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.

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Karl Nyen has been involved in the virtualization, server, web development and web hosting industry for over 13 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.

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