(Mods please don't think I'm a spambot just because I procrastinate posting my builds to this site.)

Before I begin my story... a quick PSA:

THE Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans DO NOT FIT IN THE Thermaltake Core V1.

THE Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans DO NOT FIT IN THE Thermaltake Core V1.

THE Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans DO NOT FIT IN THE Thermaltake Core V1.

Use the Noctua fans instead. Thank you. If I'm wrong, feel free to talk about it in the comments.

The History

In the summer of 2019, I had an out-of-state internship up in Pennsylvania. This was a 20-hour drive from my hometown, which led to some issues when it came to deciding what electronics I was going to take. My earlier build, Cygnet, was much too heavy and delicate to take with me, so I took my VR-capable laptop up with me for my personal computer and VR machine.

During my time up in the North, I became good friends with a coworker who started on the same day I did, and some of our conversations became about building computers. It turns out I was pretty sick of the terrible thermals of my laptop when on my Oculus Rift. Naturally, the thought came to my head that I could make a mini ITX build that could fit in the car and endure the bumpy parts of the ride back home. I started coming up with a list of parts and plotting to make the 2-hour drive to the nearest Micro Center in Baltimore.

The Build

Micro Center is a blessing upon the American populace and was definitely worth the two-hour drive to get there. (Never mind the two-hour drive back home.) Once I gathered my parts, I made my way to my coworker's house where he offered me a space to put things together and an old keyboard since I would be using the computer for VR gaming. In exchange, I let him and his wife try my Oculus Rift. (And I got to enjoy his smartass remarks while I built the computer lol)

Compared to Cygnet, this build was tenfold more cooperative. Even the Wraith Max cooler decided to slot in easily in fear that I would cry into the motherboard. There is not much else to say, and I'll probably put the rest of my thoughts into the part reviews.

The biggest issue were the Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans, which turned out to not fit in the Core V1's chassis. I ordered a pair of Noctua fans from Amazon, which fit like hand in glove. When all was said and done, I finally gave my build the "Black Nucleus" name you see in the title and named the computer itherself "Bronya" after a character in the Honkai Impact series.

The Results

At the time, I primarily made this build to play Zero Caliber VR at a slightly higher FPS. (The game was, and still is to an extent, poorly optimized in multiplayer.) My little brother now uses it to play CS:GO with his friends.

The Good

  • The case is fun to work with.

  • The completed build is light and easy to carry. Good for LAN parties.

  • The RGB is tasteful and not too obnoxious, I guess.

  • I have zero regrets. I seriously don't have any regrets.

The Bad

  • The air conditioning in the Baltimore Micro Center was broken when I visited.

  • You gotta stuff the cables nice and tight in such a small case.

  • THE Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans DO NOT FIT IN THE Thermaltake Core V1.

The Ugly

  • Uh... I got a scratch on the transparent plastic.

  • Um... The power LED is blue when I want all my lights to be red.

  • THE Enermax UCTB8 27.96 CFM 80 mm Fans DO NOT FIT IN THE Thermaltake Core V1.

Possible Future Upgrades

  • If I ever have a Wraith Prism lying around, this computer will get it lol.

Final Remarks

I don't think I really have any. I'm just copying this essay template from Cygnet.

Fun Fact: The picture quality on this build is slightly better than Cygnet's because between the time of building Cygnet and the time of building Black Nucleus, I got an Asus ROG Phone.

Best Part Award: Thermaltake Core V1

The fact that this case is an old design and still kicking in recent builds is a testament to its fabulous design. The interchangeable walls provide a great amount of flexibility that you don't see too often elsewhere. From my experience, I can say that this is a great choice of case for low to mid-tier SFF PC builds, though I'm not too sure about thermal performance with higher performance gear.

Worst Part Award: What do you think?!

I think I got my point across further up this essay.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please explain exactly what you mean by the fans not fitting? Very curious after you made a big point about it lol.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The Enermax fans are wider than the Noctua fans I settled on. There is a pretty small gap between the spaces where you fit the 80mm fans in the Core V1 case.

If you use the Enermax 80mm fans, you'd only be able to fit 1 in without modding the case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that makes sense! Thank's for taking the time to reply.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

is the cooler master fan in front RGB light is still visible?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you exactly mean from the question. You can see the lights when viewing the fan from the front, even through the front air filter.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

forget about it, how do you connect the rgb fan in your motherboard?