Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Case: Rosewill Redbone U3 ATX Mid Tower
This quarter, I'm free to pick whatever case I want without sacrificing performance-oriented parts. But I'm still inclined to believe that most gamers building on a budget don't dedicate more than 10% or so of their funding to the chassis. So, I aimed at options priced at $50 and less.
Rosewill's Redbone U3 may seem larger than it needs to be for our microATX motherboard and modest collection of components. However, the extra space will be put to good use in keeping our overclocked CPU and graphics card cooler.
The Redbone can accommodate up to five 120 mm fans, and it comes with three already installed. Plus, given the extra space inside, heat build-up from cable clutter can be minimized without spending extra on a modular power supply (like we did last quarter). In short, the Redbone should help us safely extract a little more performance without additional cooling.
Power Supply: EVGA 100-W1-0430-KR 430 W
Though we haven’t reviewed EVGA’s most budget-friendly 100-W1-0430-KR power supply, we know it has an active PFC and is 80 PLUS-certified, falling just shy of Bronze efficiency levels. It’s rated at 430 W, employs one 34 A, +12 V rail, and includes a 6+2-pin lead for powering our graphics card. Fully-sleeved cables are a nice addition, while the three-year warranty is respectable for a low-cost unit.
I'm guessing that our system's power supply output demands will remain under 250 W, so this PSU should have no issue meeting our needs. There's even plenty of reserves for our overclocking endeavors.
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Although many folks don't consider an optical drive necessary, we're inclined to believe that they still come in handy occasionally. It’s a subjective call, so we changed our rules and made it so the inclusion of an optical drive wouldn't chew into our budget for performance-oriented parts.
This 24x Asus model is both popular and well-rated on Newegg.