Okay, I know we've been delayed and it's almost a few more days before April 2011 ends. Yeah, we got tied up on our holidays. Anyway, we've finally published our long sought rig of the month for April. And it features Intel's outstanding 2nd Generation i5 processor. Do check it out!

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April 2011 Rig of the Month
Okay, I know this one's delayed again. Apparently, I have a ton of work to do and further developing the site has suffered much because of this. But anyway, I've finally finished the CPU Processor section for our basic guide. Please feel free to check it out. Just click the link below to redirect you to the page or you could just simply navigate through the top bar.

Pinoy PC - CPU Processor Guide
Seems like every bit in the GPU zone is battling it out. From the higher HD 6990 and GT 590 classes down to the lowest tier battlefields, the 2 GPU engine makers are definitely making it worth for your buck. A few days back, AMD Radeon released their low-end video card, HD 6450. Now, it's time for Nvidia to launch their counterpart on this field - the Geforce GT 520.
Nvidia GT 520 - 1GB DDR3
The GT 520 comes with 48 stream processors, this is equal to the previous generation GT 220. It's core clock comes with an amazing 810 MHz and shader clock at 1400 MHz. The low tier video card also comes at the 1GB memory at DDR3. The numbers definitely look promising on this green warrior. However, like all other low end cards, the GT 520 is stuck at the slower 64-bit memory interface. Though rendering and graphic capabilities may be limited in these type of cards, it does have a good stance on power consumption. The Nvidia GT520 has a TDP of 29W as the manufacturer claimed it to be with an idle rate of only 10W.

Like all other budget cards, we aren't expecting much for these mini monsters. We just expect them to run a good HTPC and consume much less than their stronger brothers. In the foreign market, the GT 520 comes with a price tag around US$60. In due time, this will also be in the Pinoy markets.
With nearly a decade of ink printer domination, people have started to come around and find initiative to cut their printing costs from the lavish ink-based systems. Over the past years, refilling ink cartridges has been a common practice to save on printing costs. Furthermore, continuous ink systems have successfully answered the call of heavy printing business such as internet cafes and other shops. Without the hassle of refilling the cartridge, the CIS (continuous ink supply) systems have made a big hit in these times. Pioneers in the CISS installation, however, have charged so much for this technology since its been on popular demand. Just recently, CD-R king has addressed that problem with their cheaper Continuous Ink Supply System designed for Epson printers.

CD-R King CISS for Epson Model Printers
The CD-R King CISS is currently offered to work on Epson T model printers (T10, T11, T20, TX100, TX111, TX200, T209, TX210, TX300F, TX400, TX409, TX410, TX419). It comes with the standard volumes and new version chips of the T0731N cartridges, which CD-R King claims to be easy to reset. The storage mount has a capacity of 80ml making it a good reservoir for the ink to be used on those lavish printing jobs. The CD-R King continuous ink supply system comes at a very cheap price of only Php 480. Even though installation is not included in the CISS kit, instruction manuals and technical support are readily available for the do-it-yourself user. So, if you're looking for a good and cheap printing solution, you could always go with this one. For the price, this one's a steal compared to other CISS providers!

As a final note, please be reminded that installing non-original cartridges may void the warranty of your printer.
Now, there has been much speculation in the Mid-range video card battlefield and today we see the perfect rival for the disputed Nvidia's Geforce GTX 550 Ti, which was released a few weeks back. AMD's counter for such a move is the Radeon HD 6790, which boasts of better performance compared to its Nvidia rival.

With the current trends of emerging high-performance graphics processing units or simply "video cards", one can always drool on the costs these new models come tagged with. If you're in the local market, you probably have a hard time looking for a good entry-level video card pegged at around Php 3,000. Good News!... PC Express recently released into their inventory the budget gamer's video card - The Powercolor HD5670 1gb DDR3! And what's even more exciting is that this baby comes only with a Php 3,500 price tag - now, that's definitely an amazing price!
HD 5670 1gb ddr3 (priced at Php 3,500 -- as of April 3, 2011)
With 1 gb of memory running at DDR3 and 30% cheaper than its DDR5 counter part with the same exact memory, the HD5670 1gb DDR3 is a steal for the price. You have a decent processor but not a very strong price. If you put this card head to head with a similarly priced GT240, this would wipe the 240 hands down. The HD5670 is engine clocked at 775MHz with a memory clock of 667MHz x 2 with an interface at 128-bit.

Although the older Nvidia 9800GT might be a little bit faster (with the same price range), the Powercolor HD5670 comes with DirectX 11 support and runs compatible at PCI-E 2.1 bus standard. If you're looking for a decent videocard and you're a bit tight in the pocket, the Powercolor HD5670 1gb DDR3 would certainly fit what your looking for. Decent price of Php 3,500 and commendable performance is certainly worth looking into. Try to visit your nearest PC Express branch or contact your local stores for the availability of this price-steal GPU.



    Performance, Value, Practicability - These are the things I look for when purchasing Computer components. Getting the most out of what I can afford is the matter that I've consistently practiced. It doesn't take to be a rocket-scientist to know that, all I need is a keen sense in what's good and bad.


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