Description

(If the title displeases Nintendo, I’ll change the build name to the “Generic Entertainment Box-mo-tron.” (also if they ask I’m definitely not sponsoring an unsanctioned Pokemon party (if you have to ask, you weren’t invited)))

This is Yet Another Budget Gaming Rig™, assuming your budget is $1000. Could’ve aimed higher, splurged for the SSD and 16 GB RAM, but all these projects tend to go the way of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if you don’t set a hard budget limit somewhere.

Of course, the budget is a tad cheaty. Standard peripherals are not included, as I already have plenty lying around. I would recommend picking up the Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers for sound, unless you’re aiming for full 5.1. Also, Logitech’s K740 Illuminated Keyboard is the best keyboard I’ve ever owned.

Mini ITX was always the form factor I had in mind for this build, and the Thermaltake Core V1 has been perfect. It’s substantially smaller than my doofy old tower PCs, yet well laid-out inside for plenty of airflow and accessibility. Heck, I had an easier time installing my GPU and HDD than on my big old Antec.

Originally, I had intended this to be a Steam box. Without going into a diatribe, SteamOS was just too limited for my uses. I ended up with your standard Windows 8.1 install. However, I’m trying to find a suitable gaming front-end that will create the experience of playing a console, with the functionality of a full-featured OS behind it (something like Hyperspin or Steam Big Picture Mode). As this is my dedicated gaming PC, I want to interact with the actual operating system as little as possible, and only when I need it. Similar to how people build custom arcade cabinets/emulation machines. If anyone has any thoughts there, please share.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great! The built-in wifi is a definite plus. Also, the bios is pretty advanced and intuitive.

Storage

It's what you'd expect from a standard HDD. Not too fast, not too slow, but plenty of storage.

Video Card

Does its job. Not sure I've even pushed its limits yet. Shadows of Mordor runs perfectly at max settings.

Case

I love this case. It's incredibly small, yet spacious and well laid out. Looks sharp to boot. There's no evident space for a CD/DVD drive, but for my uses this is not a drawback. Airflow appears to be terrific. I'm not actually sure why I ever preferred larger PC towers, since this is half the size, half the cost, and still fits comfortably everything I need.

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Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

put a Capcom sticker on it

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Good suggestion!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You should dual boot Win8/ Linux with stock Win8 and have linux boot straight into emulators. If you haven't already, buy an Xbox360 controller to use with games.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yup, got one.

I've done the dual boot in the past, and actually I prefer many Linux distros over Windows. Thing is, I'd rather just boot into one OS and have everything in one place. I was using LaunchBox's Big Box mode as a gaming frontend for a bit. It's easy to configure, but not as flashy as the alternatives.

Thanks again for the feedback :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

good luck on your build hope it turns out nicely

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have a K740 as well, and it is a nice keyboard. The f keycap on mine broke a couple weeks ago. That was a very sad day.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually spilled beer on mine a couple years ago, and broke it trying to clean it. Then ordered another one.

I will say, its big drawback is that it's not quite as maintenance friendly as older keyboards.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

scrolling thru builds using parts on my part list and i felt like being a creepy comment stalker would be worth it to upvote that

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah gotta watch out for nintendo

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Lazy dog you got there xD Nice build! Would recommend working a bit on the cable management on the desk, I accidentally turned my PC off when I hit the power cable and it turned off my PC

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I knew some fastidious person would point out the cable mess. Yeah I'll be investing in some twisty ties in the near future :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build! Investing in a SDD drive in the future will improve performance nicely.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm building a core V1 now, but can't figure out which mainboard screws / ? standoffs to use.

there is 4 varieties or so , along with 1cm high rubber gaskets , could you tell me which were used?

thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm building a core V1 now, but can't figure out which mainboard screws / ? standoffs to use.

there is 4 varieties or so , along with 1cm high rubber gaskets , could you tell me which were used?

thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

My approach to the screws was fairly arbitrary. If the screws fit, I used them.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

that is not a GameCube it is not purple and does not have a handle

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not even a cube! This guy's a great big phony!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have issues with the length of the card blocking anything? The system builder is showing me a compatibility note on that.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

None, everything fit great.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not seeing the same compatibility warning in my part list - perhaps there's another component causing a conflict for you?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

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