PC World August 2005 Contents

What's On the CD


Spyware Stoppers

Malicious adware and spyware can sneak onto your system and wreak havoc. Plenty of programs promise protection - but do they deliver? We put 10 anti-spyware tools up against real world threats to find out which ones can really give you some peace of mind.


Head Off Hack Attacks

Have you been hacked? How would you know? No PC user is safe from online assault. We show you how to tell if you're under attack and what to do about it. Plus, how to prevent attacks and protect your precious system!

E3 explodes!

Stunning graphics! Sensational systems! We went to E3 - the world's biggest Electronic Entertainment Expo - to get the low-down on the high-tech explosion of next-generation PC games and killer consoles that will blow your mind!


Industry news
  • Fast times at Computex
  • ATI joins dual-GPU game
  • BenQ demos Blu-ray
  • Inspired by Apple
  • Micro-Star's 'home' robot
Sweet Spot
  • G70 and CrossFire to push graphics
  • RAM prices dropping
  • Yahoo! price comparison site
Quick takes
  • ASUS P505 'mini-office' phone
  • Gigabyte iRam fast-boot system
  • AOpen XC Cube Mini PC
  • Cyberlink Powercinema

First Looks


  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ CPU
  • Intel Pentium D 820 CPU
  • Toshiba Tecra M4, ThinkPad X41 Tablet
  • palmOne LifeDrive
  • JVC Everio GZ-MC500
  • Creative Soundblaster Audigy Pro 4
  • Easy Media Creator 7.5 Supersonic
  • Floorplan3D Design Suite 9
  • Ulead DVD Movie Factory 4

Here's How

  • Helpscreen: Windows; Hardware; Miscellaneous
  • Back To Basics
  • Windows
  • Digital Video
  • Linux
  • Internet
  • Audio
  • Networking

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes
  • Advertiser index


  • Pacstar Powerhouse PC 775
  • Altech Gameforce Sniper
  • Infocom eValue Pro
  • TI AMD Power Pack 1500
  • TI P4 Deluxe 1550
  • Octek XB828 Professional
  • APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
  • Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
  • PCQuest Gamebox
  • Infocom Gamestation eX
Over $3500
  • Plus Corporation Altera FX-57
  • Plus Corporation Altera AX2
  • Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
  • APUS Universe Pro 4000A9-64A
  • Adrenalin A35-SLI


  • Pioneer DreamBook Slim 805
  • HP Compaq nx6120
  • ModTech Civic Panoramic
  • Optima Centoris W259-3165
  • Twinhead Efio 14B
  • Dell Inspiron 9300
  • ASUS V6000V
  • BenQ Joybook S72 v33
  • HP Pavilion zd8004AP
  • Toshiba Satellite M40

19in LCD Monitors

  • PolyView S/V 293
  • Acer AL1912M
  • Viewsonic VA912
  • NEC AccuSync LCD92V
  • Philips 190S
  • Mitsubishi DV191B
  • Sony SDMHS95PS
  • BenQ FP91G
  • Samsung 913V
  • LG Flatron L1950S

PC World and Inventa have FIVE FireDTV PC-based digital TV tuners - valued at $439 each - to give away! Details on page 60.

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