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Small box of skulls - Mini ITX Build

by thatguitardude

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First off just wanted to say a massive thanks for the featured spot and all the awesome comments! Totally shocked and honoured that others like and appreciate the quirky style I put on this, It was 100% a build just for myself to enjoy and not for likes and comments and I was only toying with the idea of posting it on here but thought what the heck, why not, so thanks for all the positive response to it =D. If there any questions on bits that I haven't covered below then totally feel free to ask away and i'll get back to you.

This is my first time building my own PC and the Thermaltake Core V1 is an absolute dream to work with, being able to remove all the sides makes is so easy to rewire and fit in all the parts into such a small area. Some people have issues with the size of the graphics card but the Asus Dual 1070 fits in really easy with loads of space, I really didn't have any issues at all.

I did a few initial bits of custom work like painting the cover on the Corsair Vengeance RAM white (really easy FYI, the outer casing just slides off the top) and painting the heat sinks on the mobo orange and white (also just a few screws here) so that as much as possible was going to go with my orange and white build. I also added a few strips of RGB LED's to the inside and underneath of the case because what is a PC without LED's nowadays.

I've always been into modding things to make them more custom to my own style so after the initial build I really wanted to put some more personality into this. I have a massive thing for Mexican candy skulls so this was going to be my theme, I got a custom GPU backplate made from http://www.coldzero.eu, this guy was really efficient and the final product is perfectly made with all the right mounting holes.

Then I saw a picture online of an iron man theme Core V1 case with a hole cut out of the front, loved it and decided i wanted to do the same to spice up the front a bit. Not being a DIY person i was pretty nervous but got a Dremmel out and cut away at the front panel (after lots of planning and measuring obviously), got a custom fan grill made with the candy skull on it, then butchered another grill so i had some detailing to go around the edge and a dust filter then assembled it with a glue gun and the result is exactly what i wanted.

I topped it off with some Corsair HD120 RGB fans to really make the look pop, Naturally this case is very small and is only meant to house the 2 80mm fans at the back but this wouldn't stop me now i was on a roll with this PC DIY lark. I measured the side panel and 2 would just about squeeze in although it did mean having to drill through the frame to secure one of them in place so this side panel cant be removed without taking the fans out but there is so much access from everywhere else that it doesn't matter too much. These are so super bright too that I removed most of the LED strips that I'd already put in there and just left them around the GPU side so i can have 2 seperate 'zones' for the LED's.

Lastly i replaced the top and left panel with clear perspex sheets, this really opens it up and makes it look much more roomy inside as the supplied windowed panel is pretty small and I want to look at my hard work! I also made a quick cover for the wires underneath as this was originally covered by the left panel. I used really small thin black magnets to attach the perspex and they pop on and off really easy and hold on well too. I have since drilled holes in the left perspex sheet for the GPU fans as the temps went up about 15 degrees but it's all back to being nice and low again.

That was a lot longer than i expected! Congrats if you made it to the end and thanks for looking :)

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MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 25 points 20 months ago

plays sombra one time

Skimby 4 points 20 months ago

Are you from Mexico?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 15 points 20 months ago

Nah I'm from UK, really love all things Mexican though, went there on my honeymoon

mad_dr 1 Build 4 points 20 months ago

Love the build - great job!! I'm from the UK originally (moved to Canada in 2013). Strangely enough, I got to the photo which shows your staircase and thought "hmm - I wonder if this builder is in the UK - that house looks English to me"... Then got to the photo with the lightswitch and thought "yep - definitely the UK"! :)

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

haha, yeah it's a very English small 80's house, moving to a new place soon though with a proper office space which i'm super excited about!

Skimby 3 points 20 months ago

Ah,I see.

HyperYveltal16 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Love this build 1+

Evil_Paroxysm 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Nah I'm from UK, really love all things Mexican though, went there on my honeymoon

But did you marry a Mexican? :P

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Nah, just love the culture, food & style!

Pixal 1 point 20 months ago

hmm

Good Question
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HyperYveltal16 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I am and this is soooo cool

RhettRO55 1 Build 4 points 20 months ago

¡¡¡Oh dios mio!!!
This is beautiful! I wish my first build looked like this! Beautiful, wonderful attention to detail, even the layout of the fans in certain shots resembles a skull. Well done! +1

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks buddy, the orange stickers on the fans actually have little candy skulls on them which might be why.

