Description

Decided to finally build a new rig (mostly gaming/light photo editing/DAW use) and wanted to go with a Mini-ITX because I like to conserve space in my office. Additionally, I built with a slight nod towards a budget-friendly small form factor gaming PC. (My budget was around $800, not counting the parts I saved from my last build.) I considered jumping up to a M.2 NVMe boot drive and an i7-6700K, but the cost vs. performance ratio wasn't quite worth it in my opinion.

  • Re-used the PSU, SSD, and HDD from my old rig.

  • Bought the Black Core V1 in lieu of the Snow (my preference) since it was ~$30 less after rebate. Light sanding and a few coats of primer+paint worked very well. (Plus, it now has a "Stormtrooper" vibe, although it is possible to paint the rest of it.)

  • Initially, I installed the stock H60 fan in a push configuration and used the pre-applied thermal paste. After some dreadful (albeit stable) temps under Prime95, I ended up replacing the pre-applied thermal paste with Arctic Silver 5 and swapping the stock fan with the SP120 High Performance, along with installing the stock 200mm case fan in a push/pull config. Definitely doesn't look as clean on the inside, but the temperatures are much improved. I'm 90% certain the initial temps were due to the thermal paste (or lack thereof) out of box, and I could've probably just skated by with AS5 and only the SP120 as a push.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

Soo, does it miss its FPS targets?

Joking aside it looks really good, nothing like a good case mod. I honestly thought this was the white version of the case until reading your notes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Now I cannot stop thinking of stormtroopers who are trying to shoot at FPS numbers, and somehow keep missing when it's only at the corner of the screen.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Cuber troopers lights are gonna blind meee shining like the suuuunn. +1 though and RX480 master race

Massive +100 to anyone who understands that refrence

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

YES!! IT WAS UNDERSTOOD

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. i didn't know they made liquid coolers that cheap. nice find, and nice build. also, just curious, you have the video card, case, and power supply marked as $0. is it supposed to be the ssd, hdd, and power supply that are marked as $0?

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Whoops! Thanks. Guess I didn't update my parts list during the build. I'd used it as a "things to buy" list as I bought the parts. Thanks for the h/u.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

you're welcome.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. Wish you had posted your before photos. I would love seeing the transformation of your custom paint.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Original case can be found in the parts list for reference.

Although during painting shots would be cool.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wish I'd thought to do that, but the initial painting phase was really just an impulse I had. I got the case in the mail, tore it apart, then remembered that I had some flat white paint + primer left over from a previous project. Wham bam. Considering how slap-dash the whole process was, I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand. I too forget to take pictures of my process and there is no going back once painted.

Your pc looks great. Nice to see someone else unafraid of the rattle can.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a big fan of the case. I love how bare it gets, really makes cable management much easier.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Like how it's not completely painted white so you have a nice balance, video card looks good in white too (not sure why manufactures aren't making them white when people want that) Solid part list, nice job. All I can suggest is touching up on the paint, looks like you didn't paint the grill completely.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The grill looks a tad better in person, but could still use (another) touch up. It's just gotten to that point where I'm afraid the tabs holding it to the frame will snap off if I try another removal. (One already did, which you can see by the tiny dark spot near the top center of the case. Nags me to this day. )

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's the only aesthetic issue I have about the Corsair air 240, all white is a bit too bare.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just looked that case up. I'd love to have room for a 240mm rad. That's actually really the only thing I dislike about the Core V1.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually didn't get a 240mm rad :P saving room for a hybrid on my gpu (well there's another spot for a 120mm ras but it's super sketchy)

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, from the side it looked like it was painted, my bad. Also my monitor is poorly configured so accurate color is not existent :p

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

cool case. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad it's not HUGE!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice lights you have there.

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build bro

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

this is really cool. love the cube. I upvoted u b4 u were featured :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATUREd congrAts

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job on the featured, looking in to getting this case for version two of my build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking compact build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

gaming/DAW station in a thermaltake case? sounds like my build! nice build, and good job on the feature! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! DAW use was the main deciding factor in going with a liquid cooling solution. If the GPU fans are not going, it's dead-silent. My days of having to run a snake from the PC to the recording room are over, for the most part.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet! i would totally get fanless, but im too cheap for water cooling :( what music do you create? (links?)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I HAVE THE SAME CASE ❤️

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build! I love small form factor builds, and this one looks very nice! And my favorite looking aftermarket Polaris cooler by far! Great job on the build

Add more pictures too! Show off this build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the white and blue theme.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The top down view looks damn sweet!

Nice case mod, love mini-itx :) +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10. Why? Because he did a better job of cable management then I did, and we have the same case... I cri every tim

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management was definitely the trickiest part of this build, and I think I only managed to make it "appear" clean. Really, since I only used one of the HDD/SSD trays, it gave me a lot more room to work with. All of the front panel cables are individually zip-tied and tucked under the GPU. Since the PSU 24-pin cable is so long, I had to tuck most of it on the left side of the PSU, anchoring it with a zip-tie to the case. The lighting power supply and related cables are all tucked where the rear-most drive tray would be.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job though!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For trying

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Good paint job +1!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder how hard it was to get those parts in.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

what did you use to paint the case and also how did you pain around the windows and the thermal take logo on the front piece

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The case comes apart pretty nicely. There are tabs securing the window panel in, and it comes apart much like the front mesh grill. The logo is held on by a piece of double-sided adhesive, so its just a matter of "peeling" the logo off - it's made of fairly sturdy plastic, so it should come off quite easily.

As for paint, I just used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch 2X Flat White Paint + Primer. Each piece needed 2+ coats, so a around a can and a half total. Painted one layer, let it dry, light sanding, and give it a second coat. Really was pretty simple.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what are the temps you get for your gpu on a gaming load?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How is its FRPS on stressful games or simply would it get good FRPS on games like GTA V on ultra graphics?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of games can you run on this little beast?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm really just trying to make my way through the inevitable backlog of Steam games, and I generally just keep a game or two of each genre installed for variety. Right now, I'm playing (each on Ultra/Max settings) Doom (2016), Talos Principle, Witcher 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Alien: Isolation. Doom screams with the Vulkan API, Witcher runs at about 50fps, and Ryse struggles a bit, but I haven't yet really dived into tweaks. (~35-40)

There's never enough time!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I almost did the same around the color of the Core V1 since the Black was so much cheaper, but decided against it. Looks good with the two tone!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, +1, (btw, that +1 got you to 100)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, +1 :)

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  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

opposite actually

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  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

i mean the troopers have bad aim and the targets are easy to hit

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

the storm troopers have orders to capture high ranking rebels thats why they suck and why so many rebel troopers die

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, an entire space station of troopers and DV against 5 guys and losing....

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They weren't meant to kill them, they only fired to slow them down

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

wasn't there that one time a trooper missed a shot when Leia was standing still?

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  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

The ▢Trooper

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that, that is clever!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 6 points

Or...

The Cupa Troopa.

Yours is still better.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

=D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

no its clever

  • 38 months ago
  • -1 points

The Death Trooper

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it hit a stationary target?