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EDIT 2: This build has been upgraded for this: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/92mqqs

EDIT: Moved to a new place with my own office! Also, got an H100i V2 and a couple of ML120 to back it up without sacrificing my chosen black/red theme! Overclocked my i7 to 4.5ghz and got an AOC 24" 144hz gaming monitor to spice things up! Unfortunately my PSU died on me so I had to replace with a Corsair 450w gold rated. Couldn't be happier with it though! It comes with flat cables for easy management and is silent as it could be! I guess I'm finally satisfied with it... for now :p


This is the first real gaming machine I have ever built. Sure, in the past I owned an i5-3330 equipped with a GeForce GTX 660, which worked very well for about 2 years...

Then Maxwell was released and alongside it a monstrous performance upgrade with the gtx 970. That little beast required me to buy a new case, since my generic no-brand one couldn't fit it. Back in the day I got a Thermaltake V3 case, with no USB 3.0 ports...

Then 2 years later, Pascal came to existence and... OMG! Seriously Nvidia? 60% improved performance in a single generation upgrade? I had to sell my old rig (for about U$800, which wasn't bad) and started preparing for the black friday deals, the only real discount we brazilians have the whole year, as far as computer parts go. I bought part by part of this list, planned out each detail and had to deal with anxiety for 2 whole weeks until all the parts arrived.

Being the first computer I ever built entirely myself, it was a complete joy! Everything fit perfectly and powered on the first boot! The only real hard work was to choke the 8 pin cpu power conector through the back of the Versa H15, which has a very tiny opening on the top left corner. I had to bend it a little and then bend it back to assemble it right but eventually everything fit perfectly (to avoid this problem, I recommend buying an extension cable with 2 4+4 conectors), I highly recommend this case if you don't want a huge box occupying your desk unnecessarily!

Because of the size of the case, the only real sacrifice made was the CPU Cooler... I had to get a TX3 EVO. But running Furmark alongside AIDA64 I only get around 70C of temperature for both CPU and GPU. Since I'm not overclocking it (yet hehe), it should be enough.

About the GPU, there really isn't much to talk about. It's a monster! Gigabyte made a great job with this! It's is cool, quiet e scratches the FE GTX 1080 by a dozen FPS+- on 1440p resolution (it even lights up a FAN STOP LED when running cool hehe).

My next planned upgrade will be getting a 240mm AIO Water Cooler (hopefully a corsair h100i v2) and a 144hz monitor for smooth++ gameplay.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with you guys.

Happy PC building!

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job man! Small but packs a punch. I just built a rig in this little case also. Not as heavy a spec as you though. I actually gave up trying to get that damn power cable through the gap.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

For me that was the only downside of this case. If I was more pacient I could've bought the extension cables to do it properly =/

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice red and black color theme ;) That Thermaltake case is very comfortable and good looking! I have a question for you...have you ever hear any "coil whine" coming from your GPU under load and at 90fps or higher while gaming? (with ultra graphic settings ofcourse). You have 60hz monitor as i see but still you may have heard some gpu coil whine

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I'm glad you liked it! :D I have no complaints whatsoever about this GPU. I barely listen to it and it performes great!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Is there enough room to fit the H100i up top?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess there is, since I have 2 120mm fans there, but unfortunately I'm not sure... Unless you own a water cooled or rear blower video card, I would advise against it because of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAMxZgvves. Front intake 240mm rad cool 10+ºC more than top exit flow. Glad I could help!