When it comes to upgrading to a new Ivy Bridge configuration, you obviously need a motherboard as a starting point. there are a lot of choices out there, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what you need and how much to spend. so if you’re planning to build a new computer this summer, but have been holding off to see what’s the latest and greatest in the world of motherboards, then the new round-up on Hardware.Info of 32 Z77 motherboards should prove to be the perfect guide for finding the right Ivy Bridge motherboard for your new system.
The Z77 chipset is the most high-end chipset for Intel processors, so there are a number of very comprehensive and deluxe motherboards available based on that chipset. However, if you’re not willing or able to spend a considerable sum on a motherboard alone, you can also go for more affordable and stripped down boards. if you’re planning to overclock your Ivy Bridge processor, then Z77 is the only real option.
The Z77 chipset is the first chipset to support USB 3.0. Four USB 3.0 and 10 USB 2.0 ports are standard on Z77, which means that motherboard manufacturers no longer are forced to rely on third-party USB 3.0 controllers, which generally weren’t very good. in the SATA department nothing has changed compared to the previous generation. there are still only two SATA 600 ports and four SATA 300 ports. the Z77 chipset also has an extra PCI-Express 2.0 controller with eight lanes, which can connect PCI-Express x1 or x4 slots on the motherboard. You can also choose to use these lanes for connecting extra SATA, USB, or other controllers.
Like Intel’s Z68 chipset, the Z77 chipset supports SSD caching, which Intel likes to call Intel Smart Response Technology. CPUs with integrated graphics cards will also still work. What’s new is the possibility to connect three monitors at the same time, provided an Ivy Bridge processor is used. the round-up by the guys at Hardware.Info describes in-depth what the new features are, and how they differ on the various motherboards.
Hardware.Info tested and reviewed boards by all the big players, including ASRock, ASUS, EVGA, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI. Head over to the Hardware.Info round up of 32 Z77 motherboards tested with Ivy Bridge processors to find out which board you should buy for your new Ivy Bridge PC.
More testing from Hardware.info:
Blow away the competition with the ASUS G73JW-A1 gamer’s computer. Offering innovation unlike any other comparable unit, this is a gamer’s computer with style and finesse along with power and speed. Priced under $2000, this laptop comes at a small price to pay for all of the benefits and features.
A 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-740QM processor with Turbo Boost Technology provides the foundation for this one-of-a-kind computer. Dubbed the Republic of Gamers, the ASUS G73JW-A1 packs in Intel’s leading-edge processor and allows for impeccable rendering of games and videos. With awesome memory bandwidth as well, this beautiful computer allows for multi-tasking by adjusting for each and every one of your performance needs.
Of course, what everybody wants to know about a gaming computer is the kind of graphics it offers. this Republic of Gamers unit features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM, allowing for amazing DirectX 11 gaming that gives you the edge over your opponents.
In terms of storage, the ASUS G73JW-A1 includes two 500GB hard drives clocked at 7,200rpm. this lets you grab all of the files and games you want and leaves plenty of space left over for footage of all of your victories. the two drives come with dual HDD support, of course, and provide fluid access with 8GB of DDR3 RAM to boot.
HDMI connectivity gives you the opportunity to spread your wings and your gaming experience to your HDTV. the 17.3-inch LED-backlit provides 1080p HD playback, while the Altec Lansing speakers bring every creek and rumble straight to your ear drums. EAX Advanced HD 4.0 provides the perfect audio mix with the best in acoustics.
As you can see, this Republic of Gamers computer from ASUS is a monstrous laptop for gaming purposes. It’s hard to justify making this kind of purchase if you don’t take gaming seriously, but if you’re intent on destroying your competitors this is the laptop for you.
Vizio has launched its range of ultrabooks, all-in-one desktop computers and a laptop, which it first revealed during CES 2012.
Vizio leapt into the PC market during CES 2012 with a range of good-looking hardware, promising price tags that would put its competitors to shame. the company didn’t provide much more information during the show, but said it planned to start sales in may.
