Build your own Apple Mac

It goes against the Apple licence agreement, but making your own Apple Mac computer has spawned a huge underground community. Darren Yates reveals the best hardware for the job.

How to build a gaming pc for $900

Performance on a budget One of our younger APC readers asked us about building a PC that would handle fast gaming and server work for under $900. While it’s easy to dismiss the idea as mission impossible it’s actually worth looking at the idea particularly when PC component prices are at or near all-time lows.…

Toshiba Satellite U920t convertible notebook review

Price: $1390  |  Web: Toshiba.com.au Toshiba’s take on the convertible tablet/ultrabook uses a very similar sliding mechanism to Sony’s Duo 11 with the screen sliding upwards and then away from the keyboard. However it lacks the ugly brackets that keep the Duo 11’s screen stable as a rock instead relying on a very stiff hinge…

Building your super-cheap PC

The market in low-cost ARM-based computers is taking off and turning them into simple lightweight desktop PCs is one of their great appeals. But depending on the model you purchase you may need more or less in extra parts to get them up and running. Form factor There are three main designs available: the barebones…

Android Masterclass: Data storage and retrieval

Any non-trivial application will need to store some data locally on the phone for use later. There are also a number of different types of information that needs to be stored for later. For instance we may need to store authentication information have a temporary cache of information store images or allow the users to…

Acer AC100 2TB home server review

As one of the the smallest server in the roundup we could be forgiven for thinking this little box would lack the oomph of its bigger brethren. Yet Acer’s claims of bringing the data centre to the desk aren’t so far-fetched after all with this potent little powerhouse offering breathtaking performance. At just 200 x…

Cooler Master HAF XM review

The HAF in this miditower case’s name stands for ‘high airflow’ and it’s a term well deserved: this case has more fans than a U2 arena concert. Straight out of the box there are twin 200mm units at the top another 120mm on the rear and one last 200mm fan on the front. As if…

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 review

Despite being built with notebooks in mind Nvidia’s new Kepler architecture has done wonders for desktop graphics cards. With its meagre energy needs and high performance gamers have been blessed with a powerful product that doesn’t sound like a Black Hawk lifting off. The first card based on this new architecture was the GTX 680…

Updated: The best all-rounder PC you can build today

Trying to cover all the bases without tipping endless amounts of money into a computer is a very difficult thing to do. Build a gaming machine at a budget and it won’t be as fast in video editing as a machine built to do that specifically if you keep inside the same budget. On the…

Updated: The most extreme PC you can build today

This machine is extreme in every sense of the word. Performance price size cooling this monster could not be any more extreme. This is the sort of thing you buy with the change you have left over once you’ve had your Porsche delivered. Core System: $8182CPU: Intel 3960X $12496 core total 12 threads 3.9GHz Stock “Turbo”…