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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.
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.
I decided to upgrade my 6-year-old GeForce GTX460 graphics card. While it has served me well and is still powerful enough to play older games in 1080p in high details, it fails to do so with more recent titles (e.g. GTA V).
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.
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I decided to give my – admittedly outdated – computer hardware a new home.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: