Description

Hi guys,

I'm proud to introduce you Porygon, a newborn Core v1 computer ;) It has been built for gaming & work. The mini-ITX is a good format nowadays, it's ligther, nicer and easier to carry.

The 1080 gtx is a bit overkill but not that much because Porygon's screen is a 2560x1440 and because all games are GPU bound.

The processor choice (i5 7600k) is a smart choice considering that Hyper-threading wont help me at all. No video encoding, no VM, ... just some games. Moreover, the overclock capabilities of this i5 are amazing. It's actually OCed at 4.3ghz but you could set easily a higher value according to last reviews.

A word on lights, I'm using a Cablemod LED Strip Hybrid Kit 60cm + another strip of 30 cm. It's a combination of UV + RGB leds. I have sleeved the CPU cables with UV reactive sleeves sold by mod-one.

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is the one to buy for gaming purpose. i7 is really overkill. Keep your money for GPU.

CPU Cooler

A bit disappointed by this CPU cooler. The thermal paste is a bit cheap so i have replaced it by the well-known artic silver 5. Moreover, the backplate is build with plastic and it has been slightly damaged when screwing. Except those 2 minor point, the CPU cooling is more than efficient.

Motherboard

Just awesome. Easy bios, easy OC, easy control on LED, neutral design. (Initialy, I bought a GA-Z170N-WIFI... what a mistake. No heatsinks on mosfet so no OC and even CPU throttling on the stock version.) Don't do the same mistake and buy this Z270I please.

Storage

One of the best SSD today

Video Card

Awesome. It fits really well in Core v1 case and performance are better than the founders edition. Moreover, it's quiet on desktop. It's obviously different when you launch games like Ark ;)

Case

Everybody love this case and I can't agree more. Nice, little, easy to mount... thanks Thermaltake.

Power Supply

Cables are a bit long for mini-ITX cases... But that was expected. Except this minor issue, this PSU is a good choice. Eco-mode, black cables, black psu, ...

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 7 points

Im pretty sure thats not how you put on thermal paste it looks like you tore off a peice of duct tape and used that as a thermal paste solution

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thanks ;) Btw, the thermal paste is reallllly dark. When we see pictures, we believe that there is 1cm layer of paste whereas its very thin

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Still there is no need for that amount of thermal paste...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The layer is very thin. You never fill the whole surface ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

The general rule of thumb is a small amount in the center no larger than a pea :) When the paste heats up it will spread and cover the entirety of the CPU. But as long as the paste doesn't seep out the sides then you should be safe.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Ok, thanks for the detailed info ! It didnt seeped out so everything is ok then. Next time, i will follow your advice ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't need to...

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

but can it run crysis?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

What the hell is this, an alien machine? +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case's big brother and I absolutely love it! Great build, I really like the UV lights! :-)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you ;) I'm pretty happy with those UV lights. It's really efficient and it enable to light up the case without having a christmas tree at home year-round.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Love what you did with the aio tubes +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is a very strange request but can you measure how tall is the metal housing for the wifi card? Is it smaller than the I/O Shield? From your pictures it seems to be taller than the RAM, which is 31mm. Thanks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I will try to measure it anytime soon ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just 1mm taller than RAM ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, really appreciate it. It means that it could fit in my case. Thanks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build, you inspired me to go for a mini ITX set up. Do the lights on the ram side of the mobo stand out at all? I would like to use this one in my build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi ajs0108, I'm happy that Porygon inspired you ;) Compared to UV + RGB Led, the lights are not really standing out. If you want a nice result, you should consider buying a Led strip or some Led fans.

The motherboard's advantages are the +1 system fan header, all the heatsinks that enable a big overclocking and the neutral design. It's maybe the best mini-ITX motherboard today. (But not for lights ;))

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. This board looks amazing regardless of the lights. Thanks for the response!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

$18 for Windows 10, hmm.....