Here we are then, just outside that target, and Vizio has launched its own collection of laptops, desktops and ultrabooks. Except it doesn’t call them ultrabooks, but “Thin + Lights” instead, making them sound like French cigarettes. all come with third generation Intel processors, or Ivy Bridge as they’re known, Microsoft Windows 7, and feature minimalist, stylish designs reminiscent of Apple’s Mac range.
Let’s look at the thin + Light models first. There are two, the CT14 and CT15, and the numbers refer to the respective, approximate screen sizes. the CT14 has a 14-inch screen with a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.
The CT15 has a 15.6-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, but is otherwise identical. the aluminum body on both models has a maximum depth of 0.66-inches/16mm, which is almost identical to the MacBook Air. the prices start at $898.
A laptop and two desktop machines
This is the same price as the CN15 laptop, which also shares the 15.6-inch, HD screen from the CT15, but with a choice of either a Core i3, i5 or quad-core i7 chip, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a 500GB, 1TB or 1TB with a 32GB SSD storage option.
Finally, we’ve got the All-in-One desktop models, of which there are two — the CA24 with a 24-inch display and the CA27 with a screen measuring 27-inches.
Both have 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions, and come with a choice of Ivy Bridge dual-core or quad-core processors, Nvidia graphics cards and the same hard drive combinations as the CN15 laptop.
The 24-inch All-in-One starts, like the others, at $898, but the 27-inch model raises the baseline to $1098. the packages include a remote control with a small touchpanel, a separate subwoofer, a keyboard and a standalone, wireless touchpad.
Vizio will be selling its computers in a variety of different ways, including through “mini-stores” that will be taken to festivals and public events, through retail outlets such as Walmart and Amazon, and on its own website. all are up for pre-order there, with an estimated delivery date of July 9.
In the first quarter of 2009, computer chip maker Intel’s earnings dropped 55% and revenues fell 26%. because they beat Wall Street’s estimates, the company believes that declines in desktop computer sales have bottomed out and will soon start climbing again.
Why the optimism from Intel? Inventories of desktop computers and laptops increased in late 2008 as both businesses and home users delayed buying new equipment. as reported in the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2009, this excess inventory was sold off in the first quarter of ’09, increasing demand for Intel chips.
Is a recovery in the high tech industry really underway? Analysts believe that even if the PC market has hit bottom, a full recovery is a long way off. some industry watchers, like those at ISuppli Corp., believe that desktop sales will continue to be sluggish, but may be offset to some degree by laptop sales, especially netbooks, the less powerful and smaller versions that some home users prefer.
Intel’s CEO also stated that consumer demand for computers is much stronger than enterprise demand. if that is the case – and all signs are pointing in that direction – what are companies doing to avoid expensive technology purchases?
Everything old is New again – Boosting Your Existing Desktop
To delay new equipment purchases, companies need to be sure their existing laptops and desktop computers continue working. there are a number of approaches they can use, all of which offer a good lesson to businesses looking for ways to cut costs.
* Expectations. I spoke recently to the IT manager of a multinational with its head office in the Toronto region. He said that his employees are being told to live with what they have. Gone are the days when they can ask for a replacement computer just because their current machine is a couple of years old. By explaining cost cutting measures and brining employees’ expectations back down to earth, he has been able to cut his new equipment acquisitions budget.
* Rebuilding. Many IT managers are using old-fashioned ingenuity to get them through the current economic crisis. By making small changes to boost the performance of an existing computer – memory or hard drive upgrades, for example – they can extend the life of existing hardware and delay new purchases.
* used or Refurbished. Companies have discovered the value of used and refurbished technology. from desktop computers to printers, copiers and even individual components, companies are saving money by giving new life to old equipment.
* Cascading. instead of buying new, many IT managers are taking a closer look at their existing inventories and reusing what they have. High-demand users still get the best machines, but their old castoffs are being cascaded down through the organization to users with lower demands and technology that is too old to serve their needs.
