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Maiden America

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(Image courtesy of victorygirl.com)


After doing my first "from scratch" PC build about a year ago (sig for specs), I've been wanting to either upgrade to or build a more future-proof rig. I probably would have started building my own desktops earlier than that, but I had a slightly larger project taking up most of my time and budget... rolleyes.gif
 

 

Needless to say, recent changes in employment have made a project like this a little more feasible, plus using some of the new tech that has hit the market has piqued my interest. Onto the plan for the build!

After settling for a budget Rosewill Challenger case for my first build (which is by no means a bad case for the money!), I soon realized how important it was, both aesthetically and functionally, to have a nice case. I wanted something different though. I'm not big on bright LEDs and glossy black exteriors. So when I saw this C70 case, and found the specs to my liking, the plan began forming in my brain.

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The olive drab is nicely done, the front I/O panel is clever and simple (check out that reset switch!), and all of the features and quality I've come to expect from Corsair is there. So why not do a military themed build with it? biggrin.gif

Components on the List

  • Intel Core i7-3570K Ivy Bridge (Have)

  • Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 (Have)

  • Sapphire HD7950 3GB (Crossfire eventually?) (Ordered)

  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA HDD (Have)

  • Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD (Have)

  • Team Xtreem 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600MHz (Have)

  • Corsair Vengeance C70 Military Green ATX Mid Tower (Have)

  • Corsair Gold AX850 PSU (Have)

  • Corsair Black Sleeved Modular PSU Cables (Have)

  • Corsair H100i Liquid CPU Cooler (Have)

  • Corsair Air Series 120mm Fans (Have)

 

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Some of the components are going to change depending on what is under budget when I get around to buying them.


Anyways, comments, critiques, and suggestions are all welcome guys! Can't wait to start biggrin.gif


Edited by Stevoandaredk5 - 12/15/12 at 2:51pm
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Looks to be awesome, cant wait biggrin.gif

Glad you guys are interested! biggrin.gif

Did a quick model of where fans(Red) and the H100(Blue) will be located (pardon the quality, I'm new to using SketchUp!)

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5 fans on the bottom and front of the case will be intake, and the H100 fans will push exhaust in addition to the rear exhaust fan.
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A little time in Photoshop, and I'm started on a rough idea of what the side panel of the case may look like.  Lemme know what you guys think!

 

c70sidemockup.jpg

 

(Again, thanks to victorygirl.com for the pinup image!)


Edited by Stevoandaredk5 - 7/15/12 at 4:31pm
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Thanks! biggrin.gif

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After some thinking, I decided it would be worth the money to go ahead and buy one of these when the time comes:

 

14-130-785-Z01?$S300$

EVGA GTX 670 SC 4GB

 

The 4GB model is overclocked and comes with a nice backplate.  I thought about doing "The Mod" with a Corsair H70, but I saw that most posters on Dwood's thread said it wouldn't increase your ability to overclock, only reduce the chance of downclocking over 70*C.  Not worth it IMO, and after all, if I wanted the GPU under water, I would go ahead and do a custom loop.

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