I first built my own gaming machine in 2010 and thought it was about time that I had built a new rig.
I was upgrading from a full ATX build with the following parts:
- Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
- Processor: Intel i7 930 OC’d to 4GHz
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 5870 XXX Edition with Artic Cooling Accelero Xtreme and ThermalTake VRM-R4 cooler
- PSU: XFX 850W
- CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H70
- Motherboard: Gigabyte P-something or other
- Memory: Corsair 6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
- SSD: Kingston HyperX 240GB
- Storage: 3TB WD Red HDD
- Cooler Fans: 2x Akasa Viper S 120mm
- Case Fans: 2x Akasa Viper S 120mm | Coolermaster 200mm
- Sound Card: SoundBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Series
- Network Card: BigfootNetworks Killer 2100 Gaming NIC
- Optical Disc Drive: LG Bluray Reader | Samsung DVD RW
I wanted to rid of the full ATX sized case as it was taking up too much space in my tiny room and I was willing to sacrifice the sound card and network card by going to a Mini ITX build.
The Corsair 250D Mini ITX case was just what I was looking for as I had been wanting to upgrade to the Corsair H100i for quite some time in the 650D case.
Here is the list of parts that I had used to build this with accompanying photos:
- Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 250D
- Processor: Intel i7 4770K
- Graphics Card: Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce GTX770 OC Windforce
- PSU: Corsair AX760i
- CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i
- Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
- SSD: Samsung 250GB SSD | Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
- Storage HDD: 3TB WD Red HDD
- Cooler Fans: 2x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition PWM
- Intake Fan: Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition Red LED
- PSU Cables: Corsair Individually Sleeved Red Cables
- Optical Disc Drive: LG Bluray Reader
I replaced the below SP120 High Performance Edition fans with the above mentioned SP120 Quiet Edition PWM fans as the HP versions were too loud to my liking (plus the fact I had mistakenly bought the non-PWM version!)
I first installed all of the parts into my Corsair Obsidian 650D Case as I had purchased all of these parts over time and the Corsair 250D was scheduled to release on the 14th of February, however it was delayed.
If you are interested in what my old machine looked, like here it is:
However it doesn’t show the sound card, plus I had replaced the two pictured HDD’s with a single HDD and moved it into one of the 5.25″ bay’s along with the SSD so that the HDD Cage could be removed completely.
If you have any questions about any of the parts I have used, feel free to post a message =)