Our Own Personal Gaming PC Upgrade

Even with all the builds we do, there is still an insatiable thirst to upgrade our own computers. This post will highlight the upgrade we did recently to our own gaming PC to bring it from circa 2011 to 2016.


The Components:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
  • CPU CoolerNoctua NH-U9S
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1 Z170 Mini ITX
  • Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300)
  • Storage: Samsung 950 PRO NVMe M.2 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • Case: Corsair Graphite Series  380T Portable Mini ITX Case
  • Power Supply: EVGA SUPERNOVA 650 GS
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)



The Corsair case has a tiny, tiny footprint and excellent cooling features.

Here you can see the horizontal layout of the motherboard, and the vertical mounting on the video card. The power supply is hidden behind the SSD mounting, and the storage HDD from our old machine can be seen on the bottom right.


Both side panels come off; a necessity when you are dealing with such a small form factor and need room to work. The opposite side gives the view of some cabling and an additional blue LED fan that was installed to keep temps down.


Here’s a view of the CPU cooler, with the RAM sitting on the front lower left of it.


The top panel has power button, 3-setting fan control, USB 3.0 connections, and headphone/mic hookups.


The top of the case is fitted with a super-convenient handle. This is a perfect case if you require regular movement of your computer.


A view of the case from the top side.


And a beautiful side-profile look.


Did I mention the case had blue LED fans?

This upgrade provided everything we wanted: a move to the 1151 socket platform, DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSD, GOLD PLUS certified PSU, and a video card capable of virtual reality. It was way passed time for an upgrade to happen, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Your current PC getting a little long in the tooth? Contact us at [email protected] today and see how affordable the future really is.

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