Corporate demand for desktop computers may still be low, but that doesn’t mean that companies are doing without. By making better purchasing decisions and by asking users to live with the computers they have, many are able to function quite nicely despite the cuts to their IT budgets.
eChannelLine USA – Intel continues to broaden motherboard options with 4 new value ones for Xeon E5-2400 family
Intel continues to broaden motherboard options with 4 new value ones for Xeon E5-2400 family16 may, 2012By Mark Cox Intel continues to broaden the motherboard options it is making available to channel partners with the announcement of four new boards to support the recently introduced released Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family.
“This is a continuation of delivering on our promise of an expanded road map which we made when we launched our EPSD 3.0 portfolio,” said David Brown, Director, Intel Enterprise Platforms and Services Division. That initiative, announced earlier this year at the Intel Solutions Summit, tripled the number of server motherboards provided to their channel partners, and reversed an earlier unsuccessful decision to limit the number of SKUs here, which cost Intel significant share in the market.
“Previously our range of motherboards was somewhat limited,” Brown said. “Before we had boards stretching into multiple markets, and now we have more specific ones for specific needs.”
the new value-oriented boards are aimed at a lower segment of the market than are served by the Xeon E5-2600 processor, but still take advantage of core features of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, such as Intel Integrated I/O, Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 and Intel Trusted Execution Technology.
the Intel Server Board S2400SC is designed as a cost-effective, value solution for demanding first server environments. it supports Intel Server Management and has expanded I/O with 32 total PCIe lanes, including 28 PCIe Gen3.
“It’s a server board that is good for first time users or on a single socket server, and would like to get the performance of a two socket board, with more optimized power and thermal and all the capabilities of the E5 series,” Brown said.
the Intel Server Board S2400GP is aimed more at mid-sized businesses, and includes mainstream 12 DIMM support and flexible I/O with 48 PCIe Gen3 lanes.
“It addresses higher level applications required from mid-sized, and has a larger memory footprint for a value oriented motherboard compared to what we offered previously,” Brown said.
the Intel Server Board S2400BB is designed for rack mount environments, and features 12 DIMM support on 6 memory channels and mainstream 48 PCIe Gen 3 I/O lanes. it also provides superior configuration flexibility, including multiple boot options like DOM and mSATA modules.
“It has a spread core designed which drives down overall power costs, and is well suited for data center and cloud-oriented applications,” Brown said.
Finally, the Intel Server Board S2400LP, a half-width form factor, is aimed at organizations looking for a cost-effective solution for high performance computing and high demand cloud deployments. the board is price and performance optimized with Infiniband and Dual Gigabit Ethernet capabilities.
“It is a similar target market as the S2400BB, but has superior density capabilities,” Brown said. “It would be for a data center looking to maximize density, but which still doesn’t need the horsepower of the E5-2600 family.”
Brown said that partners selling into the SMB space would take advantage of the first two boards, while those looking at the cloud market would look at last two. He said these would also have interest for partners who sell into the embedded market and appliances.
Maybe you love the sleek, sexy lines of those Intel-powered Ultrabooks. And maybe you want the long-running battery and lightweight build that comes with that sexiness, but you just don’t like Windows that way. well it’s your lucky day; Dell has announced that it will soon be selling a version of its XPS13 Ultrabook that runs Ubuntu Linux out of the box.
The project to get Ubuntu on the XPS 13 is called Project Sputnik, and it is geared mostly toward developers that need to work with Linux, but want a more portable device. Perhaps the coolest part is that if you have a XPS 13 now, or you order the Windows version, the Ubuntu install image is available for download.
The XPS 13 currently starts at $999.99 and comes with a Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and USB 3.0. It’s a fine little machine as long as you can get by with integrated video and a 13-inch screen. if you can buy the computer without a Windows license at some point in the future, the price might be more reasonable.
The announcement happened at the Ubuntu Developers Summit, in front of many, many Linux nerds. It’s going to be hard for Dell to slink away from its commitment to Linux like it did last time. Back in 2007 Dell started shipping PCs with Ubuntu installed, much to the delight of the hardcore nerd demographic. then in 2010, Dell quietly pulled the Linux models from its website, and the grand experiment was over — until now.
