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Build It: Last year's $800 gaming PC was a bargain, but had significant compromises. This year's model is an $800 hot-rod gaming rig that offers impressive performance. What a difference a year makes!
The 640B model is one of the newer members of the Performance TX line from Antec. It's fairly roomy inside without being overly large and has a nice big 120mm exhaust fan for quiet cooling. There's a CPU sleeve that helps funnel cool air in over the top of the CPU and an additional cutout on the side for a fan over your graphics card. Even the hard drive bay has a fan mount in front. Our particular load-out doesn't need such drastic cooling, but it's good to know it's there if we upgrade the system to hotter components in the future.
You can really skimp on a case if you want, but we like to spend a little more for something durable and forward-looking. Best of all, the Performance TX 640B comes with Antec's SmartPower 2.0 400W power supply built in. This is plenty of juice for our system and has enough headroom for more power-hungry components. It's also got the proper power connectors for modern motherboards, SATA hard drives, and the power plug for PCIe graphics cards.
|Product:||Antec Performance TX 640B|
|Pros:||Sturdy; good internal layout; lots of fan mounts.|
|Cons:||Not very attractive; doesn't include a lot of extra amenities.|
|Summary:||This isn’t Antec’s most handsome case, nor its quietest, nor the most full-featured. But it’s solid, priced well, and includes a decent 400-watt power supply.|