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Enthusiast Steam Machine March 2015

by 8BitAron


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  • #1: Enthusiast Steam Machine March 2015 (38 months ago)


Enthusiast PC Devil’s Canyon unlocked i7 Monster for under $1000

Intel i7 multiplier-unlocked, Haswell chip is hands down the best cpu on the market. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked video card sill a very strong video card for the money, even tho the memory issues.

With the addition of an SSD over the Budget Steam Box, you will now have faster load times and better performance from the OS on Solid State SSD.

EVGA SuperNova 750 PSW is overkill for the 330 Watt system but leave you plenty of room to run a second 970 for SLI

Here is my Budget Steam Machine https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/HbKH99/basic-steam-machine-march-2015

My Blog about SteamOS http://aron.braggans.com/2015/03/25/steamos-this-gamers-quest-a-steam-machine-builders-guide/

Notes: Two Prices are overrides because Micro Center has them combo deals on the motherboard and cpu and the SSD isn't listed in parts picker but there websites lists it

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 343W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $335.99 FREE $335.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Memory $86.56 FREE $86.56 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Storage $159.89 FREE $159.89 Newegg Marketplace Buy
$42.89 FREE $42.89 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
Case $59.99 $59.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $94.89 -$10.00 FREE $84.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $780.21
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $770.21
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

  • The G.Skill - Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.65V exceeds the Intel Haswell Refresh CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-4790K 4GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 88W
MSI - Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory 10W - 10W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PNY - Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card 36W - 145W
Total: 80W - 343W