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My 1st custom :)build.
I've been repairing and building systems for over 15 years but nothing like what I've seen on these forums or which I'm about to attempt.
I'm a wheelchair bound quadriplegic with limited hand function so expect it to take me a bit longer than the average builder.

I've been inspired by so many amazing builds shown here that I decided to log mine.
Thanks to all who contributes to these forums if you recognize something in my build then I probably stole it from you!




















Rebuild starts on page 4...Click Here for Rebuild

ALL BRAND NEW!
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Main Specifications
Corsair Vengance C70 Gaming Case
Corsair Vengence 16GB 1866MHz (4x4GB)
Corsair AX850 Pro Gold Series
Intel 3rd-Gen i7 3770K
ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula
3x ASUS VS238H-P 23" monitors Eyefinity
2x ASUS HD7870 Direct CUII 1GHz Edition X-Fire
ASUS 12x Blu-ray RW
2x Sandisk Extreme II 240GB SSD RAID 0 boot/OS/apps
2x Seagate 1TB Barricuda HDD RAID 0 games/apps
2x Seagate 2TB Barricuda HDD backup/storage
CYBORG v7 Gaming Keyboard
CYBORG M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse
Genius SW-G5.1 3500 Gaming Speaker System
Microsoft OEM Win 7 Pro

Hydro cooling

Water blocks
1 xEK ASUS Maximus V Formula Liquid Cooling Block Set - Nickel$99.99
2 xEK-VGA Supremacy Bridge Edition - Nickel $129.98
1 xEK-FC Bridge DUAL 3-Slot Parallel CSQ - Plexi$24.95
1 xEK-Supremacy CPU Water Block - Nickel - CSQ $76.95

Radiators
1 xXSPC EX120 Copper Single-Fan Radiator $39.95
1 xXSPC RX240 Dual 120mm Radiator1$72.99$72.99
1 xXSPC RS240 Dual 120mm Radiator1

Pump
1 xSwiftech MCP655™ Series 12 VDC Water Pumps - With Speed Control$76.95
1 xBitspower D5 / MCP655 Mod Kit - Black Sparkle Finish$39.95
1 xBitspower BP-D5TOPAC2-BK D5 Mod Pump Top V2 (Acrylic Version)$48.95
1 xBitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 150 (Black POM Cap)$44.95
1 xBitspower Z-CAP II With G1/4" x3 ( POM Version )$12.95
1 xBitspower Laing 12V D5 Pump Replacement O-Ring (MCP655 Series) - UV Red $1.99

Fittings
18 xMonsoon Free Center Compression Fittings, 7/16" x 5/8" Six Pack - Black Chrome$107.97
2 xMonsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 7/16"ID x 5/8"OD - Single Red $13.98
3 xMonsoon 90° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red$39.80
3 xMonsoon 45° Rotary Angle Adapter - 5/8" OD - Red $29.85
3 xMonsoon Light Port 45° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red$50.84
2 xMonsoon Light Port 90° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red$25.90
4 xMonsoon Premium G 1/4 LED Stop Fitting - Black Chrome / Blue LED $39.80
1 x Monsoon Premium G 1/4 Temperature Sensor Fitting - Black Chrome $8.99
1 xMonsoon Premium G 1/4 Temperature Sensor Fitting - Red$8.99
1 xMonsoon Premium G 1 / 4 Plug - Chrome$2.95
5 xMonsoon Standard Rotary Color Accent Disks - Black Chrome$5.95
1 xMonsoon Silver Bullet Antimicrobial G1/4 Plug$5.95

8 xXSPC G1/4" 10mm Male to Female Fitting - Black Chrome Finish$15.92
4 xXSPC G1/4" 5mm Male to Male Fitting - Black Chrome Finish$7.96
1 xXSPC G1/4" 10mm Male to Male Fitting - Black Chrome Finish$2.49

1 xBitspower BP-MVV-BK Mini-Valve - Black Sparkle$18.99
1 xBitspower BP-BS60R G1/4" Deep Blood Red Rotary 60-Degree IG1/4" Extender$11.99
2 xBitspower BP-BSWP-C60 G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender - 15mm$9.98
2 xBitspower BP-BSWP-C61 G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender - 20mm$11.00
1 xBitspower BP-BSWP-C62 G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender - 25mm$5.99
1 xBitspower BP-BSWP-C63 G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender - 30mm$6.50
1 xBitspower G 1/4" Deep Blood Red Rotary 45 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter$12.95
2 xBitspower G 1/4" Deep Blood Red Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter$25.90
1 xBitspower G 1/4" 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter - Deep Blood Red$9.50
3 xBitspower Deep Blood Red "L" Fitting - 90 Degree Water Cooling Accessory $35.85
1 xBitspower BP-DBRWP-C65 G1/4" Deep Blood Red IG1/4" Extender - 50mm$9.99
1 xBitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle Anti-Cyclone Adapter$4.50
1 xBitspower Flow Sensor (BP-FS-CLBKBK) - Clear/Black/Black Sparkle$39.95
1 xBitspower Replacement Blade for Bitspower Flow Indicator - Red$3.99
1 xBitspower G1/4" Stop Fitting with O-ring - Deep Blood Red Finish$4.99
1 xBitspower Case Top Water Fill/ Through Hole Fitting Set - Black Sparkle Finish$7.95
1 xBitspower Off-Center Fitting Adapter - Silver Shining (BP-OCB)1$9.99

