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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 06:41 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey, I've been apart of the community for almost a year now and I've decided to start a log for my build.

The goal of this build is to have a gaming and CAD rig all in one. I've already begun building this pc for about 8 months now but instead of just filling up the C70 case thread, I'll keep my mess here. I love the military rugged look of the Corsair C70 Vengeance so that is the case i'll be working with.

Here is the original list of parts I ordered

  • i5 3570k
  • ASRock Extreme 6 Z77
  • Xigmateck Dark Knight II Cpu cooler
  • EVGA 660ti SC+ 3GB
  • 16GB Patriot Black Viper 2133
  • Corsair HX 850 PSU
  • Corsair C70 case
  • Samsung 840 250GB SSD

This is what I currently own as of November 4 2013 January 31, 2014
  • i7 3930k
  • Asus Sabertooth X79
  • EVGA 780 SC
  • 16GB Patriot Black Viper 2133
  • Corsair AX 850 PSU
  • Corsair C70 case
  • Samsung 840 250GB SSD
  • XSPC EX 360 Radiator
  • XSPC D5 Pump/Res Combo
  • XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
  • XSPC Titan/780 GPU Block
  • XSPC 7/16 ID / 5/8 OD Compression Black ChromeFittings (12)
  • BitsPower 90 Degree Rotary Adapter M/F G1/4 Black Sparkle (1)
  • BitsPower 45 Degree High Flow Rotary Adapter M/F G1/4 Black Sparkle (2)
  • Dazmode Protector / Distilled Water

Original Photo



Mid Progress Photo (November 4 2013)



Up to date Photo (January 31, 2014)




I'll make a few posts updating significant changes to my rig over the past 8 months.

The last few things I plan to do is a water cooling loop for my CPU and GPU.

If you guys have any suggestions, i'm more then welcome to listen. Enjoy the log.

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GTX 780 SC
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Patriot Black Viper
Hard Drive
Samsung 840 SSD
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WD Black 7200 RPM
Power Supply
Corsair AX 850
Cooling
XSPC EX 360 Radiator
Cooling
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
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XSPC Titan/780 GPU Block
Cooling
EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 - Acetal
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XSPC D5 Pump
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Fractal Design Meshify C
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Geforce GTX 780 EVGA SC 3GB + XSPC Waterblock
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Patriot Viper 3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133
Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 840 Series 250GB
Power Supply
Corsair AX850
Cooling
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II Night Hawk Edition
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XSPC 360mm radiator, Raystorm CPU block, D5 pump
Case
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green (Custom paint)
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The first thing I wanted to do before I even received my other parts was to get rid of that horrible stock window. So I went to my local hardware store and pick up a sheet of acrylic. Using some of the methods described in the C70 owners thread, I went to work.
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I bought the acrylic from Rona for 25$, everything else I used at home. 7/32 " bit and dremel to cut the sides. Took my brother and I about 2 hours to do. Really, it took the most time just to setup and checking our marks and measurements. Used all the rubber mounts that came in the little cardboard box inside the case, plus the extra's from the original window.

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XSPC EX 360 Radiator
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XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
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XSPC Titan/780 GPU Block
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EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 - Acetal
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Here are some photos from when I first built the pc. Everything was slowly coming together
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My goal at that point was to try to turn my PC into a WW2 style Jeep/Tank with white decals on the green military factory paint job. So I started to paint my trim white. I bought a bunch of corsair fans to with the white rings to try and keep it all together.
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All I did to paint was tape off the front part of the case as best I could to save the green. Then use a cheap can of white spray paint (semi gloss I believe). For the window, I just took off the trim and painted. Pretty simple stuff.

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Power Supply
Corsair AX 850
Cooling
XSPC EX 360 Radiator
Cooling
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
Cooling
XSPC Titan/780 GPU Block
Cooling
EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 - Acetal
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XSPC D5 Pump
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OFF TOPIC

Was messing around one day when it was really cold outside. So I wanted to see how it would run in the cold.

Running my pc outside, cpu was around 1-10c with my gpu around 15c

Playing BF3 my gpu got to 45c max with my fan curve. Once I put it up to 70% fan speed (what it usually runs at during bf3) it got to 35c. Put it up to 80% and it was bouncing between 30/29c

Prime 95 got it up to 40c surprisingly

I also switched my two 140mm fans on top of my case so that they intake air now. A lot more pressure inside should help. I'll probably put it back to exhaust fans during the summer when the ambient temps are hotter.

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Cooling
XSPC EX 360 Radiator
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XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
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Custom NXZT Hue Mod

After a while, I decided I want to light up my case. I didn't want anything too "ricey" but I thought, if im going to get an LED kit, I want to at least control the colours and settings.

I grabbed the NXZT Hue but was shortly disappointed when I realized what a sore thumb it was in my case.
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The lighting was awesome and I love the white but the actual controller looked like crap so I decided to mod it into one of my expansion bay covers.

I first took out a cover, marked where the buttons would go through the cover and started to cut. Once I had the proper size holes, I went to a local hardware shop and bought some rubber gromits for house hold plumbing. Since it was too big. I drilled out the holes with a dremel (yep, you read that correctly) and sanded the edges. Took forever to grind down the rubber perfectly. I used a dremel and just slowly worked at it till I made a 1/2" opening, into a .635". Buttons dont stick out like they should due to the lip of the rubber on the inside but besides that, im more then happy.
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Patriot Black Viper
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Hard Drive
WD Black 7200 RPM
Power Supply
Corsair AX 850
Cooling
XSPC EX 360 Radiator
Cooling
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
Cooling
XSPC Titan/780 GPU Block
Cooling
EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 - Acetal
Cooling
XSPC D5 Pump
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Fractal Design Meshify C
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Power Supply
Corsair AX850
Cooling
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II Night Hawk Edition
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XSPC 360mm radiator, Raystorm CPU block, D5 pump
Case
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green (Custom paint)
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A few months later an I had passed on my 660ti to my brother and decided to get a 780 for my self. Since I play on a 120hz screen, I wanted to maximize the use of it as best I could. Soon after, I sold my i5/asrock and upgraded to my i7 3930k which I got in the Intel Summer Sale and a Asus X79 Sabertooth.