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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.

New Rig

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

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

i demand more pics/10

also why didn't you opt to keep the watercooler in the tighter case? did you sell it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I decided to send it off with the case since my friend who's getting the case will be putting his i7-3770k in there and he was using his cough stock cooler currently haha. I decided against water cooling mainly since I am not going to be OC'ing and was able to shave $50 off the build going with that sick looking white phanteks cooler :P

More pics coming don't worry haha. At the last second last night I had decided to just finish up the build using my current PSU instead of waiting, otherwise I would have added more progress pics. It was mad late when I ended up in bed and am now regretting that decision...ZZzzZZZZZ

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You wanted more pics? I got more pics! :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW! Looks fabulous all lit up. Great job. Congrats!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking setup! love it when parts are traded back and fourth, feels like a proper community. I have the BLue switches too but on a M95... Was forced to soundproof room to stop complaints xD

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The worst part about upgrading/rebuilding is the whole wasted parts thing. I would rather see every part that is still usable keep being used one way or another. The only part I would not cry to see go to the recycling bin in the sky is the OCZ power supply....coil whine city while gaming lol.

Pretty much every build I've done in the past 10 years in some way or another is still in use. My boyfriend has my 2007 rig which I've upgraded with my hand-me-down i5-2500k, p67 mobo and one of the gtx760 SLI setup I just replaced with the 980ti. My brother is getting the other gtx760 to replace his 9800gtx and he's getting the i5-3570k and z77x mobo/ram. My biggest fear of course is parts suddenly giving up the ghost the moment I hand them down lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I often do the same for clients when i build. Ill offer them at extreme discounts with a seal that insures them for at least 5 years (If i have the original part number) Many people love the discounted price, only had one "Fail" but coil whine doesnt mean i cant mount it! (Old GFX card.) just threw him a 570 since he does office work only.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, the psu has been working stronk since I originally purchased it, and the whine didn't poke it's head until I got the 980ti. Generally it starts at any fps over 60, so vsync gets rid of or at least quiets it down a good deal. I myself am quite sensitive to those noises even with my headphones on...womp womp open back LOL. I may toss it in my parent's computer since their case came with a 400watt POS PSU lol. at least then I can stick an older gpu in it so they aren't stuck with integrated video :<

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know which Gigabyte mobo that is, but it's not the GA-Z170mx. The GA-Z170mx is a black and red themed board and is a mATX form factor. That's a full ATX board with blue headsinks on the chipset. Did you upload the wrong images?

Edit Awesome headphones. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

that's the old system haha. That had the z77x-ud3h. that was up there to show the gutted system. And thanks, I love these headphones. I have one of the mod mics so I can have the best of both worlds in terms of voice chat or pluck them off when just listening to tunes or movies.

I'm going to throw up more images tonight once I get the actual PSU I ordered installed, along with the rest of the case fans that should be being delivered any time now. I guess I should have made a visual note on the image LOL

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I fixed the image so it is now properly labeled which system is which :3

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I like the V21 versatility and layout. Was considering one for myself but wanted something even more compact. Is quality/finish good on this case?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems a bit fragile in terms of scratch-ability lol so be gentle and try not to drag it on any rough surfaces, along with the window panel. Otherwise, I am really digging the finish, it feels like it wants to be in a home theater setup (though the fractal node 804 is a nicer home theater feel but I digress lmao). I've only had thing case out of the box for less than 24 hours so time will tell.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. I tend to be rough when moving stuff around, so maybe it's too "delicate" for me :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like some may say "it's not you, it's me".

Got the SG10 and scratched it accidentally while assembling :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ouch man, ya you want to treat the side panels with a little TLC haha. How you digging the SG10?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice. Compact but tight. A little heavier than expected, but fits into my carry-on baggage (although my wife thinks I'm crazy).

No regrets :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice build! I absolutely love that case ... very roomy to build in. Is it me or does that 200mm fan make a lot of noise? I'm ripping it out on Saturday when I put my sleeved cables in. It's the loudest fan in my entire rig.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly haven't noticed all that much. I put the low noise adapters on the three Riing fans since they were a bit wooshy at full speed, now the system is noticeable but not nearly as loud as my old H100 loud *** pump LOL

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That 200mm in mine is the loudest fan in my entire rig. I'm ripping it out his weekend when I put my sleeved cables in.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: New photos, fully finished, new PSU in, all fans installed, cable management could be a bit tighter but my finger tips are numb! hahaha. This case was an absolute blast to work in and so easy. My roommate walked in, turned around and walked out and ordered one...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Im working on my build same motherboard and cpu lol Im using a corsair h80i v2 cause i got a good deal on it $50.00 plan on upgrading to a i7 6700k later down road just waiting to buy a 1070 and case fans to come in

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build and nice fan setup!

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