My first PC build! I chose the Core V1.0 as I have limited space and plan to move house soon, so I needed something relatively small and not heavy. I have upgraded the graphics card, fans, lighting, hard drives, cooler and PSU since my original version of this build, so I decided to just upload a new build. See below for part reviews, and feel free to leave any questions or comments!
Initially I did not want an unlocked processor, as I was not sure what I was doing with it. However, now I really wish I go the 6700K instead. The stock heatsink is very loud, and the greater potential of an unlocked processor is really a no brainer. However, this processor does the job (CAD 3D Design and gaming) and stays cool while it does it. Highly recommended if you don't wish to overclock.
"You don't need a liquid cooler for a locked CPU"; I frankly love the way this cooler looks, as well as the fact it is far more quiet than the air cooler equivalent. It is far better performing than the biggest tower cooler I can fit in my case, albeit a little on the expensive side. The LEDs look absolutely stunning. Variable pump and fan speed are unique and keep the noise down very well.
I chose this motherboard due to it being one of the most inexpensive which meets my needs. I don't like the orange accents. however you can disable the LEDs if you wish to do so. 2 RAM slots are enough for me, and I made do with the single USB 2.0 header (using the NZXY internal hub), and I also had to use a splitter on one of the PWM fan headers. Recommended for an inexpensive mobo.
Basic low profile RAM. Fast, inexpensive and doesn't interfere with any other competent clearance. Again, I chose this RAM as it was the most inexpensive which met my needs; highly recommended.
SSD for installing demanding games (to decrease load times) as well as applications like Solidoworks, which I use most often. No faults, and no complaints do far.
Quiet, large and inexpensive HDD for mm mass storage. I went with this hard drive based on good review, and it is relativity quiet. Again, no issues so far, and no complaints.
Probably overkill, however I do run 2 monitors (one ultra-wide) and play games such as The Witcher 3 on max settings. The cooler is far superior to the founder's edition, and it has never been above 65 degrees on the stock fan curve. It was difficult to fit into my case, and took about 20 minutes of manoeuvring to get it seated in the motherboard and to fit the power connectors.
I love this case. It is as small as i'd like while fitting everything inside I could ever want. The fact it fits a full sized 1080Ti, PSU and push/pull radiator AIO is incredible! The cable management could be better, as most are stuffed out of the way next to the PSU, yet the HDD ans SSD cables are still messy. The acrylic window also scratches easily, with Thermaltake not offering replacements for sale or glass equivalents.
Pretty much silent while in operation. I went for the high wattage when I upgraded to the 1080Ti, which has a high power consumption. The black sleeved cables look very clean, and the PSU itself is very minimalist and unobtrusive. EVGA's higher end power supplies are legendary for their warranty and reliability, and this is no different.
Gorgeous looking fan. The lighting is the brightest and most versatile of all of the fans I have tried, and it works so well when paired with the HUE+ and Kraken cooler in CAM. My only gripe is the price, £30 for a fan is very expensive.