The (ridiculously) big chill
UpdatedPowerline networking is a technology that's capable of transforming an in-house mains power circuit into a home networking infrastructure.
A PC rocking in at £100 isn't, in all likelihood, going to be very good. Go mobile and you're looking at a bottom-of-the-barrel netbook, the sort of thing that can just about muster Horace Goes Skiing but baulks at displaying more than 8 colours on screen at once.
There's a split between the two multi-GPU camps. Both offer options for the manifold use of graphics cards to bump up framerates in your favourite 3D spectacular and yet substantially more rigs run NVIDIA's SLI than AMD's CrossFire. Indirectly, UltimoPC's SLI rig gives us a little insight as to why this might be the case.
With so many £500 bargains appearing recently, we've begun to wonder why you'd even consider paying more for a gaming PC. And then along came this wondrous offering from YoYoTech and it all makes sense again. If nothing else, it has made us fall in love with our big Dell thirty-incher all over again.
There's been a glut of incredibly-cheap-but-capable machines of late. All made possible by the war of graphics between AMD and NVIDIA, though AMD on the cheap side of the wallet claim not to have even considered NVIDIA when pricing up its latest bits.
Nothing drives a PC refresh like a graphics card launch, and with AMD and NVIDIA both releasing a new generation of pixel-pushers, rig-builders suddenly have a lot of options. CyberPower is one of the first to market with a 4850-driven Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT.
UpdatedBaby was a revolutionary new kind of computer. In 1948, computers were primitive devices that required weeks of rewiring to run a new program. In contrast, Baby's operator simply entered each new program into its memory using a bank of dedicated switches and ran it before reading off the result
A couple of years ago, HCC published an article that described how you could build a high-end Home Theatre PC. That expensive system was assembled from a range of individually-specified components.
So the PC Gaming Alliance is here to show us that PCs are still good for us gamers and that PC gaming is not dead, resting or a Norwegian Blue. But what has it done, what has it achieved? Well, at the time of writing not a whole lot bar generating banal headlines and a whole lot of hot air. The people that seem to be putting their weight behind the PC gaming cause are the system integrators.