Motherboard: Foxconn H61S
It would have cost us an additional $40 (or 80%) just to get our hands on a 7-series motherboard for this setup. H61 Express was the bargain that made this configuration possible. Casting aside 10% of the total build price would have put the brakes on our plans.
The entry-level Foxconn H61S is light on features (you don't even get USB 3.0 support). But we have to forgive that. Even an H61-based motherboard with USB 3.0 would have run us $25 or $30 more.
It's a little harder to swallow the fact that we only get a pair of SATA 3Gb/s ports.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4 GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit
We know that the Pentium G860 is limited to DDR3-1333. So why did we pick a DDR3-1600 memory kit? It's simple, really; money. In the few days separating this order from the others, Crucial’s Ballistix Tactical Tracer became the most affordable 4 GB memory kit available. Capable of 1600 MT/s, CAS 8 timings, and a 1.5 V operating voltage, why spend more on basic CAS 9 DDR3-1333?
- An Inexpensive Console-Sized Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Little Budget Box
- How Small Is It, Really?
- Limited Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Equal More?