Lately I’ve been spending some of my spare time on considering my next major desktop PC upgrade.
The combination of having less room at home with a second baby on the way, aging desktops, and enough new standards such as DDR4 and M.2 SSDs, it seemed to be a good time to consolidate and update. While this blog is focussed on earlier computing, it will however be part of the PC I’ll eventually use for further updates here.
With the exception of my current home server (a 4th-gen Intel i5-4670 Haswell, with 32 GB RAM), the last contemporary PC build dates back to 2011. With a 2nd-gen Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge, 16 GB RAM, SSD, and 2 GB GTX 660 graphics card, it’s stood up to the test of time rather well. Admittedly I’ve not been up to date on the gaming front so the hardware never felt it was becoming a bottleneck. It would be good to finally finish off my games in Fallout: New Vegas and Skyrim!
I also had a 1st-gen Intel i3-530 Westmere based PC originally used for a home server lying around, though much of that has been sold off as parts on eBay recently.
Whilst being undecided on the parts from a reduction in disposable income, I did decide on a new case for it, a Corsair Carbide 600C. It was purchased from Melbourne based Scorptec Computers for $179 AUS excluding shipping.
Weighing at 10 kgs it was reasonably light to carry, and covered with black fabric instead of plastic.
Pulling the packaging away, I was immediately happy with selecting this case from what it felt like an endless choice online. The case has a steel exterior instead of the usual plastic panels commonly found, and the positioning of the small power button and other connectors is on top making it less obvious for small kids to press on. There’s also a switch to adjust speed of the three 140 mm fans housed inside.
The back of the case you’ll notice that the placement of the power supply and motherboard are in reverse to many other cases. Corsair’s intention with this was to increase airflow to the hottest components from the two fans at the front, instead of losing their effectiveness from hard disk drive cages.
The hinged clear panel also has a latch meaning no more unscrewing or the need to slide off the panel to access components. Adding extra RAM will be as easy as opening the fridge for milk.
Inside of the case is rather spacious with having 3.5″ drive bays among the power supply under the top cover. One of these drive bays has a small cardboard box with screws and cable ties enclosed. A single air filter on the bottom allows for easy cleaning, and simply stays on the bottom of the case with the use of several small magnets.
Not really being a fan of a lot of gaming cases where the PC lights up like Christmas trees, this case feels pleasingly simple yet practical and well built. If I could find a fault with this case, the capacity of only two 3.5″ hard disk drives may be limiting for some, and an extra bay or two would have been welcomed. Other than that, this case should last for a few years to come.