Moving to the front of the tower, you'll find two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks, and an SD card reader. Here I must pick two nits. First, the SD card slot is shallow, leaving part of the fragile card exposed and vulnerable to a clumsy hand or knee that could whack it and snap it. Second, the NZXT enclosure won't accommodate an optical drive, due to the presence of that sound-deadening hard-drive enclosure.
AVADirect maintains that optical drives are "dated" components. While I agree that most users won't use a DVD drive often, it does come in handy when you buy a boxed game because you want to play it right now and not wait the several hours it might take to download from services such as Steam and Origin. Then again, I suppose external USB drives are cheap enough.
Hits the price-to-performance sweet spot
If you're looking for an affordable gaming tower to immerse yourself in real-time action games and blitz through nearly any home-office job—including resource-intensive jobs like video editing—you should put the AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC on your short list.
In our gaming and productivity tests, this machine matches or beats the performance of Velocity Micro's $3999 Raptor Z95, and it nearly keeps pace with Steiger Dynamics' LEET Gaming Home Theater PC that sells for a staggering $7295. If you're looking to game at 4K, the equally quiet LEET or Origin's noise-be-damned Genesis Variable Mounting ($6555) will run rings around AVADirect's box. But no one would dispute that the Quiet Gaming PC delivers a strong and low-decibel price-to-performance ratio.
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