UPDATE I figured out how to fix my blunder of picking the wrong case ;-)

Built this computer with my girlfriend to replace the aging HP tower she'd been using. Got to recycle a couple parts and still ensured she has plenty of horsepower to play anything she wants. Need to get a better monitor for her, but for now she's capable of maxing everything out (with LOADS of headroom).

She asked if we could customize the front grill of the case as its kinda boring and for a first time paint mod, I think it turned out pretty well!

Part Reviews


Solid part, good performance and plenty of horsepower to play some mid-range games and older titles. Runs pretty cool with the stock cooler.

CPU Cooler

Got this for free thanks to Newegg, who sent me a giftcard through twitter. Had to make a slight modification to the backplate to remove the nubs on the AMD side of the cooler as it was interfering with the mainboard platform. Other than that the cooler is quiet and works perfectly! A HUGE step up from the stock intel cooler that was ugly and threw off the look of the built (IMO)


Zero conflicts, pretty barebone but gets the job done for a simple system. I've had a couple ASRock boards before and they were pretty good.


While I thought I had picked the 2x4GB kit and not the single stick, this seems to run fine and not have any issues. Corsair is known for having great memory kits and I've NEVER had an issue with them


Plain and simple, this is a good drive. Runs about as fast as you can get with a spinning disk drive. A little noisy at times when the drive is reading/writing (a bit grindy) but it's not a deal breaker.


Quite a fun case to build in. Plenty of customization options and layout configs with the side panels and where you route the cables afterwards. Easy enough to hide the cables and leave it looking good!

Case Fan

Aside from the sticker on the front of the fan (and not on the back for some reason) these fans are great and push a surprising amount of air even at lower speeds.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 8 points

Gotta get them relationship goals man. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet build!

By the way that case is the Core V1, not the core V21.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Craaap, I clicked the wrong one. Thanks for catching that. Hopefully I can get it changed

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope so too xD

Again cool build, she's a lucky gal.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

constellation in your desktop, shooting for the very long run!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Paint job looks great! Nice work

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point


  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

if we could customize the front grill




  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

cpu temp at full load ?? vs stock intel cooler ?