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

OEM W10 keys, you can find some on Google

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I like what you did with the black lights and white sleeve. Just a suggestion, slice the sleeve longways and wrap around the water cooler tubes. You can attach with hot glue or any type of adhesive really. I promise that will look soooo much better. Nice job!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the clearance for the GPU power cable? I'm curious as I am looking into buying this case and I have the EVGA GTX 1080 CLASSIFIED which is taller than a normal card.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I re-created this build with an i7 and a EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, I got it to work, but the cables have to be bent fairly sharply. I'm not worried about it actually damaging the cables though.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks for the reply. I forgot I asked about this. xD Went with a different case at the end of the day, but thanks again. :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build love what u did with the LEDs on the CPU coolers tubes gonna do something similar with my build but can't figure out what strip that is lol a link would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance :) +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N68381E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Get these as well as the 60cm extension, it will wrap all the way around the top of the case.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate it looks really good

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Also what did you use for the aio leds

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You said that you wouldn't recommend a GA-H170N-WIFI because it suffers from throttling, since the MOSFETs (?) have no heatsink. I also noticed that the Z270 equivalent has an almost identical design, and wondered where the MOSFET heatsink goes, especially since there was an issue for you. Also, are you sure if the error was unique to you or not?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey @dropyonder,

The throttle issue on the z170n-wifi has been noticed by a lot of reviewers : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3118981/thermal-throttling-motherboard-chipset-gigabyte-z170n-wifi.html The gigabyte and msi 270 have heatsinks on MOSFETs.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, it's with the Z170, not H170, right? Anyway, it looks fine to me otherwise; your build is nice. I am just about to build a similar PC.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this case magnetic? I want to install a magnetic light strip on it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

TIL Artic Silver is in fact NOT silver/grey colored, it's brown... SO, I will be getting the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, because it is newer.

+1 for the build btw ;)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Look beautiful when lit up. I have one with the same case. Did you have to mod the case to fit the video card? I'll be upgrading to a 1080 Ti eventually, and it seems a few people (including yourself have been able to fit cards above the recommended maximum length.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you overclock with this Sorry I'm new to building

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Remind me of the last time I ever saw the uniqueness of the i5 & 1080!

Rarely ever see that combo. Just saying.

Does the mobo have an M.2 slot? If it does, you should've gotten something like a WD Blue 500GB M.2 SSD.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Can't believe you taped the lights. Interesting as I feel the heat will melt the plastic tape.

TCO

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Your point is interesting. For the moment, I just checked and the strip doesn't move at all but i will pay attention to that.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry about that, but double sided strips of tape would look better.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

True, i will remove that because I don't like the result. Double sided strip or really sleeve the 2 tubes. It would be great.

Btw, I though that Thecautiousone was talking about the LED strip because he said "taped the lights". It's "sleeves" here, not lights because of UV obviously. So there is no HEAT.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realize that the LED were sleeved. My Fault for not noticing.

TCO

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It would definitely take a lot of heat to melt the tape and if a build is producing that much heat, i think the melting tape would be the least of your problems.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

True ;) I will remove those 2 lines anyway. I prefer to sleeve the 2 tubes

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like your build! Porygon was one of my favorites.

If you decide to remove the tape and it leaves residue behind, one way to scrape it off without scuffing it up too bad would be a flat razor window scraper. Not sure how well it would work for your needs but since the blade lays flat it doesn't scratch windows. Another option might be 4-ought steel wool. It's fine enough that you can actually use it to buff your windshield if you've cleaned it of dirt and other abrasive particles. Hopefully it comes away clean, but if you have to get in there with a little elbow grease those are two possibilities.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you for your comment and the advices Muttonsourdough ;) I will opt for the flat razor window scraper. Then, the hardest part will be the sleeving of the 2 tubes.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Seeing that scotch tape brings me a chuckle, but I admire the effect you're going for. Pretty cool +1

  • 31 months ago
  • -2 points

Wait didnt you just waste your money? your cpu can only take/utilise 2400mhz ram

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You seem to be pretty sure... But you are wrong actually. It depends on the motherboard capabilities.

Here is an benchmark of the last i5 with different ddr4 frequencies : https://cl.ly/1D1Q3s0a0c1c source : http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-intel-core-i5-7600k-review

So no, i didn't waste money.

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