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So I'm writing this after a year and a half, and as I'm prepping for another upgrade. I actually ended up spending about $1100 on this build, before the 2 monitors, about $1600 total.

While I'd custom ordered computers before and installed a lot of hardware, this was my first custom build. I'd been waiting for a while for several technologies to come out, mainly NVMe SSD's, and finally couldn't wait any longer.

First off, this case is awesome! I love the Core V1. It is a little tight to get around in at times, especially during cable management, but that is to be expected for such a small and sharp looking case. It's well laid out, I love that all the sides can be interchanged so I could move the window to the top. The included 200mm fan is nice and quiet, and the front filter keeps things perfectly clean and is relatively easy to clean.

Life developments made me scale back my build a little bit though, namely dropping back to an i5 instead of an i7. I thought that an i5 had become good enough, and for pretty much everything, it has been, but as I get deeper into VM use, I wish I'd opted for the i7.

My first issue was that the MSI AMD R9 390 I'd originally planned for and PCPartPicker said would fit... did not fit in my case. The slot in the Core V1 allowed it's length, but the card was about 1-2mm too thick. I went with the MSI 970 instead. Man is this thing quiet! The fan almost never runs and even when it does, it's almost inaudible.

Next issue came when I exchanged the GPU. For the first time in a decade of handling computers, I zapped my mobo from not being grounded. After a quick RMA, I was up and running again. Another issue with the mobo... why the heck is the M.2 slot on the bottom?? I know it's an Mini-ITX but talk about a pain. Replacement will require a complete dissemble of my computer. I do like the BIOS a lot though, as well as included apps to manipulate it from within the OS.

NVMe SSD's were so new when I put this together, that it was an extreme pain in the rear trying to get it working. First the mobo wouldn't recognize the Samsung 950 Pro. Days after I got it though, they released a new BIOS version that fixed it partially. Then I struggled to get windows installed to it as a boot drive because firmware issues. I think I finally got around this by running windows off a spare HDD I had, updating firmware, then reinstalling windows.

Once up and running, I was blown away by the speed!! This thing made my 1yr old MacBook Pro with PCIe SSD look like a snail. I often forget how fast it is until I try using someone else's computer.

Finally, I know how rarely optical disc drives get used, which is why I chose to leave it out and get this case... but when you need it, you need it. I've found myself wishing I had one again more now than I have the previous 5 years put together.

Prime95 - CPU hits 67deg, but doesn't budge past this once the fans ramp up. Still pretty quiet compared to previous computers I've owned.

Unigine Heaven - GPU maxes out at 68deg (staying right about 60fps without overclocking) and the fan doesn't even come on at all until about 60deg, even then stay low and quiet.

I'm preparing to upgrade again because while this is an insane computer for most needs, I'm about to step it up a notch and practically start running a server running multiple VM's consistently and put together a home lab. More CPU, more RAM, definitely more HDD (thanks Plex), more NIC's, eventually 2 GPU's (number crunching, not so much gaming), and possibly even liquid-cooling. Till next time...

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Like for cube style build, remind me car engine block . +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The big fans really give that impression when the case is opened up huh?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Boot time with that SSD? I have a normal SETA 3 drive and I go from bios to login screen in less than 5 seconds

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with fast boot and all windows cache and quick booting options turned off, it’s almost instantaneous. More so, there is zero slow down after windows login while things normally load up and same on opening programs. Data transfers are insane too, a3gig file goes in about 5 seconds. It’s hard to believe but there was a noticeable difference coming from a machine that had a SATA3 SSD and i7 and same ram to this one with i5 and NVMe. Plus cool to be a tiny stick hidden on mobo with no wires needed.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Just buy a usb powered disc drive that way you can put it away when you don't need it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

But I already have a whole drawer full of tech junk and cables and tools. Done without this whole time, but the next build will have one.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nearly 70C with that cooler on that CPU?! That's what you should be getting with a stock cooler! Something wrong there. High ambient temp? is the fan spinning??

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That’s rocking Prime95 stress test focused on creating highest temps. Ambient is about 72F. Other than stress tests, I’ve never seen it get out of the 30’s.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to shave off any of the metal to get the GPU cables to fit? I test fit my GTX 1080 gaming X at the PC store and it fit but the clearance was so tight I didnt think it would fit.....Waiting for mobo to arrive so I can install it..Any advice? Nice build!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have to take a dremel to it. I ran the power cables from the psu, through the opening where the usb and power button cable is, then up the front to the GPU. They stay hidden because of the dust cover and look nice and clean, unseen from the rest of the case.