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I've been following builds for other Core V1's for quite a while and slowly amassed parts here and there to finally build my own!

Fairly standard Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX build. I've been a huge fan (no pun intended) of this case since I first knew of its existence and knew this had to be my first build. I debated between processors (i5-4690K, G3258) for a long time and finally settled in the middle on an i3. Its running great and will be more than adequate for this build.

Overkill is underrated when it comes to water coolers. I don't care what anyone says, this thing looks awesome in there and well worth the slight premium over your standard air cooler. I have set it up in a push/pull fashion, like other builders. The trickiest part of the whole build was actually just mounting the radiator to the front of the chassis (pics to come). I had scoured online to find out how exactly others had done this to no avail. Simple solution: I ended up running to the hardware store and buying some 6/32-3/8" screws to mount the radiator; I then mounted the included fan to the 'back' of the radiator to pull air through and into the case. I replaced the front 200mm fan with a blue LED Cooler Master to add some color to the build and match the blue IO light as I've seen others do.

The solid state drive is a must for fast boots to Windows - a luxury not afforded on my 6 year old laptop. Standard 2TB Hybrid drive for storage.

Now just waiting for the new Radeon RX 480 to drop (next week!)[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150770]. Slapping that into this little rig will allow me to easily play all my core older titles (CS:GO, Rocket League, AoE, CoH, BF4, etc...) plus even new games!

Since this was my first build a lot of things were new to me, but leading up to the build I spent countless hours on YouTube watching reviews, tutorials and info videos (thanks LinusTechTips!). I also read many, many, many reviews across forums and on PC component sites (Newegg, Amazon, here on pcpartpicker). I also read the manuals for all parts and still was able to complete this build in around 3 1/2 hours (including running to the hardware store and stopping for food!). There is something supremely satisfying about building your own machine and having everything run smooth when you click it on!

I looked around for a long time and finally settled on this solid build. If you're looking to get a quick machine for office use with a little super solid gaming thrown in, look no further! I will be posting more pictures and am more than happy to answer any questions about the build, or about new builds in general for fellow first-time builders!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

+ Radeon RX 480

WHERE?! I CLAIM PRIMA NOCTA!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a trap! The fine print details it will be here next week :) Newegg just posted their listings today.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. I want to get the rx asap

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You've got a good build here to start with! I also cannot wait for the RX 400 Series of GPUs.

Another thing: I would suggest upgrading to an i5 or i7 sometime down the road, since a lot of games are going to demand Quad-Cores to run them properly.

Otherwise, Excellent work!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir! I bought the Z97 mobo for the OC feature on K chips with the intent to upgrade to the i5-4690K in the future. Should have just bought the i5 to begin with but I was being cheap!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest since you've already gotten the i3, just jump to the i7 Down the road, Unless you aren't doing streaming or Video editing, since those Hyper-Threaded Cores won't do much for gaming.

Nevertheless, looking forward to your update down the road!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Down the road we all gooooooo

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Quite An Aesthetically Pleasing Case.

Upvote For The Beautiful Build Sir,

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey so did you manage to fit the RX 480 inside the case?? I heard it was a really long GPU...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, congrats! I've been very interested in this case too, but none of my friends have it lol so I'll ask you: is it possible to shove those cables on that small space right beside of the PSU? I'm planning a build here but ain't sure I'll be able to get a modular or semi modular PSU, but don't want cables laying all around

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very awesome case, I recommend it! And yes, there is a nice pocket of room to stuff all the cables in front of the PSU. Plus, every single side of the case is removable so cable management is a breeze. I'll put up some more pics once I get the GPU installed and you can see. With that said, a modular PSU would be nice! I have 3 HDD power/molex connectors that are just taking up space.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for replying, I just saw that you have the EVGA 700w Bronze PSU that isn't modular, right? I intend to get the EVGA 500w, hope there's a way to hide all those cables. I wanna get some sleeved extensions for the mobo, CPU and GPU cables, it would suck if all the "ugly" cables were laying around. Please post some more pics when you get the GPU, I'll be looking forward to it :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent ITX build, is the Corsair H60 compatible with automatic fan control, or does it run full blast all the time without a manual fan controller?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What is recommended and what I've done is plug the pump into a continuous power header - in my case the chassis fan header- and then make sure in the BIOS/UEFI that the header is set to run at full speed all the time. This is recommended as the pump will run best when it is powered continuously. Then plug the fan into the CPU fan port where it can be controlled based on CPU temps/load. (Note: I have my actual 200mm chassis fan plugged straight into a molex connector-the Cooler Master fan even came with a handy adapter).

Not only does the H60 look great but its keeping my CPU nice and cool (~25 right now while surfing the web).

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Do you have any more pics of the fan/ cooler set up. I'm rocking the stock intel cooler and the stock 200mm fan. but like you i want to upgrade. My build is similar to yours, I'm waiting for my Sapphire RX 480 Nitro to ship currently.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delay, I havent logged in much after my build! The fan setup is one thing I was most curious about too. I will update my listing with some more pics soon!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey bro is your fan in radiator intake or exhaust just asking noob here hehe

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