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Dec 15, 2006
What do you get when you mix a master modder with an almost Chip Foose-like ability to transform something good into something mind blowing, a pair of CoolerMaster tower cases, various power tools, some high end PC parts, an understanding wife, and a remote control? Well, if you're Brian "Boddaker" Carter, you get an HTPC mod that w...

Nov 24, 2006
PC case modding contests fall into that murky class of competitions where there is no fastest, strongest, or last man standing to have his exhausted but triumphant hand thrust into the air declaring him the obvious victor. Such contests span many months, require a very diverse skill set, and ultimately are decided in the fashion of a hybrid Ice...

Oct 13, 2006
Just about every modder or PC enthusiast has stopped during a system build and scratched his head wondering what on earth the designers of the case were thinking. The reality is that even though some cases are better than others, none are perfect for your application because they are designed to be too many things to too many different users. I...


Franz: Though this might be interesting for those WC heads out there looking for their next CPU block.  Give it a read, the EX Supreme has a very interesting design worth looking at.
"Today we add two new blocks to our previous roundup, newcomer EK Supreme out of Slovenia and Koolance replacement to their CPU-330 the CPU-340."
Posted by: Franz on 4/17/08 @ 08:24:01AM
Hardware/Modding

Lets Move the Page Shall we?

Again life has taken me away from things, so I shall slap up a bunch of stuff to poke through. So without further adieu,

MOTHERBOARDS

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 X48 Motherboard @ APH Networks
ECS A780GM-A Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
ASUS Striker II NSE 790i SLI Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
bit-tech News: Early Look: Gigabyte P45-DS5 motherboard
ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

VIDEO

GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Crossfire Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Everything You Need to Know About TV Technologies @ Hardware Secrets
PowerColor Radeon HD 3650 Xtreme Cooling Review @ MVKTech
The GeForce 9 series multi-GPU extravaganza @ TR-News
Midrange Graphics Card Round Up Review @ Driver Heaven

CPU/COOLING

bit-tech News: AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550
AMD Opteron 2356 Dual Quad-Core @ Phoronix
Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Kingwin RVT-12025 HDT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

MOUSE/KEYBOARD/IO

Saitek Cyborg Command Unit Review @ Techgage
Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Techgage
Gaming Mice Mega Roundup @ TweakPC
Mod Your Mouse Contest at Modders-Inc
Alphacool LC-Display reviewed at BurnOutPC.com

PSU/HDD

BFG ES-800 Power Supply Review @ HardwareLogic
Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB 2.5 HDD @ Tweaktown
Enermax Liberty DXX 500W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB HDD @ Viper Lair

GAMES

bit-tech News: Condemned 2: Bloodshot
XIII Century - Death or Glory (PC) Review @ Gaming Heaven
Imperium Romanum Review (PC) @ Gaming Heaven
bit-tech News: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Sins of a Solar Empire - PC Review @ Gamepyre

LEFTOVERS

bit-tech News: Lian Li to release ten cases before Computex
DDR3 1800MHz Round Up @ Pro-Clockers
Cyber Acoustics CA-5001 5.1 Speaker Kit @ Tweaktown
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router Review @ Techgage
Super Talent Pico 8Gb Micro USB2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net

Well that should catch up and keep some of you busy for about 5.7 seconds. Have fun. :-) 

Posted by: Franz on 4/15/08 @ 07:56:06AM
All

Franz: Nothing like some cool lighting to really make a mod stand out.  Throw in multiple colors, modes, and a wireless remote and you've got the Dragon Fire LED Light Bar.  Did I say LED's? Yup, I did.
"Choosing the right lighting options for your mod can be a crucial decision. The right colors, amount and placement of lights is just as important. Today we are going to take a look at a lighting solution that covers a couple of these bases without to much effort. The DrgaonModz DragonFire Light Bar ..."
Posted by: Franz on 10/14/07 @ 12:01:27PM
Modding

News Catch up

Well I must say that it has been a long and busy time for the last month or so trying to get a house bought, paid for, and moved into but it's finally over. SOO I can finally concentrate just a bit on the news for you guys. We'll do a big list first and then I'll see what shows up.

