Small, Fast and Furious: Compact PC Gaming Machines

Small, Fast and Furious: Compact PC Gaming Machines

Joel Pirela
Aug 1, 2011

If you're a PC owner that has been longing after the Mac Mini's petite footprint, fear no more. These PC were specially designed for gamers, packing enough punch to keep your frame rates high, all the while not taking up very much of your precious desk real estate (and maybe hiding away your PC gaming addiction from sight).

Falcon Northwest FragBox
At just 10.5" x 15" this PC is easy to hide under a desk or proudly displayed above without much of a footprint. Inside you'll find not one, but two GeForce GTX 580 cards for gaming acumen, along with a 3.4 GHz Core i7 2600K overclocked to 4.2GHz! A SSD hard drive with a capacity of 256GB plays Robin to the spacious 1TB Western digital HDD's Batman. RAM is maxed out at 16GB DDR3/1600...a compact wolverine sized beast! The only strike against this machine is the pricey entry: $3,975.

AVADirect Compact Gaming PC
If you think the machine above was expensive, how about this $4,976 PC? In exchange for the price, you'll be getting a 10" x 16" micro computer featuring a 3.46 GHz Core i7 990X, 12GB of RAM and two AMD's Radeon HD 6990 in crossFireX mode. 250GB SSD and 2TB Barracuda XT and a Blu-ray burner. The processor is overclocked to 4.4 GHz, which should be amply capable of handling most game titles.

CyberPower LAN Party Evo
The CyberPower is the cheapest of the bunch: $2,100. It's also the smallest at a petite 8.75" x 14". Inside a 3.4GHz Core i7, GeForce GTX 580 Card, 120GB SSD and 1TB hard drive perform all together to offer a very fast speed to boot from a cold start of 24 seconds.

Stealth Computer LPC-460FS
Getting rid of the fan makes this micro computer extremely quiet. Stealth's fanless computers are encapsulated in a rugged extruded aluminum chassis that performs as a heat sink to dissipate internal heat build-up, thus no need for an internal fan. The LPC-460FS features a concealed front load optical drive, USB, RS232, GB LAN ports, 2.5" mobile hard drive, 3G video graphics, audio in/out and much more. The LPC-460FS operates from an external 12VDC power adapter (included) or can be connected to a DC source of your choice. It's sort of ugly, but at this size, you could mount it under the desk and nobody would know.

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