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Thermaltake Dragon Core V1

by Brandonzhun



Date Published

March 15, 2016

Date Built

March 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.058 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C


First of all, thanks for giving attention to my build and i really appreciate it and this means a lot to me. I've spending most of my free time on this build. The things i does to this build is light case modding, cable sleeving and cable management. As all the mini-itx builder knows, space is limited in every mini-itx case except those bigger cases like the Bitfenix Prodigy. It's lucky for me to buy this case as i spend most of my vacation time to find it, from shop to shop, more and more disappointed answers flew through my ears and finally i managed to bought it from a local shop. The one and only Thermaltake Core V1 in their stock, luckily doesn't have any damages or defect. A good start for me.

After that, i completed my Thermaltake Dragon Core. But that time i was lack of budget. After few months of hard work, i finally have enough budget to take my Thermaltake Dragon Core to V1. The biggest changes of this upgrade is the front cover. From the original black front panel, i sprayed it's innner layer to red leaving the outer black metal mesh black. Luckily for me the front panel is not attached to its front cover, make things easier and enjoyable. But after i sprayed the front cover to red, the holes on the front cover make me feel like lack of something, so i decided to make some "fake" holes to it. Make it look like a complete honey comb came out from the honey nest.

I also upgraded the gpu from R9 270x to GTX 770. This is the most impact upgrade for me as it takes all my games to next level, in the graphic wise. Luckily for me a local guy in my home town let go his fast *** gpu and meet me this lucky owner. I also upgraded my psu to cooler master v700, a fully modular gold rated PSu with maximum output of 700W and more juice enough for me to power up the soul of Dragon Core and overclocking.

Another visual upgrade i made on this build is the sleeved cables. Normally the extension cables kinda long and lacks of colour choices, so i decided to sleeve the cables my own in the same time save some space inside my case. The most precaution things of cable sleeving is the pin that hold the cable to the shell, make sure it does not break and the shape of the cable head makesure it doesn't bent too much and prevent the pin on motherboard to entering it. The colour scheme i choose for this build is red, silver, and black. These cable sleeving mods push my patience and focus to my limit.

The built itself is kinda stable, havent facing any problem yet and i don wan to face them. If you are going to start a build with this case, feel free to drop me messages and i will answer them as soon as possible. Thanks for reading.

For more infor about this build and other mini-itx builds: Feel free to click the link. http://miniitxmods.blogspot.my/?view=magazine

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A space saving liquid cooler without compromising the cooling abilities with a huge, thick 120mm radiator and two 120mm fans. The bad side is, Under load is abit noisy for me


This motherboard's bios makes me feel like im in it, the UI is very simple and useful. Words are replaced by graphics. The on board view features is nice. I can know which of my sata port is being used without actually going inside my pc. Good job msi.


A cool looking ram to spice up your builds


Accidentally dropped it from my 70cm tall table and it still works, good job seagate.

Video Card

A fast and stable card to handle all the demanding titles without a sweat.


Overall, the case design is nice. Two chamber designed so you can hide those extra and messy cables underneath and create a clean and happy environment on top of the case Air flow is not a problem in this case as all the sides of this case is ventilated by holes onli the upper arcylic panel.

Power Supply

A quility and stable PSU. Its is kinda heavy and this proofs that its materialwise i quality and the fan itself is almost silent during operation

Comments Sorted by:

_Non_ 2 points 37 months ago

Cringed about that accident to your hard drive but great build! I love the case.

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

go seagate

IskanderEXC 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Gorgeous build, but I am a little bit of a stickler for cable management so I would work on that a little. Other than that fantastic!

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

i will work on that, thanks

texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Did you buy a pin remover to sleeve your cables or did you use paper clips?

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

i bought a pin remover, and the biggest concern for me is snapping it, once snapped game over.

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I just ordered some cable combs and a pin remover from moddiy.com . Unfortunately I went through the pain of using paperclips and needlenose pliers. because I just wanted sleeve my cables that bad

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

i've tried using paper clips but too hard for me

texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I held off on the 24-pin until I get the pin extracting tool

SyrusV2 1 point 37 months ago

I literally had a RED attack... anyways nice build but the cable management could be better!

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

thanks for your advice

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice case, looks almost like mine.

salamader9 1 point 36 months ago

First of all, ur builds looks amazing I seriously love it! But i have a question thoo... I am using the same motherboard as you do, but I've seen there is only one 4Pin connector, how did u connect all these fans to your build? Did you use a 4Pin to 3Pin connector? Greetings

Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

i connected my fan hub to the 4 pin and leave another fan port empty

JT670 1 point 28 months ago

Did you have to remove the foamy filter thing on the front grill cover to get the red to pop out more?

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Brandonzhun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago


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