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The Return of Ttammy

by CRS10114


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Date Published

Feb. 4, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.2° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.449 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.596 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


So, let me start by noting that I really, really, REALLY, like to build computers. I built my first computer by myself a couple of years ago, and have been hooked ever since. I have built / helped build countless (not kidding, I have actually lost count at this point) computers. Because of that experience, and for the fact that I had a fair-paying job at the time, I finally put together Ttammy.

I had never really given much thought about updating, so I decided that for my 21st birthday (which was in January) I would get myself a new case, and I bought the Corsair Carbide 88R. It looked like a fine case to me, and for the price of $50, who could say no? (I made a completed build post, but it's not that good, so I won't include it)

Long story short, I did not like the Carbide 88R. So, only a matter of a couple of hours ago, I cleaned up and transferred my parts back into Ttammy's Thermaltake Core V21 chassis with a few deviations from the original build.

Build change highlights:

  1. Different fan / CPU cooler placement

  2. Swapped panels around

  3. Managed the cables much better than the first time around (they may not look like they're better managed, but believe me, they are)

Hopefully you like my build as much as I do. Not to toot my own horn, but I'd be lying if I said I don't feel a bit of pride for myself after putting this build together.

Cheers to everyone, and good night / morning (it's about 2:40 AM right now)

2016 Edit: No, I do not plan to upgrade to a 1080/1070 (or whatever comes after)

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Red_Eagle 2 points 39 months ago

AMAZING BUILD. Good luck with it.

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! I'm really glad how it turned out. The airflow is fantastic.

ABColonelPanic 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Looks great! Thermaltake has the best looking LED fans IMO. And good job keeping the cables out of sight:D

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks, I really appreciate it! I think building in this case the second time around let me see the best way I could route the cables. It's still not perfect, but so much better than what I had before.

I definitely recommend investing in some fans for your system. Maybe not as many as I have (if you like having a quiet PC), but definitely more than just the stock 200mm case fan and 120mm fans on the radiator. That'll bring your GPU a little extra air, bringing some cooler temps.

I'd also recommend getting a SP series fan from Corsair (with a red band, of course), putting that where you currently have the AF fan, and switch out the AF fan in place of the stock Corsair fan for your radiator. That should be better in terms of performance.

Tcc13c 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Love it man! It's hard to tell from the angle of the pictures, but would a longer graphics card like a gigabyte windforce have clearance issues with that front mounted radiator?

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago


I'd say that if it does fit, it would be an incredibly close fit. My graphics card is 28mm shorter than the G1 Gaming, so I'd imagine that there might be an incompatibility with having a front radiator and two fans in pull configuration.

Hopefully that helps. I'm glad that you like the build!

Cheers, CRS10114

Hooyah_DannyBoy 2 points 33 months ago

Hey nice build! I really like the asthetic!

And the pic of the old arrangement with the light shining through the grill, hitting the wall inthe dark was epic! Just wondering what the luna LED fans are for since they seem to be stacked on top of those riing fans in the front.

I don't see a rad so I'm assuming it's just for added light. Is there any turbulent noise? or does running them at the same rpm keep things smooth?

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

I'm surprised that you found literally the least popular version of this rig, and then posted on it. Not that I'm mad, just a little taken aback.

Anyway, thank you for the compliments!

If you look closely, because I must admit it is legitimately hard to see, there is a radiator in the front. I do have the Luna fans there for added light, but also for extra airflow. And to address your questions:

  1. Yes, there is noise (I mean, there's a ton of fans in there), but it isn't like you have to wear headphones or turn the speaker volume to max to hear anything. It's honestly an above-whisper-loud hum.

  2. I'm pretty sure that all the fans are similar RPMs, not sure they're exactly the same. Either way, I just like knowing that they're running at max always so there's no performance loss.

Hopefully that was informative enough. If you need me to elaborate, or have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. I love to help out as much as I can.

Cheers, CRS10114

P.S. - Here is the most popular version of my build (it's the first version) and here is the latest version of my build.

Hooyah_DannyBoy 2 points 33 months ago

oh yep I definitely liked the first build a lot! The new "final" build looks good, definitely better than this one. At least as far as pictures go.

I finally got my case in the mail. Super easy to build in. A tad bit disappointed in build quality, but that's what you get for a $50 case. Anyway, I put my old system in it - phenom 1090T on an asus board purely for form factor, with an upgrade to an R7 370 at a bargain to squeeze another year of life out of it while I save for a skylake/kabylake build with some nvidia cards. I'm definitely taking some ideas from your build!

I'm moving here in a week but I'll post some pics of the work in progress over the next few months. Maybe compare notes. I'm so out of the loop with hardware. It has progressed soooo much since 2011 lol :P

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Sounds like a plan! I'd be glad to help, especially with the hardware. Not to say I'm an authority on the subject, but I do know a thing or two about current hardware.

