Portable Gaming PC For $600

May 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Gaming

I recently had to lug my desktop to a LAN party, and while I had lots of fun blasting zombies away with a couple of friends, it was honestly quite a hassle to move my relatively big box around—and I wasn’t even bringing around a display.

$600 Gaming PC, Courtesy Tom's Hardware

$600 Gaming PC, Courtesy Tom's Hardware

So props to Tom’s Hardware for their May System Builder’s Marathon. The highlight: a $600 microATX gaming PC that can fit in a gym bag, along with other peripherals like the mouse and keyboard. The specs:

Component Model Price (U.S Dollar)
CPU Intel Pentium E5200 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $70
CPU Cooler Intel Boxed Heatsink/Fan $0
Motherboard ASRock G41M-LE Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $62
Ram G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $41
Graphics XFX GeForce GTX 260 GX260XADJF Video Card $170
Hard Drives Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive $60
Sound Integrated $0
Network Integrated $0
Case SILVERSTONE Sugo SG01-BF Black Computer Case $70
Power OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Power Supply $75
Optical LITE-ON 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model iHAP222-06 $25
Total Price $593

Surprisingly, if Tom’s is correct, the performance of this rig is comparable to my $1200 homebuilt FragBox.

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