Description

My goal for this build was: i want a powerful, relatively silent and great looking gaming build. All in a small case.

This case (Core V21) is awesome, you can personalize it like you want. You can rotate the entire system, the side panels are interchangeable, the Thermaltake logo can rotate because it's magnetic and the front IO can be moved to every side. It also have 2 massive magnetic dust filters and a removable dust filter for the PSU. The case is really solid and all in metal (the only part made of plastic are the sides of the front panel).

Since i don't do overclock and i need a mATX board i've chosen the MSI B250 Mortar that has a nice design, all the features that i need, it's cheep and it's one of the few mATX MOBOs compatible with Kaby Lake.

I went for Kaby Lake because in Italy it has the same price of Skylake.

Choosing the RAM has been long but I managed to find a RAM that is 2400 MHz AND CL12 to overcome the limitation of the motherboard (B250 MOBOs support max 2400 MHz with Kaby Lake and 2133 MHz with SkyLake).

I've chosen the Aorus 1080 Ti because is one of the cheapest between the custom 1080 Tis. It costs 766€ while the EVGA costs 928€... It's overclocked on the clock at 1736 MHz and boost uo to 2037 MHz, the memory is overclocked at 11446.

For the PSU i've chosen the EVGA because it's 80 plus Gold and i'ts a good PSU from a good producer.

Despite the hot weather temperature where i live and the small size of the case i read temps in line with full tower case temps. This temps are allowed by the AIO cpu cooler, by some fans and thanks to the massive cooling system built into the Aorus. I could have lower temps by accelerating the fans but i make a tradeoff for a much silent pc.

Case Mods:

To cover the giant hole between the motherboard and the front fan i 3D printed a plate with holes for the 24pin, USB 3.0 header and SATA. I've embedded the Microsoft Wireless Adapter into the front and I pierced one side to be able to press the pairing button. Just below the front I/O header I put a switch to toggle the 200mm fan's leds. I placed a painted filter on the grill in the bottom panel. Front panel painted and fixt it with screw.

Hope you enjoy Red Shine.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

TT Core V21 is an awesome case and my situation is similar to yours. It's very hot in São Paulo/Brazil (35C or more in summer). I used this case in my build too (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/XrzMnQ) but had gone in horizontal layout due to huge air cooler (Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK). We actually have same PSU too :).

Loved the adaptations you have done in the case. I'll certainly to same for my future Xbox One adapter and the plate.

Awesome build. Congrats!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well executed. Absolutely love thar case

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That's cool. I like cube builds, want to do one myself but I have to wait for my build to get old enough to do it! Nice lookin.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I built a casemodded cube too... It's on. Posting it tomorrow.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

These types of cases are perfect for mods, also because you need to mod it. I will wait the link to your build :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks as if you connected all of the cables to your PSU yet you have a fully modular PSU. So how is there such a large mess in the rear of your case?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

well, about that and since I have same case I can tell that it don't have a lot of space to do cable management.

I would recommend remove the HDD tray and use side bays that come with the case so you can have more space for cable management :).

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I use half of the cable supplied with the PSU, the problem is that every cable has a extension attached and make every cable really long. I've bought extensions because Cable Mod's prices are too high.

On the other hand, the compartment where the cables are is hidden and is not visible, so I don't care much about this. In any case, it was not possible to clamp even more the cables since I don't want to remove the HDD cage, I even tried to put some cables behind the front cover.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok thank for clearing that up.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely lovely and I like what you did with your red paint on your front mesh. Nice work and you have my one.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! In the end it's simple, I used duct tape and a spry can :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course. :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

man, this **** is FRESH. finally something that isn't flashy yet still has LED's. good meme dude

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

you should swap the nocuta intake with the nzxt radiator fan, the noctua fan has better static pressure

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea but the Kraken's temp are fine and I need a really good fan in the front due to the filtered mesh

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

your radiator has much higher resistance than that mesh, believe me

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye Tony two fans this is a nice build +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case +1!

Awesome build will probably use the same one on my upcoming build, Question though is the magnet on the front of the case completely removable?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

can you take a pic of the military models?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ciao! Anche io sono italiano e ti volevo chiedere, oltre a farti i complimenti più grandi per la cablatura meravigliosa, e i cavi sleevati geniali... Come trovi la scheda madre? Hi, I'm also italian and i really like yoir rig's appereance, really good idea of using sleeved cables... What about the motherboard? Is It a quality mobo?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build, very creative with the case and mods! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your i5 7600 doing with your 1080 ti? I have an i5 7600k, and am thinking about pairing it up with GTX 1080 ti. Not sure how it will perform.