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Buy Low or BYOC – ‘Build Your Own Computer

Foundation post for this page is: BYOC – ‘Build Your Own Computer’. Have built 3 4 5 computers and steadily upgraded them ‘n 2 others since starting this blog, and came up with the ‘Page’ idea when working on upgrading Antec Sr. and rebuilding the Antec Jr. case.

I mention my computers a lot in most of my posts, so this page will also help by identifying what that ‘mentioned’ computer is about, e.g. build or buy, components, usage, etc. My computers seem to end up being named after the Case maker (Acer laptop is the exception). I have been rebuilding, upgrading and/or building computers for a long time.

2/06/2021 update: Building *or* Upgrading a Computer starts with a great Case – ‘BUYOC’


1) Antec Jr.: 3/16/2021 Update – new changes coming as ‘Antec Jr.‘ moves to ‘Keeper of the Data‘ and I do a slow move to LibreOffice from Microsoft Office … soon to be upgraded ‘Apevia‘ becomes my main working-computer. ‘Apevia‘ and ‘Antec Jr.‘ both sit low and to my right next to each other – within easy reach. ‘Antec Jr.‘ will handle all downloads & USB boot media creation plus keep all Data including ODT files from LibreOffice.
NOTE*ORIGINAL* build starts here: Antec Sonata Proto case from a 2016 build…stripped power supply and entire intact MoBo, memory, cooler and CPU and moved them into Antec Sr. (see *RETIRED* below). I consider it a new build using an old 2016 case, a CORSAIR CX-M Series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE semi-modular power supply, a XPG SX6000 Pro 256GB PCIe 3D NAND PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 NVMe 1.3 R/W up to 2100/1500MB/s SSD, a Gigabyte Z390 UD MoBo, VENGEANCE® LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) kit, Intel® Core™ i9-9900 Processor, 2 different kinds of SATA Hot Swap Bays and a DVD-rom – Total cost: $1,054

2) Apevia: 3/22/2021 Update‘Apevia’ computer’s new Upgrade/Rebuild … components are: 1) Apevia X-Qpack3-NW-BK case, 2) Intel® i9-10900K CPU, 3) ASUS Prime Z490M-PLUS MoBo, 4) GeForce GTX 1660 XC GPU, 5) 16GB of PNY DDR4 2400MHz memory, 6) Kingwin Hot Swap Mobile Rack w/USB 3.0 Hub, 7) Kingwin KF-251-BK Dual-Bay, 8) Rosewill ARC-550 – ARC Series 550W Power Supply, 9) Noctua’s NH-U9S which does an excellent job of cooling the CPU.

3) Rose: 3/02/2021 – GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB GDDR5 (GV-N105TOC-4GD) GPU, Intel Core i7-8700 Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.6 GHz LGA 1151 300 Series 65W CPU, GIGABYTE H310M A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard, a 450W Power Supply 80 PLUS Bronze, DVD Burner, a Hot Swap SATA Bay, 2×2.5″ SATA Tray-less Design Hot Swap, CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2400 (2×8) 10/22/2021 UPDATE: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX has been cut to just 8GB (1×8), and all in a $20 Rosewill case. Currently used as a TV computer.

4) CM130: 3/02/2021 –new Small Form Factor build .. Cooler Master Elite 130 ‘n Ryzen™ 9 3900X w/ the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER™ VENTUS XS OC GPU, 16GBs memory, Asus PRIME A320I-K mini-ITX board, 500W ATX PSU, ICY DOCK ExpressCage MB732SPO-B – currently used as the main Linux AMD test computer.

5) InWin: Intel i3-8100 .. small Form Factor with an InWin Mini-ITX case .. CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400 (1×8) .. ASUS PRIME H310I-PLUS mini-ITX MoBo. Final cost for original build was – $402.84. Not a lot of work for this computer lately…SFF’s don’t seem to make good Test Computers, IMHO, i.e. fine as a regular ‘n steady computer wid just one job, but too small for easily switching OS SSD’s around during tests.

6) DIYPC: after the recent Windows 11 PC  post have decided to just add a new case wid the build … OK, new case ‘n new name – ‘DIYPC‘.  😉 Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU & old ASUS Prime A320M-K MoBo from a 2019 build. G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200). Only new part has been the DIYPC MA01-R case. Will use old spare power supply from 2006 Antec case, and add Kingwin SSD/HDD Internal SATA Tray-Less Hot Swap Mobile Rack Cage for Dual 2.5” SSD/HDD from ‘Rose‘. Will be a test computer that replaces SFF ‘InWin‘ – a computer that was just too small for quick ‘n reliable testing.


(Section for the “Retired Antec Sr.” computer. Ace the Laptop an Acer laptop has moved to Laptops page. ‘Chromebook‘ and ‘Sam‘ have moved to ‘Chromebooks‘ page.)

  • *RETIRED* 02/09/ 2021 – Antec Sr.: Old info starts here: Case is from a 2006 build – an Antec NSK6000 that I have recently added a power supply from a 2016 build…from that same 2016 build I also moved the Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor plus a Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P Motherboard, plus 32GB’s memory, CPU cooler – *ALL* intact and into the old Antec case, and in an open exterior 5.25” bay a USB 3.0 Front Panel 2 Port was added (now two 2.0 and two 3.0 USB ports on front). It also has two Hot Swap bays and a DVD-Rom. It is now my main Linux test machine. Original cost of that i5-6600K with Z170 MoBo was $267…just the CPU is now listed at $222 on Amazon, so that value remains steady even after 3 years. The 32 GBs of G.SKILL Ripjaws memory was $145 back then, and is a lot more now on Amazon. Basically, moving that entire CPU/MoBo/memory/CPU cooler/power supply into Antec Sr. was an upgrade value of at least $400-450 (one of the reason I have spent heavily on the Antec Jr. build).