Page 1:The Perfect PC?
Page 2:Graphics And Memory
Page 3:Case And Power
Page 4:Motherboard, CPU, And CPU Cooler
Page 5:System, Storage, And Optical Drives
Page 6:Hardware Installation
Page 8:Test Settings
Page 9:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 10:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Crysis
Page 12:Benchmark Results: F1 2010
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
Page 14:Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 16:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 17:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 18:Value Conclusion
Case And Power
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
One of the most extravagant expenses in our original $2000 PC, its $250 case was chosen for purported excellent ventilation and low noise. Our minimum requirement was far less elaborate, as any well-designed case with two 120 mm or a single 180 mm intake fan would do the job (even Antec’s low-cost Three Hundred Illusion). Half-way between our minimum requirements and the excesses of luxury is Corsair’s 600T.
The 600T has several design and construction similarities with the high-end office cases of yesteryear, but costs roughly twice as much. It’s also bigger and better-ventilated, with two 200 mm fans and support for six hard drives. Its most unusual design feature—a face panel that vaguely resembles the grille of a 1958 Edsel—has an inner panel dimensionally similar to that of a traditional mid-tower’s face.
Power: Seasonic SS-850HT 850 W
We indulged ourselves in a modular power supply in our original $2000 build, noting that the indulgence comes at a $30 price premium. The basis for that comparison is Seasonic’s high-quality, non-modular SS-850HT.
Few manufacturers can compete with Seasonic’s reputation for quality and stability, so we were happy to find an 80 PLUS Silver-rated 850 W model for only $120. Our non-windowed case can help to hide any leftover cables and, as a bonus, has built in cable stowage.
- The Perfect PC?
- Graphics And Memory
- Case And Power
- Motherboard, CPU, And CPU Cooler
- System, Storage, And Optical Drives
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion