UPDATE Fully finished, photos updated! This case was a blast to work in, and damn those Riings put off such a pleasant glow!
Retired my old rig which was sporting an i5-3570k OC'd to 4.3ghz in a hulking 600T Corsair. Nothing wrong with it at all, but an opportunity came up to trade up as it were. My friend needed a new case desperately and always loved mine so I am selling it to him, and my brother was in dire need of upgrades but tight on a budget so I offered up my core components and using the proceeds to sink into the new gear to offset what I am paying out of my pocket
NOTE Still missing the 3 Riing fans and power supply, but went ahead anyways using my old power supply to make sure everything works as well as the two fans that did show up so I can see how everything works.
CASE: Thermaltake Core V21 As far as cube cases go, I originally wanted to build in an Air240...but womp womp my gpu was too tall for the side panel, so this was the runner up on my list. Had I known I was going to rebuild in a SFF'ish case I would have gotten a blower style reference card instead, but alas. I have high hopes for this case and it's ample cooling capabilities. Plus it is semi-minimalistic in the looks department which is what I wanted. Gone are the days where I would build in the wacky and zany looking "gamer" cases.
CPU: i5-6500 Decided I didn't need to overclock in this build and to keep costs lower. This chip should pair nicely with the 980ti nevertheless.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8gb DDR4-2666 Great deal when buying with the cpu for $25 off so the ram ended up being only $38 bucks instead of $60. Works for me!
PSU: FSP HydroG 750watt yeah this seems a bit overkill for a non overclocking single GPU setup, but the price was way nice after the $20 mail in rebate.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170mx I know I know, the first thing someone is going to say "why did you get a i5-6500 with this board instead of a 6600k??" well I originally went with a MSI B150M Gaming pro which come to find out has absolutely zero reviews out and the little literature I can find have people commenting to "run for the hills". I don't plan to OC anytime soon nor go SLI due to PSU limitation and well...budget, but at the end of the day I feel I'm better off going with known quality with ample room to expand down the road then hold my breath and hope for the best lol. I've been building since 2000 so I should know better than to skimp out on a quality motherboard especially when I've already gotten a Tier 1 Gold PSU and quality ram. So it added $70 extra to the overall build cost, but I know it's at least a quality board in the eyes of the consumers and reviewers for it's price.
Case fans: 3x Thermaltake Riing 14 (white led) and 2x Cougar (also white led) 140mm air flow Yes I mix matched but I felt it shouldn't be too bad. I wanted the cougars to be on the GPU side panel blowing intake onto the card, and the 3 Riings on the rear exhaust and other side panel. The view panel will be on top so I can look down into the case. Hopefully the 2 cougars and the stock 200mm (may replace later on with 2 120mm cougars) on intake should help promote a positive pressure system. If need be, I'll hook the Riings up to their supplied low noise adapters but I'll see how it all works out first.
Items carried over
GPU: MSI 980Ti Gaming 6g I love this hulking beast but in hindsight I would have gotten a blower style had I known for sure I was building into a smaller form factor
SSD/HDD: Samsung 850Evo 500gb & Seagate 2tb 7200RPM Nothing much to say but these do the job just fine haha
Sound: Trusty Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD I'm too stubborn to give up the ghost with this sound card. Maybe it's because I paid way too much on a sound card...I think a few more years and I'll have gotten my money's worth ;) Love the optical input from my PS4.
Speakers/Headphones: Corsair SP2500 2.1 and Sennheiser HD 598 Speakers sound amazing to my ears along with these headphones. Maybe it's because of the sound card, I am no professional audiophile
Keyboard/Mouse: 2013 Blackwidow & Logitech Performance MX No complaints here. Tried and true, gets the job done while making my roommate's aural life a living hell with the CLACKING that resonates the ancient Victorian house we rent a few rooms out of. hahaha