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Case: Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK
Priced at half the cost of the Antec Three Hundred and one third of the amount put into the SilverStone SG01 cube, this $30 Rosewill Wind Ryder is the main reason we were able to squeeze both more CPU and GPU power into this month’s budget gaming machine.
The case is not without faults, and certainly not of the same caliber as the Three Hundred, but with two 120mm fans, it still offers decent airflow at an acceptable noise level, all at an unbeatable price.
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Buying less of a case was a sacrifice well worth making, but we were not about to do the same on the power supply unit. Generics were ruled out, and we didn’t want to cut it close using a 500W unit with 30-34A +12 V output.
The Antec EarthWatts EA 650 has a combined maximum +12 V output of 45 A, the necessary PCIe power cables, and was priced about equal to equivalent quality 550 W units. It’s quiet and should have plenty of reserve for both overclocking as well as any upgrades such as adding drives and a quad-core CPU. An 80 plus efficiency rating and three-year warranty add to the unit’s value.
Optical Drive: Samsung Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223B
Lack of availability and slightly higher pricing caused a switch to this Samsung SATA 22X DVD burner. Basic, affordable, and trouble-free, the unit earned the right to be considered for future SBMs.