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Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Case: Antec Three Hundred

We spent time looking over other sub-$50 cases but didn’t find one as appealing as the Antec Three Hundred. Luckily, the $20 instant discount became available, which allowed us to snag this Antec once again for this month’s build. 

Thanks to the rear 120 mm and top-mounted 140 mm three-speed exhaust fans, it packs a huge amount of airflow into a well-built, very affordable overclocking enclosure. Again, we’ll mention that the case does lack an external 3.5” bay, so those who desire an internal floppy drive or card reader will need to purchase Antec’s adapter and use one of the three 5.25” bays. 

Power Supply: Antec NeoPower 430 W

Antec’s NeoPower-series power supplies are quiet, efficient, and provide modular cable management. Last month, we chose the 650 W version not because our system needed that much power, but because of pricing and availability issues at order time. The instant pricing discounts cycled through to the 550 W version and then to the 430 W version we ordered for this system. For just $40, it offered tremendous quality and value and 32A of max combined 12 V power, which was plenty for our overclocking endeavors.  

Optical Drive
: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04

The same LITE-ON SATA 20X DVD+RW that satisfied our needs the last two months dropped another dollar in price and was again the perfect DVD burner for this month's SBM.

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