Technical writer, gamer, hobby artist.

I've been playing inside of computer cases since I added a memory module to an XT in order to get more than 640K of usable RAM in the system. I pieced together a couple of computers from salvaged parts after that, and I did my first complete build about 7 or 8 years ago.

Gaming's secondary with me (for now) so I went for a quiet, low-wattage system with room to grow. This is my "green" gamer.

  • CPU: Intel i5-3570K
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Signature
  • Graphics: Gigabyte HD 7750
  • PSU: Corsair 500W
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred Two
  • HDD: 1TB WD Blue
  • Monitor: Acer P215H

It easily runs World of Warcraft at 1920x1080 with high settings. Might choke on the newer games though. The box draws 50W at the wall at idle and about 100W at full throttle, so it runs quiet and cool.