Didn't Get A Valve Steam Machine Prototype? Build Your Own!

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  • There's a typo in the official rules, the i5 steam machine specs list the i7.
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  • That's pretty awesome that they put up all of those parts for the contest. I would love a steam box personally. And pretty cool build too. Ill keep my fingers crossed.. lol
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  • so i can build it but i can't build it cause the case is still not on sale
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  • What's a "Desicion" ? Thought it was always, "Decision".
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  • eh, wait till it hits the market. I'm sure

    A) manufacturers will start shelling out slim SFF cases similar to the steam machine designs

    B) you can buy broken steam boxes from ebay and salvage the case
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  • Already have my steam box in a Fractal design node 304. Couldn't be any happier with that case.
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  • Double post
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  • Huge amounts of wasted space in that case, even with the clever riser cable trick.. I don't get it.
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  • 885869 said:
    Huge amounts of wasted space in that case, even with the clever riser cable trick.. I don't get it.
    The selection was "made for us" when nobody could provide a suitable alternative. There were some alternatives in the past, but those are no longer in production. And there will be some alternatives in the future, but those aren't being produce yet.

    The past cases were Micro ATX based. I believe this new one might be made of some of those parts. But its manufacturer came up with a new reason not to reduce its size from former glory: It added a large radiator mount. Azza's new target market will be slim gaming system overclockers, even though it appears that the previous version of this case was probably an office desktop (or Micro ATX media center). Meanwhile, a Tom's Hardware team member or two will continue watching for even smaller alternative cases.
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  • Its nice and all but would not a person be limited for future upgrades with this i would rather prefer a full tower or mid-tower PC.
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  • Pretty cool. I remember having similar issues when picking parts for my HTPC a couple of years ago and ended up folding for a standard ATX case from nMedia, this looks much better!

    Given that we don't any SteamOS benches any word on temps or how it runs with SteamOS?
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  • I think the SteamBoxes didn't rely on the stock HSF for the CPUs.

    It would be a very good time to do another cooling efficiency for SFF HSFs :P

    Let's see how they all fit in this case and perform.

    Cheers!
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  • really nice article and since steam if the major gaming station on pc it would be loved by everyone including me!
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  • I'll use a mobile AMD athlon 64 4000+, ATI Radeon Mobility 600, and 2GB of the slowest DDR2 memory. That should be enough to power any of the linux titles "ducks for cover"
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  • I also made my SteamBox....using a 65mm X 190mm X 220mm case.

    Includes a WiFi Card (can be replaced by a mSATA card), ODD, 2.5 HDD and 8GB DDR3 at 2133 MHz....and a AMD APU.

    Right now uses a Trinity APU that will be replaced by a Kaveri when they arrive.
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  • Please erase the above post. Another case to consider is this one from NFC Systems

    http://nfc-systems.com/mini/
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  • You made it put no review? wtf! Install the OS and bench!
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  • Clonazepam I would like to see you run dota2 on those specs. Linux requires are dual core 2.8GHz, 4GB's ram, and HD2600/3600. While specs you suggest will meet minimum requirements for games like cs source, team fortress 2, and left 4 dead 2 you'll need a mid range current card to run them at 1080p.
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  • Clonazepam I would like to see you run dota2 on those specs. Linux requires are dual core 2.8GHz, 4GB's ram, and HD2600/3600. While specs you suggest will meet minimum requirements for games like cs source, team fortress 2, and left 4 dead 2 you'll need a mid range current card to run them at 1080p.
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