Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
My custom built PC is 4 and a half years old (the image is NOT mine, unfortunately). In that time, I haven’t done any upgrades, even to the cheap membrane keyboard and mouse set I bought. It’s a good PC, and on the whole, it hasn’t needed upgrades as the performance has been solid.
Having said all of this, yesterday, I decided to buy a few new bits for it.
So, the current specs (as in the specs I bought it as) are: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard (LGA 1150 socket), Intel Core i7 4790K, MSI GeForce GTX 970 4G, 16GB DDR3 HyperX Fury RAM, Cooler Master 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 1TB WD HDD, 120GB Sandisk Ultra II SSD – to be honest, the whole build was a little overkill for the games I play but it’s been amazing for graphical work and video editing… The peripherals were then a cheap set from Amazon.
The upgrades aren’t particularly major – firstly, I’m replacing my CPU fan with a Cooler Master all in one Liquid Cooling unit – simply because since upgrading to a 4K monitor, the CPU is working a little bit harder more of the time to keep the high resolution and I’ve noticed slightly higher temperatures as a result.
It’s nothing fancy but it’s a nice upgrade and should make the PC run a little cooler and as a bonus, the liquid cooling unit looks nicer than the case fans I have!
The other component upgrade I’m making to the internals is an WD Blue M.2 PCIe 500GB SSD. After 4.5 years, unsurprisingly, I’m pretty much out of space. The OS and some program files run of my current SSD but I have loads of games and programs on my HDD, which could definitely benefit from a speed boost running from the new SSD. The HDD will pretty much just become storage for photos, videos, documents etc.
As I said, they’re not big upgrades, but they’ll certainly make a difference.
Then comes the upgrade I’m really excited for – the Corsair K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – I’ve been looking at Corsair mechanical keyboards since EGX 2016 and have never persuaded myself to buy one, until yesterday! Not only am I excited to use it for gaming, but for general use as well as I love the clicky tactile feedback. Not everyone is a fan of loud switches but I went with the Cherry MX Blue switches cos’ I love the clicky clacky sound of the Blues! Plus, the RGB is a bonus, and I wouldn’t be a gamer without it, right?
As we’re all on lockdown at the time of writing, I’m waiting for the new bits to be delivered but I’ll be sure to post something about how it all goes!