CES 2014: Razer Announces Project Christine

CES 2014 is upon us, which means a slew of new tech toys are being shown off for the very first time.  One of the more interesting announcements to come out of the show is Razer’s Project Christine, a fully modular gaming PC.  Razer is a company known for putting out gaming desktops, laptops, mice and keyboards so this is right up its alley.  Take in all its black and neon green splendor:

The main barrier to the entry of building a gaming PC is exactly that: building one.  Between what motherboard is compatible with which CPU and the multitude of options for GPUs, a large percentage of the general public doesn’t know where to start.  Hence one of the reasons for the rise of the XBox and Playstation consoles, which are true plug-and-play experiences.

Project Christine hopes to make putting together a gaming PC a much more intuitive experience.  Each component of the PC is encased in a separate water-cooled module so that they can easily be swapped out for upgrades.  This includes the CPU, GPU (graphics card), storage, memory, and power supply.  They all plug into PCI-express, SLI enabled slots in a stand that has a LCD touch screen for control and maintenance information.

Some questions still remain seeing how this is in the prototype stage with no set release date.  Will the modules be price competitive with their regular counterparts or will they be more expensive?  Will other manufacturers be able to sell modules for Christine or will Razer be the only place to get them?  How much will a machine like this cost out of the box?  For more breaking news on this potential game-changer, visit http://www.razerzone.com/christine.

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Update: Pelicans F Ryan Anderson Diagnosed with Herniated Disc

New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson’s condition has been updated from a cervical stinger to a herniated disk, meaning he will be out indefinitely.  No word yet on whether surgery will be required.

Discs act as shock absorbers in our spine and are made up of an outer fibrous ring (annulus fibrosis) and a soft jelly-like center (nucleus pulposus).  When a herniation occurs, the soft center protrudes out because of a tear in the outer ring.  This can happen as a result of degenerative changes from repeated trauma and wear-and-tear to the disc or traumatic events.

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Symptoms of herniated discs vary based on the location and severity of the herniation but can range from localized back/neck pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and paralysis.  It is also possible to have no symptoms if the herniation is not interfering with soft tissues or nerves.  Treatment options range from non-surgical options such as NSAIDs, cortisone injections, decompression therapy, chiropractic, and physical therapy, to surgery like a discectomy.