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Daily News Round #2 for August 31, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 31, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Aug 31, 2004 10:23 am

- System Guide: Performance and Ultimate Gaming Boxes

Ars Technica have updated their monthly System Guide with two new systems devoted to gaming. You couldn't go wrong following either of these highly informative guides with your next upgrade, providing you're not on a strict low budget of course.


People always want more. Computers are a particularly dangerous area for geeks. Component makers continuously push out upgrades to existing products and entirely new products on a regular basis, and sure enough, our computing "needs" grow to take advantage of all the extra processing power that becomes available every day. Most of us do not actually need all of this extra power all the time. But it is there, and we want to take advantage of it.


Major upgrades are often driven by software, not hardware. And one of the biggest software categories driving upgrades is games. Excitement over dual-channel memory or the NVIDIA 6800/ATI X800 series video cards is great, but without a compelling need to upgrade, excitement does not always generate sales. Far Cry brought many older systems to their knees a few months ago. Today, Doom3 does the same to many almost-new systems.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Asus' Socket 939 A8V Deluxe @ Tech Report
- Corsair Memory Give Away Contest @ Extreme Overclocking
- Swiss Army USB Knife @ The TechZone
- Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 @ A1 Electronics
- Hitachi 57S700 HDTV @ DesignTechnica
- Sapphire Toxic X800 PRO VIVO @ Beyond3D
- PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard @ PC Stats
- Pioneer DVR-108D - Crowning a new Champion @ Anandtech


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