Built in DEC 2018 (Orig 2010) - 2015 outgoing as of FEB 2019


Motherboard GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 LGA 1151 ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1
CPU Intel Core i7 8700K Core 6 Intel Core i7 5820 V3
Video Card MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB EVGA GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+0
CPU Cooler CORSAIR Hydro H115i PRO Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - single fan
System Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz G.SKILL 4x8 GB Trident Z DDR4 3200 MHz
PSU CORSAIR HX 750 Plus Platinum EVGA 750 G2 Gold
Case Lian Li PC-B70 Fractal Design Define R6 White Alu-Steel
SSD Samsung 840 Evo 1 TB Samsung 840 Evo 500GB
HDD WD 1TB Blue 7200 rpm WD 2TB Blue
HDD WD 3TB Blue  
HDD WD 1 TB Caviar Black  
HDD WD 1 TB Passport, USB external drive  
HDD WD 500 GB Passport, USB external  
Mouse Kensington Expertmouse Trackball  
Input WACOM Intuos 3 GraphicsTablet  
Monitors Dell G2410, Dell U2412M  
Printer Canon ImageCLASS D420 Laser printer/scanner  
Audio on board on board
Speakers Logitech Z2300 THX 2.1  


Buidling your own?

Click on the logo. Tech Reports (TR) takes you through the process of how to build your own computer, step-by-step.

Buidling your own?

Click on the logo. The link will take you to the last of a three-part guide by cnet.com to building your own computer. The links to Part 1 and 2 are in the article itself..


The Tech Report System Guide (just type 'system guide' into the search box, and it'll take you there) is an invaluable tool/guide for the home-builder.


It was time to replace the ASUS Sabertooth X58 mobo with the newer ASUS X99-A. The Intel i7 930 is making way for the Intel i7 5820K. I am even replacing the excellent Sesonic 650 Gold PSU with a newer, high efficiency EVGA 750 G2, Gold.


The ASUS X99-A now with the i7 5820 CPU and the 32 GB (4x8) G.Skill Trident Z 3200 Mhz RAM installed


Arrows indicate the CPU cooling tower support holes for the X-shaped bracket.

The arrows show the stand-offs to be used . Also I use a razor blade to spread the thermal paste on the top of the CPU (Yellow Arrow)


Necessary stand-offs shown here with the X-shaped bracket holding the cooling tower in place


I kept the Lian Li aluminum case and repopulated it with the

new components. All case fans were changed earlier this year


The new EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+


The EVGA 750W G2 modular PSU safely strapped down


All wired up and wide open spaces

...and Humpty Dumpty is together again. Now to fight the software integration battles.


This Lian Li case is really huge. A detailed Review is at the link. I made fun of the size relating it to the black alien monoliths from the movie '2001' Kubrik/Clarke


All of the sellers I use have a high rating on the Web (e.g. Newegg, amazon). That is important to me. I rather pay a few dollars more for an item, than spend days of anguish trying to get things straightened out with an uncooperative merchant. So, while price is important, don't let it be the sole motivator for your purchases.

All the components I use are either already Editor's choice or reviewer award winners, or at least supported by large numbers of positive reviews.

After you finally have your new computer up and running make sure that you revisit the component manufacturers to see if there are BIOS or driver upgrades available.

reviews & prices Tom's Hardware & Store
reviews & prices The Tech Report
reviews & prices CNET


As shipped, with all of the mounting hardware in the box


Current, 2014, setup

Adding the Samsung 840 EVO SSD

After looking around my enclosure, I decided to use the former floppy disk compartment for the SSD. Once installed in the housing, the included software from Samsung let me migrate everything from the current C drive partition, containing the Windows 7 OS to the SSD. Easy. One of the reasons I went through this exercise was that the WD 640 GB Black, my original C drive, was failing. It sounded grindy and kept asking to have a check disk (chkdsk) run over and over. The replacement is a WD 1TB Blue, 7200 rpm. That way I can move anything I don't want in the system partition on the SSD, to that drive.


With the drive I had purchased a bracket. You see here the SSD in the bracket and the floppy disk compartment

Combining everything and securing it together

And back in the case, where a floppy was originally supposed to go

The SSD (arrow) connected to the SATA cluster on the motherboard


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