CASES

Silverstone Kublai Series KL01B Mid-Tower ATX Case @ Pro-Clockers
Cooler Master CM 690 Case Review @ HardwareLogic
Gigabyte Isolo 120 ATX Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews.com
Tagan CS-EL Diablo Mid Tower ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
NZXT Lexa Blackline Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout

COOLING

Tt DuOrb VGA Cooler Review@ OC CAfe'
OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark
Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
Zalman Reserator XT Hybrid Liquid Cooling System Review @ Virtual-Hideout
CoolIT Eliminator and Freezone CPU Coolers Review @ Madshrimps

POWER SUPPLY

Be Quiet DarkPower 1000W PSU @ DH Review
Ultra X3 600W Modular Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Thermaltakes Toughpower 500W Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
Enthusiast power supply round-up @ Tech Report
A Look Inside Corsair's HX620W Power Supply @ OC Mod Shop

RAM

Kingston KHX11000D3LLK2/2G and OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum Edition DDR3 @ bit-tech
OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 2GB 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Patriot 2x1GB PC3-15000 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
A-DATA Vitesta DDR2-800 Extreme @ Phoronix
Interview: John Beekley of Corsair Memory in 2007 @ Legit Reviews

MOTHERBOARDS

Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi @n @ bit-tech
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H Review @ Techgage
Intel X38 and Foxconn X38A @ HEXUS.net
Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 @ TrustedReviews
MSI X38 Diamond Preview @ XSReviews

GRAPHICS

8800 Ultra SLI Review @ XSReviews
Inno3D GeForce 8600GT iChill - Fab OC'ed @ Tweaktown
Asus EN8600 GTS 256MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Twintech OC'ed GeForce 8600GT with HDMI @ Tweaktown
XFX 8800 GTS 320Mb Fatal1ty and Gainward Bliss 8800 GTS 640Mb @ DH Review

AUDIO

Auzentech X-Fi Prelude review @ Techgage
BlueAnts Z9 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews

Bluetooth Headsets That Set You Free @ Digital Trends
Future Sonics Atrio Canalphones @ TheTechLounge

KEYBOARDS/MICE

Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
Cybersnipa Game Pad V2 and Intelliscope mouse @ DH Review
Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave @ Modders-Inc
New Standard Keyboards NSK 535 R Keyboard Review @ HardwareLogic

GAMES

World in Conflict @ TrustedReviews
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Gameplay Performance @ NVNews.Net
Team Fortress 2 beta impressions @ bit-tech
Sega Rally @ TrustedReviews
Settlers: Rise of an Empire @ Gaming Heaven

OTHER STUFF THAT WON"T FIT SOMEWHERE ELSE

Systemax Venture VX2 Gaming System Review @ Digital Trends
Vantec EZ Swap EX @ DH Review
Sunbeam Tuniq TX-2 Quality Thermal Grease Review @ MVKTech
Sony HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server @ Digital Trends
MSI Starcam Genie Review - XSReviews

Well that pretty much takes care of about the last 3-4 weeks.  Lots of good stuff has been popping up on the market lately and it has been killing me not to get it up here.  Cruise the links and remember that if you are a Team Fortress 2 Playa, look for the BoxGods TF2 server, I will hope to see some of you there. 

Posted by: Franz on 10/6/07 @ 08:06:46AM
All

Franz: Man, this little WB is just that, LITTLE.  And it performs quite well for its size, given the real lack of surface area that other blocks have. 
"TTIC has been around since the late 90's, though it's only since few years that they jumped into the desktop CPU cooling market. Because of their advanced knowledge of heatpipe technology they have already accomplished quite a bit, now TTIC is exploring a very new world, water coolin..."
Posted by: Franz on 9/7/07 @ 07:38:44AM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: WELL LOOKIE HERE!! This will be twice in a row that our boys here at Box Gods have been/are up for the Mod of the Month Contest over at bit-tech.net This time, it's BG's own Team Mod/Smart member BODDAKER!!!!  So you all know what that means, get your butts over there and give our bro a helping hand.  I really feel sorry for the people he is up against, they have no CHANCE!! GOO BOD!!
"Well, it's that time yet again. Months go by so quickly, don't they? It seems that just yesterday we were congratulating rigormortem on his fantastic project and winning July's Mod of the Month during the dog days of summer. That's why the winner of August's competition will be winning some cho..."
Posted by: Franz on 8/31/07 @ 07:44:17AM
Modding

