Description

This is a custom build using AMD exclusively in spite of the price hike. I was building this as a surprise gift for my best friend. I liked the challenge, and he is living in Japan for a year, so I have had quite a while to get it done.

He does not own a computer at this point so really anything is an upgrade over his old Macbook. His favorite game series is The Legend of Zelda (as is mine) and so I wanted to really customize it to make it extra special.

The parts were purchased over the span of about a year in an attempt to get the best prices possible with holiday deals and random sales popping up. I actually got a BestBuy credit card just for this project with the intent of using the points accrued to get smaller parts "for free."

I wanted to create a wind tunnel with the fans since I would be removing one of the intake panels and replacing it with a solid acrylic window. So I chose the FUMA Rev.B with the intention of setting all fans to pull air from the front creating positive air pressure and forcing it out through the back panel. It worked extremely well and the computer is cool and quiet, as it should be.

I found the cover art for the Hyrule Historia, Art and Artifacts, and Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia to be the most intricate yet simple (in terms of converting to line art). So I purchased the books, scanned the covers, and began tracing the designs I liked in CAD. I wanted the computer to have depth and light, so I purchased a second window panel for the opposing side. The plan was to laser cut the acrylic windows and give them edge lighting with white LEDs. I traced the triforce (with Ocarina of Time influences) on one window and the four corner details on the other. I also had to include some sort of engraving on the computer, so I looked up the Ancient Hylian alphabet online, which unfortunately only directly translates to Japanese hiragana. So I found a transliterated English version on Deviantart [https://rueyeet.deviantart.com/art/Proof-of-utter-dorkhood-32131795]

Since I would be engraving the acrylic I didn't want to make any mistakes; so I typed what I wanted to say in a word document in English. Then downloaded a special custom font sheet using [https://www.calligraphr.com/en/], input the characters, and converted it to an install-able font onto my computer and just copy and pasted my engraving. That would go with the corner details onto the opposite window panel. The laser engraving went through three iterations due to engraving issues [the image had 'ghosting' around it's edges from the lasers heat] I ended up leaving the film on for the cut and peeling it off revealing a clean edge.

This entire build cost about $680 out of pocket for everything. The majority of the parts were either cannibalized from a previous system, had rebates, price matched from amazon, or were purchased with rewards points through BestBuy.

Overall I am extremely pleased with my work on this one, save for one thing. I thought I was purchasing the Thermaltake Core V1, which is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. I wanted this to be a cute little build, but with the current case it is pretty much average, just differently proportioned.

I presented it to him and [while he hates me for spending the money on him] he loves it! The whole thing was a great success and we will get to playing Overwatch together in no time.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

MAKE A TRI-FORCE OF WISDOM, but great build btw

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I would LOVE to!! I don't have anyone in need of a computer that could finance it right now though... and thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome! I'm hoping this is the next feature, it's worth it...

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah! One can only hope... Thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

love that case. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I do to. The ability to remove and reconfigure all of the walls is fantastic.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you know that nintendo planned on a Windwaker 2 and then cancelled it because link wasn't tall enough to ride a horse... did you also know that windwaker is my favourite game ever... end me

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

That is also his favorite game actually.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Respect.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I really wish you would get some custom cables though because this build deserves them!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks pretty good. It’s hard to cable manage in those small cases :/

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I did my best to hide everything below the metal plate under the motherboard and added a black acrylic panel just inside each window to hide the view of the wiring. not really much else I could do without custom cables.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How was working in the Core V21? I've been considering doing a build in it and would like to hear about your experience.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this case. Working with it was great, everything EVERYTHING can be removed except for the cube frame and the front and back walls, so you can put the feet on any side wall. Very easy to work with. It is a little larger than I expected, and there isn't a lot of room for cable management, but I think it makes up for that with the ability to swap the position of just about everything on it. The only reason I wouldn't use this case again would be that Thermaltake seems to be discontinuing support for it. I got lucky that I purchased the extra window panel early, because I couldn't find it again once I actually got around to etching the acrylic.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the reply.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

this is frickin epic, and a great price

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really only had three guidlines, build it with parts that don't suck, use AMD parts, and customize it a bit.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

still happy with that Vega 56? currently looking at buying the same card

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I am! I haven't had any issues with it so far. I would recommend it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

cool thanks, for the power plugs are you using 2 separate 8 pin cables of that splitter cable that comes with the EVGA PSU

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I am using a TWO cables with zip-ties holding them together along the length, which might explain why it looks like a single cable. It was just easier that way.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you be willing to name be glass with the crest like that if I paid???

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Send me an direct message with the description of what you are looking for! I would consider it depending on what it is.

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 points

Hi, what about temperatures of Vega card? How does it feel in Core v21 case? I am building a PC with this case and confused with video card.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

The card runs at about 67 under normal load with most games. This is in VR without doing too much texture work (as I don't have very demanding games at the moment.) It actually feels really good in the case, not too crowded, but I do feel as though the cable orientation when the card is set vertically out of the slot puts a little strain on the bracket and the cable itself. Overall though, I love this case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Really well done I absolutely love the design. However, the orientation of the graphics card worries me. What are your temperatures like on the GPU under load?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

what? the card is fine, it is in the only orientation that it can be, also if you are refering to it being 'vertical' that means nothing, having a card vertcal doesnt effect the temps, what usually does effect temps is the card being very close to a side panel, but this card is not, it has about as much room for the fan as in a regualar MATX or ITX case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

refering to it being 'vertical' that means nothing, having a card vertcal doesnt effect the temps, what usually does effect temps is the card being very close to a side panel

Many other itx cases have perforation on the side panel for airflow. What concerns me is this card is super close to the side panel without said perforation.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

lots of graphics cards often get put in a case with the fans close to a psu shroud, about the same distance this one is from the side panel, i think obviously its not the absolute best thermal solution for the card, but its not an issue if you ask me.

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