PC World May 2003

What's On the CD


Build your own PC: Part 1
- get your best PC ever!

The best way to get the PC you really want is to build one yourself. Armed with this component primer and PC World's guidance, you'll be able to create a budget system or a high-end PC.

  • Building your PC for less
  • Choosing components
  • Top 10 tips
  • Installing the processor
  • Fitting the heatsink
  • Adjusting the bus speeds
  • Installing the memory
  • Fitting the motherboard
  • Installing the cards
  • Adding extra ports


Web & you: Picture Perfect Places

Create an online photo album, edit your pics into the images of your dreams or just frame a better shot with these sites designed for digital photographers of all calibre.

Sub-$1000 PCs: Budget Buys

You don't always have to spend big to get a great new PC. You'll be surprised what your computing dollar buys these days - these budget buys include monitor, software and peripherals.

Internet fixes: Beat Net Nasties

Sneakier spam, wilier worms, more aggravating ads… no wonder it feels like your PC is under assault. Fight back with these simple steps for keeping the latest pests at bay.

Pick a pocket: New PDAs

Handhelds used to be little more than electronic diaries, but the new breed of personal digital assistant is more like a mini computer than a high-tech calendar. We look at the latest models.

Dream screens: Flat & Funky

Fancy a new LCD monitor to replace your clunky old CRT? Read on for all the details about these covetable screens - and advice about when to stick with the faithful old CRT.


5800 Ultra and 5600
PSC 1210, ImageCLASS MPC600F
XPC SN41G2, Axim X5
PlanarMedia 9, Sonica Theater

Office 2003 Beta 2, StarOffice 6.1 Beta 1
Parental Controls 1.0, LapLink Everywhere
Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.0, Alpha Five Version 5

Quick Takes
Hardware: iPAQ Pocket PC H5450, Siemens S55, OKI C5300, Olympus MJU 300 and 400 Digital, New M-Audio and Terratec sound cards, Software: Ad-aware 6, Cakewalk Project5, CardScan Version 6.0.4, Terapin Easy Auction


UPGRADER: Reinstall Windows
IN DEPTH: A guide to better file sharing
WINDOWS XP Home: XP add ons: Windows Media Bonus Pack
WINDOWS XP Pro: Using the Remote Desktop
MAC OS: Exploring iMovie 3
LINUX: Dual boot Linux, Windows
AUDIO: Seeing music, hearing visuals
GRAPHICS: Quick colour adjustments
PHP: Using FTP in PHP scripts
DIGITAL VIDEO: Understanding real-time
HELP SCREEN:Operating Systems Windows 98 and Me - What to do when Windows doesn't boot; Windows Me - ScanDisk error Hardware Broaden your view by adding a second monitor; Internet Unlocking the mysteries of browser error messages; Hurl the right URL; Deleting Bugbear.A e-mail in Outlook Express; Kill IE's debug bugging

Best Buys

To find out more about how we test and rate products for the Best Buys section, check out the PC World Best Buys Legend.

SiS 655 motherboards
Thermaltake Xaser III aluminium case

Sweet Spot
Optical drives
Graphics cards
System RAM
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Astra H31
Plus Corporation Astra H11
Australia IT AIT T5 Series
Acer Veriton 7500G
Plus Corporation Dezign I23

PCs: $1500-$3500
Infocom Infomod
Infocom Gaming Beast
Plus Corporation Stealth G14
Elite Industries Elite iP4 2.4
Infocom M-100
PC-XITE Xtreme Pro Series
PC Direct Home Entertainment
Trinity International Computers TI AMD Dream pack
Trinity International Computers TI Business pack
Dell Optiplex SX260

PCs: Sub-$1500
Altech Computers Viper XP 2200+
Altech Computers Viper XP 1900+
PC Direct budget system
Trinity International Dream pack

Notebooks: OVER $4000
Hi-Grade UltiNote M6600
Dell Inspiron 8500
IBM ThinkPad T40
Toshiba Satellite 5200
Sony Vaio PCG-GRV7P

Dell Inspiron 5100
Hi-Grade Notino R5400
IBM ThinkPad R40
Acer TravelMate 283XC
Pioneer P4 SOHO

Notebooks: SUB-$2500
Hi-Grade Notino 4400
Twinhead Efio! 2618
Acer TravelMate 230X
Protac Excel 731
Toshiba Satellite 1110

LCD monitors: 15in
Hercules ProphetView 720
Hitachi CML 152XW 2
LG Flatron L1510S
Mitsubishi Diamond View DV159
Philips 150B3
Polyview CMV 1515
Samsung SyncMaster 152T
Sony SDM-X52

LCD monitors: 17in
Auriga 17MLV
BenQ FP791
NEC MultiSync LCD 1760V
Neovo F-17
Panasonic PanaView TX-LCD17SBLK
Samsung SyncMaster 172w
Sony SDMS71R
Vibrant VLA9PL
ViewSonic VX700


  • NEWS plus Broadband
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Book Review, Skills, Web Review, Gadgets and Gizmos, Games, Bytesback

Coming up in the June issue:

  • Insider secrets for PC buyers: top tips for buying your next PC
  • Accounting software: options for individuals and small business
  • Digital music: all the gear to get the groove
  • Moviemaking basics: digital video guide
  • Test centre: DV capture cards

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