PC World October 2004 Contents

What's On the CD


Build your own ideal PC: Easy guide to get more grunt

Whether you're upgrading your machine or building one from scratch, we show you how to choose the right parts and put them all together. We made four special-purpose PCs to show you how to get the most bang for your buck in building up exactly the machine you want.

Web and you: WEB viruses aim for IM

Virus writers, scammers and spammers are plying their trade via instant messaging. PC World identifies the real threats and offers tips on how to avoid them.

PC problems? Fix 'em yourself

Taming tech glitches is easy - once you know how. Our troubleshooting guide takes you through some common problems and shows you how to solve them like a pro.

Noisy PC getting you down? Muffle your machine

Are you sick of the constant whirrs, clanks and hums of your noisy computer? Here's the top 10 ways you can give your PC the silent treatment.

Windows XP's Big Fix: Service Pack 2

With Service Pack 2, Windows gets an array of much-needed patches, tweaks and tools - all rolled into one free package. Here's what's in it for you - and it's on the CD too!.


Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom
Pioneer DVR-A08XL
Archos Pocket Video Recorder AV420
Canon PIXMA iP3000

Roxio Videowave 7.0 Professional
Adobe Video Collection 2.5
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 Beta

Quick Takes
HP zv5203AP, Sony DCR-PC108E, Casio XJ-350, Nero PhotoShow Elite, PowerDVD 5 Deluxe, Epson Perfection 2580 Photo, Pantone ColorVision Color Plus.


The hard drive facts

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera A38
PCQuest 3D Guru
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Emagen Lightspeed FX
Adrenalin A38

PCs: $1500-$3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
Infocom Gaming Beast 3.2
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Elite Gamer 64
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Pioneer Computers Digital Home
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Acer Aspire T310
Optima WorkPro D9

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Pacstar Australia Elise
Plus Corporation Aspect S4
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
APUS Universe 2800AX
97 Notebooks

Notebooks: Over $4000
ITC Millennia 7200
IBM ThinkPad T41p (2373 GEM)
Fujitsu Lifebook E8010
Acer TravelMate 8005LMi

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9100
Pioneer Power Notebook 470K
Acer Aspire 1681WLMi
Pioneer Power Notebook D520E
ITC Millennia 7100

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Optima Centoris G595
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1600XR
Astone Z9
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
ModTech CIVIC Diamond Pro

Widescreen projectors
Epson EMP-TW10H
Epson EMP-TW200
Hitachi PJ-TX100
InFocus Screenplay 4805
Mitsubishi Electric HC3
Panasonic PT-AE500E
Sanyo PLV-Z2
Sony VPL-HS3


IMAGING: Eliminate the tell-tale signs of ageing
VIDEO: MiniDV is dead -- long live MiniDV.
WINDOWS: Keeping the kids out of harm's way
AUDIO: Scratching that itch for nix
LINUX: Connecting to the Exchange
INTERNET: Making an exception
CD & DVD: A little care goes a long way
HELP SCREEN: Windows Windows 98 - SATA drivers; Out of control panel; Intermittent lockups; Windows XP Missed dates; Shut Down shutdown; AutoPlay error; Get smart; Microsoft Outlook Missing attachments; Microsoft Office Save me; Hardware Art of noise; Powered up; Video nasty.


  • NEWS
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Gadgets and Gizmos - Altec Lansing inMotion; Adidas 1; NEC Travel translator; AZ Designz; Thermaltake A2021 Xray ; Sennheiser PC 150 headset; Shuttle SN95G5 barebones PC; Hitachi DV-DH400T
  • GAMES: Sudeki, Doom 3, Tribes Vengeance

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