Radox-0 5 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Your first time building the PC and came out with that :O

Very awesome work buddy!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

ha, cheers dude :)

HashemAbdelrahim 3 points 20 months ago

Why is the motherboard a B150 chipset? You can't overclock your CPU then. Of course unless you weren't intending to overclock it in the first place...

HashemAbdelrahim 2 points 20 months ago

Love how it looks by the way definitely upvoted. You can ignore this. I saw you reply to a similar one

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah i'm not massively tech savvie so didn't really want to worry about overclocking, I was originally going to go for an I5 6600 but the 6600k was only a few pounds more at the time so just got that as it had slightly higher stock specs. The mobo was the most cost effective wifi board and had really good wire placement for the build too

DiMpL3s 2 points 20 months ago

Thats really cool. Good work.

702Wolfi 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

It looks beautiful! +1

dansebzda 2 points 20 months ago

What are your thoughts on your monitor? I was thinking of picking one up myself.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I love the monitor for gaming however I do a bit of graphic design on the side and you do notice the lack in pixels for the space when it comes to small text or fine detail, it can appear a bit pixilated however it is so much better value than 1440p.. I think I'll probably upgrade to 1440p when the cost comes down a little or there's a decent deal, great for gaming though

quk 2 points 20 months ago

Awesome! +1

slime4frog 2 points 20 months ago

Overall I would rate this entire setup and build 10/10. Really nice work with the skull fan filter. Looks pretty good. Only thing I would change is the place you have your desk situated. In front of a staircase? I think you can do better than that. I also do like the theme of skulls.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the comment dude. Totally agree too but we're pretty limited for space in a small 1 bed house.. moving to a new place soon though so I'll update it once we've moved

slime4frog 2 points 20 months ago

Cool Cool.

Pacemaker13 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Really good custom Work ! Like the Backplate +1 Boii

aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Nice modding. Good job

OChez 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

your first build? Wow. Great work.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah first build and thanks man, I did a lot of tinkering after the initial build and really chuffed with how it looks now

darkus_f 2 points 20 months ago

Builds like these make me feel like adding more personal touches to my builds... Sweet ITX build dude!!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Cheers man, really appreciate the feedback!

darkus_f 2 points 18 months ago

Hey where did you stick your HDD?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Hey, I had to take out the HDD case and stick my SSD on the back so i had both hard drives on the same bracket, then when I put it back in I put it on its side so I could squeeze it just under the tray that separates the top from bottom (you can see it just under the fan in pic 20), I think I ended up having to take out the little rubber grommets as it was a pretty tight squeeze with the fans there.

darkus_f 2 points 18 months ago

I just noticed it!! Thanks so much bro!

Yahtadi 2 points 20 months ago

HAD TO DIG SO DEEP TO FIND THIS AND IT AINT EVEN IN FEATURED.. IM SO MAD!

Yahtadi 2 points 20 months ago

FEATURED! TOLD YA

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

haha, thanks dude, you called it! so chuffed!

ivan_oc 2 points 20 months ago

Damn dude, this build is seriously amazing. I'm actually thinking of getting this same case but the Snow edition. Just a question, I see you put an Asus Dual GPU in there, right? Is it good? I've been looking for a good white GPU and this is the only one I can find, but honestly it looks a bit cheap (the plastics, basically), what can you tell me about it? Greetings from Mexico! ;) And congratulations on getting yourself such an awesome build, I'm in love with it!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Hey man, thanks for the nice words and so jealous you're over in Mexico! It is an Asus Dual 1070, it works really well and stays nice and cool. I can't really comment on how good the materials are compared to others as I've never really seen others in the flesh but the case of the GPU is made of plastic, I assumed they pretty much all are. There aren't any LED's on it like you get on others but you wouldn't see them in this case anyway

ivan_oc 2 points 20 months ago

In the end I bought the Core V21 (I think it's a bit more versatile while maintaining the awesome looks of the V1) And yeah, I mean, a lot of GPU's have plastic parts in the design, but I don't know, the overall look of the white plastic seems cheap to me :s at least that's how it looks on the internet pics I've seen (though I've read that it looks way better IRL than in those pics, maybe I'll need to find one to judge it myself). I'm not really into the whole RGB stuff, so plain white and no LED's is the way to go for me.