Dell hasn’t decided when the XPS 13 will start shipping with Ubuntu as an option. if you’re itching for an Ultrabook that is fully compatible with Linux, chances are that you’re comfortable installing from a disc image anyway. the folks behind Ubuntu are pleased as punch, and are going to be working with Dell to make Project Sputnik a success.
No question about it: PCs are gettingprettier.
The beige boxes and generic laptops of a few years ago aregiving way to new generations of sleek machines runningMicrosoft (MSFT) (MSFT)’s Windows 7 — and ready for Windows 8 later thisyear.
For evidence, take a look at Sony’s Vaio Z, a 13-inchnotebook potent enough to replace a desktop, and Samsung (005930)’slatest Series 9, the thinnest 15-incher you can buy. yes,they’re expensive, but they’re also beautiful.
A lot of the credit goes to Apple. The entire laptopcategory has been in a state of upheaval since the iPad’s launchtwo years ago. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air raised the bar ondesign and spawned a new class of Windows PC competitors, calledUltrabooks, featuring Intel microprocessors, speedy solid-statestorage and much faster boot-up and shut-down times than hard-drive-based computers.
Windows 8 may accelerate the trend. It’s being designed torun on touch-based tablets as well as PCs. Microsoft and itspartners say they hope to spawn new kinds of hybrid devices thatcombine the best of both. Maybe so. Still, it’s comforting toknow that the new operating system is promised to work on anyhardware running Windows 7.
Apple (AAPL) (AAPL)’s success has also shown that buyers are willing topay premium prices for features and style. and “premium”doesn’t even begin to describe the Vaio Z and Series 9. A betterword would be “breathtaking.”
The Vaio Z is one of the most adaptable ultraportables outthere, allowing you to add layers of functionality depending onyour needs of the moment. Closed, the Vaio Z is just .66 incheshigh, measures 13 inches by 8.27 inches and weighs a mere 2.57pounds. The tapered case further shrinks its footprint, makingit convenient to use in tight spaces, such as an airplane tray.
Compared to other laptops, less of the Vaio’s weight is inthe screen, giving it a springy feel when closed that makes itfeel less solid than it probably really is. (Sony (6758) says the extragive is deliberate, to help cushion the computer from the rigorsof travel.) when the screen is opened, its hinges prop up theunit’s rear, ever-so-slightly angling the backlit keyboard.That’s a good thing, because the low-lying keys had too littletravel for my liking. Tilting the keyboard helped.
The real power in the Vaio Z comes from its expandability.The unit comes with a compact external docking station fordesktop use that provides easy access to its high-definitionvideo and USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, with options for a DVD burneror Blu-ray drive. and a $150 screw-on sheet battery, augmentingthe Vaio’s minimalist four-hour life, provides enough juice toget through more than a full day’s untethered work while stillkeeping it less than an inch thick.
Here’s where the bad part of “breathtaking” comes in: Theprice may leave you gasping. Sony is currently selling the base-model Vaio Z — with an Intel (INTC) (INTC) Core i5 chip, four gigagbytes ofinstalled memory and a 128-gigabyte solid-state drive — for$1,700. That’s rich enough, but outfit it with an i7 processor,a more usable six gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabytes ofstorage, Blu-ray and the extended battery, and you’re suddenlyat $3,000.
A top-line model, with more memory and SSD storage, is astaggering $4,500. I’d like to meet the person willing to spendthat much on a PC.
The Series 9 weighs about 3 1/2 pounds and measures 14inches wide by 9.3 inches deep. But the number that jumps out isits thickness: .58 of an inch. how thin is that? really, reallythin. Crazy thin. Thinner than the already-impossibly-thinMacBook Air.
It’s so thin, in fact, that it can’t accommodate Ethernetor standard high-definition video cables, though it does havespace enough for, among other things, three USB ports and a slotfor an SD expansion card.
One of my complaints about last year’s 13-inch Series 9 wasthe poor, 4-hour battery life. The new model allows for a largerbattery that should give you six to seven hours, depending onwhat you’re doing. and the charcoal-gray aluminum alloy bodyfeels more solid than the Sony’s.