Catch Up for a few days

Sorry for not posting much lately guys, life has been rather busy the last few weeks. I am glad to say that Im gonna be moving into a new house shortly and yes we have TANKS. More on that later. Anyhow, lets get to the news.

CASES

iON EC-2 Aluminum ATX Media Center/HTPC Desktop Case Review @ Madshrimps
NZXT Lexa Blackline Review - XSReviews
SilverStone Temjin TJ10 @ Phoronix
Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Case Review @ HardwareLogic
Ultra Grid ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps

MOBO's

ASUS P5K64 WS - where 4 x 16 = 20 @ HEXUS.net
Jetway 966PDAG-PB Budget S775 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
GIGABYTE P35T-DQ6 (DDR3) Reviewed @ Tweektown
ECS G33T-M2 Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Biostar's TP35D2-A7 and TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboards @ TR-News

RAM

2GB Kingston ultra low-latency 1375MHz CL5 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
Chicks dig RAM @ bit-tech News
2GB Corsair 1800MHz DOMINATOR CL7 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
Crucial DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit (CT12864AA80E.16FD) @ TheTechLounge
OCZ 2GB DDR3-1333 Platinum Edition Review @ Techgage

PSU's

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W LCD UPS @ Benchmark Reviews
Antec EarthWatts 500Watt Power Supply Review @ OC ModShop
Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-520WMA1 Review - XSReviews
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W @ Phrononix
Zalman ZM-600 HP 600 watt Heatpipe Cooled Power Supply reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com

CPU stuff

Core 2 Quad G0-stepping overclocking - Q6700 retail. How high will it go? @ HEXUS.net
Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core Review @ Techgage
Overclocking the G0 SLACR Q6600 to 4GHz @ Tweektown

Video Cards

HIS Radeon HD 2600 XT IceQ Turbo GDDR3 @ bit-tech News
XFX's GeForce 8600 GT 620M XXX Edition @ bit-tech News
HIS Radeon HD 2600 XTs @ HEXUS.net
Memoirs Of A 2900XT CrossFire System @ motherboards.org
Sapphire 2900XT 512mb Review - XSReviews

GAMES

Bioshock Demo First Impressions @ Gamepyre
Attack on Pearl Harbour @ bit-tech News
BioShock Gameplay Review @ bit-tech News
Exclusive Hands-on preview of Haze @ bit-tech News
Depths of Peril Game Review @ Techdomain

COOLING

CoolIT Freezone TEC Cooler Kit Review @ OC Cafe'
CoolIT PCI Cooling Booster Review @ Tweaknews.net

Coollaboratory Liquid Pro reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com
Sunbeam Silent Whisper Cooler Review @ OC Cafe'
Swiftech MCW6500-T reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com

UMM, LEFTOVERS?

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Review @ OCIA.net
Wolf King Warrior gaming keypad @ bit-tech News

Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Review @ Techgage
Sennheiser CX-300 In-Ear Headphones Reviewed @ OC ModShop
MNPCTech Case Handles and 120mm Fan Grill @ Modders-Inc

 

WHEEWWW!! That was  bunch of stuff.  Hopefully I'll be able to keep on it for a few more weeks.  Then, life has a way of messing up plans.   