Again, awesome build!

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

omg one of my new favs, great job

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

aaahhhh, screams like a little girl.. Cheers dude

SirMints 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Really well executed. That tower always looks so bland and you managed to make it pop without taking it to tacky.

Super job!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Really appreciate the commend buddy, it's exactly what i was trying to go for, 'loud but not tacky, clean yet unique'.

wanako 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

that's beautiful dude. love the look of it and the theme.

jakethemp 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

wow... just wow!!!! i love the work!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Wowzeroonies! Cheers man!

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 20 months ago

Cool build, never seen candy skull accents on a build here before. It's different, in a good way. +1 :)

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Cheers man, i do love me a candy skull or 12! :D

XFacility 2 points 20 months ago

This is one of the coolest PC mods I've ever seen, so unique. Love it :D +rep

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks a lot dude, really appreciate the comment!

Facemelter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I own the same case and it is indeed delightful to work with. Really awesome build and love the personal touch. Great work! +1

mlggeekmaster242 2 points 20 months ago

Spoopy... +1

RIsaac 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Made me shackle off the skin parasite and doot.

+1 the skeletons will doot-doot again.

Lyrix 2 points 20 months ago

1+! wow! this looks so amazing! damn! like really! good thing that this is features!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

really really? cheers dude.. Honestly can't believe it got featured

Lyrix 2 points 20 months ago

yeah man! its a great build!

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Not often do I see such a clean and unique build. I really like the look of the skulls theme, really good job. Deserves Featured Spot 100%!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thank you so much man, exactly what I was trying to go for! Really appreciate the feedback!

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

One question, how did the gpu backplate fix onto the gpu? Thinking of lasercutting myself one :)

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

The guy that made mine pre-drills the backplate with the correct holes so when you hold it up against the back you can see what screws to undo and replace with the longer ones that come supplied. It cost about £40.00 and he printed my design, laser cut the pattern I wanted and it's made to fit the particular GPU you have.

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

thanks!

Changstachio 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I love the custom fan grill at the front! It looks amazing with the led fan behind it. Excellent first build!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks dude, my favourite part for sure! :D

SalFlu 2 points 20 months ago

That looks freaking amazing. I love to see people getting into modding more! Great build, +1 from me!

0_0 2 points 20 months ago

Very nice build man.

Interesting choice on the psu and mono however

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks dude and yeah you're right, not being an experienced builder I have since realised i should have made a few different choices. Will probably swap out the PSU as these aren't as reliable as i thought they were.

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Well done, this thing is insane!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

In the membrane! cheers dude!

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

thats one of the best replies I've ever got. wow

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Happy to blow your mind :D

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jsoutherland89 5 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I love building PCs and "designing" cool themes, but then I see something like this and just think "WHAT"S THE F** POINT?!" Great build, sir. You've created a masterpiece!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Haha, probably my favourite comment so far and thank you so much. I think i could only put this much effort into my own PC though, don't think i could do it for other people haha!

WaterTriber 2 points 20 months ago

Nice case

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Pretty!

WholesomeDaddy 2 points 20 months ago

So is this a Day of The Dead themed build? Pretty good +1

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Kinda, just started out as a white & orange build to be honest and then spiralled out of control lol.

j0se54321 2 points 20 months ago

great build, though I don't understand why you went with a b150 motherboard if you went with a "K" series processor

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thank man and very good point! The 6600k was on sale and was only about £10 more than the 6600 so I thought I might as well go for it. I'm not that tech savvy with all the components though, I just assumed it would be a little better to be honest =S

j0se54321 2 points 20 months ago

it's OK nice build anyway; in the future you could still upgrade to z170

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Would that be a massive pain or could I literally just swap it out?

j0se54321 2 points 20 months ago

Actually if you know what your doing than it might not take that long anyway but you don't really need to change anything in your pc right now. It's just that you don't need to spend more money on another board unless you get into overclocking so don't worry about that until later on:)

Razorwing02 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

why its just an ordinary core vOH MY GOODNESS SQUIDWARD

amazing mod, loving the overall aesthetic +1

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

haha, thanks man, really appreciate it!

