Build Date : 07SEP2016
Build Name : Flurry
Because it's a Snow Edition and it's also very tiny.. Yea..
Request came from a co-worker of a previous client. He was wanting to get more into PC gaming and had a budget around $1000. He requested a small case and wanted an all white theme with a balance between aesthetics and performance.
The customer stated that he will be exclusively gaming and light processing on the computer. Therefore, I went with the class favorite, the i5-6500. It's the best all around gaming CPU currently on the market, especially when budget is important and overclocking isn't.
The stock cooler would have been fine for this build but it looks awful.. As I said, the customer wanted the build to look as awesome as it performed. The Cryorig C7 fit the bill with it's low price, white/black color scheme, and it's low profile mITX compatible design. After seeing it in person, it turned out to be a great decision.
The ASRock B150M was the only B150/H170 ITX board that I could find that didn't have a stupid layout or cost an arm and a leg. It's a motherboard, it does it's job, it was inexpensive; what more could you want?
Obviously I was looking for memory with white heatsinks and was torn between the Kingston HyperX, Corsair Vengeance, and Team Dark. The Team memory went on sale and made the decision much easier.
I usually go for the A-Data SP550 in these types of builds but the OCZ Trion-150 was on sale for a few dollars cheaper and it had a silver/white design which was a bonus considering our color scheme.
It's always a toss up between the Seagate Barracuda and the Western Digital Blue.. Which one is cheaper at the time? Add to cart.
Once again, Search -> Filter -> White. Once, I saw the ASUS Dual on the list, I felt stupid since I knew about that card all along. The GTX 1060 is perfect for 1080p and even entry into 1440p as well as VR.
After recently building a V21, I was really wanting to work with the V1. I had seen a few people build really awesome machines on here with it and I wanted to throw my ideas in the ring. Once again, because of the white build, the "Snow edition" was a no brainer Add to cart.
I was searching around for a good priced 400-500 watt PSU and ran across this EVGA 450B. I didn't even know that EVGA made a 450B, but after some quick research, I found that it's a newer line than the previous "B" series PSUs and was slightly better quality. For $37.99, It was perfect for the build and budget.
You are forced to mount the drives with the connections facing upwards. I was under the impression that I would mount them either way and that way the SATA data/power cables wouldn't show but without modding the brackets, it's not possible.
Getting cables to not show from the top is a feat of strength, especially for a non-modular PSU. If you are wanting to do something similar, make sure you stock up on zip-ties and patience.
My hands are not mITX compatible.
I really enjoyed this build and playing with my new camera lens. The customer loves the build and was super excited when I sent him some teaser photos. I am definitely looking forward to more builds with the Thermaltake V1 and V21s. Maybe some custom PETG loops? We will see.
I saw this build a while back and really liked the "underglow" idea and since the Deepcool strips are longer than what is needed to light up the interior, I decided that I would do something similar. I didn't like the idea of the cable going out the back, so I routed the cable through the PSU mesh and was able to get it centered to have a more even glow. I also didn't like where he put the IR sensor, so I put mine up in the front exactly as I did on the V21 build that I built back in July. This way, the remote can be used from the front of the machine while being unseen.
Third build with my DSLR. I am still learning but I think that I was able to get some decent shots. Soon I will have a better studio type set up to take better photos, but I am currently in the process of moving back to the USA and don't want to start any new projects like that.
As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.
Thanks for reading!