Upgrades to my gaming rig

My main gaming rig is getting a bit of a storage upgrade this weekend. It was back in 2015 that I had originally built this computer and it hasn’t had much love since then. The major upgrades since then have been a Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive, a GTX 970 video card, and RAM.

My main gaming rig – “STRYKER”

Build Specifications for “STRYKER”

  • Custom Build – 2015
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.60GHZ Six Core
  • GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX 4GB
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 32GB 8X4GB DDR4-3000
  • HDD: Samsung SSD 950 PRO NVMe 512GB
  • MB: Gigabyte Gaming G1 WiFi ATX X99 LGA2011 DDR4
  • Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100I CPU Cooler System
  • PSU: 750W Antec High Current Gamer
  • Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker ATX

Since this PC is now over 3 years old (WOW! It feels like I built this yesterday!) I am starting to transition it to be a server in the future. I would never let this beast not go to use in some way or another after a more powerful prodecessor takes it’s place. While I am not currently planning on building a new gaming rig that time will come eventually and I’d like this computer to be prepared to make the jump into being a server with almost no effort.

I had used a mobile drive rack in another one of my spare PCs/servers and really liked it. The ability to hot-swap drives without having to power off and go inside the case of the computer pays for itself. I decided to order a few more and add these into my current gaming rig.





Karl has been involved in the virtualization, server, web development and web hosting industry for over 15 years. In his current role at a managed service provider, he is focused on cloud-based solutions for enterprise clients. His diverse background of sales, management, and architectural/technical expertise bring a unique perspective to the virtualization practice.