Description

This was my first ever PC build, after watching quite a few tech videos on youtube I wanted to give it a shot.

I reached for something that was compact, able to handle medium productivity workload and has decent gaming capabilities... and didn't completely slaughter my wallet.

Starting point was a build guide I found on Youtube (props to Ed from techsource, check out his stuff, its great) and I switched some parts here and there, depending on what was available easily and did fit the build.

It all worked out pretty well and I am very happy with the result.

Notes:

  • I used the white version of the listed monitor (couldn't find it here), it's the Samsung S27E391H.

  • Same with the speakers, I used the white version of those listed... they are not too powerful by the way, I expected a bit more here.

  • The Termaltake 200mm fan doesn't come with the right screws which wasn't a problem since I was able to use the screws that came with the case's fan.

  • For the 80mm fans on the back I used regular steel screws because I was not clever enough to realize that the short screws that came with the fan go in from the back, so that should work too...

  • I plugged the 200mm fan to the mainboard and the two 20mm fans to the PSU. However, using the Y splitter that came with the PSU and plugging one fan to each ends of the Y didn't work; only one fan worked properly, the other seemed to not get enough power. Plugging both on the same end of the Y splitter solved the problem.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW very bright battle station. white keyboard and mouse too! I bet the Cheeto dust makes it all orange soon (sarcasm)

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for your comment! I guess that dust will come sooner or later, still I couldn't resist to go with all white periphals... just looks too good, at laest when their new; and who knows maybe even with a touch of orange on them ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I like how you coordinated all the parts and accessories to be white, that's pretty cool. I'm about to use that case for a friends build, how was it to build in?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for your comment!

Well to be honest, since it was my first build ever, I don't have a lot to compare it with.

Anyhow I really liked the case and building in it. Everything seemed to make sense, even the side and top panels are interchangable. Also the overall quality of the case seemed good, also the manual helps out here and there... its not super fancy I guess but I think the value you get for your buck is pretty good. And when building in it I didnt get into major problems of any kind.

I reccomend checking al the specs of the case on Thermaltakes' website, especially to check clearance. I almost ordered a too high CPU cooler, after checking what the case supports I went with a topblow. I am not sure If you can cram in every graphics card without running into issues (probably not), there too the case probably has its limits due to its compact size. I found out that there is a slightly longer but still quite compact case by Thermaltake (core V21), so maybe if you want to go with a bigger graphics card you can check that one out too.

Hope this answer helps =)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Ice Cube 2.0

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks =)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You've got 2 pretty nice builds there, I like them a lot!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Did you have any trouble with the Corsair CSM 550W PSU and this case? I've never done a mini ITX build before and I hope everything will fit.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for your comment! No troubles at all with the PSU I used and the case, it fits nicely... So there shouldn't be any problems. Have fun with your build :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

what do u think of this monitor input lag?

i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse DOES the screen move at the same time?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there =) Well I dont have too much experience since I never used a high refresh rate / high resolution / low response time gaming monitor but I think it is fine; at least I didn`t notice anything laggy about it.

hope this helps

cheers

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like this motherboard only support one cpu fan header and one case fan header.

I would suggest you plug the 80mm using a splitter to either of them to minimize the noise of theses.

80mm are making lot of noise no matter the model. I would even suggest you remove as the 200mm should be enough to create a positive pressure and also keep dust out. With the 200mm in pwm and the 80 100% you are negative pressure in that case.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there

Thanks for your comment. You're right about the 80 fans, they are quite noisy and plugging them directly into the PSU is not ideal since they run on full load all the time... but since they are not PWM, if the RPM gets reduced, the nice blue light weakens as well, thats why I went with the direct PSU connection.

But as you said, for noise level not ideal at all