blackbird is upgrade-friendly and is built to endure everything from internal modifications to frequent trips to LAN parties. It was put through the HP “House of Horrors,” a torture chamber for technology where it was subjected to an industrial-sized paint shaker. Anything that broke during the process was re-engineered until it didn’t.

    200801010_2.jpgOut of this World Technology: It gives you solid bandwidth enabled by four extreme cores to play the latest multi-threaded, multi-player, artificial intelligence games with zero lagging. The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra at the graphics helm will leave you in wonder as if you are in the game itself!

    So, are you ready to put your game face on?

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    How Fast is Your System? Learn How to Benchmark Your Rig!

    40.jpgOverclocking is now a mainstream term in the computer world. Every gamer either has an overclocked system or wants and overclocked system.

    There are two reasons that benchmarking is important. You want to know the speed and you need to test the stability. Below are the programs that I use to benchmark every part of my system.

    Let’s start with the CPU. The real stress test is Prime 95. This will calculate prime numbers and tax the heck out of your CPU. If you have a dual or quad core you might need to open multiple instances and configure them to run on a different core.

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    XFX 8800 GTS Fatal1ty: Perhaps the Fastest Graphics Card Ever for Under $350

    I arrived Monday morning and there was Fata1ty staring at me… I though, “John Wendel, don’t you even knock anymore.”

    I’m glad he doesn’t. This is the most insane 8800 GTS ever released. I can’t imagine anyone trying to compete with it. It challenges the likes of its big brother, the 8800 GTX and even beats it in a couple of the benchmarks.

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