My computers

I’ve always built my own computers. I would say every 4 years or so I was looking to update, except that the i5-2500K CPU released in January 2011 was good enough to last up to now. In fact I should instead say that all CPUs Intel released after the i5-2500K weren’t good enough to justify an update. Yeah, right! That was until AMD was back in the game with new multi-core CPUs forcing Intel to release a first 6 cores CPU which finally convinced me it was time to upgrade. Being a computer enthusiast I think it was about time!

I’ve started with large cases and with every new build I was always looking for smaller ones while keeping full performance. My last 2 builds were μATX format and it was time to move to the mini-ITX format. It’s not because it’s small that it cannot be powerful!

Below here my latest build and as you scroll down you’ll see my previous builds.

NCASE M1NCASE M1 (2018) – the crowdfunded computer case

Read the build log here

  • Power supply: Corsair SF600
  • Motherboard: mini-ITX ASUS RoG STRIX Z370-I Gaming
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K @ 4.8GHz (all cores)
  • CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-U9S
  • Memory: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200MHz 1.35v 16-18-18-36
  • Video card: nVidia MSI GTX 1080Ti AERO OC 11GB
  • SSD: Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe 512GB
  • Monitor: 27″ LCD ASUS PG27VQ 1440p 3D Vision
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 – Cherry MX Silent
  • Mouse: Corsair Sabre RGB

LL-PC-V354ALian Li PC-V354A (2011)

  • Power supply: Corsair HX650W
  • Motherboard: μATX ASUS RoG Maximus IV GENE-Z
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.2GHz
  • CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-U9B SE2
  • Memory: 2x4GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1866MHz F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR 1.5v 9-10-9-28
  • Video card: nVidia EVGA GTX 660Ti 2GB
  • SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB
  • Optical drive: LG BH12LS35 Blu-Ray writer with Lightscribe
  • Monitor: 24″ LCD BenQ XL2420TX 1080p 3D Vision
  • 3D Vision kit 2 (bundled with monitor)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G15 v2
  • Mouse: Cordelss Performance Mouse MX

Thermaltake LANBoxThermaltake LANBox (2007)

  • Power supply: Corsair HX520W
  • Motherboard: μATX ASUS P5E-VM HDMI
  • CPU: Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3.6GHz
  • CPU Heatsink: Thermalright XP-120
  • Memory: 2x1GB OCZ DDR2-800MHz Platinum Rev. 2
  • Video card: nVidia EVGA 8800GTS 512MB
  • HDD: Velociraptor 600GB & Raptor 74GB (both 10K rpm)
  • Optical drive: BenQ DW1655 with Lightscribe

Antec SonataAntec Sonata (2003)

  • Motherboard: ATX Abit NF7-S v2.0
  • CPU: AMD Barton 2500+ @ 2.3GHz 1.7v
  • CPU Heatsink: Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040
  • Memory: 2x256MB Corsair XMS TwinX 3200LL
  • Video card: ATi All-in-Wonder 9600XT
  • HDD: Western Digital 74GB Raptor & 36GB Raptor (both 10K rpm)
  • Optical drive: BenQ DW1655 with Lightscribe

Page last updated on January 9, 2019