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Dell Alienware AW3418DW

If you are in the market for an ultra-wide curved gaming monitor, you will soon realize that there aren’t that many options available, especially if you have a NVIDIA graphics card and don’t want to miss out on the adaptive sync technology G-Sync. The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a 34” monitor that offers a resolution of 3440×1440 and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The monitor has been on the market for about 1 year, but it still remains one of the top choices for gaming.

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Logitech G413 Carbon Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G-series G413 keyboard is a full size, back-illuminated mechanical gaming keyboard. It is available in a silver or black finish (aka Carbon), where the former has white and the latter red backlight. The MSRP of the G413 is 100€ (street price from ~85€), which may sound quite steep when compared to traditional rubber-dome keyboards. In my opinion the price tag is just about right for a mechanical keyboard.

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Mini-ITX Gaming PC mkII


I finally decided to upgrade my old gaming PC. About time, it has been almost 6 years since I bought the core components (mainboard, CPU, RAM and GPU). In this article, I will discuss the decision making process based on my requirements and present the result.

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Mini-ITX Gaming PC


Mini-ITX is one of the smallest standard mainboard formats and thus perfect to build a compact computer.

I decided to give my – admittedly outdated – computer hardware a new home. Since I already had a mini-ITX mainboard, I was looking for a suitable computer chassis replacement. My requirements for the new case include:

  • flawless build quality, high-grade materials only (no plastic)
  • as compact as possible
  • must accomodate standard-sized components (including a dual-slot PCI-Express graphics gard and ATX PSU)
  • pleasant design (since it will sit on my desk)

There are many options to choose from, but only few could satisfy my demands. In the end I opted for the UMX1 from Jonsbo (Cooltek), which is a perfect compromize between flexibility and size. With a footprint of just 30 x 16cm, it doesn’t take too much space on my desk.

As already mentioned, I basically kept my old hardware and put it into the new case, except for the power supply. Due to the very limited space in the case, I decided to replace the old power supply (Cougar A450) by a fully modular PSU, the Coolermaster V550. It offers 550W of max. output power, is certified with the 80plus Gold award (92% effeciency) and only measures 14 x 15 x 8,6cm.

Unfortunately, my watercooling solution for the CPU didn’t really fit into the new case, so I replaced it by the M9I tower cooler from Cryorig.

Besides that, I also added an additional SSD to provide more disk space for games. The Samsung EVO 850 is currently a killer product: For just 80€, you get a high-performance solid state disk with 250 GB of memory!

Enough said, here are some pictures of my setup:

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