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Spent a week deciding how I wanted to orient all the parts, this explains fans and radiators in different places. The photos with the rosewill fan are the final version of this build, with the radiator in front. Photos taken with a Galaxy S5 at different times, pictures aren't of great quality.

TL;DR: Downgraded from I7/GTX970, went compact, modded the case, added some RGB bling, kept it quiet. Used for Overwatch @ 144Hz. Sleeved extensions are my favorite part. Hope you like the look!

Just finished up this build featuring the Thermaltake Core V21. I recently downgraded from a 4790K and GTX970 (See my previous builds). I stopped streaming and the only game I play as of late is Overwatch. The GTX 760 can push 150 frames on Low/Medium settings with a 50Mhz overclock on the core and 75Mhz on the memory, which is fine with me. This 8320 was purchased by a friend of mine the first year it was launched, so its a veteran to say the least. This CPU at one point had hardly any thermal compound on it and was regularly hitting 85C with the stock cooler on it, I had my buddy pick up a 212 EVO, which kept it cool for the last 2 years. I'm getting steady idle temps of between 6-16C (21C ambient) and temps under load have never passed 40C. This is at 4.2GHz @ Auto voltage. I picked up this motherboard for $60 USD on Amazon, it handles overclocks well and has a nice black color scheme. The USB 3.0 header is in an inconvenient location, but with Velcro ties I think it looks alright. Plenty of USB ports (2 3.0/6 2.0 ports) for my devices. Bluetooth/Wi-Fi card works very well with the system and provides great wireless connection if needed. I use bluetooth headphones (APIE-ID) for gaming and always have a crystal clear sound. The card I put in the parts list isn't the exact model but I believe they are incredibly similar. The memory is still dam good looking I think, does its job. Basic as can be. Storage is only 256GB from a Crucial MX100 SSD. This is fine, I don't have many games installed and am only using 100GB at the moment. The cable extensions are from Phanteks, THEY ARE INCREDIBLY LONG (30CM) I was not aware of the length, luckily with proper cable management I got them neatly stowed away. The CPU cooler is my old Kraken X61, I had to mod the V21 to fit this radiator at the front, I used a cutting wheel to notch a gap where the cooler interferes. I did not take pictures of this as my phone was very lost at that time. It does a great job of keeping everything cool, and I have all 4 case fans plugged into the built in 3-pin fan hub on the kraken. The Be quiet! fans are very quiet and move plenty of air, the Rosewill 120mm fan is surprisingly quiet and moves enough air to give the 760 some fresh air. I cut a piece of fan filter from an old case and fastened it between the fan and the case to stop any big dust chunks from getting through. The LED's I got off of amazon for $11 USD, they plug into a USB port in the back of the motherboard, have RGB-esque (not Hue+ level, but decent) features with 3 buttons that control color, brightness, and mode. Typical 3M adhesive holds them up (prefer magnets but $11 is cheap enough). Recommend if your case has a liquid cooling gromet out the back of the case you could fit a USB cord through. Overall, this is my favorite build to date. It is different than anything I've seen on PCP, it has character and will hold me off until I give into an expensive custom liquid-cooled build in the near future.

Peripherals The microphone I use is a Blue Snowball USB mic, my keyboard is a Magic Eagle Mechanical Gaming keyboard, got it on Amazon for $60 USD, has nice RGB features and some kind of mech. switch. This is the most I was willing to spend on a keyboard because I don't find it to be an essential piece of my gaming experience. I recently upgraded to the G602 from the G402 Hyperion Fury mouse, which has been great. The 402 was great, but was showing signs of ware and started to die. The 602 shows no signs of input lag while gaming and the batteries last for weeks on end while in performance mode. This mouse is a perfect fit for my hand and has very comfortable material. The DPI buttons are too close to where I place my index finger and sometimes I accidentally hit them in game (only gripe). The VG248QE 144Hz monitor is proven to be great. It does what I need, and has been worth the money. I picked up the KN242 for $99 on Black Friday, it's a very basic panel but is nearly identical in bezel size to the VG248 with an IPS panel and 60Hz refresh rate it serves its purpose well. If you get to this point, bless your soul.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid overclocker, power hungry but handles what I throw at it well. Runs cool for a 5 year old CPU.

CPU Cooler

Great AIO, provides all the cooling necessary for this CPU. Has ran solid for 2 years now on multiple builds.

Motherboard

Old school AM3+ Mobo, handles overclocks well. Poorly placed USB 3.0 header. Looks nice, black color scheme. Recommend for a cheap m-atx board.

Memory

It's like the '70 Charger of DDR3. Big and badass. But really, it's just ram, oh-so basic ram.

Storage

SSD Lyfe Bro. Solid Boot drive.

Video Card

The old faithful of GPU's. Handles Overwatch @ 144Hz well with a slight overclock. 4 year old card with heavy use, 71C average temps. Holding me over until a new build.

Case

UNDERRATED CASE. Typically, I hate Thermaltake. Their cases bother me for some reason. Always seem to be overpriced and under-spec'd. This case is a fantastic cube M-atx case. It's easy to build in, has cooling potential galore, a nice but very easily scratchable side window, supports my carried-over 850 G2 PSU. I recommend it to experienced builders, its a joy!

Power Supply

Had an 4790K/970 build and had plans for SLI so I bought this originally, decided to carry it over. Using about half of its wattage or a little less. I keep it in eco mode most of the time anyways. It's the best PSU on the market, 9.9/10 on JohnnyGuru. G3's are coming out though so probably go that route now.

Wireless Network Adapter

Solid connection for cheap.

Case Fan

Quiet and moves air.

Case Fan

Quiet and moves air.

Case Fan

Quiet and moves air.

Monitor

Great for what I need. Worth the money even today.

Monitor

Killer deal for $100.

Mouse

Works for my gaming needs. Very comfortable for claw grip. $40 is a steal IMO.

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Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What was your reason for downgrading?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I stopped streaming and needed some cash for new tires. College keeps my budget very tight. Plus, a friend wanted to upgrade so we helped each other out.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair, I'm about to figure that struggle out as I'm about to start college as well

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build, great job with the cable management. Glad that those parts meet your needs, it sucks to downgrade and not have the hardware work out too well.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your case. Sad about the down grade but at least you can still play the games that you enjoy.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Badass pc room with the leds on the ceiling! +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there room to push pull FANS with the Kraken x61? Looks like the radiator is much higher then the motherboard. Looks like there is room.

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