Posted by: Franz on 8/26/07 @ 07:26:58PM
All

Franz: Once again, people over at bit-tech are having their Mod of the Month competition.  THIS time, it just so happens that one of our own, RigoR, happens to be in the mix.  For all of us that have enjoyed watching his worklog, now is the time head over to bit-tech and give our bro a hand.  For those of you that haven't swung by RigoR's worklog, you can find it here.
"Well, we're here again - another month has passed. Whether you've been enjoying the rain in Blighty, the rain in the US, or the rain elsewhere, one thing's for sure - it seems to have been a wet July. Of course, that's not without its benefits - many of our modders have been "unfortunately" bu..."
Posted by: Franz on 7/30/07 @ 07:04:45PM
Modding

Franz: If you happen to be a fan of the football, and I don't mean the funny pointy oval-shaped looking thing, then you should check out this case mod based on EA's FIFA 07. It even has a mini foosball table on top.
"Ah, the summer months are beautiful, aren't they? There are so many great things to do for the 20 hours that the weather's nice: barbeques, beach visits, football... Well, it may not be the greatest weather for any of the above in Blighty, but that doesn't stop a good German guy from having a go...."
Posted by: Franz on 7/23/07 @ 01:50:42PM
Modding

Franz: Sometimes, it's the little things in a mod that can make the difference.  Take this HDD activity meter kit from DragonModz.  It might be small, but we all like little blinky lights.
"The guys over at DragonModz decided to make things easy for those that don't have access to everything needed. They have created what they call the DragonMeter, which is a 10 LED hard drive activity meter."
Posted by: Franz on 7/23/07 @ 01:33:29PM
Modding

Franz: Those of us that frequent the bit-tech worklogs should know right off the bat who this mod belongs to and at the very least know of the Temple of NOD mod.  LOL, that rhymed.  Anyhow, Beyond the Grave is the name of Rickard Larsson's latest project.  Check it out, it is superb.
"There comes a point in every major modder's life where he or she becomes known by a defining work. This doesn't mean that such great projects aren't ever followed up or preceded by other masterpieces, just that the one project defines the modder's particular "style"
Posted by: Franz on 7/4/07 @ 04:42:22PM
Modding

Franz: Gotta have that LCD display for your HTPC? Or any other case that you plan on putting a media center in? Well check out this display from Silverstone, it comes with a remote and software as well.  Pretty cool.
"Media center PC’s are all the rage these days, with people swapping out their stand-alone DVD players for slim PC’s. Unfortunately, a PC doesn’t have its own screen like a DVD player. And that’s where SilverStone come in, or should I say SoundGraph"
Posted by: Franz on 6/25/07 @ 08:16:35AM
Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz Goes Without Highspeed For a Few Days

God, I hate it when the world decides it wants to open up a big can of you know what on my rear end. Long story short, and many chapters later, I have to "borrow" internet from work now just to post some news up for you BOX-GODIANS. (THANKS FOR NOTHING AT&T) SOOOO, I will keep this short and hopefully interesting.

CASES

NZXT Duet Review @ XSReviews
NZXT Hush Case @ OC Cafe'
Revoltec Zirconium reviewed @ bit-tech.net
Thermaltake Eureka Aluminum Case @ Techgage
Ultra Microfly BX6 Micro-ATX Case w/ 600w XVS Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net

MOTHERBOARDS

ECS PN2 SLI2+ Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
MSI P35 Platinum reviewed @ bit-tech.net
MSI P35 Neo Combo Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
ASUS P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP @ Techgage

VIDEO CARDS

eVGA 8800 Ultra KO, yours for just £520! @ HEXUS.net
Jetway 8600GTS VGA (nvidia) @ DNRhardware
ASUS 8800GTX 768MB @ TheTechLounge
XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra 650M Extreme reviewed @ bit-tech.net
CoolIT takes CrossFire to a new level @ HEXUS.tv

PSU's

Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W Modular Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Tagan GuardianX 1000W Silver Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
OCZ ProXstream 1000W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
ThermalTake ToughPower 1200w Review @ XSReviews

MEMORY

OCZ 1GB 80x Secure Digital Dual Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
G.SKill PC8500 DDR2 F2-8500CL5D-2GBHK @ TweekPC
Super Talent T800UX4GC5 4gb Review @ XSReviews
Super Talent STF SM USB 2.0 4GB Flash Drive @ Viper Lair

