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Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one Surface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 8:32 am

Microsoft has been making big inroads into the laptop and tablet markets with its Surface brand of products, but now it looks like the company is making a move for your desktop with an all-in-one Surface desktop PC.




It makes sense, since Microsoft is the creator of Windows - so a Windows 10-powered Surface-branded desktop PC would be an eventuality. According to The Verge, Microsoft is going to announce its Surface AIO PC imminently, as soon as late October at a launch event in New York City.


Microsoft will announce its all-in-one Surface PC alongside various Surface-branded accessories, like the purported Surface Ergonomic Keyboard that turned up on a listing for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard makes more sense with an AIO PC, versus a new keyboard for the current Surface.

Commodore 64 still running auto shop after 25 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 4:29 pm

For those old enough to remember the Commodore 64, can you believe that one is still being used to run a small auto repair shop?




Commodore USA's official Facebook page reads: "This C64C used by a small auto repair shop for balancing drive shafts has been working non-stop for over 25 years. And despite surviving a flood it is still going...". That's a great achievement, because most PCs wouldn't last 25 more years and still be operational like that (for the most part, anyway).


The Commodore 64 was released all the way back in 1982, featuring a whopping 64KB of memory at the time, with its CPU running at a blistering 1MHz, with a 16-color graphics chip. It was the highest-selling single computer model of all time according to the Guinness World Records.

A rare Apple 1 on auction, current bid of $270,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 21, 2016 1:23 pm

There might not be many that remember the Apple 1 computer, but it was one of Apple's first machines and now one has appeared for auction on Charitybuzz with bids of $270,000.




Apple expert Corey Cohen told Recode: "It's the rookie card, for lack of a better word". The rare Apple 1 computer on auction includes the original manuals, a cassette tape with BASIC programming language, and other accessories and docs. Cohen added that the early machines were hand finished by Dan Kottke or the late Steve Jobs and that there is a great chance that this particular Apple 1 had been assembled by Jobs.


Cohen says he talked with Kottke, adding that "Dan doesn't remember assembling this one". Kottke did make the BASIC cassette and has the words "Good Luck" written in his handwriting, on it. Cohen said that the original Apple 1 owner isn't known, but the current owner purchased it for $18,000 back in 2000. Other Apple 1 computers have been purchased for as much as $900,000 - so there's no guessing where the ceiling is on this one, especially if Steve Jobs really did assemble it by hand.


A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona.

HP's new Omen is an awesome new cube-shaped gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 17, 2016 12:24 pm

HP has just unveiled its new Omen X Desktop, which will include a Intel's new Core i7 processor that's unlocked and ready to be cranked to 4GHz. The cube-shaped gaming PC can be configured with up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards in SLI, or two AMD Radeon R9 Fury X cards in CrossFire, and our friends at Tech Radar have snapped some beautiful shots of the Omen X Desktop in the flesh.




On the outside, HP has used an absolutely beautiful custom cube-shaped design, but inside there is some great engineering and design work going on. The cube shape not only looks great, but the design was made to make the Omen X Desktop cooling more efficient. HP uses a microATX motherboard inside of the Omen X Desktop, which will take Intel's new Skylake-based Core i5 and Core i5 processors.




HP has used some premium features inside, with four hot-swappable disk drives that support 3.5-inch HDDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and the new U.2-based SSDs. The cube-shaped gaming PC has customizable lights on the front panel, where you can configure the lights into varying levels of brightness, patterns, and other effects.

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AVADirect joins Intel Extreme Rig Challenge, with a PC to giveaway!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2016 6:02 pm

If you haven't already heard, the Intel Extreme Rig Challenge is here, which pits 12 custom PC manufacturers against each other on who can build the highest-end PC for $10,000. It's quite the task, and there are some big players involved.




AVADirect, ORIGIN, Maingear and others are in the mix, with our friends at AVADirect sitting in #4 position right now. The top 7 builders with the most Twitter votes will have their $10,000 gaming rigs on show at PAX West, and get this - they'll be raffled off to lucky winners on Twitter!


If you want to get into the draw, you can win AVADirect's gaming PC by hitting Twitter and tweeting "I vote @AVADirect in the #IntelRigChallenge" and bam, you're in the running to win one of the best gaming PCs you can build, period. Voting daily is even better, as it increases your odds of winning.


Which of the 12 gaming PCs do you like the best? We're kind of biased because I love my AVADirect AVATAR gaming PC, but ORIGIN, Maingear and some other vendors have some delicious PCs in the mix.


You can enter right here! It's as easy as sending a single tweet!

Updated Alienware Alpha has Graphics Amp support, AMD GPU option

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 7:30 pm

E3 2016 - The Alienware Alpha is one of the company's coolest achievements and something my wife and I use in my living room daily. It's half the size of a console but still keeps up with the majority of new PC games, and it boasts a completely unique and optional OS layer that runs on top of Windows but shoves traditional Windows annoyances out of the way. It can also double as a kick-ass little media PC. Today at E3, Alienware announced its Alpha is getting a few upgrades.