Honestly, the 1090T isn't a bad processor. Dated, sure, but not terrible for gaming so long as you don't try to pair it with a Titan X.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers, CRS10114

Edit: Just checked your saved parts lists... That's one hell of a build. If you'd like my two cents, let me know.

Hooyah_DannyBoy 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks man. It's quite frankly a dream build. What are you thinking? I'm definitely open to suggestions

The more I play with my phenom the more impressed I am. I am definitely seeing what you are saying. Ran cinebench and was pleasantly surprised...no OC yet either. Stock cool. I'm waiting until my move to order the custom water loop parts.

The main reason I want to upgrade the processor is mainly because I wanted a more compact system, but micro ATX boards that support my phenom are pretty limited when it comes to SLI and front header options etc. Having said that, I am going back and looking at full ATX mobos. If I find one that is a good deal and has great options I may stick with the 1090T for a few more years yet if it's reasonable to settle with 2x 980ti and not worry about bottlenecks. So if you know of any sleek looking small-ish ATX cases or Mobos that suit the purpose or can just tell me right now that the 980ti's are beyond what the 1090T can work with at full capacity have at it. (I'm looking to upgrade to 2k or 4k monitor) I'm all ears.

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

To start, I think that if you go anywhere above a single 980 Ti, the Phenom will become a problem. It's no slouch, but it certainly can't keep up with two 980 Ti's.

I decided to doctor up your build a little: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CRS10114/saved/ZqjYcf

I'm sure that you have stylistic choices, so you're bound to find something in that build you don't like (which is fine). That being said, let me explain some of the things I did to your build:

  1. Motherboard - Not only is the Gigabyte Gaming 5 cheaper than the ASUS GENE, it is on-par (if not better) in component quality. I kinda assumed that you're going for a red/black/white build, so this motherboard was an obvious choice. I'm not sure if you're limiting yourself on the amount you want to spend on this system, but the changes I made were mainly from a quality standpoint (price is considered, but not the absolute goal).

  2. CPU Cooler - I swapped the Gelid cooler you had because I can guarantee that that thing would not be able to effectively cool your CPU (especially if you overclocked it). That Phanteks cooler is fantastic for the price, and also has a nice style to it (again, assuming you're going for the RBW theme).

  3. RAM - I noticed you didn't have any RAM in your build... so I put some there. G.Skill makes great RAM, but in all honesty, choosing RAM is really comes down to what heatsink/color best meets your aesthetic expectations.

  4. PSU - One of my biggest pet peeves on this site is seeing people build a computer with a ****** PSU, and when it comes to PSU's, I always try to recommend SeaSonic whenever possible. SeaSonic is hands-down one of the best PSU manufacturers out there, and the X-series is not to be trifled with. Considering it's basically at the same price point as the EVGA 850 G2, I have little reason not to recommend the SeaSonic X-series 850W. No joke, that thing will likely last longer than your computer.

That about wraps things up for the mATX build. Now, because you asked, I also made an alternative ATX build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CRS10114/saved/rL3zK8

The NZXT S340 sounds like the case you're looking for. This build holds the same basic principles as the mATX one.

Let me know what you think, or if I need to clarify anything because I'm sure this wall of text was just a dream to sift through.

Cheers, CRS10114

nighteyes 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I'm looking at building similarly and using Riings too, though how well would the airflow be if I just used the 200mm in the front, 2 120 left side gpu fans (for the msi 980ti), the rear 140mm, and just a push config 240mm on the right?

Also, the feet on the bottom, what is the measurement from the edge of the feet to the other? The stand I'll be using is only 11.25" wide and want to make sure all 4 feet are sitting flush lol.

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

The airflow would be fine, seeing as how you've basically described the same setup as I do with the exception of the front intake being a 200mm fan. You should have no problems with airflow at all.

As for the feet, the length of the case is 16.7", and the feet are not that far away from the edges of the case. I would imagine that if your stand is 11.25" on all sides, the case would not likely fit. I don't have any measuring tools at the moment, but I can assure you that there would be overhang with the V21 on your stand. Sorry mate.

Anyway, that's about all I have to say on the subject. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

Cheers, CRS10114

nighteyes 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks for the quick response, the stand I am using should be long enough as it fits my current gigantic Corsair 600T's 4 feet. I figure there would be overhang but if the stump legs are sitting flush that would work. The stand platform measures about 16" and change long and 11.25" wide. hahaha, I'm sorry for making this complicated than it has to. I really want this case to work.

Thanks again man!

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CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

If I wanted to, I could add another four fans. I'm not going to, because this thing is a freaking box of wind lol.

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CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Holy crap, hey dude! Gotta say, I'm kinda surprised you commented on my build. And no, there is no stutter in the pronunciation lol. It's pronounced, "Tammy".

I don't really know what else there is to say... thanks for the +1, I'm glad you like it!

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