Gaming PC Build

My old gaming PC died recently at the hands of an Intel SSD firmware bug. My old PC was 2-3 years old (depending on component) and wasn’t exactly top tier when I bought it. I’ve been wanting to upgrade for a while and having to start a new installation of Windows from scratch finally tipped me over the edge. Not going to do this like a proper how-to… If you are looking for PC building guides try Lifehacker or Tom’s Hardware.

Unboxing

What could be inside… PC_01

Ah hah. I remember now. PC_02

Have to start somewhere I suppose. PC_03

With PSU, Mobo, CPU and drives. PC_04

GPU and CPU water cooler installed. PC_05 PC_06

Taking it for a spin to make sure it works. PC_07

Finished! PC_08

Parts List

  • Case: NZXT Phantom 530
  • PSU: Corsair HX-750
  • Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z87
  • CPU: Intel i5 4670K
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60
  • GPU: Radeon R9 280X
  • SSD: Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB)
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800 (2x8GB)
  • HDD: 2x 1TB Western Digital WD Black
  • LG Bluray Combo Drive

Thoughts

I haven’t put the computer through it’s paces yet so can’t comment on performance, but from a build perspective I’m very happy with all the parts used here. In particular I’m very impressed with the NZXT Phantom 530. It’s sexy as fuck and was a pleasure to build a PC in. Lots of space for fans, good support for cable management and also has a brilliant feature I’ve never seen before: Lights for the I/O panel. God damn it NZXT I love you.

Quite happy with the Sabertooth Mobo and Corsair CPU cooler as well. I don’t know how functional either one is (Thermal Armor? Come on guys) but they certainly do aid aesthetics.

A new PC has driven me to rethink how I do certain things. Backing up my data, the programs I use etc. Can possibly expect a post or two on this soon! Also, since I now have a spare PC, I finally have a suitable donor case for the PC Case Mod project I’ve been thinking about for a while!

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