Page 1:Gunning For Gold At $600
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 Budget-Oriented Box
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 11:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 12:Results: Audio And Video
Page 13:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 14:Results: Productivity
Page 15:Results: Compression
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Gaming Performance Summary
Page 18:Did We Accomplish Our Mission?
Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
Given that this is the fourth time we've used Xigmatek's Asgard II in the System Builder Marathon, I consider myself fairly well versed at working around inside of the case. The notes I jotted down from March of 2011 and December of the same year still apply, in case you want to know more.
Unlike those previous builds involving the Asgard II, however, which all went smoothly, one potentially serious issue cropped up this time: only one of the four pre-drilled power supply mounting holes were usable. Swapping in two other power supplies confirmed that the issue was mostly Xigmatek’s fault. At best, two of the mounting holes would take a screw.
The problem seems to stem from the the sheet metal folds above the I/O shield, which function as support for the power supply. By simply expanding three of the enclosure’s screw holes by 1-2 mm with a rotary tool, the problem was quickly worked around. The fix was easy, but Xigmatek's issue is potentially progress-halting if you don't have the right tool.
- Gunning For Gold At $600
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Did We Accomplish Our Mission?