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    Building a Shuttle Gaming XPC
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: August 30th, 2004
    Bottom Line: When Shuttle announced an XPC with an AGP slot, gamers could finally use this machine and loved the systems because they offered equal performance as their desktop counterparts, yet were stylish, light, and easy to build. SLCentral set out to build one spending under $1000, read on to find out more....

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    Windows Tweaks That You Should Use

    The first thing you should do is disable Messenger service. This is by far the most annoying part of Windows, and personally drives me crazy when it is enabled. Keep in mind that I am not talking about Windows Messenger (the IM client) but a service called Messenger that is supposed to be used for network messages, but is actually used for spam. To disable, follow the below steps:

    1). Press Start, Run. Type in Services.msc.
    2). Find the Messenger service in the list and double click it. Set it to off, and then to Manual. Press OK.

    Next, you'll probably want to set your default programs. You can find this in the Add/Remove Applications window. Set your default internet client (mine is Firefox), E-Mail program, IM client, and Media Player here. While you are in this window, go to Add/Remove Windows Components, and get rid of MSN Explorer.

    Windows XP uses tons of visual styles that can reduce performance. Though it doesn't slow it down much, if you want the fastest system you can get, you may want to disable them, so Windows XP looks like the 98 desktop. To do so, press Start and right click My Computer. Select Properties. From here, go to Advanced and select VISUAL PERFORMANCE and choose "set for best performance." Press OK and you'll see the most-likely familiar Windows 98-style desktop.

    Of course, there are tons of Windows tips that can speed up your system, so search around Google for some other good ones, though these are the only ones I use.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing The Parts
    3. Other Accessories
    4. Buying Everything
    5. Putting It Together
    6. Installing Drivers
    7. Windows Tweaks
    8. Conclusions
    9. Gallery

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