My first post and I'll start off by saying I've had my c70 case for a little over a year now and it's fantastic. I bought it on sale for about $57 USD and I only got it because it looked kind of like an ammo can and I thought that was pretty neat. I've been paying attention to this thread and coming here repeatedly for the last year or so checking out what others with this case have done, and I've seen some pretty impressive stuff.
I am in no way any kind of professional when it comes to modding. I'm just a college kid doing this in my spare time in my dorm room.
Okay well I've reached a temporary stopping point in my build since mnpctech.com is and has been out of stock of their "modders mesh" for a few weeks now so I'm going to go ahead and post my progress so far.
overall pic of how it sits right now. Basic specs are:
- i5-6600k cooled by a Noctua NH-D15
- EVGA ACX 2.0 GTX 980 cooled by a NZXT Kraken x61 AIO attached with their g12 bracket
- Asus Z170-E motherboard
- EVGA 650 Watt Platinum PSU
Another angle. The side panel is a piece of acrylic I cut to size and attached with magnetic strips. It's not really this reflective, the camera just makes look that way. The magnetic strips around the side also kind of disappear in person. They just stick out more in pictures. There is a full seal, around the edges and it's super easy to take on and off but is firmly on there with the magnets. Temps don't change at all whether the side panel is on or off.
Better view of the PSU shroud I made for the case. I made it from acrylic and painted it to match the case. The picture exaggerates the color difference but it really looks almost identical to the case color in person. It's not EXACT but it is pretty damn close. I saw a ton of PSU shrouds other people have made but not really any that include a fan. I put one in to provide a direct supply of cool air from the outside of the case to the gpu.
I made little tiny holes just for the specific connections I'm using to help with cable management.
Getting the front IO connectors through this tiny hole was kind of a pain but worth it. also, the reset switch is wired so that when pressed, it boots directly into the BIOS
Actually had to remove the heat spreader from one of my ram sticks so that the 2nd noctua fan would sit flush with the other one and fit in the case. HyperX Fury was a PIA to remove their heat spreader and I was really scared I had broken it before I put it back in. Everything works great though.
The USB header for the x61 AIO actually wouldn't reach across the graphics card, through the back of the case then down and through the psu shroud so I had to get creative. I cut out one of the small cross beams and ran the cord out the back of the card and through the back of the case. It comes back in at the bottom expansion slot below the psu shroud so everything is hidden and neat.
yes there is a small expansion card above the GPU. Figured I would go ahead and include the picture. It is a 3.0 USB hub with 5 ports. I have it here slightly supporting the massive heatsink and above the gpu, basically out of sight. I put some electrical tape over where the heatsink touches the pcb.
I still have a lot to do, and that includes cutting the fan screws to size so they sit flush with the psu shroud and installing a rubber molding around the fan hole so it looks a bit more professional.
I still have to replace the front grill with some hexagonal mesh, I'm just waiting for MNPC to replenish stock.
Thanks for looking! This case is awesome and I plan on keeping it for a long time. If there's further interest, I'll update once I get the rest of it finished.