Ulf blog Rule #1) No whining allowed.
Just post your rig, and have fun making it. Tell us why you chose the components you did, and why your console beats the socks off everybody elses.
Ulf blog Rule #2) Follow the rig-making rules.
The rules are as follows
CPU + GPU, Power usage:
Under 180W (don't include other components, assume the rest of the power supply can handle them)
Reason: People don't buy consoles that sound like jet engines, or that need liquid cooling, in their cozy livingrooms. Manufacturer's can't afford to fix consoles that dumb users cause to overheat, either -- at least not at affordable prices, and expensive customer service is bad for the company rep. At 180W for the CPU and GPU, your console would likely require at a supply rated at about 300-350W, at least, and such a beast would probably need to be external, for heat and reliability reasons.
Cost: under $400 *retail* (motherboard, memory, CPU, GPU, sound hardware, optical disc drive, HDD -- motherboard onboard components are fine, if you think they're good for your console design.)
Reason: Consoles don't sell very well at high prices. Disregard the cost of the controller, the networking adapter, any included cables, the case, the power supply, the packaging, etc., when computing your cost. Also disregard any room for profit for the retailer, or the cost to ship the console to retail, etc. Consider all that stuff included, in the extra cost of parts @ retail prices, when you're making your build.
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