PC World July 2005 Contents

What's On the CD

PC WORLD READERS' SURVEY COMPETITION: Win a ThinkPad X41t Tablet from Lenovo - worth $3999!

COVER STORY

Battle of the PC brands

You can mix and match all sorts of PC bits-n-pieces to build up a top-line system at a bottom-line price, but what if you want the assurance you only get with brand-name buying? We pitted the top brands against each other to see how they stack up for quality and value.

Features

Future of gaming

Gaming is using and driving technology like never before. The new wave of consoles, hand-helds and 64-bit PC sensations are networkable, cinematic, ultra-realistic and more addictive than ever. The excitement is inescapable. We look at the hits and the future picks!

64-bit windows

The next leap forward in desktop computing is already here, with 64-bit Windows now available, but do you have what it takes to run it? Even if you do, should you upgrade? Our testing shows there is a price to pay for all that power.

STARTUP

Industry news
Hackers tipped to target VoIP
Notebook drives top 100GB
ISPs targeted over spyware
Bluetooth looks to UWB
Ratings reveal long-life prints

Sweet Spot
ATI rejuvenates AGP line-up
PCI Express cards hit 512MB
AMD improves Athlon 64

Quick Takes
PDF-Xchange Pro
Caveo Anti-Theft PC Card
Toshiba Qosmio G20

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware
nForce4 SLI motherboard
Pentium Extreme Edition 840
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5; Nikon Coolpix 7900
Night Hawk Wireless Outdoor Camera; iRiver H10 media player
Kyocera FS-920 laser printer; Canon Pixma MP130 MFP

Software
Iris Readiris Pro 10
ACDSee 7.0
Novastor NovaBACKUP Pro 7.2; Roxio Backup MyPC Deluxe
Apple Mac OS X Tiger
Longhorn Alpha preview

HERE'S HOW

WINDOWS
NETWORKING
DIGITAL VIDEO
LINUX INTERNET
IMAGING
BACK TO BASICS
HELP SCREEN: WINDOWS XP, SECURITY, APPLICATIONS, MISCELLANEOUS

EVERY MONTH

  • EDITORIAL
  • READERS' FORUM
  • BACKBYTES
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX

BEST BUYS

PCs: Sub-$1500
Pacstar Powerhouse PC 775
Altech Gameforce Sniper
Infocom eValue Pro
TI AMD Power Pack 1500
TI P4 Deluxe 1550

PCs: $1500-$3500
APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
PCQuest Gamebox
Infocom Gamestation eX
APUS Galaxy Media

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Adrenalin A35-SLI
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Aries FX-55 SLI

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Pioneer DreamBook Slim 805
HP Compaq nx6120
ModTech Civic Panoramic
Optima Centoris W259-3165
ASUS A4L

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9300
ASUS V6000V
BenQ Joybook S72 v33
BluechipIT OpenBook Z71A
IBM ThinkPad T43p

Digital TV tuners
INTERNAL
Nebula DigiTV PCI
Compro DVB-T300
Inventa PCI HDTV
Hauppauge Nova-t PCI
DPandA T-3000
EXTERNAL
Nebula DigiTV USB

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