Build Date : 16OCT2018

Build Name : Kube

Named by the customer because it's a cube and spelling properly is for normies.


Co-worker of mine introduced me to his neighbor who wanted to get into PC gaming and didn't know where to start. He wanted a nice machine for around $1k that had some personality.


The customer stated that he will be exclusively gaming. Naturally, I went with the crowd favorite, the i5-8500. It's one of, if not the best all around gaming CPU on the market, especially for the money. Easy pick.


The stock cooler would have certainly been fine, but for $20, why not? It improved aesthetics and besides, who likes a warm CPU?


It was an inexpensive B360 mITX motherboard that fit the budget and met our goals for the build. It also came with free WiFi which was a nice bonus and came in handy because he didn't have a Cat5e cable long enough to reach the router.


Lots of good memory manufactures out there and Team is one of them. Went with black/silver to keep the neutral tone so the color scheme could be changed easily in the future if desired.


The Samsung 860 EVO is always a good pick and there was a really good deal on Newegg at the time, so that was another easy pick. Add to cart.


Opened up the GPU tab and clicked on 1070/1070ti. Picked the lowest cost one which was surprisingly the EVGA SC.. We considered a 1070 ti, but couldn't find one cheap enough at the time of purchase to fit the budget; oh well.


I sent the customer a bunch of snapshots of builds that I had done prior and he gravitated towards the smaller cube builds, so it was easy to convince him to go with the teeny-tiny hard to work with, Core V1.. I don't know why I did that to myself again... It's very difficult to work with if you have large meaty hands. At least this time I had a modular PSU.

Power Supply

The Seasonic M12 evo has been and probably until it's discontinued will be one of my favorite mid range modular PSUs. For an i5-8500/1070 build, it was the first one that came to mind.

Lessons Learned

Hook up the necessary cables to the PSU before you put it in the case..

My hands are still not mITX compatible.

Additional Notes

As usual, when I build the computer in someone else's home, I try not to do a full on photo shoot. However, I was able to take a few nice shots with the DSLR before hurrying the build up so that he could play the new CoD game and I could go get some BBQ from the place near his apartment.

Also, today (a week after the build), the customer said one of the most heartwarming things that you can hear as a system builder:

Dude, I love the PC so much, I think I am just going to sell my XBox because I don't know if I'll use it anymore.

liek if u cri evrytiem

Builder Comments

As I have done for my previous Core V builds, I have to link the OG that gave me the inspiration for the under glow. Also as stated before, I improved on his method by going through the bottom grate instead of out the back and placing the IR sensor in the front grill so the remote can be used more easily by the user.

As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.

Thanks for reading!

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  • 19 months ago
  • 5 points

Tidy little system, hope you get a feature for your efforts.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks bud, I appreciate it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build, been looking to make a system in the V21 case(microATX, not ITX), so this is good inspiration1 Thanks OP, +1!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I've done about five V21 builds; two of which are in my completed builds. I can't recommend the V21 enough.

Glad I could inspire! Shoot me a message if/when you build it so I can check it out.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya that case is very appealing to me. Not super flashy, but super unique due to the modular nature of the case. I'll make sure to let you know if I ever get around to building that!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The underglow looks really slick. Nice build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. Very tidy and great use of space! Also, the 200mm fan (assuming?) in front is just badass.