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Cooltek U2 Build modded to desktop from tower config.
RGB Lighting has finally arrived in my life as of March 2018. I’m using the superb Corsair Commander Pro to control the lighting; The fan LEDs respond to CPU Temperature, while the front LED strips respond to GPU Temps, turning red under duress.
Cooltek U2 Build with new Corsair H55 AIO Cooler.
The Corsair H55 affords a lot more space in this tiny case. Cables could still use some work, but some velcro straps combined with some wall mounted loops coming in the mail ought to see to that.
Cooltek U2 modified into desktop config with feet on non-window side.
A vital part of the improvements is moving the case feet from the bottom to the non-window side; this merely involved some drill bits and a #6-32 taper tap. An additional mod is a superb switch that I had used for a previous build, with a bright light and a solid, tactile press.

Packs the power of the Serious Rig (now matches CrossfireX Performance, when the two cards worked!) into something little bigger than a shoebox.  The GTX 1070 Ti was a right bastard to fit, requiring the removal of the motherboard and PSU.

Now the addition of a Corsair H55 in the place of the Zalman CNPS 9900 MAX has freed up some much-needed space in the case.  This has permitted the mounting of a Corsair Commander Pro with two RGB LED Strips, along with control of the RGB lighting of the only fan in the case.

Core Components

  • AsRock Z97M-ITX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-4790K CPU with Corsair H55 AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz Gold Memory
  • Zotac Geforce GTX 1070 Ti Mini 8GB Graphics Card
  • Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SSD Boot Drive
  • Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB Laptop HDD Storage Drive
  • Corsair SF450 450W PSU
  • Cooltek U2 ITX Case with 120mm Bitfenix Spectre Pro Green LED Fan


  • Acer CB241HQK 60Hz 4K Main Monitor
  • AOC I2276VWM 60Hz 1080p Auxiliary Monitor
  • Corsair K70 Keyboard with Cherry MX Browns
  • Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse
  • Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speaker System
  • Corsair Commander Pro RGB Lighting Controller with two LED Strips


My Bedside Steambox Setup.
A VCR/TV combo for the modern era 😉
The inner hardware of my Steambox, highlighting piss poor cable management.
So much for “Cable Management”.  This was the prior view inside the case when the AMD A6-9500E APU was running off a PicoPSU Clone; it’s even worse now!

A stepping-stone more than anything, this machine was borne out of a desire to make something of a Linux fileserver which, being based upon Intel Bay Trail hardware, could charitably be described as glacial.  The fileserver drives, a 240GB SSD and a 1TB Storage HDD, are connected.  This machine now serves as a bedside web browsing machine running Ubuntu Budgie.

Fun Fact:  All my PCs have network handles which are prefixed with the word GIN in capitals; my main PC (top) is called GIN-PC, while my laptop is called GIN-TOP.

Core Components

  • Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi Motherboard
  • AMD Ryzen 3 2400G with VEGA Graphics under a Noctua NH-L9a CPU Cooler
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) 3200MHz Red DDR4 Memory
  • Samsung 850 Evo 120GB M.2 SATA SSD Boot Drive
  • Crucial 240GB Crucial M500 CT240M500SS Game Drive
  • 1TB HDD For Media Storage
  • Silverstone ST30SF 300W SFX PSU
  • Silverstone Milo ML05B ITX Case


  • Dell S2209W 60Hz 1080p Main Monitor
  • Logitech k400 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • Steam Controller with Portal Skin
  • Goji Tinchy Stryder Headphones

Decommissioned Rigs:

The Serious Rig

SeriousRig_Farewell (1)
So monolithic…
SeriousRig_Farewell (2)
…It required it’s own desk!

For serious stuff.  Like BF1942 with a shit ton of AA and AF…

Core Components

  • ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-4790K CPU
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz Gold Memory
  • 2 x Sapphire TriX AMD Radeon r9 290 4096MB Graphics Cards
  • Creative X-Fi Sound Blaster Z Sound Card
  • Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SSD Boot Drive
  • Seagate ST3000 3TB HDD Storage Drive
  • Corsair RM850 850W PSU
  • NZXT Phantom 630 Gunmetal Case (With Bitfenix Spectre Pro Fans)


  • AOC G2460PQU 144Hz 1080p Main Monitor
  • Dell S2209W 60Hz 1080p Auxiliary Monitor
  • Corsair K70 Keyboard with Cherry MX Browns
  • Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse
  • Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speaker System

The Bedside Lazy-Git PC

A fine rig, even if it’s looks belied that fact.

Bedside Laptop too loud/inflexible/orthodox?  Try a Bedside PC 😉

Core Components

  • ASUS P8P67 Motherboard (B3 Stepping)
  • Intel Core i5-2500k CPU underclocked to 2.5GHz
  • Corsair 8GB (4x2GB) 2000MHz Memory (runs at 1866MHz 😡 )
  • Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX Edition 2GB
  • ASUS Xonar DG Sound Card
  • Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD Boot Drive
  • Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB HDD Storage Drive
  • Silverstone SST-ST30SF 300W SFX PSU


  • AOC I2276VWM 60Hz 1080p IPS Monitor on Arctic Z1 Monitor Arm
  • Logitech k400 Wireless Touch Keyboard
  • Razer Carcharias 2.1 Gaming Headset
  • Mionix Naos 5000 Mouse for occasional gaming use

The SLA 3D Printer PC

SLA 3D Printer PC as of September 2015
Finally managed to use the PCI-E slot for something 🙂

This jobbie was slated to run my SLA 3D Printer, t’was also an experiment in Mini-ITX PC Construction.

Core Components

  • ASUS AM1I-A Motherboard
  • AMD Athlon 5350 APU with Radeon R3 Graphics (128 Cores at 600MHz)
  • Kingston 4GB (1x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3L Memory
  • Edimax EW-7612Pln 802.11n 2×2 Wireless Card
  • Crucial M500 240GB SSD
  • Seasonic SS-250U FlexATX 250W PSU
  • Powercool 2020C Slim Mini-ITX Case

Peripherals (Planned)

  • Viewsonic VX912 60Hz 1280×1024 Monitor
  • Logitech k400 Wireless Touch Keyboard
  • SLA 3D Printer 😉

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