Didn't Get A Valve Steam Machine Prototype? Build Your Own!

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Thomas Soderstrom

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.

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  • sdmap
    There's a typo in the official rules, the i5 steam machine specs list the i7.
  • goodguy713
    That's pretty awesome that they put up all of those parts for the contest. I would love a steam box personally. And pretty cool build too. Ill keep my fingers crossed.. lol
  • patiferoolz
    so i can build it but i can't build it cause the case is still not on sale
  • JOSHSKORN
    What's a "Desicion" ? Thought it was always, "Decision".
  • antemon
    eh, wait till it hits the market. I'm sure

    A) manufacturers will start shelling out slim SFF cases similar to the steam machine designs

    B) you can buy broken steam boxes from ebay and salvage the case
  • Jgriff
    Already have my steam box in a Fractal design node 304. Couldn't be any happier with that case.
  • Jgriff
    Double post
  • Menigmand
    Huge amounts of wasted space in that case, even with the clever riser cable trick.. I don't get it.
  • Crashman
    885869 said:
    Huge amounts of wasted space in that case, even with the clever riser cable trick.. I don't get it.
    The selection was "made for us" when nobody could provide a suitable alternative. There were some alternatives in the past, but those are no longer in production. And there will be some alternatives in the future, but those aren't being produce yet.

    The past cases were Micro ATX based. I believe this new one might be made of some of those parts. But its manufacturer came up with a new reason not to reduce its size from former glory: It added a large radiator mount. Azza's new target market will be slim gaming system overclockers, even though it appears that the previous version of this case was probably an office desktop (or Micro ATX media center). Meanwhile, a Tom's Hardware team member or two will continue watching for even smaller alternative cases.
  • aatir
    Its nice and all but would not a person be limited for future upgrades with this i would rather prefer a full tower or mid-tower PC.
  • ddpruitt
    Pretty cool. I remember having similar issues when picking parts for my HTPC a couple of years ago and ended up folding for a standard ATX case from nMedia, this looks much better!

    Given that we don't any SteamOS benches any word on temps or how it runs with SteamOS?
  • Yuka
    I think the SteamBoxes didn't rely on the stock HSF for the CPUs.

    It would be a very good time to do another cooling efficiency for SFF HSFs :P

    Let's see how they all fit in this case and perform.

    Cheers!
  • sagara16
    really nice article and since steam if the major gaming station on pc it would be loved by everyone including me!
  • clonazepam
    I'll use a mobile AMD athlon 64 4000+, ATI Radeon Mobility 600, and 2GB of the slowest DDR2 memory. That should be enough to power any of the linux titles "ducks for cover"
  • AJSB
    I also made my SteamBox....using a 65mm X 190mm X 220mm case.

    Includes a WiFi Card (can be replaced by a mSATA card), ODD, 2.5 HDD and 8GB DDR3 at 2133 MHz....and a AMD APU.

    Right now uses a Trinity APU that will be replaced by a Kaveri when they arrive.
  • Computered
    Please erase the above post. Another case to consider is this one from NFC Systems

    http://nfc-systems.com/mini/
  • loops
    You made it put no review? wtf! Install the OS and bench!
  • elbert
    Clonazepam I would like to see you run dota2 on those specs. Linux requires are dual core 2.8GHz, 4GB's ram, and HD2600/3600. While specs you suggest will meet minimum requirements for games like cs source, team fortress 2, and left 4 dead 2 you'll need a mid range current card to run them at 1080p.
  • elbert
    Clonazepam I would like to see you run dota2 on those specs. Linux requires are dual core 2.8GHz, 4GB's ram, and HD2600/3600. While specs you suggest will meet minimum requirements for games like cs source, team fortress 2, and left 4 dead 2 you'll need a mid range current card to run them at 1080p.
  • husker
    1) Brings free donuts to loops
    2) loops says "you brought donuts and no coffee? wtf! Go get me coffee!"
    3) Decides never to offer goodies to loops again.
  • ubercake
    It only uses DDR3???? Well my PS4 uses DDR5 so it's better!

    Just kiddin'.
  • ubercake
    I like this whole idea of basically being able to build your own game console. But the smaller the fans the louder they seem to be. I would think the stock cooling fan and the smaller PSU fan would create the fan noise no one is looking for.

    The new Xbox Ones are close to silent. You have to put your ear right above it to hear a fan even while gaming. By no means am I saying they are better at gaming than my PC with a 3930K and 2 780s, but a small, quiet running machine is what I look to put on my entertainment center. This is why my Xbox One is on my entertainment center.

    I would think a PC with small fans is going to be pretty loud.
  • adamdbz
    Kick-ass case.
    How can i enter the giveaway?