Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower
All of the cases we've used in the past now cost $40 or more. Of the options in our budget, I liked this Rosewill microATX mini tower the best.
Our processor has a locked multiplier, so we knew we probably wouldn't need extra interior volume or more elaborate cooling. We knew all of our components would fit, too. So, the only concern left was whether the included 80 mm exhaust fan made a lot of noise. Unlike other $30 cases, this one also includes a front-mounted 120 mm intake fan.
Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630 W
Despite a beefier Radeon HD 6950 graphics card, we had no doubt that this system would still sip power. Since XFX did'd give us a 12 V power adapter, we decided to focus only power supplies with at least two six-pin connectors.
Rosewill’s Green Series 630 W unit gives us a six-pin and a 6+2-pin lead, one 50 A, +12 V rail, and an 80 PLUS certification. The Green Series 530 W version is now $10 cheaper. That unit sports a single 41 A, +12 V rail and the same PCI Express power leads, making it another (more affordable) option for this build.
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B-OEM 22x DVD Burner
Given our budget, we're always looking to spend as little as possible on a reliable SATA DVD burner. This time, we found a well-rated 22x unit from LG for just $16.
- A Pure Gaming Machine
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Beast
- Making The Most Of Limited Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Is It Unbalanced, Or Right For Gaming?