+1 for spongebob reference

AC1DFOX 5 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Love this. So sweet. And awesome customization.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks buddy!

jwnn 2 points 20 months ago

My goodness, that is Gorgeous! So clean! +1

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Blushes, cheers dude!

DubiousDeeds 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Calavera Build!

This is on point buddy, +1!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Viva la Mexico, cheers dude!

Jasiula16 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

i like it! <3

metakortex 2 points 20 months ago

I absolutely, irrevocably love this build. Few builds have brought up this much drool. let me wipe it first.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

lol, I absolutely, irrevocably love your comment :) Cheers!

azidhsu 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Damn those HD120 are bright, make me wanna change from my af120 white led

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

So bright!!! I do which they had a dimmer or an off switch on the controller though

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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I do actually prefer the SP120's but they don't have PWM control which I found baffling!

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mmicha 2 points 20 months ago

Nice work thou inspired me to build a simulator build. :D How did you put the Hard drives in? is there enough room with those fans?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Cheers buddy... I mounted the SSD on the back of the bracket that holds the main hard drive. Then had to turn it on it's side and it fits perfectly under the fans and mobo floor. I then bent some of the metal of the hard drive bracket so i could still fix it to one of the mounting holes with the normal thumb screw.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Just added a quick pic (you can barely see it though) of the hard drives now on their side on the same bracket under the fan closest to the front

mmicha 2 points 20 months ago

Thank you m8. I will send you my complete build in a few weeks, when i am ready with it.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Awesome, definitely do send it over! :)

SilverWolf149 2 points 20 months ago

This is an amazing first build! Glad you could do something so unique. This build will be something you can be proud of.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks man, appreciate the feedback!

thetortuga747 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Sombra main confirmed

nostrocrompt 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Beautiful, BRUTAL, work! +1

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Brutal!? lol, I'll take that as a compliment, thanks!

dank_satya 2 points 20 months ago

This is such a cool build man!! I have to ask however, why would you choose a 6600k when your motherboard doesnt support OCing? Will you upgrading to a Z mobo in the future?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Cheers buddy, seems an odd choice I know but the 6600k was on sale for just a few pounds more than the 6600 and it had better stock specs so went for it, I don't really know much about overclocking to be honest so wanted to steer clear of it for the first build.. However If it's not too much of a pain logistically to swap it out for a Z170 then i might do if i need more juice.

Marshall_Doyle 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

How did you mount the fans on the right side of the case? I worked on that case for a client and never really saw a way to.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah i thought that at first, but you can just about with a bit of pushing and squeezing fit 2 x 120mm fans on the right side panel, the middle screws i just used the holes that are already on the side panel, but the outer screws had to have 2 holes on either side drilled through the side panel and also through the actual frame of the case on the back, this means that i can't open the left panel without unscrewing it all but this shouldn't be an issue. I've added a few more pics showing this in a little more detail and you can also see(ish) where i've mounted both drives on the same bracket and turned it on it's side under the fan closest to the front.

Marshall_Doyle 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Thanks, I'll look into using your tactics in the future.

flaberpengu 2 points 20 months ago

Sick build. Love the skull. +1 for a fellow Core V1 build!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah man! Thanks for the love! You need to get up some pics of your build!

flaberpengu 2 points 20 months ago

I will soon, thanks

MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Insert Sombra Reference Here

Dude I love it. One of the coolest and most unique custom builds I've seen

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks man, really do appreciate the comment!

Caminon 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Tips for painting the RAM? I'm planning on getting the RGB version of those Vengeance dimms for my Ryzen upgrade.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Nice, just looked up the RGB ones, look pretty sweet! To be honest i didn't do too much, I used car spray paint for my bits, white primer first and then the colour you want. Most important in my opinion is to be very patient, do more coats of a little paint so it builds up instead of trying to get a full coat fist try as you'll get drips and try and prop them up off the surface you're using so you have access to all sides with the paint and it doesn't stick to the surface. Creating a little spray booth out of some cardboard boxes is really easy and super effective, there's probably a tonne of YouTube videos giving good tutorials on this.

