It says it all.
In no certain order:
Hot Hardware: http://hothardware.com/
Legit Reviews: http://www.legitreviews.com/
Mobile Fanatics: http://www.themobilefanatics.com/
Computer Power User (looks great on a tablet): http://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalEditions/Default.aspx
Hardware Canucs: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/
For overall IT, media, development, gadgets, gaming, etc.:
Geeks are Sexy: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/
The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/
For Real-World/Real-Life User Feedback:
Newegg, Amazon and Microcenter product reviews
APU:AMD Richland A10-6700
RAM:8GB AMD 1866
Board:ASUS A88XM Plus
Storage:OCZ 256 GB Vector
Optical:Panasonic Slim BDR
PS:Silverstone Strider 550 Gold SFF
Input:Logitech K400 mini KB/trackpad+Harmony 720
Output:Sammy 55" S6 LED LCD+Yamaha soundbar
Tom's is my backup.
ars technica from time to time.
Tweak Town for storage especially
RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.
And, of course, tons of good information on PC hardware is found right on this forum
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:
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.
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.