Description

Updated this build over the last couple of months. Here you can find the first version of this build and the building process, and here are the changes:

  • Removed silver strip on the top of the case

  • Replaced Cryorig M9i with Cryorig H7

  • Replaced 1060 3GB with 1080

  • Replaced 200mm fan with 140mm fan

  • Replaced ASUS MG248Q monitor with Dell S2716DGR

  • Replaced Logitech G502 Proteus Core with G703

  • Added Anker Soundcore 2 speaker

  • Added cheap USB microphone

  • Updated part list

  • Re-did cable management and cleaning

  • Added Alien xenomorph Funko Pop

Between this update and the time I finished the first revision, in the search to continue to downsize my PC, I tested out the build in the Raijintek Metis case. I went ahead and milled a hole in top panel to improve cooling and went through a bunch of modifications but it didn't satisfy me in the end because the intake fan grill created a humming noise and the temps were sub-par. So I'm back in the Core V1 and happier than ever! I rebuilt the PC with all of the knowledge I had gained recently and I'm very happy with the result. Might 3D print a case in the future but for now I have really come to appreciate this little case.

I grabbed the 1080 for $500 on Craigslist; it was too tempting to pass up, and I'm impressed with its performance so far. The Dell monitor is another incredible piece of tech, glad I got it for $400 on sale too! Bought the G703 for $50 and I love its appearance and wireless functionality. Needed a better mic and this $10 USB mic blew me away despite its cheap cost and weird look. The 140mm fan is much quieter and efficient than the 200mm fan, while the H7 provides better performance and looks. I'm proud to say that I finally got everything color coordinated. Lastly, the Anker speaker exceeded my expectations and is excellent for listening and gaming.

Looking to get better headphones in the future. I ordered a few pairs but ended up returning them because they either were uncomfortable or didn't sound very good in my opinion, but I'm not an audiophile. Next on the list is also a monitor arm! Unfortunately this college desk can't support one :(

Feel free to comment or ask a question. Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the mouse, I wish it was available in Europe. Thanks for sharing!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How good is the mic on Cloud Stinger?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Its not awful but it does sound fairly muffled and nasal-y. It's good for the price

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Direct upgrade from Cloud Stinger would be SteelSeries Arctis 5 or 7, they have fairly good audio and the mic is very good for a headset, its award-winning....the Cloud II is very good audio for its price. For a higher tier look into Audio Technica ATH-M50x, at $150 they have pretty great audio. Beyond that tier I'd suggest AKG's K series

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendations. I already checked out the ATH-M40x but returned it because the clamping force was too much and the earcups didn't fit my huge ears. I might try them again with some different earcups once I get some money

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to do a similar cpu/cooler setup, can you tell me about your temps and overclocks?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't overclocked the CPU because I don't really have the need to right now. At idle it sits around 29-32 C at room temperature, and under load while gaming it is usually around 51-54 C. The H7 is pretty quiet, and so are the case fans I installed, but the blower GPU is quite loud

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a lot of headroom for a chip with a TJMax of 100c. thanks for the info.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

i love tjmaxx

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to get the Arctic fans working on PWM?? I have the same mobo/fans and my fans only work on DC mode on Standard.. Maybe my mobo is defective or maybe Asrock needs to update their bios..

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they work on PWM. I'm also using a fan splitter. Did you check to make sure the header you connected the fan(s) to are PWM supported?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

All 3 of the fan connectors are 4-pin, but BIOS only allows us to switch from DC to PWM for CHA_FAN1, which is what I have to connected to. EDIT: I just called ASRock and they told me that splitters do not work with their mobos, which would explain why my fans aren't spinning at the correct rates. Are you using a fan hub/controller? If not, you might want to check your fans speeds because I don't think it's working properly. This sucks for us because we need 4 fan connectors but there's only 3 in this case :(

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok well I went into my BIOS and it does look like the speeds can be changed. All of the fan headers on the mobo are 4 pin, and the splitter I use is also two 4 pin connectors. I can definitely hear and feel an increase in sound/airflow respectively when I raise or lower the RPM of the two 80mm fans. Are you sure you have a dual 4 pin splitter? I have no other controller or hub

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I have the same splitter as you. I too am able to change the fan curve in FAN-Tastic Tuning in BIOS but the RPM counter is inaccurate and the fans wont spin at the desired rates...Very strange. I wonder why ASRock would specifically tell me "splitters do not work with our motherboards" lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it is weird. The two fans spin at one speed no matter what I set them to, and they only rev up to full speed after waking the PC, but then it settles back down to the 'silent' setting. Wish we had one more fan header on this board so we wouldn't need a splitter but this will have to do. Not sure how much effect PWM control would have on the temps of the PC anyway

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm actually making a very similar one with same case + asrock h370m itx/ac and i'm thinking about Cryorig H7. And here is my question. Does H7 with asrock Z370m itx/ac blocks setup of 2xHDD3.5"? Cuz it protrudes beyond the edge of the mainboard, right? Are you able to check it?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It does not interfere with HDD installation in this case

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker says that the Cryorig H7 is incompatible with the Core V1. Did you have any problems with the fit? Thinking about downsizing into this case and already have an H7 so I'd like to use it if possible.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It has no problem fitting. With the top panel on, there is about 1-2 mm of clearance between the top of the cooler and the acrylic window. Not sure why PCPP lists it as an incompatibility, but the real clearance of the Core V1 is something like 147 mm. Also I think it looks excellent in this case

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks for the reply. I’m leaning towards the V21 right now but I love how small and simple the V1 is.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. I can't recommend the V1 enough, very nice little case

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

wait, so I just saw your 2 builds, and temps look the same, are they correct or was there a mistake? because I have the same case and I am chosing between these 2 coolers

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what 2 builds you're referring to cause I have 5 builds. All of the recorded temps I put down are correct for those components listed. Also don't know what cooler you're referring to

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, you were really helpful.

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