This Week in Computer Hardware 59

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This Week in Computer Hardware
Episode 59


1. Acer announces Aspire One 532G: ION 2 and Optimus Technology

2. AMD Catalyst 10.2 and 10.3 Preview - Changes for multi-GPU multi-display users

3. I will be replacing my home sockets with these USB wall connections

4. Storage

  1. Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (now with SATA 6Gb/sec)
  2. Kingston SSDNow V Series (JMicron 618 controller, Toshiba flash) ** less than $2/GB ** (current drives closer to $3/GB)

5. Email from Derek W.

  1. Literally 10 minutes ago, I bought parts for a completely new PC, all from newegg. Afterward, I took a list at your hardware leader-board systems and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of overlap in what I bought and what was on your site. However, I am still a little scarred [sic] on whether I got a good deal for a mid-high range system.
  • $49.99 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gamin ATX Mid Tower Case w/3 fans
  • $59.99 Rosewill Grean Series RG630-S12 630W, 80 PLUS Certified, Single Rail Active PFC -$10.00 Combo discount for above 2 items
  • $89.99 GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD770/SB710 USB3.0
  • $119.99 AMD Althon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz - ADX635WFGIBOX Retail
  • $211.98 OCZ Platinum 4x2GB DDR3 1333 OCZ3P1333LV4GK
  • $159.99 Sapphire 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCIe2.0x16
  • $129.99 Intel X25-V 40GB SATA II MLC SSD
  • $94.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1TB SATA II
  • $19.14 Shipping
  • $926.05 TOTAL (There is also $30-$50 in mail-in rebates, bringing the total below $900.)
So, what do you think?

6. Twitter Questions

  • fdinolfo@ryanshrout Q: Would upgrading from a Phnm 9750 to a Phnm II 965 make a difference on a PC with DDR2 Memory and a Radeon HD 5870?
  • Answer: better OCing potential, unlocked multiplier, faster raw speed, more but slower cache
  • androslee@ryanshrout #twich can i run i5 750, ati 5670, 4gb ram, 160gb ssd and 1.5tb hdon 400w supply?

7. Giving away a free copy of Mass Effect 2 via twitter courtesy of AMD

  1. Go to and look for my tweet to RT!



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  • Edited by: Tony
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