Valve’s Steam Machine torn down, reveals expensive, well designed, easily up-gradable gaming PC
Those dastardly devils at iFixit have managed to get their mitts on one of Valve’s 300 Steam Machine prototypes and, of course, torn it down. Inside is a quad-core Haswell Core i5-4570, a Zotac GTX 780 graphics card, 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport (PC3 12800) RAM, and a 1TB 5400 RPM Seagate hard drive. If you wanted to build your own SteamOS-powered doppelganger, it would set you back around $1300 to match Valve’s Steam Machine part-for-part.
First and foremost, it’s good news if you want to repair or upgrade the Steam Machine: The entire thing opens up with the removal of a single Philips screw. Once the upper case is removed, it’s trivial to replace the hard drive. Remove a custom piece of plastic cowling and you then have access to the GTX 780 graphics card.
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