Description

Overkill for what i need now as i only game at 1080p but i wanted something that would last me a good few years. I game on a 42" TV and i will be buying a decent (low lag) 4k TV with the next few month. I also like to be able to turn every setting up to max.

Processor: Overclocked to 4.4ghz and runs like a dream. I nearly bought an i7 for fear of bottlenecking but i really don't see that happening. Could always upgrade down the line if need be.

CPU Cooler: Very quiet. Processor sits at about 38-39c on idle and gets up to about 69-70c while gaming. Little hotter than i would like. I may downclock the CPU to around 4.0ghz to see if that drops the temps a little.

RAM: More than enough to last me a few years.

Motherboard: Has good reviews and allows me to OC the processor.

Storage: Would like more total storage but SSD's are expensive. Got the 480GB on Amazon prime day for £92.99 which was an absolute bargain. Boots to windows in about 10 seconds. Once windows 10 is released on the 29th of July i will be installing that.

PSU: Read good reviews for this PSU and it was in the top tear lists. Made by seasonic and very reliable (So im told!)

Case: My second build with this case. Excellent little case. Easy to work with and looks good. Word of warning though. The MSI GTX 980 ti JUST fits into this case. It was VERY difficult to connect the power cables to the GPU. The side vents have no dust filters so i made some with a pair of tights (Not mine!) I used magnetic tape and stretched the tights around it. Works perfectly. You can see in one of the pictures.

GPU: Its a monster! What can i say. I only game at 1080p and its runs everything with all the bells and whistles. As you would expect it too! I've used a few other GPU's in the past 6 months. MSI R9 290x, Sapphire R9 280, ASUS Strix GTX 970 and this 980 TI. The has the least amount of coil whine. I can hardly hear it. Some games it has none! The 970 had quite a bit and was really annoying! It's seems all GPU's have it to some extent these days. I have not OC'ed the GPU as i don't see the point at 1080p. Once i get a 4K TV i probably will. GPU runs at about 32c on idle and around 65-75c underload which is fine.

If you have any questions about anything please let me know! Once again thanks to everybody here at pcpartpicker. Such a wealth of information! Makes building a PC so much easier!

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

69-70 degrees is ok for the CPU to get

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll leave my OC as it is then. Wasn't sure! Thanks

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

I personally don't let mine go above 60. 70 seems very high to me, and I would recommend clocking the CPU down. It's not worth frying it for the marginal performance boost (if any).

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll maybe set my CPU fan speed a bit higher. Can't really hear the CPU cooler at the min. If that doesnt bring the temp down a bit i'll possibly down clock it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see the motherboard flexing in the fifth picture O.o

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it. Should i be worried?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it look really bad in person?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. I did notice it. its just a couple of mm's. Did a bit of research online and they can flex a little without being damaged.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, Im so very impressed that you managed to fit that GPU in there!

What do you think of the V1 in hindsight? Im looking for an itx/sff case, and cant decide between this and the Node 304...

Thanks in advance!

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This is the second time i've built a machine using the Core V1 and its an excellent case. Very small. Thats the main reason i used this case. its size!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the clear case fan? Does it light up?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

When i first bought the case the 200mm fan was faulty. Made a clicking sound. I emailed Thermaltake and they sent me that fan. It has blue LED's. I will probably replace it with a coolermaster mega flow at some stage as they are a little bit quieter. Thermaltakes customer service was excellent as well. They were very quick in sending me a new one.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a bit late to see this, I found the 200mm fan that came with my case which is the same as yours too noisy as well. I was unable to adjust the speed in the bios and realised this was because it was only three pins.

You can purchase a Zalman Fanmate 2 for ~£3 and manually adjust the speed, it becomes inaudible then when your pc is idling or for general use and turn it up for gaming. The Coolermaster is quieter because it runs slower.

In fact if you've already purchased the cooler master, if you live near London could I purchase your 200mm fan off you?

I gave you a +1 btw, nice cpu cooler as well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually damaged my 200mm fan when trying to figure out how to silence it, I took the front panel off and accidentally clipped one of the pins to the fan which damaged the blades and alignment of the fan. I've been running without a fan for several months now with no problem.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I live in the North east of England. Its a little bit of a trek! Haha.

I'll take a look at the Zalman Fanmate.

Would be nice to be able to adjust the speed!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, it's cheaper for me to fly to europe on Ryanair or easyjet than go to yours by train.

In normal use you could probably have the fan running at the slowest or switched off

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! Are you still fine with the 4690K or moving to an i7?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

More than happy with the CPU. I've not even considered upgrading. Can't see what more i would get from the i7.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Also is the 980 ti any larger than the 970? I am thinking about my 3rd build and using this case.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it's quite large. Not so much length wise but height. Its a much taller card. Very tight fit in this particular case. It can be done but you have to be very careful with the power cables.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you a lot for taking the time and making this thread. It has helped out a lot of people I help over at reddit.com/r/buildapc.

Any update on your experience with the case/980ti?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Your welcome. I'm glad its helped people out! All seems fine. 980ti gets a little hotter than i would like (Around 75-77c) but nothing to really worry about.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello- how is the Noctua cpu cooler working with overclocking so far? I'm just building a decent future proof PC with the same case and Noctua cpu cooler- wondering if i need to swap up to liquid cooling.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the very late response! I don't come on very often. It seems to work well. Mid 60's at full load which I'm happy enough with! Liquid would be cooler but probably more hassle. Hope your build went/is going well!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the very late response. I didn't adapt the case in any way but it was a VERY tight fit. Took me ages to connect the power cables. That was the hardest part. Have you been able to sort it yet?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Your most welcome. I'm glad you like the case. Its amazing what you can fit in there! Hope your build goes smoothly. If i can help let me know! I'll try to log in more often!

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