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Build It: Half-Height Gaming PCs For The Living Room

Our two half-height builds are detailed below:

Mini-ITX Half-Height Build
Micro-ATX Half-Height Build

AMD Phenom II X4 705e
2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 65 W TDP

AMD Athlon II X4 645
3.1 GHz, 95 W TDP


Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe Socket AM3
Chipset: AMD 880G, BIOS 0410

Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Socket AM2+
Chipset: AMD 780G, BIOS F11

Onboard Gigabit LAN controller

Mushkin PC3 10700 SO-DIMM
  2 x 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T

Wintec AMPO PC2 6400
  2 x 2048 MB, 800 MT/s, CL 5-5-5-16-2T


Radeon HD 5570 Reference
650 MHz GPU, 512 MB DDR3 at 900 MHz

PowerColor Radeon HD 5750
700 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1150 MHz

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s


160 W (included with case)

Antec SP-400
400 W

In-Win Wavy
Moneual MonCaso 312
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

AMD Catalyst 10.11

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
F1 2010
In-game benchmark
High Quality Preset, No AA
Aliens vs Predator
Aliens vs Predator DirectX 11 benchmark
Medium Settings, SSAO, tessellation, and shadow sampling off, No AA, 8x AF
Just Cause 2 Demo
In-game benchmark
Everything set to On or Medium, Texture detail set to High
V-sync set to Off, No AA, 8x AF
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