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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC

Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive

Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid-Tower

Although it looks like we splurged and spent an extra $10 this quarter to get Rosewill’s Blackbone, the reality is that every one of the $30 ATX cases that we wanted was more than $40 with shipping added. Priced at $42, shipped, the Blackbone gave us two pre-installed 120 mm cooling fans, four front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, and plenty of room to house our components and route our wiring.

Read Customer Reviews of Rosewill's Blackbone Mid-Tower Case

Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 W

Despite the fact that AMD says you need a 500 W power supply for its Radeon HD 7850, it only exposes one six-pin lead, and our fully-loaded system is going to sip power otherwise.

With a combined +12V rating of 30 A, the affordable Antec VP-450 could yet again cover our power needs, with reserve. A quiet 120 mm fan, protection circuitry, and Antec’s two-year warranty add additional peace of mind.

Read Customer Reviews of Antec's VP-450 450 W Power Supply

Optical Drive: LG 24x GH24NS90-OEM DVDN Burner

Given our budget, we look to spend as little as possible on a reliable SATA-based DVD burner. This time around, LG’s 24x GH24NS90 is just what we need to satisfy our optical needs.

Read Customer Reviews of LG's 24x GH24NS90-OEM DVD Burner

  • killerchickens
    $501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.
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  • Crashman
    killerchickens$501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.Run Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
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  • willyroc
    I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.
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  • killerchickens
    CrashmanRun Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
    Linux for a gaming desktop I dont think so.
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  • willyroc
    Not to mention that the 500GB version of the HDD is only $3 more.
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  • jerm1027
    Our best alternative remained the quad-core Phenom II X4 995 Black Edition for $95. But we chose not to revisit this old favorite, figuring that adding a Radeon HD 7850 would have taxed our budget.
    What about the Phenom II 965? It's only $75 at TigerDirect.
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  • killerchickens
    Why is Windows 8 Professional being used?
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  • EzioAs
    9539399 said:
    I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.

    I think they'd be better off with a B75 motherboard, 4GB RAM and an i3-3220.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    I am not very comfortable using windows8 in these benches. Reason : Drivers have not yet matured for win8. I would have waited for the next quarter SBM before using win8.
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  • killerchickens
    Windows is free and we use Linux in are gaming Machines what are we in Soviet Russia .
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