Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Case : Antec NSK4480B
Fitting all our components into Antec’s stylish NSK4480B Super Mini Tower case was no problem at all. The silicon hard drive grommets and three-speed 120 mm rear exhaust fan provided a quiet computing environment at stock speeds as well as good ventilation for our overclocking. Factor in the included $60 quality power supply, and the NSK 4480B provides just the value we needed for our entry-level system.
Power Supply : Antec Earthwatts 380 W
It’s the power supply’s job to provide clean stable voltages for our system components and we didn’t want to sacrifice quality just to obtain a higher wattage rating. The Earthwatts 380 W may need to be replaced if CPU or GPU upgrades are ever made, but its dual 17A +12V rails offer a maximum of 27 amps, and provided all the power we needed to overclock our $500 system as built. Quality, 80+ efficiency, and quiet operation add to the overall value even further.
Optical Drive : Lite-On 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04
The highly affordable, quiet, and smooth-operating (Ed.—is that a Sade reference ?) Lite-On SATA 20X DVD+RW was the perfect DVD burner to complete our system just within budget.