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 and more 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 is the build I recently completed, 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: 24″ LCD BenQ XL2420TX (to be replaced)
  • 3D Vision 2 (bundled with monitor)
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX – Cherry MX Silent RGB
  • 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: BenQ above will come here once I find a replacement
  • 3D Vision kit
  • 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 December 22, 2017