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Glowing Wall-E: Mid level gaming cube

by taikiat



Date Published

March 23, 2015

Date Built

March 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.076 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


It's my first build and I was looking to have something slightly future proofed mid-level gaming build able to fulfill my 60 fps 1080 gaming needs, and being small enough for my fiancee to not take notice of it, and serve as a part time HTPC. Because I'm crazy about the blue glow, I'm including all I can to make it even bluish :)

Motherboard and processor: Due to my small room size I needed something that could fit in roughly a square foot of space. M-itx was the way to go. Since oc-ing isn't really my thing, I guess the bundle above was more than enough to fill my needs. Integrated wifi also saved me some trouble.

Video card: For all 970s it was down to the Palit or Zotac for me due to budget. Chose the zotac because I preferred fan design to blower design. So far has been doing okay. Plan to oc it when it's reaching EOL or warranty up. Hitting 81 deg C on optimized settings in WoT and War Thunder, but it's averaging 28-29 ambient here so it's not exactly the coolest of places. Will be Firestorm/Afterburner -ing the fan curves to see if I can make things cooler.

PSU: Modular. Meets power needs. Reliable.

RAM: I like the G.skill for the design. 8 Gb is more than enough for now. 1600 Mhz is what my mobo can take and I don't know what's CL 9. So I got this.

SSD: Everyone's going on and on about the EVO. My friend had some first hand experience that it slowed down a lot after awhile, so I'm on the crucial, which seems to be the next best choice. My only regret is not getting the 512 Gb version, but hey, that's about as much cash I can fork out.

HDD: Not gonna go all crazy on this one. Just your average HDD.

Case: This was one of the hardest choices. Either the Cooler Master Elite 110 or the Core V1. Cable management and thus airflow does seem to be slightly better in the Core V1. Never regretted by decision. Now I've got the stock 200mm in front and twin 80mm exhausts at the back just to make things a little cooler. Not the coolest case (temperature wise) in the world, but my parts are still a little away from threshold temps and I doubt things would be better in the 110. Unfprtunately 80mm led fans have gone extinct where I live (Singapore) so I have no choice but to stick to the standard 80mm fans.

I'm happy with my build so far. tricked it out with a little blue led strip by the side running off my GPU. Gonna enjoy it with my old games and upcoming ones. Hope it lasts for a good 4 - 5 years!

Part Reviews


Happy little mitx motherboard. Bios I'd easy to work with so I've got no complains so far.


Boots my Windows 7 Ultimate in less than 10 seconds, maybe even shorter but never measured it. Would have M2 SSDs if I had $ but hey, nothing much to complain here.

Video Card

Bang for buck card. Not exactly the coolest card in the world but still destroying the games Im throwing at it. Just wish it could be cooler.


If the rear panel could fit 120mms this will be a solid 5 star.

Power Supply

Love the provision of cables. Seems stable so far.

Comments Sorted by:

Dannyman 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Very nice build! I'm in the process of building something very similar to this, mini ITX FTW! How does it handle gaming?

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks! MiTX ROCKS!!

Able to handle max settings on PoE, War Thunder, World of Tanks. Customized settings using GeForce experience pushes temperatures a little higher. Averages 80 - 81 degrees for gaming. Otherwise the gaming experience so far is pretty good. I haven't got enough games to throw at it so I'm testing the limits bit by bit. Fans would need to work a little overtime to cope for now.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

Yeah great computer! Though, since there are leds in the case, it would look better with a cool lookin CPU cooler. :D

Oh and BTW, max settings in WT is actually not all the way to the max. Go to the custom graphical settings, then put EVERYTHING to the max! That is ultra. :D I play WT a lot and have to do the same thing with my 750 ti.

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Agreed on the CPU cooler portion. Hyper 103 is what I'm looking at but it'll be some time before I actually get it. CPU temps don't call for it after all and I'll need to pace my purchases. :)

I might try ultra on wt but in the long term I'll just hand it over to the geforce experience app to optimize settings. Unless I find an excellent way to cool my gpu , then ocing it will become an option open to me.

leonccyiu 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Congratulations on your new build! I also recently built my first pc with the v1, I am sort of regretting the size but the metis or elite 110 is much more cramped. How do you find the noise of the 200mm fan? Mine is running at max 800 rpm constantly and is loud, I am considering replacing it.

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks :) so far ambient noise in my home fairly covers the fan noise. The 200mm is okay but the 80mms are slightly louder. Will be considering replacement if I find recommendations for higher air flow fans. To me cfm is everything since I'm only relying on air movement. Noise is secondary but of course the quieter the better!

8kchiadr 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

in short, CL9 refers to latency and timings of the ram-generally the lower the better.

btw. nice build- "lovin' da cube"

also while i own and have worked with crucials and samsung evo's, i cant get over how much i love the intel series ssd's. but thats just me

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks for the explanation! Figure d it was something like that but I have no idea how much difference CL 9 and CL 11 makes.

pity, I didn't have anyone recommend any particular brand of SSDs to me. Maybe I'll consider Intel in my next build!

8kchiadr 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

with that said though EVO's are pretty reliable and handle themselves well in all the stress tests i've seen. i believe in a constant write rewrite cycle, the samsung evo pro lasted the longest

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Well maybe my friend was just unlucky then since he shared his bad experience with me. In any case my next SSD will probably be an M.2 SSD.. but i'll have to find a m/b which has the relevant ports.

RaltMed 2 points 46 months ago

Very nice build !! congratz, i will build same build, what cpu cooler will you buy?

taikiat submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Thanks! Welcome to the club then! Since I'm not overclocking I might pass on the cpu cooler. BUT if just for the sake for aesthetics then I'm going for anything under 140 mm and had blue leds. Hyper 103 seems to be nice but I would prefer low profile coolers. Thought of getting a low profile cooler with 120mm fan then swapping the fan out, but it's not very economical. Will take any other suggestions!

RaltMed 2 points 46 months ago

good !! it is comming parts of my build (identical yours), do you think if i buy Cooler Master Hyper 103 has adecuate dimensions for the build ? did you read of this cpu cooler will be ok? thanks a lot (sorry for my english)

taikiat submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

It would seem so. No issues raised on compatibility checks on PCPartPicker. Stated max cooler height is 140 mm for the Core V1 and the Hyper 103 comes in at 138.5 mm leaving 1.5 mm. So it might fit, but it's going to be tight.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

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

BradJones0 1 point 25 months ago

I'm saving up for a PC now, it's going to be a mini ITX but the snow edition mini ITX case! With a 1060 6GB in it.

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