PC was bought as a brand new prebuilt PC from PC specialty store back in April of 2015. Monitor was not included but plain KB and mouse were. So, i bought a good monitor for it (Samsung S23C650D 23"), good speakers (Microlab FC-360 2.1), replaced stock KB and mouse, and added 2x 120mm side intake fans for extra cooling for CPU/GPU.
Prior to overhaul.
First step towards overhaul
Since the stock PC had somewhat plain looks, i planned to overhaul it and give it about the same aesthetics as with my Skylake build. Also, hardware upgrades were needed (e.g SSD as an OS drive, more and faster RAM, K-series CPU, better CPU cooler etc).
So, in July of 2017, i purchased the first batch of upgrades: Corsair 750D Airflow Edition full-tower ATX case, Demciflex dust filter kit for Corsair 750D, Samsung 850 Evo (500GB) SSD, CableMod SE-series full cable kit (Blue) and 5.25" -> 3.5" mounting frame. With far better case and HUE+, my wife loves the new looks of her PC. And so do i. While Demciflex filters helps the case internals to remain dust free. Since i moved OS from HDD to the SSD, PC is also far more responsive.
New case, case filters, SSD and CableMod cables.
Ready for system swap.
System swap complete.
System up and running with visible case badges.
Since the 3x stock AF140L fans had poor performance and no eyecandy, in September of 2017, i bought 3x Corsair ML140 (blue) fans, 1x Corsair ML120 (blue) fan, 3x NZXT AER140 RGB fans and NZXT Sentry 3 fan controller. With far better fans, now the build has a proper airflow while also looking great thanks to the LEDs in the fans. 5 out of 7 case fans are connected to the fan controller for manual control and the blue colored touchscreen of the fan controller itself fits perfectly with the black & blue theme.
2nd batch of upgrades with AMD build and old Gigabyte case at the background.
During hardware installation.
Rare image of running system without front and side panels.
While the paracord sleeving of Cablemod power cables look great, the individually sleeved cables don't look right without cable combs. So in November of 2017, i bought Cablemod SE-series cable combs. With cable combs in place, Cablemod power cables look a lot better, especially the 24-pin power cable.
CableMod cable combs. One set for Haswell build, 2nd set for Skylake build.
Before (left) and after (right).
Uninterruptible power supply
While blackouts are rare where i live (once in every 2 years or so), they still do happen. Last blackout caused me to loose 3 hours worth of work and that was the last straw. After some thorough research, in February of 2018, i bought two CyberPower CP1300EPFCLCD UPSes, one for Skylake build and another for Haswell build. Now, we don't have to worry about blackouts which would cause us to loose our unsaved work on an instant.
2x CyberPower line-interactive, true/pure sine wave UPSes, one for Haswell build, another for Skylake build.
UPS up and running.
When browsing around, i came across of the custom colored anodized thumbscrews CableMod offers. Since they looked very nice, i decided to get them for my Skylake build. I also browsed some more at CableMod store and found that they also offer custom sleeved internal cables. So, in June of 2018, i bought from CableMod: 10x anodized thumbscrews, 4x 2-pin chassis I/O cables, 2x internal USB 2.0 cables, 1x internal HD audio cable and 1x 4-pin fan cable, all in blue color. I also bought the exact same set for my Skylake build as well but in red color to match it's theme.
CableMod custom sleeved cables and thumbscrews.
Before (left) and after (right).
New black & blue gaming chair
Since for 2016 Christmas, my wife got me a present in form of a nice and comfy racing-styled chair with black & red theme. Because she loves the comfort of my chair, we decided to buy comfy gaming chair for her as well. And so in August of 2018, i bought her the very same gaming chair as i have but in black & blue theme to match her PC theme. While the chair isn't part of the actual PC build, i still consider it part of the whole setup.
Our chairs next to each other.
In February of 2019, i bought Kingston HyperX Fury 2x 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz RAM to replace the stock Crucial 1x 8GB DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM out. Besides Kingston RAM being a bit faster and double the amount, RAM also has blue heatsinks which matches the build theme perfectly.
New Kingston HyperX Fury 2x 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz RAM with blue heatsinks to match the build theme.
Left: before RAM upgrade. Right: after RAM upgrade.
RGB theme with side panel off.
With RAM upgrade, PC also got 3rd case badge.
While the initial request by missus was new KB and the same one as i have (STRAFE RGB), the latter with same specs (Nordic layout and Cherry MX Silent switches) isn't available in my area anymore. So, MK.2 it is. I also went all the way and bought new mouse to her as well. Picked the same one as i have since it's a great mouse for all kinds of tasks.
Corsair STRAFE RGB MK.2 with Cherry MX Silent switches and Corsair Sabre RGB.
Old KB (Trust GXT 280 Wired Gaming Keyboard) next to a new KB.