When I looked at the previous model of the Series 9 lastsummer, I described it as “gorgeous and capable.” Thedescription applies equally to this new, bigger version.
(Rich Jaroslovsky is a Bloomberg News columnist. Theopinions expressed are his own.)
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Picking the parts for your computer is one of the most important things in building a computer, because you cant assemble a computer without the parts Picking parts for computers has become much easier than before, because things have been standardized, however, you need to make sure everything will fit. the first thing to think about when choosing the components for your computer is what you are going to be using it for. if you are creating a computer for just checking your eMail and using word, you are going to need much different parts than a computer that you are going to be using for gaming.
The first thing you should pick out about your computer is what CPU you are going to use, because it determines what motherboard you are going to get, which determines what other components you get. there are two main CPU manufactruers, Intel and AMD. Both have their Pros and Cons, but they are pretty similar. I would suggest using AMD, because they give you a little more bang for the buck.
Here is a brief overview of the different Intel and AMD CPUs:
Midrange: AMD: Athlon 64>br>
Intel: Pentium 4
High end: AMD: Athlon64 X2
If you are spending below $500, I would suggest a budget proccesor, between $500 and $1000, midrange and $1000 and above I would suggest a high end proccessor.
Choosing the right motherboard is vital to building your computer. first, make sure you find a motherboard that has the right socket type for your CPU. Then, check the different features of the motherboards you are looking at. if you arent going to buy a video or sound card, make sure your motherboard has onboard video and/or sound. Other things to check for on your motherboard are the hard drive interface, graphics card interface, expansion slots, the memory size and speed. also, check for the chipset. there are too many to talk about, but generally Intel and nVidia chipsets are better than the other ones. Now that you picked out your motherboard, you know what to look for in your other components.
Getting the right speed and amount of RAM is vital to the speed and stability of your system. if you are running XP, you will probably need at least 256 or 512Mb of RAM. if you are going to be doing anything memory intensive, gaming, rendering or just want a faster computer, you should get 1Gb. make sure your motherboard has enough DIMMs and the right type of DIMMs for your RAM. also, be sure to check the speed and CAS Latency.
Now its time to pick your hard drive. there are few variables in picking a hard drive. the first, and most important is size, 120Gb is usually enough for most people unless, you are going to be storing alot of pictures and video. also, make sure you get an HD with the right interace that fits your motherboard. almost all motherboards have IDE, but some have SATA (Serial ATA) Which is a much faster hard drive interface and uses a thinner cable which helps with airflow in your case. there is even SATAII now, which is twice as fast. also look at speed, almost all desktop HDs are 7200RPM and Cache, most are 8Mb, dont buy a HD below those standards. if you want to spend some money, you can get 2 HDs and run them in RAID which increases performance.
If you are going to be doing any gaming, be sure to buy a video card, if youre not, onboard video is fine. the first thing to check for is the interface, most are AGP or PCI-E. I personally like nVidia cards better. if you are going to be doing graphic intensive games, I would suggest at least a 6600. if you have alot to spend, go with a 7800.
Another thing you are going to is a CD drive, most are IDE. get a DVD Burner if you are going to use it. also, you should get a floppy drive, they are only $10ish and you might need it to install drivers when building your computer.
Case and Power Supply
Make sure you have a sufficient power supply if you have a high end computer, you should get a 450W PSU. Otherwise, 350W should be fine for most people. most cases are ATX, but make sure it is the same type as your motherboard (ATX, MicroATX, BTX, etc.).
Be sure to make sure all your components are compatible
Hackers are masochists. Almost by definition, hackers push hardware and software (and themselves) beyond breaking point to find out, once and for all, whether something is possible or not. in Dmitry Grinberg’s case, he decided to find out the lowest spec possible for a Linux PC.
It is generally believed that Linux requires a 32-bit processor with a modern memory management unit (MMU) and more than 1MB of RAM. These numbers aren’t pulled out of thin air: The computer that Linus Torvalds developed Linux on housed an Intel 80386, the first 32-bit consumer CPU with proper memory management. Grinberg, obviously not a fan of excess bits, has successfully booted Linux with an ATmega1284p, 8-bit RISC microcontroller clocked at 24MHz and equipped with no less than 16KB of SRAM and 128KB of flash storage.