Caminon 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks a ton, I'm rather new to modding.

MalComputer 2 points 20 months ago

Congrats on featured build!

This is truly a master work of art.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Cheers dude! appreciate it!

Shenobi 2 points 20 months ago

Serious props man. I love seeing custom pc's go farther than LEDs and fancy parts. A little personal touch makes all the difference.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thank you so much dude!

Unrelated@Popcorn 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

n1

Godly_Derp 2 points 20 months ago

Please tell me how you painted your ram! I'm getting the same model and I wanted to paint it white.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

No worries dude, the top bit that you can see that I've painted white literally just slides off, it's not held in by screws or anything, really simple and makes a big difference!

Godly_Derp 2 points 11 months ago

8 months later and I never ended up painting it :P I did however take the top part off and I love the simplistic solid light look.

Fargovent 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Really nice

aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

So nice for a first build!! How did you connect up so many fans? Fan hub? Fan splitter?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Cheers dude, there is a 2 fan splitter for the 2 x 80mm's at the back (running off the water pump header), a 3 way splitter for the 3 x 120mm (running off the case fan header) & the CPU cooler is in the CPU fan header. Then I've set all the speed to temperature controls using the program 'Speedfan' so it runs nice and quiet, at 100% it sounds like a jet engine!

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Cool. Thanks. How the case for portability?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Really good, just unplug and carry, I bring it to work with me a lot when I need to tinker with a few bits.

aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Nice. Thanks

Pure24 2 points 19 months ago

That's sick! Awseome Job with the mods!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Cheers dude, appreciate it!

BaMGravity 2 points 18 months ago

would you explain to me how you added the 120mm fans too the side of the case? I wanna do the same thing but I see you had too add holes but how did you screw them in and stuff like that.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hey, so the first thing I had to do was take out the HDD case and stick my SSD on the back so i had both hard drives on the same bracket, then when I put it back in I put it on its side so I could squeeze it just under the tray that separates the top from bottom (you can see it just under the fan in pic 20). Then to put the fans in I used the holes that are already there for the centre 4 screws, for the outer 4 holes (2 each side) I had to drill these in the side panel but to make it more complicated, the holes closest to the back also had to drill through the actual frame. This means I had to put the side panel on first, then put the fans in through the top and attach to the inside of the side panel, which also means the right hand panel can't be removed without having to unscrew and remove the fans first. Not such a big deal as i can't imagine needing to take this panel off unless i need to access the had drives at some point.

If you need any more pics then let me know your email address and what you want pics of and i'll sort them out for you :)

BaMGravity 2 points 18 months ago

Thank you so much!

ANBU80 2 points 18 months ago

Beautiful build... job well done I have one question: the 80 mm fans are in pull or push configuration? Thank you

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Cheers, thank you... they are in push

Dotica 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Recently just bought this case, I also have cable extensions installed as well as two drives. The whole 9 yards pretty much. What I'm having trouble with is the room for cable management. How were you able to keep the build looking so sleek with extensions and all the other cables? (Btw I'm actually inquiring because I want to improve my cable management) Also, don't check my profile for the build. It's not there yet, waiting to do something with water cooling that I'm pretty sure no-one has ever done before :))))

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Hey dude,

Sounds exciting! All the cables, plus extensions, plus fan splitters, plus 2 drives really did make fore a tight squeeze under the mobo floor. To be honest I didn't really do anything special, I flipped the whole thing upside down, took the floor and sides off and just spent quite a lot of time grouping each set of wires and tying them together to make everything as compact as possible, then put each wall back on and finally the floor. I probably repeated this process a few times to tighten up any areas that I could squeeze a little more space out of but after all that it was still very very tight. So much so that the floor does bulge outwards but you can't see it obviously. Oh just remembered that having a semi / fully modular PSU will help massively, don't know if i could have done it with a normal PSU that had every wire possible.

Dotica 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Awesome, so I guess I'm not really missing anything. That's exactly what I did! Also, with the two 80 mm fans in the back, I was planning on putting a 160mm radiator to fit two 80 mm fans and build a custom loop for the CPU. I'm positive nobody has done something as weird as that haha.

