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

Test Systems And Benchmarks

Our two half-height builds are detailed below:

Mini-ITX Half-Height BuildMicro-ATX Half-Height Build
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 705e2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 65 W TDPAMD Athlon II X4 6453.1 GHz, 95 W TDP
MotherboardAsus M4A88T-I Deluxe Socket AM3 Chipset: AMD 880G, BIOS 0410Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Socket AM2+ Chipset: AMD 780G, BIOS F11
NetworkingOnboard Gigabit LAN controller
MemoryMushkin PC3 10700 SO-DIMM  2 x 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1TWintec AMPO PC2 6400  2 x 2048 MB, 800 MT/s, CL 5-5-5-16-2T
GraphicsRadeon HD 5570 Reference650 MHz GPU, 512 MB DDR3 at 900 MHzPowerColor Radeon HD 5750700 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1150 MHz
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 750 GB 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
PowerIN-WIN IP-AD120-2 160 W (included with case)Antec SP-400 400 W
CaseIn-Win WavyMoneual MonCaso 312
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics DriversAMD Catalyst 10.11
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
F1 2010In-game benchmark High Quality Preset, No AA
Aliens vs PredatorAliens vs Predator DirectX 11 benchmark Medium Settings, SSAO, tessellation, and shadow sampling off, No AA, 8x AF
Just Cause 2 DemoIn-game benchmark Everything set to On or Medium, Texture detail set to HighV-sync set to Off, No AA, 8x AF