Description

Well, I'm a mac guy normally but frankly it was time to build a new and modern gaming rig. Wanted something small and unobtrusive and overall fairly quiet. I've been a Mini-ITX pc builder for years and years now (probably first mini build was 2006-7)

Decided to get some future ready equipment to last me a nice chunk of time.

Thermaltake Core V1 Snow Edition Saw some stuff online that said this puppy could fit the CRYORIG H7 (Even though PCPartPicker claimed otherwise) and I can confirm that it "fits" just fine. I ran into a little bit of a clearance issue with the RAM in that one RAM module had to be pushed in a bit to get past the part where it was bumping up against the heatsink. Once it was seated it was fine.

Next issue...well the fine folks here at PC PartPicker mentioned that it does fit full size graphics cards but that you may run into some issues with larger cards. Can confirm with my GPU choice here that there was a little snafu...in that the second molex power connector was blocked by the chassis itself. Deal-breaker right? Nope! A little quick surgery with a Dremel reinforced cutting wheel and voila everything fits!

This thing flies! Gaming Benchmarks to come later.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Its a beut and certainly the largest thing I could fit inside of this case (with some tightness for sure more on that above in the build notes)

Idles in a tight case at around 40-45c and peaks at 70

Motherboard

Wanted to get a Z270 board to ensure maximum compatibility with the 7700k and avoid having to do bios flashes out of the gate. This board was a simple install and ASRock is a little more no-frills then I would like missing a few of the niceties of an Asus board install but it works great

Memory

Best performance per dollar at the time of purchase for me, again 32gb here for future proofing

Storage

Was going to throw in other drives too, but frankly as a gaming box a single 500gb VERY fast drive feels like the way to go

Video Card

Super great card. Love this thing, some minor issues with fit detailed above.

Case

This is the Apple fan in me. I wanted something small, unobtrusive, but beautiful to look at. I'm not a personal fan of cases with LEDS / lights or anything fancy going on.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not sure if you know, but there is only one picture...

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I know! Sorry. I built this puppy at work yesterday and only took a quick picture of the surgery I had to perform.

I will take some better pictures tonight/tomorrow and update this post.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

MMMH THAT ONE PLUG

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

More pictures please

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

They're coming soon!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

More pictures? BTW, I love that discription of the PSU! :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

hahah thanks! new pics posted

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, That CRYOH7 is huge. I was gonna use that, but, jeez. That's one heck of a heatspread.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It is NOT small, but it works great. In general with PC builds my rule of thumb is always whats the hugest slab of aluminum I can shove on there and still close the case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand completely
:P

:)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

pictures.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

good to go!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

pics

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Awesome Pc conf, btw wanted to ask you if u had any throttling problems with ur M.2 on the backside of MOBO. I'm pretty scared about the mini-itx+back m.2 comp, there's not much place for heat dissipation...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

None whatsoever yet that I've noticed, but this M.2 SSD is so immensely faster than a traditional SSD that I'd be hesitant to say I could even notice throttled speed.

Plus, so far this PC case has done a tremendous job of managing heat, more details as I use it, really as of right now the pc has only really been under load for a total of 4-5 hours

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

MOAR PICS!!!

....sweet build bro.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok! Pictures posted!