As you can see in the picture, though, Grinberg wasn’t able to overcome the RAM limitation, and so he’s added an old-school (circa 1990) 30-pin 16MB SIMM to the mix. There’s also a 1GB SD card on the back of the circuit board, which holds a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty).
How did Grinberg get Linux to actually boot on an 8-bit RISC microcontroller, though? Well, that’s the beautiful bit: He wrote an ARMv5 emulator. The ARMv5 is a 32-bit processor with an MMU, and so as far as Ubuntu is concerned everything’s fine. Software emulation of an ARM CPU on an 8-bit microcontroller obviously takes its toll, though. all told, Grinberg’s computer has an effective clockspeed of just 6.5KHz. to put that into perspective, a 2GHz CPU is 300,000 times faster (and in practice, with its modern hardware, we’re probably talking of an effective speed that’s millions of times faster).
Just how slow is a 6.5KHz computer? Well, it takes two hours to load a bash command prompt, and a further four hours to load Ubuntu. If you want to open an actual window manager, Grinberg simply says “starting X takes a lot longer.” We’re probably talking about days to perform any kind of complex, graphical task. ever the optimist, though, Grinberg points out that “once booted, the system is somewhat usable,” and that the command line usually responds “within a minute.” Embedded below is a timelapse video of the world’s slowest Linux PC booting and running a few CLI commands.
On another positive note, Grinberg’s computer is very simple to put together — all you need is a few wires and a soldering iron — and it should be very cheap, too; on the order of $20, or so. with more than just a hint of hacker pride, Grinberg wraps up by saying that “This is definitely not the fastest, but I think it may be the cheapest, slowest, simplest to hand assemble, lowest part count, and lowest-end Linux PC.”
I think, though, for a few dollars more I’ll opt for a Raspberry Pi — it’s about the same size, and it can boot Linux in under a minute.
Read more at Dmitry Grinberg’s site
Computer Build Under $500
DISCLAIMER:Because you are building your own computer, you may find compatiblity issues with the following parts list.
This following build will allow you to play your favorite games at medium to high settings.
Core i3 Intel Processor (109 dollars)
Intel BOXDH67BLB3 Motherboard (90 dollars)
Patriot Gaming Series 8gig RAM (34 dollars)
Sapphire radeon hd 6570 graphics card (70 dollars)
Antec 300 with included 450 watt power supply (70 dollars)
Samsung SpinPoint 500 gigabyte hdd (90 dollars)
Asus 24X Dvd Burner (19 dollars)
TOTAL PRICE: 482 dollars!
That wraps this build up! For a total of 482 dollars you can buy and build a computer that can preform perfectly as long as you keep the settings high to medium. NOTE: no operating system is included in this build. note also that no keyboard, mouse, or monitor is included in this build. this build was for the computer solely. But you could also always use the keyboard/mouse and monitor of your other desktop if you have one.
Benchmarks: this Computer could probably run almost any game medium to high graphics, and with the amazing price, its almost unbeatable and great for people on a budget like I once was. The intel processor is clocked at 3.10 ghz. this alone is a great amount of processing power but you can always overclock it to your specific needs. If you do overclock the processor, make sure to get an aftermarket heat sink and throw the stock heat sink away. this will keep you processor nice and cool with whatever you throw at it. also, another precaution if you do overclock the processer is to get a power supply that has a bigger wattage, because, if you didnt know, the more you overclock the more voltage you use.
Other Notes: If this build is not what you are looking for, and/or you have a bigger budget, you can check out my other builds. If you seem to be a little short on money, you swap the i3 for a cheaper intel dual core without really penalizing the preformance. You could also get a cheaper motherboard and sacrifice the new features the one above has. Or you could get a lower capacity hard drive. your choice. There will be a variety of new build articles coming soon so stay tuned! as always, thanks for the read and supporting me. Goodbye my Friends!