Hey everyone! Newbie to the forums here, getting ready to start a Core V1 build. Ridiculously excited. I'm no stranger to building my own rigs (been doing it for almost 20 years now) and I'm anxious to get this started. I've been getting so many parts in the mail lately, my apartment office's staff has started calling me to let me know I have new stuff in.
My girlfriend and I ran across a build in this case for sale at Fry's. I've traditionally been a GIANT HONKING CASE OR NOTHING kind of guy, as evidenced by the original Antec P180 case I have been using and updating for the last ten years. It's housed more builds than I can remember. Anyway, I wanted to reuse my existing i5-3570K and I was having trouble finding a mini-ITX board that I liked, so I settled on a micro-ATX board and the V1's bigger sibling, the Core V21. It's been up and running really well for a few weeks, but I kept coming back and stalking this forum, and decided the Core V1 build was what I really wanted to do.
I don't plan on doing anything you haven't seen in some posts here already, but here's the parts list:
Case: Tt Core V1
Motherboard: Gigabyte H77N-WIFI
Processor: Intel i5-3570K
Graphics: ASUS GTX770 OC Edition
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800
PSU: Corsair HX650W (semi-modular)
Storage: OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD (boot drive), 2TB WD Green 5400RPM HDD (storage)
CPU Cooling: Corsair H90, replacing included fan with Arctic Cooling F14 PWM and adding another F14 for push-pull, getting rid of the 200mm fan on the case
Other fans: 2x Arctic Cooling F8 Pro PWM PST in the rear
About half that stuff is either here and waiting or in use in the V21 build right now. Waiting on all the cooling stuff. My gaming needs are pretty moderate (Skyrim and MMOs, mainly) so I saw no need to upgrade to a latest-gen processor... though I probably could have had I skipped the V21 build! What I have will still serve me nicely, though it's hardly bleeding-edge. This will be my first mITX build in a proper mITX case, and also my first with a AIO liquid cooler.
I really want to upgrade to the GTX1070, but that will have to wait. I'm also concerned that, since the GTX770 has been in a standard ATX configuration for so long, the sag these heavy cards develop will have some issues with the opening at the front of the V1. I think someone here recently posted about their card rubbing - there's a possible cause, if you're reading this!
Anyway, I look forward to slapping it all together and sharing my own and everyone else's experience!