Page 1:An Inexpensive Console-Sized Gaming PC
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Little Budget Box
Page 7:How Small Is It, Really?
Page 8:Limited Overclocking
Page 9:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 10:Results: Synthetics
Page 11:Results: Audio And Video
Page 12:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 13:Results: Productivity
Page 14:Results: Compression
Page 15:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 16:Benchmark Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 17:Consumption And Temperatures
Page 18:Performance Summary
Page 19:Can Less Equal More?
Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Case: Antec ISK300-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Chassis
Compact dimensions and good ventilation both major factors, we could say our selection of Antec's ISK300-150 dictated the remainder of this build. Measuring 12.9” x 8.7” x 3.8”, including a 150 W power supply, it's limited to a slim 5.25” bay, a pair of 2.5” internal bays, and a single low-profile expansion slot.
Front ports include audio, eSATA, and a pair of either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. The case can be positioned flat or upright on the included stand. Antec pre-populates one "TriCool“ 80 mm fan with a user-adjustable three-speed switch mounted on the rear panel, and includes room to add one more cooler.
Power Supply: Antec FP-150-8 Flex (Bundled)
Included with the case is a custom Flex-ATX 150 W power supply with a single 10 A +12 V rail and plenty of power connectors.
Optical Drive: None
As with our $650 PC, this build forgoes its optical drive in the name of budget savings. Antec's ISK-300 enclosure only supports a slim unit, and getting one of those into our budget would have required dropping to a Celeron processor or Radeon HD 6670 graphics card.
Really, only you can decide if an optical drive is important. If you have access to a portable USB drive or another system, it might not be a big deal. If spending the extra money doesn't put you out, then adding it is certainly possible with our chosen case.
- 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?