HDD's

Understanding RAID @ bit-tech.net
Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Samsung 32GB Solid State Drive @ TrustedReviews
Western Digital's Caviar SE16 750GB hard drive @ TR-News

COOLING

Bluegears b-COOL120 Fan Review @ HardwareXL
Thermaltake V1 Heatpipe Copper AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
CoolIT Cooling Accessories Roundup @ Techgage
A.C.Ryan Blackfire4 Kameleon Fan Review @ XtremeComputing
Vizo Igloo water cooler @ Gideon Tech

GAMES/SOFTWARE

WoW Report: Guild or No Guild @ ThinkGaming.org
Sun's Check Tool: Does Your Hardware Work? @ Phoronix
The Top 5 Most Moddable Games @ bit-tech.net
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars preview @ bit-tech.net

LAPTOPS/OTHER STUFF

Samsung Q40 HSDPA Notebook @ TrustedReviews
TypeMatrix Ez-Reach 2030 Keyboard Review @ HardwareXL
Hiper HCK-1K18A-US Black "Darkness" Alloy USB Keyboard Review @ Benchmark
Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 @ TrustedReviews
Icemat Siberia In-Ear Headset @ Modders-Inc
Fujitsu P1610 Tablet Review @ XYZ Computing

Well, that was a lot more than I thought it was going to be but hey, gotta keep you all in the know damint. I'll see what the rest of the weekend brings, maybe things will shape up. See you all in the forums.

Posted by: Franz on 6/16/07 @ 06:07:03PM
All

Franz: Something still gets to me when I see SLI being WC'ed. It looks freaking awesome and the performance is crazy. Anyhow, the crazy fools over at Madshrimps decided to test a couple of WCing options for the 8800 series cards. Read on and see what they found out.
"In this article we take an in-depth look at the advanced cooling options available for the Geforce 8800 series. Both Danger Den and Swiftech have water blocks designed to fit the latest NVIDIA high end cards, so we take them for a test ride, comparing performance at diffe..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/9/07 @ 04:13:17PM
Hardware/Modding

Franz: Wow, there is nothing like a nicely built computer from a maker that cares about what their customers get. AND OCed like made right out of the box? Got me sold, to bad the price tag is out of this world.
"If you ask the average person on the street who they think makes the most desirable gaming computers on the planet, they'll probably mention names like Voodoo PC and Alienware but that's where they'd be oh-so wrong. That crown is firmly held by the little known system builder from Harrow, Vadim C..."
Posted by: Franz on 5/29/07 @ 06:28:53PM
Hardware/Modding

News Catchup for the Week

Well, I don't know about the rest of you but the world has been busy for me lately. Long hours, crazy weather, and even wilder people have left me a mess of an inbox. So I figure I'll make a nice long list of goodies and you all can read the ones you want.

RAM REVIEWS

Corsair CM2X1024 XMS2 PC5400C4 @ Tekbunker
Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Tracer Memory Kit Review @ HardwareLogic
OCZ 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper @ Driverheaven
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 SLi-Ready Memory @ Modders-Inc
DDR2-1000 tested: Crucial Ballistix and Super Talent @ Madshrimps

VIDEO CARDS

EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked Review @ XSReviews
Jetway X1650XT and Sparkle 7600GT Reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com

POWER SUPPLIES

be quiet! 700w Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net
OCZ GameXStream 1010 Watt Power Supply reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com
Zalman ZM500-HP Review - XSReviews

MOTHERBOARDS

abit AB9 QuadGT @ motherboards.org
Intel's new Bearlake P35 chipset @ HEXUS.net
DFI INFINITY 965 DARK Motherboard Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps
Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi AP with DDR3 @ bit-tech.net

CASES

3RSystem M-Station HT-1000 HTPC Chassis @ Viper Lair
Tuniq 3 Case Review @ XYZ Computing
Enermax Pandora Case review @ bit-tech.net
Apevia X-QPACK2 Aluminum Case @ Viper Lair
Lian-Li PC-A08 Classical Series Case Review @ HardwareLogic

