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I have been console gaming for a number of years now and lately PC gaming seems to have been calling to me to give it a go. I have always wanted to build a PC myself so with cash in hand I set a budget of around a £1000 and done some research.

With Youtube and Pcpartpicker my bible I decided to go down the small form factor route and purchased my case, the Thermaltake Core V1. I liked the fact it was small but easy to work with but if the Nzxt Manta had been a bit smaller I would have chosen that instead, love that look. The i5 6600k and Gigabyte gaming 5 motherboard were next on my list, adding 8 GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 for memory. To cool the i5 i decided to take the plunge and go liquid cooled over air with the Corsair H75, will for sure dabble in some overclocking down the line. For the storage side of things I picked up a HyperX 240GB SSD for the OS and whatever programs, apps etc, for storing the games I got the WD Black series 1TB 3.5" drive. All powered by and Evga SuperNova G2 650W 80+ Gold fully modular power supply.

Choosing of the GPU had me going back and forth, changing my mind every other day for weeks until a no brainer came along in the form of the GTX 1070, seems to do all I want and then some. I have a Benq 24" gaming monitor hooked up to an xbox one so this will make do for now until a 1440p one takes its place. A gaming keyboard and mouse with a xbox wireless dongle for a controller in the post.

Building this little monster was a pleasure, no headaches, the case easy to work with and manage wiring, it all seemed a lot easier than what I thought it would be to be honest. I still think I can do a better job with cable management and will most likely treat it to some cosmetic cables with a touch of subtle case lighting. Can't wait to get gaming my new creation and welcome any comments on my first venture into the world of PC.

Now down to installing OS and other software needed to get this puppy singing....

Update: 28/06/2016 Cable Mod Wide magnetic RGB lighting kit installed. Also added the xbox one wireless adaptor via 90 degree usb connector , so runs parallel with case.

Pc seems to be running well overclocked to 4.5 ghz and Gtx 1070 overclocked to 2101mhz and 70C under load.

Update 1/7/2016 Two x Be quiet 80mm Silent wings 2 fans fitted to exhaust air though back of case. Bring overall temps down by between 5 - 6 C on Motherboard, CPU and Memory under load. GPU sits at 68/69 C overclocked whilst gaming. Also removed the cheap plastic feet from case and replaced them with some black aluminium ones. http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Thumbscrews-Case-Black-1-Piece_19353.html also fitted. http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/DEMCiflex-dust-filter-Cooler-Master-HAF-X-Front_55340.html fit inside side panels beautifully.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Quiet and keeps the i5 cool. So far so good.

Motherboard

Looks great, bios look basic.

Video Card

Seems like a monster, again need to learn more on overclocking and get gaming. Seems to stay pretty cool under stress test just below 70 c and 29 c idle. Noise levels not too bad either.

Update: Now overclocked.....

Case

Its small, its square and only £36. Easy to work with, there plenty of room for cable management.

Power Supply

So quiet you would think its turned off.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous! Very hi-def pictures. I just did a V1 build myself. Not nearly as expensive but this makes me wish I had done so. Your cable management is impeccable. I need to upgrade to a fully modular PSU. Very, very nice!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you tjburg. ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very hi-def pictures.

Beat me too it...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous build! That 1070 packs a serious punch, eh? Haha!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks rayfan98

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man! Well deserved! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep hoping someone puts out a solid Z ITX board with wifi and an internal USB or two so I can stash the XBone controller dongle and something else inside the case. If I didn't have a window I'd stick a simple usb 2.0 internal thing in my PC.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Plan to stick a right angled usb adaptor with xbox one dongle plugged in so it runs flush with the case.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh that would work too. I did have issues in my last system with a very very old usb 2.0 expansion hub (2 ports off a header that filled a PCI expansion slot on the case) disconnecting the adapter for extended periods but I chalked it up to the very very old hub. Plugged into one of many usb 2.0 ports on the motherboard and it works 100%.

ITX is life.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The new Xbox controller that is coming out has bluetooth built in. So if your pc has bluetooth, no dongle required.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if someone gives me one, I have the elite edition and can live with a dongle ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been console gaming for a number of years now

Glad to see you joined the master race!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Powerful and practical. There is no going back to console once you hook up a Xbox one controller to this thing. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have a 4.4GHZ overclock on my i5 6600k. Cant seem to push it past that without BSOD. Are you meaning you crash with anything above 4ghz?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes just got it up and running and not really 100% sure what I'm doing. Been messing around with intel extreme tuning utility, just basic changes to the core. Seems ok when stress testing then after a while will get a blue screen with text and it reboots back to normal settings.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you changing the base clock and not the k multiplier?

I would definitely try flashing to the latest bios and OCing in the bios. If that doesn't work, you probably just plain lost the silicon lottery.

