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.
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|
|Case||SILVERSTONE Sugo SG01-BF Black Computer Case||$70|
|Power||OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Power Supply||$75|
|Optical||LITE-ON 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model iHAP222-06||$25|
Surprisingly, if Tom’s is correct, the performance of this rig is comparable to my $1200 homebuilt FragBox.