COOLING

Laing DDC-1T And DDC1+ Ultra Tops Shootout @ Overclock3D
Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 - Passive Graphics Cooler @ Overclock3D
ZEROtherm CF800 and CF900 Review @ XSReviews
Swiftech H2O-Apex Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ TechDomain
ASUS Arctic Square CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout

SOFTWARE/GAMING

Ancient Wars Sparta PC Game Review @ Gamepyre
Made Man PC Game Review @ Gamepyre
Spiderman 3 Review @ Gaming Heaven
How the heck do I change my File Associations in Vista? @ OCModShop
Take Ownership of System files in Windows Vista @ OCModShop

There that gets most of the main boring stuff. I would like to thank the boy for hitting the power button on my computer HALFWAY through that and making me loose most of it. Anyhow, enjoy.

Posted by: Franz on 5/27/07 @ 10:02:31AM
All

Weekly PSU/UPS Round up

Once again, we have a bunch of good reviews on several PSU's and even a UPS for your eyeholes today.  I know most people really don't need a UPS, unless you live in a place where the power company sucks and they can't provide an even supply.

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W UPS Review @ HardwareLogic
700W to 850W power supply group test @ bit-tech.net
Tt Toughpower 1200w PSU Review @ OC Cafe'
Silverstone Decathlon DA750 Modular Power Supply Review @ HardwareLogic
Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w PSU @ Overclock3D
Nexus NX-8060 80PLUS Modular Silent 600Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net

Well, that should keep you busy for a while, should you be in the market for a new PSU.  And to anyone that lives in those nasty crappy power areas, give a decent UPS a thought. 

Posted by: Franz on 5/14/07 @ 09:16:13AM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: I have been watching this modd for quite a long time, since before I even knew there was a BoxGods.  It's that hot rodder in me that just just loves good stuff like this.  Check it out. Way to go Dutch!!
"Borne out of the "futuristic" designs of the 1960's, Pieter has created something that has never really been seen before in case modding. In my discussions with him over the past few months, I've been amazed at the unique ideas and attention to (very novel) detail that he's put into this mod. A..."
Posted by: Franz on 5/13/07 @ 07:52:32PM
Modding

Cooling Solutions, Get your Cooling Solutions HERE!!
Posted by: Franz on 5/3/07 @ 08:57:46PM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: I was following this modd back a few months ago, and man is sweet now that it is finished.  Wood always lends nicely to computer mods.
"How much wood can a wood modder mod if a wood modder would mod wood? Nick Falzone (aka Greensabbath) has created the successor to his Sangaku case mod and the result is spectacular. Allow us to present: Yuugou."
Posted by: Franz on 4/26/07 @ 06:39:17AM
Modding

Franz: Pinhead is back!!, Well, at least in making of the famous puzzle box into a scratch built computer case.  It really amazes me what the right tools and the right amount of skill can do with some acrylic and some time.  Man I can't wait for my CNC privileges!
"Pinhead is back. Or rather Magnus "Wolverine" Persson is back with another Hellraiser case mod. This time he has remade his original Puzzlebox the way he originally intended. Who says all Hollywood sequels are rubbish?"
Posted by: Franz on 4/22/07 @ 08:19:58AM
Modding

Eager beaver PC mod unveiled @ bit-tech
Franz: The first time I saw this modd, I laughed so hard I snotted all over my monitor.  I mean, a computer in a stuffed Beaver?  Man, that is just wrong on so many levels.  COOL but wrong. LOL
"The mod has provoked strong reactions in the modding community with some admiring the creativity and the humour of placing the 80mm fan in the animals backside, while others condemn the macabre mod as being cruel and depraved. From a purely technological point of view, we have to admit we're impressed. It's been a while since we had a close look at any forest animal - confined as we are to our desks - but we imagine that it must have been a tight fit."
Posted by: Franz on 4/15/07 @ 09:02:03AM
Modding