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Go for it dude! the weirder the better!

ajwaz 2 points 16 months ago

Nice build. But i hope you dont have a skull fetish or something

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

A skull fetish! damn that's weird... But thanks :)

nickrock72 2 points 15 months ago

Hey man I'm interested to know how you managed to fit two 120's on the side panel. Was it easy and did you have to jerry-rig anything?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Hey dude, you can just about with a bit of pushing and squeezing fit 2 x 120mm fans on the right side panel, the middle screws I just used the holes that are already on the side panel, but the outer screws had to have 2 holes on either side drilled through the side panel and also through the actual frame of the case on the back, this means that I can't open the right panel without unscrewing it all but this shouldn't be an issue. There should be a few pics towards the end that show the screws I had to put in. I also had to mount both hard drives on 1 bracket, turn it on it's side and squeeze it under the fans and mobo floor (this is also just about viewable in one of the pics). All in all it was a bit fiddly and required a fair bit of trial and error but wasn't too difficult.

nickrock72 2 points 15 months ago

I'm currently working on emulating your build more or less. Unfortunately, one problem I immediately have is cable management because almost all of my mobo ports ie SATA, USB, etc, are all on the side of the mobo next to where the 120mm's would go. I may end up buying a fully modular PSU next week so I can try to be a bit more organized. Good thinking putting the drive tray on its side by the way, that was the next issue after cable management I ran into. lol

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for the comment dude, honestly feels great that you like it enough to want to make something similar. Yeah a big reason for me buying that mobo was for where all the ports were so that does make things much more tricky with the cable management for you but not impossible, might just need to take a different approach to it. If you can't hide the wires very well then do the opposite and make them a feature, maybe spend a little more on colour coded or custom wires that won't look so bad if they need to go over the mobo, or find a genius way of routing them around the case. It not being easy will just mean it'll end up being unique ;). Good luck man and would genuinely like to see how it comes out for you, send me a comment when it's done.

Taroxi 2 points 15 months ago

Are those extra fans you modded into the case intakes or exhausts? Or rather, what is your fan setup?

(which ones are intakes, exhausts etc)

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Hey, At the moment I have just the one 120mm in the front as an intake and the 2 x 80mm at the back and 2 x 120mm on the side are exhausts, however I'm not 100% on how efficient that is but figured that the case is only designed to have 1 intake at the front and 2x80mm exhausts at the back so the additional fans can only be helping regardless of which way they are. I don't seem to be running anything too hot so it's working out for now.

Taroxi 2 points 15 months ago

Did you replace the pre installed 200mm fan just so that the front fan mod would look nicer? I ask since a single 200mm should be better at cooling than a single 120mm right?

Oh wait... I'm guessing that's why you added the extra fans? :P

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Hey dude, yeah I replaced the supplied 200mm fan with one of the 120mm LED corsair fans. I'm sure I read somewhere that this was actually more effective at cooling as the 200mm fan only span at 800rpm so when the system is under higher loads a smaller more powerful fan would be better. Read that on a forum somewhere though so weather it works or not is another question but I can see the theory behind it.

The other fans were partly just in case the smaller fan wasn't as good and partly because I wanted the challenge :D

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Did you get the clear perspex sheets from home depot?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Hey dude,

No we don't have home depot in the UK unfortunately. I ordered them already cut to the specific size I needed from an online shop which had various colours and thicknesses to choose from. It was really cheap though, only cost about £7-8 and i got a couple of spare sheets too. I drilled the holes myself for the air from the fans to pass through though.

Benji

Pure24 2 points 13 months ago

Awseome Fan Grill !

Magik_uwu 2 points 13 months ago

love the color scheme

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks man!

MojoWasTaken 2 points 11 months ago

I'm currently swapping my ATX-build into ITX so I was looking at some build featuring the Thermaltake V1, and found your build that looks beautiful. I'd like to ask how you you've done this cable-management - I'm not an expert regarding cables at all, so I was wondering what cables are those you've used, were they already wrapped in this red material and what are those plastic parts holding the cables together?

Have a good one! :)

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hey dude, the cable management in the Core V1 is pretty easy, It has a false floor so as long as you spend a little bit of time on making the top part neat and so the wires loop down then it all goes under the motherboard.