Good build btw.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good photographs of your nice build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build man

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous and very clean build. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that cooler going for you? Thinking about getting one for myself if the money lines up good.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Quiet as a mouse and CPU running idle around 28 - 30 C and 65 C stress tested

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome photos bud

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi guys. just wondering if I have my location on this site set to Australia does it show Australian prices?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build.....i like the small case ......but...i think you should go for 16gb of ram since the gpu is 8gb +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, no issues with 8gb ram for gaming at the moment but will prob upgrade the ram in near future

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!!! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very nice, but I have a couple of comments: Are the fans on the H75 in a push/pull configuration? I think image 11 shows the external fan pulling into the case, where image 12 shows the internal pushing out i.e. they are fighting each other?

Given the the Z170i has 2 fan headers, and you are likely to use both for the H75, one for the pump and one for the fan(s) (splitter provided), how did you add the BeQuiets? more splitting?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and well spotted. Funny enough I checked through the system when adding new case feet and filters and noticed the fan config on the H75. They are now correctly in pull and push exhausting out the front of case, that as made a drastic affect on temps. With the BeQuiets also exhausting air from the rear my temp readings are: Motherboard CPU GPU At idle : 30c 27C 31C Stress test : 32C 58C 70C (Thats more like it)

Before push pull and Bequiets : 46C 75C 70C under stress test

So you can see I'm new to this but learning :) The Bequiets are plugged straight into Psu via molex. You get connectors with them giving you the choice to run at 5,7 and 12volts. H75 plugged into motherboard, one cpu and the other system. Both rarely rise above 1500rpm and Bequiets at 12 volt, very quiet at idle until gaming and the GtX gets up to 65-70C.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I think, many will agree, that even now its not the best config for cooling... As you don`t have proper air flow through the case, as every fan is pulling air OUT of the case... I think it would be better if you change that push\pull H75 to push air IN to the case (plus you got filter in the front panel). Other than that, I think its gorgeous build!! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I did think that myself and I may try it but with the temps I am running I don't see the need, CPU never gets over 60C gaming, idles under 30C and GPU never exceeds 70/71C. P.s Thanks ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I thought I would go ahead and try some different fan set ups as you mentioned. Even watch some stuff and read up on fan set ups and all pointed to air flowing though the case. After all different combos the best (and you ain't gonna believe it) is front and back exhausting producing about 5 deg c cooler CPU and even my GPU runs 5-6 C cooler. I have fine mesh on both side vents so any air being pulled through will trap dust.
Im no expert on why this is, but the figure tell me to keep it this way. I wonder if anyone else is using such a set up on this case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's because when you exhaust both front and back, you're basically creating a vortex of air from the left and right sides. In a push/pull configuration, you're channelling a single rush of air over your components in and then out. With your double exhaust, you're likely moving more cool air from both sides of the case instead of just the front. You're air bending, man!

And gorgeous build. I have a V1 sitting around at home and am going to give your build a go. Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, all the best with the build. Let us know how you get on :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

wondering how loud the GPU gets under stress.. doing a simliar build, but looking for low noise as well as power.. Trying to decide what 1070 to get.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would it was fairly loud under load but as I game with headphones I don't here it one little bit. Has for what 1070 to pick the choice is yours but some will not fit or the case may need to be modded due to size. Not sure it will fit but the Evga FTW looks great on paper.

  • 40 months ago
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Doing a bit of research, I read that the EVGA ACX 3.0 cooler kept the card cool and quiet. I picked up the 1080 SC, and it is damn near silent. Im slowly moving my parts to a Core V1, but I did put this video card in just to test and it fits.

Looked into the ZOTAC AMP! Series, but they are freaking massive and won't fit in a a V1.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man, congrats. I really like that bluish tone in your pics, and it seems your cable management is top notch +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this PC! I plan on doing almost the exact same thing but a black and white build with the asus dual OC gtx 1070. I was wondering your opinion on a CRYORIG C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler in a gtx1070 + and i5 6600k with the same motherboard you have chosen. Coming from console gaming a long time and trying to jump right in to the 1440p locked 60fps tier of pc gaming. If you do any video editing here and there with say adobe premier pro or anything similar and could give your opinion on if this PC rig is capable of that as well. Sorry for all the questions but this build is identical to the one I plan on creating other than the cooler, color scheme, and 16 gigs of ddr4 ram. Thank you!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I would spend the little extra on a water cooler but your choice should work just fine as long as it fits. If using identical motherboards then your colour scheme would also include red. I ditched this case for a nzxt Manta only because the Gpu was loud under load so I fitted an Evga cooler to it and now stays quiet and rarely sees 50C. As for any editing I cannot help as I only use it for gaming.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the response!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! :) Wish there was a build video for this beast!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

that is very nice man!!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx:)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

DAMMMNNNN!!!!! That looks sick

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx :) now it all sits with the Gpu watercooled in a a Manta case!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How far did the 1070 overclock?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Plays games stable when overclocked hitting 2114mhz

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, that's pretty good

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely one of the coolest mini itx builds I've seen. Love that you took the time to really make the build your own.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the best and most creative, professional case I have ever seen on this site. Looks like something from CES 2017

  • 28 months ago
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Thank you ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

...this is incredible

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