In the first two posts in this series, I talked about taking the computer apart and rebuilding it, and also detailed the specifications of my PC.

Since I was going down the route of cleaning up, rebuilding and re-purposing my PC for gaming – I needed a desk. It was Lynda’s idea to move the PC to the other side of the living room – and a friend of mine kindly has lent me an Acer 24″ monitor. After purchasing needed cables, I went ahead and moved this across.

I don’t own a computer desk, or even a table big enough. So I went ahead and used a piece of wood that I had, cut it into shape and screwed this to a table and a bookshelf that I already had in the corner. Set up my PC and the set up was looking pretty nice. (Just lacking a computer/gaming chair).

Since the monitor had DVI and HDMI inputs, I also decided to move my Playstation 4 out of the bedroom and into this set up. And I must say, the difference between monitor and TV on PS4 really is noticeable – I’ve heard people say it before, but trust me – you really can see the difference on a 0ms lag monitor.

Here was the initial set up:
Please ignore the mess 🙁


After doing this, Lynda had a great idea to paint this and create a cool design. So between us, we decided to make the desk blue due to the computer lighting up that colour. We also decided to have some graffiti writing on here and eventually agreed that this would be “Gaming is life”. So we had a look on fontspace for a few hours, found a font and then Lynda got designing. She played around with blue, purple, red and black until getting to this:


Just thought I would share as Lynda did an amazing job at my desk for me. So thanks so much babe! 🙂

Again excuse the mess, hope you like the set up.

Okay, so in the last post I shared what I had actually done to the PC; summarising having a new graphics cards, new fans and an SSD. Since having the SSD, I must say I have seen a tremendous difference in performance (as you would expect). The PC now starts up to it’s login screen in less than 10 seconds. For Windows 10 Professional, that’s pretty good.

So here I will talk about the specs in my PC, they’re nothing special but they do the job I want it to and it works pretty good. The highest temperatures I have seen so far (through running a game) are in the mid 70s, which is a little high but it seems to keep it around there so I’m not worried too much. When idling it sits around 30C, and during a stress test – I got it to 81C before killing off the test.

So, from piriform speccy, I have got the specs of my PC that I have home built over the last couple of years:

Windows 10 Professional x64
AMD A10-5800K Quad Core 3.8GHz
12GB dual channel 1600MHz crucial DDR3 (1x 4GB, 1x 8GB)
Gigabyte F2A58M-HD2 (P0)
3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
238GB Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB ATA Device (SSD)
232GB Hitachi HDP725025GLA380 ATA Device (SATA)
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-9YN164 ATA Device (SATA)
465GB Seagate ST3500312CS ATA Device (SATA)
Lexicon Alpha external Audio Interface (USB)
Venom USB headset
Corsair GS600W

I also have an optical CD/DVD +/- RW drive which is currently installed in the case but disconnected from SATA and power to free up space for more storage. I will look at replacing the 250GB drive soon with a 500GB or 1TB drive to increase this further.