Page 1:A Return To Overclocking
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 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
Page 10:Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 14:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 15:Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion
Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Series GAMA-001BK
Appealing features on the NZXT Gamma include its black interior, bottom-mounted power supply, and abundant cooling potential.
Unfortunately, only a single 120 mm exhaust fan is included. But the chassis is fitted with ventilation and mounting holes for up to five additional coolers. For more information and artwork, see this gaming enclosure comparison by Thomas Soderstom.
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-430D Green
We’ve often relied on Antec’s quiet and efficient EA-380D Green to deliver power in our budget gaming system builds. This month, we were able to grab the 430 W version for just $45.
While a single six-pin PCIe power lead means we’ll need to utilize one of the graphics card’s bundled power adapters, a 32 A combined +12 V rating is far higher than you’ll find on most entry-level 500 W units.
Optical Drive: Samsung 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222AB
At this budget, we look to spend as little as possible on a reliable SATA DVD burner. Thus, we're picking this well-reviewed 22x Samsung unit to fill the system’s optical needs.
- A Return To Overclocking
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion