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.
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.
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.
- Squeezing More Bang From The Same Buck
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited Overclocking Strikes Again
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Is This Our Best $500 Gamer Ever?