PC World January 2005 Contents

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COVER STORY

Get into the groove: Your one-stop guide to audio accomplishment

What are the top products and services for music lovers? This month we downloaded, we streamed and we listened, then we went searching for the latest gear to play it on. Plus, we looked at ways to manage your music, wireless wonders and some amazing audio accessories.

All gain, no pain! Finish PC tasks in a flash

Do it yourself doesn't have to mean drudgery. We detail some quick and easy ways to do six essential tasks - from fixing photos to backing up files, perfect printing, Net security, creating your own Web site and lots more!

It's all in the cards: Sound Investments

If you want audio excellence from your PC, you'll need a dedicated sound card. Essential reading for audiophiles - we seek out the best cards and accessories for gamers and music fans and show you how to tweak the settings and position your speakers for optimum output!

Sizzlin' summer action: Top gaming titles for all

Looking for some hot holiday gaming action this summer? We review the top PC game picks and give you the goods on the biggest blockbusters for Xbox, PS2 and more.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware
intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46ghz, amd athlon fx 64-55, amd athlon 64 4000+
Kenwood VRS-N8100
Zensonic Z400

Software
Pinnacle Studio Plus 9
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, Ulead PhotoImpact 10
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16 Deluxe

Quick Takes
Dell Inspiron 700m, Dell Inspiron 700m, Archos Gmini 400, Canon XL2, Wacom Intuos 6x8 tablet, Act! 7.0, Nikon CoolWalker, MSV-01, Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Plus

BEST BUYS

Sweet Spot
CPUs
Graphics cards
Motherboards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives
Monitors

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Altera A38
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Emagen Lightspeed FX

PCs: $1500-$3500
APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
Trinity International AMD 3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe 3200P-7X2
PCQuest Paradox
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Elite Gamer 64
HP T680A

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Plus Corporation Aspect S45
Trinity International P4 Deluxe 1500
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
APUS Universe
2800AX

Notebooks: Over $4000
Toshiba Qosmio G10
Pioneer Power Notebook 870P
ITC Millennia 7201
ASUS W1000N
Acer TravelMate 8005LMi

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Pioneer Power Notebook 470K
Fujitsu Lifebook E8010
AOpen OpenBook 1557GLS
Acer Aspire 1802WSM
Acer TravelMate 3202XMi

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Optima Centoris G595
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R
FOSA CL56
Targa Xtender A510
Acer Extensa 3002WLM

Graphics cards
Mainstream cards
ABIT RX600 Pro Guru
Asus Extreme AX600XT
HIS Excalibur X600 Pro
Mid-range performance
ABIT RX700 Pro
Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V
MSI RX700
PowerColor X700Pro
Albatron Trinity PC6600GT
AOpen Aeolus 6600GT
Asus Extreme n6600GT
Gigabyte GV-NX66T128
Leadtek PX6600 GT TDH
Sparkle 6600 GT
Enthusiast
Gigabyte GV-N68T256DH
Leadtek WinFast A400 6800 GT
PowerColor X800XT
Sapphire X800XT

HERE'S HOW

BACK TO BASICS: Graphics cards
IMAGING: Turn that noise down!
VIDEO: It's all about the audience
AUDIO Music: non stop
CD & DVD: Mixed business
LINUX: Everything but the kitchen sink
INTERNET: You've got Gmail
HELP SCREEN: Windows XP Give dual the boot; Natural selection; Backed up; Zip undone; Security Pass, friend; Virus deletion; Hardware Socket-sized; Key confusion Applications Insert here

DEPARTMENTS

  • EDITORIAL
  • NEWS
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: PC Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War; NAVMAN iCN635; ULTRA X-CONNECT 500 WATT MODULAR POWER SUPPLY; SEAGATE POCKET HARD DRIVE; Fable; NBA Live 2005; ASUS WL-167G USB Wireless Adapter; macpower mvisto; xRAIDER ATAK PAK; TARGA DOUBLESIGHT DS-1500 monitor.
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX


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