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In no certain order:

 

Hot Hardware: http://hothardware.com/

 

Anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/

 

Legit Reviews: http://www.legitreviews.com/

 

Mobile Fanatics: http://www.themobilefanatics.com/

 

Tom's: http://www.tomshardware.com/

 

Computer Power User (looks great on a tablet): http://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalEditions/Default.aspx

 

Hardware Canucs: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/

 

JonnyGuru: http://www.jonnyguru.com/index.php

 

For overall IT, media, development, gadgets, gaming, etc.:

 

Geeks are Sexy: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/

 

Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/

 

MPC: http://www.maximumpc.com/

 

PCW: http://www.pcworld.com/

 

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/

 

ARS: http://arstechnica.com/

 

For Real-World/Real-Life User Feedback:

 

Newegg, Amazon and Microcenter product reviews

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Strong list ^

Don't forget JohnnyGuru !



http://www.jonnyguru.com/index.php

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Excellent list by Bizzy GLX, but don't forget the user reviews from NewEgg and Amazon. It's a little more work sorting out the B.S., but you usually get a better "real life" observation that the Pro's don't get into.

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Anandtech, very thorough.
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Anandtech +1, and Ganesh comes on here form time to time for good advice. They should really shut down dailytech - it is like a N. Idaho survivalist convention in there.

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Storage review is great for HDD and SSD

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It's not my goto site for reviews since he doesn't review enough hardware to likely have a review of whatever it is I'm looking for, but if he does happen to have a review for something I need, Dan Rutter at Dan's Data generally does a thorough job of reviewing a product as well as presenting it in an entertaining manner. His letters columns are always worth a giggle.

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Lots of good suggestions so far. Lest we forget, however, some folks also need guidance on networking hardware (both within and without the PC) as well. For that, I often stop by smallnetworkbuilders.net.

And, of course, tons of good information on PC hardware is found right on this forum smile.gif

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Some good suggestions already and here's one more. I especially like their System Guides they put out periodically and think it could be a good format for AVS to use for beginners trying to figure out which HTPC/Media Server is best for their needs...hint, hint. wink.gif
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The thing I like in a site is when they don't feel afraid to trash a product. !!!tongue.gif

I freaking love that.

I hate the review sites where every single review they do is wonderful. It's like they are trying to showcase everything they review for sale. That's BS. You can tell the websites that feed off advertisers and are so worried to say anything bad that basically every review sounds the same, and every product seems the same. Then there is the review sites that actually get passionate and really exclaim something is great (better than average) - while another product they will trash it saying how much it sucks.

Here's a funny one from Johnny Guru:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=324

That's a great review. He actually was quite thorough and honest about such a crappy PSU.

At the same time I have seen them aware 9+ scores too. I like honesty and consistency.

One thing about Anand is they are always careful not to say too much bad about products, and also at the same time I feel like they don't get very excited about new products - often suggesting they might be too good, or not needed. F-that shiznits. Let me decide if it's too much. Just tell me how it performs, and if it performs better- then tell me clearly. Stop rationalizing everything with a personal slant.

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If I'm looking for something specific I may peruse any reviews I can find. Mostly, I'll look over threads here or similar forums and see what some of the experts like renethx and Assassin think. If there's a specific product that's better suited for a particular task then I'll lean towards it. Otherwise, I mostly look for certain features and shop for the best deal. I don't get bogged down in how one particular motherboard is several nanoseconds faster than another for some benchmark test. If the brand is reputable and it has what I'm looking for I'll probably buy it if I can get a good deal on it.

Reviews on Newegg or Amazon are OK up to a certain point, but most people that are satisfied don't tend to come back months after the purchase and post how they like it. They also don't usually have a large enough samle to make the reviews meaningful. If you get a handful of disgruntled buyers it can taint the entire sample. I tend to take site reviews with a huge grain of salt. As long as the manufacturer has a decent warranty or the vendor has a liberal return policy and doesn't gouge you for restocking fees I'll usually go with them.

The performance difference between similar PC components can be rather miniscule at best, especially when it comes to HTPCs. The one thing that seems to be a sticking point for a lot of folks is the 23.XXX fps rate that a given GPU can handle without dropping frames. I personally can't tell so I never worry about it. Anything else in a HTPC doesn't require a high level of performance so you can get away with most any hardware that floats your boat. I no longer get hung up on having the "best" RAM or hard drive or anything else. Most of today's hardware outperforms any task that is required of it for HTPC use.
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I never liked the consumer reviews it seems like the majority of the complaints stem from idiots and user error.

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I used to visit http://www.silentpcreview.com/ a lot back in the days when building a silent PC was challenging (and fun). But ever since I got my Raspberry Pi for playing back HDTV recordings I have been visiting them less frequently (what can you do to improve absolute silence @ 4W max?). I still trust their product reviews and, based on their recent review of the Seagate 4TB NAS drives I picked the Seagates over the WD 4TB Reds for my NAS.
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