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Or rather....my Cube of Gold.

CASE: I wanted something portable, and the Thermaltake Core V1 is just perfect for that. At first I thought the case was going to be too small for good cable management and airflow. Boy was I wrong; the build was just as easy as any larger case, and the case even fits 3.5" drives (which not all mini-ITX cases do). Plus, the fact that Thermaltake chose to put the window on top is an added bonus.

CPU: An i5 would have more more than sufficient for gaming, but I want to future-proof this build for as long as I can. Overclocked at 4.8Ghz, my 7700k sits idly at under 25 C, and having an AIO water cooler really helps keeps those temperatures down.

COOLER: I was surprised that I was able to make the H80i v2 fit into this tiny case. As you can see from the photos, there's minimal room for the two hoses. It works very well though.

GPU: I've been using my 1070 since November '16. I expected to see a minor performance jump going from a 4770k to a 7700k while in gameplay, but I really don't see a difference. The 1070, however, is a decent card for 1440p gaming at >60 FPS, and it is amazing for 1080p gaming.

RAM: 32GB RAM is definitelty overkill, but I had accidentally ordered a 1x16 stick. Since I wanted to symmetry, I wound up getting another one. Clocking them to 3200 Mhz in the BIOS was a piece of cake too.

MOBO: Word of advice for those purchasing this mobo: update the BIOS as soon as you can. You may run into issues with RAM >2133Mhz. One thing I am worried about is that the m.2 slot is underneath the board, where there is no airflow at all. In retrospect, I would have purchased a board with the m.2 slot on the front. Overall, though, it does it's job perfectly, and the EVGA BIOS is very user friendly.

STORAGE: With m.2 drives being fairly new, I wanted to give one a try. I was expecting a faster boot time than a traditional SSD, but it turns out it's the same; my boot time takes 9 seconds because the BIOS takes a while to load. I'd say if you aren't going to be transferring files from one drive to another, save some money and get a regular SSD. I went with a 3.5" drive since 2.5" 7200RPM drives are crazy expensive. I already have 2/3 TB filled with games, and they load with ease.

FANS: You cannot go wrong with Noctua fans. I have these set to 1650 RPM using one of the included adapters and they don't make any sound.

MONITORS: Yes, you can get a 144hz Acer monitor for sub-$200 USD. Yes, you can get a 1440p monitor for cheaper as well. But, you cannot get a 1ms 164hz 1440p G-Sync monitor for as cheap or as good as this one. One monitor is more than sufficient, and I had orginally planned on using regular 1080 monitors for the left and right. Any monitor I tried out with one S2417DG, though, had an uneven bezel. It bothered me so much that I splurged and purchased three. If I were you, I'd get one S2716DG. I would have gotten three of those, but I do not have the space for that.

CUSTOMIZATION: To make the mini-ITX case more appealing, I decided to dip part of it gold. It contrasts very nicely with the black case and hardware within the case. Plus, if I get tired of the color eventually, it is completely peelable. Totally customize your case to make it yours.

OVERALL: I have to say, building this was extremely satisfying. Some aspects are a bit overkill, but it's always better to have more than to have less. If any of you are planning on doing a mini-ITX build, I hope my build helps you with ideas.

TEMPS UNDER LOAD I used Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at 1440p ultra settings to perform a stress test on CPU and GPU. The GPU temps stayed at a constant 65C , while the CPU mainly stayed in between 43C and 49C, with few drops in the high 30s and spikes in the low 50s.


EDIT 3/5/19: GPU UPGRADE I saw this 1080 Ti going for $500 and I jumped the gun. Compared to the 1070 I originally had in this build, the Ti is one heck of a beast. The only downside is that it sounds like an apache helicopter under full load.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Paint job looks like it might peel in the future.

Nice car btw

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the exact reason why I used plasti dip over paint. My preferred color scheme tends to change raster than the top speed of the vette.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, that corvette is awesome! And the PC is just as good, if not better. You did an amazing job with this.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you like them both.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Watch out! A leprechaun may steal that computer.

Anyways awesome build. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

THIS BUILD IS 24 KARAT RICH!!!

It is DESERVING enough to be FEATURED!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is absolute gold. Man, it even meets the 80+ Gold Certification on the PSU.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and excellent temps with just the 80mm exhausts. I found I was having to turn my 80mms up too high (ie too loud) to get good cooling and so switched to a 120mm exhaust.

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Do you think 2 120mm fans would fit on the side panel? I love how your fan matches the case btw.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I think they would but you'd have to find somewhere else to mount that HDD

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that monitor and really like it, TN panel doesn't bother me but wow, do three of them look amazing. Excuse me while I mop my drool up off the floor here...

Do you do triple monitor gaming on it? One 1070 seems a bit light-weight for a triple 1440 setup (having a 1070 myself and even then only occasionally making use of all 144Hz of pixel-refreshing goodness).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I occasially play older games on the triple setup like Portal 2. One 1070 cannot handle more than one screen with games on ultra settings. I hope one day the time comes where there's a GPU out there that can handle that.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it. It seems that even on my one monitor, I have to be playing an older game or with reduced settings to push above 100fps to take advantage of the high refresh rate.

For my own curiosity. I did some quick google calcs. It seems that by # of pixels, a triple wide 1440p array has more pixels than 4k (assuming I did my math right). I don't think even a 1080Ti would be able to do that. Still, I'll bet Portal 2 looks great on that setup. While some of the magic of the first had maybe rubbed off, it was a much more cinematic game and I can imagine how that must be.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm with your CPU cooler. I ❤ it

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you did there;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATURE THIS. That Tri-monitor display is pure gold. just like everything else in this build. although, at this kind of price, I think that a custom loop is necessary. I think that it is pretty funny that you included the sales tax on it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Same honestly. However, I'd be too worried that a custom loop may malfunction while I travel with this.

Thanks for the feature recommendation!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That build looks amazing. +1

Which corvette model is that?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the 2003 50th Anniversary Vette.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

what are your temps would like to know

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I did a little budget ITX in that case with a copper theme. They should get together and hang out.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish my dad had ur ocd (32gb ram to be symmetrical )

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the use of that form factor for the case! I really think it is a good idea. Yitbos.