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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.: 1/25/2022 Update – have moved ‘Antec Jr.‘ to Main Linux Test machine. ‘CM130‘ and its Ryzen™ 9 3900X ‘n AMD MoBo just couldn’t get it done. Intel offers full Linux support, but AMD doesn’t, and when they do then Linux it too slow at getting the updates out. NOTE*ORIGINAL* + Upgrades: 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, Pro 256GB PCIe 3D NAND PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 NVMe 1.3 R/W up to 2100/1500MB/s SSD (*NO* internal drive/s on a Linux test machine), 3 different kinds of SATA Hot Swap Bays, a Gigabyte Z390 UD MoBo, VENGEANCE® LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) kit, Intel® Core™ i9-9900 Processor, GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER™ VENTUS XS OC GPU,  and a DVD-rom.

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: 1/25/2022 – 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) all in a $20 ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower model FBM-01 case. Spare Test computer.

4) 5/14/2022 – introducing Sam the Porteus ‘Lappy‘: Converted $314.57 Chromebook *UPDATE* – ‘YUMI UEFI & Porteus Linux & Modules‘ – will give it a try as a ‘Working‘ Linux laptop that helps during Linux tests.

5) CM130: 1/25/2022 UPDATE: demoted this computer to a secondary Linux test computer for mainly checking if a Distro will work wid AMD. AMD ‘n Ryzen™ makes for a terrible Linux test machine…other than seeing if the Distro works wid AMD. Intel offers full Linux support, but AMD doesn’t, and when they do then Linux it too slow at getting the updates out. Small Form Factor build .. Cooler Master Elite 130 ‘n Ryzen™ 9 3900X w/ the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, 16GBs memory, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB GDDR5 (GV-N105TOC-4GD) GPU, Asus PRIME A320I-K mini-ITX board, 500W ATX PSU, ICY DOCK ExpressCage MB732SPO-B.

6) InWin: Intel i3-8100 .. small Form Factor with an InWin Mini-ITX case .. 8 GB’s G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series .. ASUS PRIME H310I-PLUS mini-ITX MoBo. Final cost for original build was – $402.84. Is now the TV computer.

7) 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 8GB (1 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 old spare HDD/SSD Hot Swap Sata Bay. The DIYPC MA01-R case is the worst case I’ve seen since 2006, and it will be the last computer I use out of the 6.


(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).