OCMS News June 2010

iStar BPU-2535V2 Dual 2.5 to 3.5-inch Enclosure Review
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Some computer enthusiasts have toyed with the idea of using laptop hard drives in their desktop PC. Because of their lower noise and heat, they are perfect for small builds, home theater PCs (HTPCs), or any other computer appliance where silence is golden. I’ve even known people who set up 2.5″ hard drives in a RAID array so they perform faster than a traditional hard drive, yet are practically silent. You may even have just a buttload of laptop hard drives laying around and want to get some use out of them.

Regardless of your reasons, placing a 2.5-inch hard drive into a desktop PC requires some special mounting hardware and interface adapters What if there was some hard drive enclosure that allowed you to not only easily use laptop drives in your rig, but allowed for hot-swapping as well? Well iStar USA has you covered with their BPU-2535V2 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch hard drive enclosure.

NZXT Tempest Evo Case Review
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I’ll never get tired of reviewing cases. Sure, I don’t get to do the kind of extensive testing that’s reserved for internal hardware, but there’s something about a gaming case that grabs my attention and doesn’t let go. I’ve been known to procrastinate when it comes to work. Unless I open my door to a friendly Fed-Ex man with a large box that says NZXT on the side. Then I’m on that like a fat kid on a box of Twinkies. So I jumped like a mentally retarded school girl watching the previews for the new Twilight movie when I was offered the NZXT Tempest Evo gaming case to review.

How to Fix PSP 6.20 Games on Custom Firmware
Saturday, June 05, 2010
These new games utilize a new decryption method, and cannot be patched using Eboot Exchange 2.8. Some of the new games that cannot be patched by EE are:

* Iron Man 2 * Prince of Persia – Forgotten Sands * Metal Gear Solid – Peace Walker * FullMetal Alchemist * What Have I Done To Deserve This, My Lord? * Hexyz Force

Of course, there are methods to manually patch your games (UMDGen 4.0, etc), but these are rather complicated, especially when compared to the ease of Eboot Exchange. Another method to patch recent games is with the use of ISO Tool 1.51. Not only will it patch 6.20 games to work on the recent custom firmwares, but it does it right on the PSP: no PC required!

Cooler Master NA90 Universal Laptop Power Adapter Review
Friday, June 04, 2010
Notebooks have an unnecessarially hard life. People tote them just about everywhere, but most of them are no more rugged than a child’s plastic toy. In spite of batteries (or perhaps because of), people tether their portable computers to their power adapters all of the time, which have a tendancy to get tugged, pulled and bent, eventually resulting in a broken power brick.

Buying a replacement power adapter for your notebook is practically an inevitability, so why not purchase one a “universal” adapter that can be used with your other (or future) notebook computers? What features should you look for when shopping for one of these items, anyway? Cooler Master has a line of Universal Notebook Power Adapters that should fit most consumers, and today we are looking at their NA90 Universal Notebook Power Adapter.

How to Build Your Own Watercooling Heatcore
Thursday, June 03, 2010
One such viable alterative that is readily available and easily modified is a heatercore. While there are many different models that can be modified to work in a watercooling system, one that has gained quite a following is the Chevrolet Chevette heatercore. More specifically, the heatercore for the 1986 Chevette, Fedco part number 2-161 or GDI part number 399069, which is approximately 6-1/8″ x 6-3/8″ x 2″. The factory tubes are 3/4″ and 5/8″ which require some modification to work with 1/2″ ID tubing used in a watercooling system but this modification is not that complicated and well worth it considering that most auto parts stores have this heatercore for around $22. Additionally, the tools needed for the modifications are fairly inexpensive and they are likely ones that most already have on hand.

How to Etch a Printed Circuit Board
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The first question that I can hear u thinking is what’s a PCB? PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, for example your motherboard is one big PCB (just multilayered) obviously a motherboard is way out of our league, however with some household equipment and some chemicals we can make ourselves some great casemodding PCB’s. Just think of fading LED’s, homemade fan controllers, and anything else you can come up with. In this guide I’m going to explain how to make a usable PCB. With this step by step guide you can make you own in no time, here’s a list of things that will be needed.