It fairly raises the question of why, as just about any gaming PC worth the money should have some leg up on a console's performance. It's sort of like disguising a Porsche inside a Oldsmobile. But we'll grant that fitting those components in something like the Xbox One S took a lot of planning and effort. And case mods are the cosplay of hardware, so practicality isn't necessarily the goal.
Pulling this off required using a laser cutter to fabricate a back plate that could accommodate the necessary ports while maintaining a factory look. But that optical drive slot is cosmetic only — with space at such a premium, Zarick had to go for a solid state design throughout. ("I mean, who uses those things anyway," he says.) Instead the slot lights up to serve as a power indicator.
Here's the parts list:
- Intel Core i3-7100 3.9 GHz dual-core processor
- Thermaltake CLP0534 22.4 CFM CPU cooler
- MSI B250I Gaming Pro AC Mini iTX LGA1151 motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory (2 x 4GB)
- Samsung 840 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5 solid-state drive
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB low profile video card
- PicoPSU-160-XT, 160 watt output, 12 volt input DC power supply.