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Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC
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Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid-Tower

Although it looks like we splurged and spent an extra $10 this quarter to get Rosewill’s Blackbone, the reality is that every one of the $30 ATX cases that we wanted was more than $40 with shipping added. Priced at $42, shipped, the Blackbone gave us two pre-installed 120 mm cooling fans, four front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, and plenty of room to house our components and route our wiring.

Read Customer Reviews of Rosewill's Blackbone Mid-Tower Case


Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 W

Despite the fact that AMD says you need a 500 W power supply for its Radeon HD 7850, it only exposes one six-pin lead, and our fully-loaded system is going to sip power otherwise.

With a combined +12V rating of 30 A, the affordable Antec VP-450 could yet again cover our power needs, with reserve. A quiet 120 mm fan, protection circuitry, and Antec’s two-year warranty add additional peace of mind.

Read Customer Reviews of Antec's VP-450 450 W Power Supply


Optical Drive: LG 24x GH24NS90-OEM DVDN Burner

Given our budget, we look to spend as little as possible on a reliable SATA-based DVD burner. This time around, LG’s 24x GH24NS90 is just what we need to satisfy our optical needs.

Read Customer Reviews of LG's 24x GH24NS90-OEM DVD Burner

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