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Black (K)Night

by ShatteredAwe



Date Published

March 1, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Hey. So this is actually a sort of "revision" of my first build that I made a month ago. (So all of these parts are well over a month old) Basically I hated the case and wanted something a little bit smaller and with more style, hence why I went with this Thermaltake Core V1. So far I'm loving the switch; my build is completely quiet (sans the hard drive) unless I'm gaming and the entire build still fits in a plastic bag!

I also added a new mouse and keyboard. I ended up going with an AZIO MGK-1 and a Logitech Proteus Core when I found the both of them on sale. This is my first "gaming" mouse that I've had, and I have to say that I love it immensely. There's no RGB, but I personally like white and blue enough for that to be no major problem, at least for now. It also has a "sniper" button which lets me slow down my mouse's sensitivity for if I need it.

Aside from that, I can't really complain about the build. If anyone asks; I have 2 SSDs because someone gifted me the BX200 (Which is still fast, but i can definitely see why people didn't like it in reviews) . The only major thing I regret with this build is that i forgot to buy another 80mm fan for the back, but I can do so easily since the fan was only 5$ XD. I also wish that I hadn't bought my SSD used; from my last build, i was able to that SSD, my last case (Corsair 250d with missing pieces), a 240mm water cooler, an hdd (which was bad) and 2 case fans for around $200. Now I have to re-sell most of that. So note to self; buy brand new.

Leave me any comments that you have! In the future I hope to paint this case blue or purple! :D. And to be honest, entire computer building experience is really giving me a lot of self-esteem that I needed right now. It's a really weird feeling, but also a really good feeling.

Part Reviews


A relatively stable motherboard that allows me to overclock and stays cool. I think that it's pretty well made so far, but the only issue that I have with it is that it shipped with a scratch in one of the heatsinks. It hasn't affected performance but it slightly throws the aesthetic off.


It's cheap and it works. The design is simple and it can be OC'd as well.

Video Card

Small, silent, that can OC to around 2100MHz. Stays cool and I've never seen it hit above 75c. As for the RX 480 vs. 1060 debate... I'm team 1060. It performs better in more games right now and does so with less power consumption, less heat and less noise.


Bloody amazing for the price. It's small, but it holds everything that I need it too, and even has space for some cable management! Some components feel a bit cheap (Power/reset buttons, for example), but it also does an amazing job at keeping everything cool as well as silent! A case you MUST consider if you're looking into the mini itx form factor.

Power Supply

Reliable, silent and energy efficient.

Case Fan

Stays pretty silent except on extreme loads, and fits nicely in my case. It also moves a LOT of air for it's form. Only main issue is that the cord is far too long and that it's not 4-pin, but I can control it easily in BIOS.


My first real Mechanical keyboard. Blues are perfect for Typing and non-trigger based gaming, and the build quality is stellar. They're not Cherry MX Blues, but they're a good substitute for now, unless you want to spend over 150$ CDN for a keyboard.


Got it on sale at NCIX for 70$. It's fast, responsive and very well made.

Comments Sorted by:

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Looks really good!

you should probably take the plastic off the window though.

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Don't worry I did. The window has some weird pre-factory minor scratches on it though, but eh. The case was 50$ and I can't really tell that they're there.

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

yeah, plastic windows sometimes do

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wazzbot 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Similar build to mine.... Same secondary ssd and hdd (other than capacity), same amount and speed of ram, upgraded my i3 6100 to kaby lake version of yours (i5 7600k), same motherboard, itx build, but no cooler or gpu. How's gaming in it? How's temperatures and sound?

Please tell me you've taken the plastic film from the top window, that might keep me up at night.

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Lol yep I have.

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Crap I forgot to answer your other questions.

It's a really, really silent PC now. I can't hear anything but the HDD while I'm doing anything other than gaming. Temperatures are awesome as well; 30-40c while idling, internet, some downloads and installations, and they never really go above 70c. That's for the CPU. The GPU is much the same.

Gaming on it is really fun. I get pretty solid and high FPS, if not maxed out, on every game I've thrown at it thus far. I haven't tried to OC my GPU yet though, so I wonder if I'm missing out on more potential.

Sankalp06 2 points 24 months ago

Hey nice build. Is this case magnetic? I want to install a magnetic light strip on it.

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I think so. I have a wifi adapter that came with my motherboard, and it seems to be magnetic since it literally just "sticks" to any surface of the case. Also I've been thinking of adding Magnetic LEDs on the inside; do you have any idea of where I could find them?

Sankalp06 2 points 24 months ago
SubNauticaWaterWorld47 1 point 25 months ago

Every time I look at the completed build section I am reminded that I need to upgrade my cpu. I am also reminded that ITX builds look great. Um just my opinion but I think you should have saved up for a fully modular PSU.

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Whoops! I actually bought this PSU (https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-) And I typed in the wrong one for this build. It is fully modular. Letme fix it...

ShatteredAwe submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

No wait, nevermind you're right, the PSU isn't fully modular. I can't believe I didn't check for that before I bought/built it lol.

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