The orange cables are just extensions so they just plug into the existing cables that come from the PSU. These extensions do tend to be quite long though so they do add a lot of cable to be hidden under the mobo floor. It was a tight squeeze for me but I did have lots of extra wires for all the fans, fan splitters, the orange extensions plus the 2 hard drives that I moved down there too. The plastic parts on the extensions are just little clips that keep the wires looking neat, doesn't do anything apart from that.

Benji :)

MojoWasTaken 2 points 11 months ago

Hey!

Thanks for your answer :) - I understood everything regarding the management! So you bought a "PC cable extension kit" (=the orange cables), right? What type of kit did you buy, the one with less cables I guess, right? - (It shows me two options one with 4 cables and one with quiet more), I just want to make sure that I don't order too many! :D

Have a good one!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey,

No problem man, yeah it's just a cable extension kit, the exact one i bought is in the link below...

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/phanteks-extension-cable-combo-kit-orange-cm-027-pt.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA6qPRBRAkEiwAGw4SdgbrUhKTYtp-kz1tEdh3g9bZJOfBXbFK1PdTIA7BfxeMJdoe7AWsDBoC2ckQAvD_BwE

You can buy kits with tonnes of cables which include things like SATA cables for your hard drives but I just wanted the 4 big main ones.

Seabassom 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hey where did u buy that sticker that u put on the c7? Build looks great btw

Seabassom 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah and what color is the rgb strip set to want to build an am4 white out pc with the c7 asus card and some rgb strip just dont know what to set the color to to really show off the asus dual a beautiful card. Thanks dude appreciate it!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey dude, thanks. I printed it myself onto some luminescent orange stickers, I work for a print company which was pretty convenient as we just had them lying around.

PSUlion01 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice... Looking at this same case so this is great inspiration!

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks dude, good luck with the build!

mahmoud_ali 2 points 7 months ago

would this asus 1080 fits in this case?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Hey, Yeah I don't see why not, I'm pretty sure they're the same size but there is some extra room still if it is a little longer.

mahmoud_ali 2 points 6 months ago

are you sure that this fan will keep ur cpu cool during overclocking? not sure why u didn' use water cooling ?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, I wasn't to savvy on overclocking so didn't really think about it when making the build, the mobo I have doesn't allow for overclocking anyway. It's been over a year now and temps seem to be pretty stable even under full load so no issues so far.

papadave2359 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Where did you get the custom grill from?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, I designed the image myself and then just sent it to a guy that i found on ebay that makes custom fan grills, didn't look very hard so it would have been just one of the first people when i searched for 'custom fan grill'.

BaMGravity 1 point 19 months ago

were did you get those stickers?

thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I made them myself, printed the design onto florescent orange paper, put double sided tape on the back and then cut them out. I also made the cover for the lower compartment on the left side which is mounted onto 3mm foamex plastic board. I work at a printers so i can do it all there.

BaMGravity 1 point 18 months ago

would you explain to me how you added the 120mm fans too the side of the case? I wanna do the same thing but I see you had too add holes but how did you screw them in and stuff like that.

BaMGravity 1 point 19 months ago

for the fans?

BaMGravity 1 point 18 months ago

for the fans?

beltranmr 1 point 2 months ago

building on this case, how did you manage the SSD/HDD

memphissheik 1 point 1 month ago

Great Build. Where did you get the stickers from?

ShutYourTrap 2 Builds 0 points 20 months ago
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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

If you mean how did I get the casing of the Vengeance ram white, all i did was slide the top casing off, it literally just slides off, no screws, painted it and slid it back on :)

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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah i know, i wasn't expecting to be able to paint them and it can make a big difference especially to such a small mobo. Thanks for the praise too dude, appreciated!

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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

:D cheers man

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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

they watch all of us...............

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Cheers dude :)

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thatguitardude submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks man! Yeah I've had that a few times lol! If only they did proper gaming headsets!

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Caminon 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I hear Arctis 5 aren't too bad either, if you like the RGB and mic on the headset itself without spending over $100. Haven't tested them yet, but I hear they're really good like the HyperX Cloud IIs.

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Caminon 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Nope! Some other prick did.

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