I’m looking at doing a mid-life (my rig’s, not mine, I hope) upgrade for my current gaming PC.
The build always was a mid-tier PC (from memory I spent circa $1,800 NZD about three years ago - NZD was high at the time so circa $1,500 USD).
Here’s what’s under the hood currently:
Phase 1 of the upgrade will be primarily to liquid cool and overclock the i5 4690K CPU and look at whether a new PSU is required.
Phase 2 will be to get a new GPU and possibly a bigger screen. These upgrades will hopefully see me through another couple of years.
Here’s the draft version including a new GPU:
-liquid cooler for CPU
-another 256 GB SSD
I’m currently looking into how to fit the liquid cooling inside my case – I’d prefer to penny-pinch here a bit and hack a solution with the current case rather than buy a bigger case, but things do seem quite snug inside.
The N300 case is a relatively small case (http://www.coolermaster.com/case/mid-tower/n300/). There are two 120mm x 240mm meshes for radiators, one on the right side behind the HDD cage and another on the top.
It looks like the top radiator slot isn’t up high enough: the RAM modules stick out from the motherboard only about 30mm below the mesh and I think the radiator + fans won’t fit: I’m looking at CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML240L for the cooling and it needs 57.15mm height with the fans.
That leaves the right side grille but even that looks like I may need to remove the right side of the HDD cage to fit the darn thing. I’d prefer to keep the front mesh free for the cool air intake.
One thing I’m wondering is – is my 550W PSU enough? It seems like I could be running a bit short on power. The Partpicker wattage calculator shows the wattage going from 391W to 426W but that doesn’t include overclocking.
Any thoughts / feedback re the proposed set up are welcome – this was my first PC-build and I’ve hardly been following the trends so definitely not an expert.