Franz: Nothing like a tech show to bring out the case modd's and the modders. The cake looks good enough to eat.
"This year's CeBIT trade show wasn't quite what it was last year, and we're expecting next year to be more of the same in that respect. Even though the days of trade shows appear to be numbered, with many manufacturers choosing not to turn up, many of the world's best modders are turning up with ..."
Posted by: Franz on 4/8/07 @ 12:19:35PM
Modding

Franz: Yeah everyone has one, thumb drives are a dime a dozen, I know. But I bet you don't have one that is practically indestructible and pretty damn cool looking too. As Geno said, "Man that sucker is TINY!"
"Today PRETEC has given us the pleasure of taking a look at there latest i-Disk Diamond and the i-Disk Bullet Proof USB sticks. Available in sizes from as little as 128MB right through to up to 2GB, these products really are setting the standard in small USB devices. With the i-Disk Diamond being tou..."
Posted by: Franz on 3/16/07 @ 08:10:28PM
All

Franz: I think what people should get from this article is that the faster computers and their parts run, the more HEAT they will make. I have used active cooling on my RAM for quite awhile and I can say without a doubt that it does make a difference in overall performance as well as OCing. So check out this RAM cooler from CoolIT. It's not the most flashy cooler but with things moving as fast as they are and RAM costing as much as it does, why not give it some help doing its job.
"When using the CoolIT RAM Fan the surface temperature on the modules were found to be drastically cooler. What was strange is the fact that the outside module was now the hottest, but that is due to the angle on the RAM Fan. The RAM Fan blows air across the modules, so the outside module gets the ..."
Posted by: Franz on 3/5/07 @ 09:03:49AM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: I've sorta followed this mod for a while now and it is sure cool to see it done.
"The man who gave us Cold Fusion is back again with another awesome mod. This one is inspired by sci-fi, and it's a mash-up of aluminum and acrylic, with some funky design features throw in. Enjoy!"
Posted by: Franz on 2/27/07 @ 03:28:47PM
Modding

Franz: OK Boddaker, you are officially in trouble for not telling us that you entered the UAL 737 in the Weird and Wonderfull PCs and PC mods write up over at Tom's.  Not to mention that you got first in line and the first four pages in last Friday's article. Way to go man.
"I wanted to build my dad a case for a birthday/father's day gift. He is a retired United Airlines mechanic, with 35 years of service. I figured it would make a great theme if I were to pay tribute to his long and illustrious career. Since he worked primarily on the Boeing 737s, I designed the case ..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/26/07 @ 01:04:07PM
Modding

Franz: I'm sure that reviews for one or both of these sets of RAM have been posted here before, but how about a little comparison of the two done up by the people at bit-tech.
"It's hard to justify the more expensive memory considering the tests we've shown - does simply better looking memory warrant the extra cost? Well there’s no doubt the OCZ looks fantastic in a case, providing you have a means of seeing them. You’d think it was secretly stealing the prints right off..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/26/07 @ 12:33:05PM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: Looking for something something to plug that unused ROM drive bay?  Need more storage and couple of USB ports? Then check out this review on the Aerocool Infinite Multi-Functional Front Panel.
"Today we are going to review the Aerocool Infinite Front Panel device. This little panel has the features of most other front panel devices out there with one small exception. The Infinite boasts a removal 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure. So, not only the ability to read different types of flash media..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/23/07 @ 10:42:05AM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF

Franz: With Vista needing 2GB of ram to run well and most games requiring a bunch to be happy as well as the OC crowd crying for ram that performs, fear not.  Kingston has heard the call and given us the PC6400CL4 & PC8500CL5 2GB Memory Kits to curb Vista's hunger, the happy pills for your games, and a tissue for OCer's.  Read on, I dare you.
"hen it comes to high performance memory, Kingston has a name to keep up in the business. We already took some of the memory kits from Corsair, Team Group and OCZ for a spin, but Kingston was noticeably absent. About time we set this right, and we do this today by looking ..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/22/07 @ 09:59:42AM
Hardware/Modding/HTPC-SFF


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