While I was personally hoping for it to rock an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070M, that card hasn't officially been announced yet -- even though we know mobile Pascal is coming soon. Instead, it's getting an upgraded NVIDIA GTX 960, now with 4GB of VRAM. AMD fans will be thrilled to hear that rocking a Radeon R9 M470X is also an option with the 2nd generation Alpha system.

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Intel's Broadwell-E, NVIDIA Pascal GPUs invade Alienware Area 51 PC

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 7:20 pm

We can't visit Alienware's E3 booth just yet, but the PC maker is unveiling a slew of upgraded systems this year including the Area 51. Alienware's full-tower desktop, which supports up to three full length video cards in SLI, is now getting a performance from Intel's Broadwell-E CPU and NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs.




If you want to run NVIDIA's VR Funhouse (which boasts an absurd amount of physics and particles), you can load it up with three NVIDIA GTX 1080 cards, or you can boost it with the insane (albeit a touch overpriced) 10-core Intel Core-i7 6950x. The Area 51 also supports AMD Radeon graphics, and we're sure that the upcoming RX 480 will get integrated once it's released.

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New Alienware Aurora PC gets a smaller footprint, NVIDIA Pascal GPUs

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 7:10 pm

It's day 0 at E3 2016, and Alienware has unleashed a slew of announcements, including the fact that Aurora, their mid-sized enthusiast PC offering, is getting a Pascal upgrade and a smaller footprint.




The Alienware Aurora is a dual-graphics capable PC with optional liquid CPU cooling, and has the distinction of being Alienware's first tool-less chassis, allowing easy access to your GPU and other peripherals.


Probably the most notable update to Aurora is the availability of NVIDIA's Pascal-based GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, available in single card or SLI configurations. AMD Radeon options are also available, and I have to imagine that once the RX 480 launches, it will be included in their configurations shortly thereafter.

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Origin's 34-inch all-in-one Omni gaming PC is now shipping

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 2:50 pm

E3 2016 - Origin's new Omni all-in-one gaming PC is now shipping, with it being an awesome 34-inch AIO gaming PC with a 21:9 UltraWide display packing some seriously fast hardware.




The Origin PC Omni features a 34-inch 3440x1440 curved panel, and inside you can configure it with Intel's latest Core i7-6950X processor, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and even NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 video card. The Omni AIO gaming PC makes use of Origin's Frostbyte CPU liquid cooling system, and Origin's professional overclocking expertise. Origin boss Kevin Wasielewski and founder says: "All-in-one PC users no longer have to make comprises, the ORIGIN PC OMNI offers the full performance and upgradeability that games and enthusiasts crave. With it's gorgeous 34" Ultra-Wide 3440x1440 curved display, support for up to an Intel Core i7 6950X processor, 32GB of DDR4 Memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the ORIGIN PC OMNI delivers the best of every world".


Just how powerful is the Omni? Check out the all-in-one features, and what the best CPU and GPU can be packed inside of the 34-inch AIO gaming PC.


  • 34'' 3440 x1440 QHD Curved 3K-Display (21:9)
  • ORIGIN FROSTBYTE Sealed Liquid-Cooling
  • Up to up to an Intel Core i7 6950X Processor
  • Up to an Intel Xeon with 18 cores - Coming Soon
  • Up to up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • Supports all mini-ITX Platforms (Z170 and X99)
  • Up to 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • HDMI In and Picture-in-Picture Capabilities
  • USB Webcam with Dual Mic (Top mounted USB port)
  • FREE Lifetime 24/7 US Based Support

New MSI liquid-cooled AEGIS X barebones PC is optimized for VR, gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2016 5:25 am

Computex 2016 - MSI has launched its new AEGIS and AEGIS X barebones PC systems, providing a stylish and performance-driven DIY solution for high-end gaming and VR.




With MSI's new AEGIS and AEGIS X barebones PCs, gamers can pack in potent, enthusiast-grade desktop PC hardware in a compact design that's perfect for LAN parties. The AEGIS duo can house full-sized powerhouse video cards like NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080, with support for Intel's 6th Gen Skylake CPUs and an onboard 600W 80 Plus Silver PSU. Up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM can be slotted into the onboard motherboards, with room for two NVMe PCIE-E SSD's in Super RAID 4 configuration to enable blistering-fast data speeds of up to 3300MB/s. MSI's new Silent Storm Cooling 2 thermal system ensures "exceptional cooling and silence even under the most stressful battles" with two separate intake chambers that cool individual components.


The AEGIS X is fully optimized for hardcore VR and gaming performance, sporting one-touch overclocking with the Dragon OC button. The AEGIS X also rocks a liquid cooling solution to keep thermals at bay, with a full Z170 motherboard that fits Intel K-series CPUs (up to a Core i7-6700K) along with 32GB DDR4 RAM support. A front-facing HDMI-out pass through port enables easy VR headset hookups.

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