5 xEK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black Nickel$24.95
1 xKoolance L-Bracket with Dual G 1/4 Socket Fittings $10.99
1 xPhobya O-Ring 11.1 x 2mm (G1/4 Inch) - UV-Reactive Red - 10pcs$2.49

Fans
Rosewill RFX120 x7
2x Evercool Red Scorpion 80mm

Cable Management
22 xBitspower Super Tight Weave Sleeving 1/8" - Black$13.48
22 xBitspower Super Tight Weave Sleeving 1/8" - Red$13.48
16 xBitspower Super Tight Weave Sleeving 1/4" - Red$12.64
16 xBitspower Super Tight Weave Sleeving 1/4" - Black$12.64

10 x22AWG Stranded Hook Up Wire UL Approved - Red$2.00
10 x18AWG Stranded Hook Up Wire UL Approved - Red$2.50
10 x22AWG Stranded Hook Up Wire UL Approved - Black$2.00
10 x18AWG Stranded Hook Up Wire UL Approved - Black$2.50

1 xmod/smart 4pin Muti-Use Molex 90° Connector - Black- Cap Type: End Cap$1.00
3 xmod/smart 4-pin Male / Female Pass-Thru Connector - Black $3.00
3 xMod/Smart Male/Famale Molex Pins - 4 Pack$2.97

2 xModMyToys 4-Pin Power Distribution PCB - 5-Way Block $8.50
10 xMale Molex Pins - 4 Pack$2.90
10 xFemale Molex Pins - 4 Pack$2.90
6 xEasyGrip Male Molex Housing Black $2.40
16 xFemale 3-Pin Fan Pins - 3 Pack$4.64
10 xConnectx™ Female 3-Pin Fan Housing Black $3.90
1 xPP Heavy Duty Zip Ties 4" Black$2.49
6 xZip Tie Mount, 0.75 in X 0.75 in - Black$1.50
6 xCord Clips 1/4" x 1/4" - Black$2.10
3 xPhobya ATX/VGA Power Connector Pin Female - 20 pcs $5.85
1 xAlphacool Plexi Lighting Module G1/4 - Glowlight$3.95

Misc
5 x6-32 x 1.25 Black Oxide Steel Socket Head Cap - Set of 4$9.95
1 xEvercool Cool Wheel Hard Drive Cooler HD-CW-SR - Black Cover. Red Fan$9.95
1 xDelta EFB0612MA - 60mm X 10mm 3-Wire Medium Speed Fan -$10.95
1 xXSPC Hose 7/16" ID, 5/8" OD (15.9/11.1mm) - Clear$3.95
2 xZalman ZM-RHS1 Aluminum Passive VGA Memory Cooler - Silver$17.00
1 xMayhems Dye - 15ml Deep Red$8.95
1 xMayhems Dye - 15ml Blue$8.95

First completed build starts below.
Completed on 03/25/2013

Corsair Vengance C70
Corsair Vengence 16GB 1866MHz
Corsair AX850 Pro Gold Series
Intel 3rd-Gen i7 3770K
ASUS Maximus V Formula
2x ASUS HD7870 Direct CUII 1GHz Edition X-Fire
ASUS 12x Blu-ray RW
Crucial M4 256GB SSD
Seagate 1TB Barricuda HDD
Microsoft OEM Win 7 Pro

Hydro:
XSPC RS240 top/push
XSPC RX240 bottom/pull

Tubing
7/16" ID 5/8" OD

Monsoon Fittings
7-16" ID 5/8 OD x8

Fans
Rosewill RFX120 x6
Coolermaster Sickleflow 120mm x2


 

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My 1st custom :)build.

Been inspired by so many amazing builds so I decided to log mine.
Thanks to all who contributes to these forums. If you recognize something in my build, I probably stole it from you!
This made me spit out my mountain dew haha
 

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Very clean build so far +1
Thanks!

Tried everything but never could get the board to POST....waiting on RMA but I've got plenty to do.





The Vinyl carbon fiber feels really cheap but seems to work well. Don't know how well against a little heat but it peals off very easy with no residue.


It's easy to cut so no worrying about cutting through the mesh filter. This stuff is thin and the black bleeds through making it darker when applied. It worked out better for me because it was a little too bright.






Painted the rads today. They came out really nice, just a little darker than I was hoping for but I'm going with it anyway.
What do ya think?





 

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Thanks!

Painted the rads today. They came out really nice, just a little darker than I was hoping for but I'm going with it anyway.
What do ya think?

Thanks!

Looks good
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Should I go with the red or chrome screws? I'm liking the red ATM.




The lighting isn't the best in here, makes it hard to take good pictures.


Almost done with the painting.



Anybody know of a good place where to buy side panel glass online?
 

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Update! Some things I did while I waited on my motherboard RMA.

I went with 6 of these Rosewill 2200 RPM case fans I found on Newegg for $4.99 each! They come with a grill and speed controller.
Figured I couldn't go wrong for that price however I won't be using the speed controllers.
The carbon fiber vinyl I had them wrapped with in my earlier posted pic didn't stick as well as I had liked so I decided to paint them.

Before:


Speed controllers the came with that I won't be using because my motherboard will take care of them.


After. The paint I used was the same I used for the radiators. It has metallic flakes it and really sparkles a lot but it's hard to tell from the pics. My mother picked out the paint and did the painting after I taped everything up. Pretty...IMO
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I'm using these cheap 3pin Y splitters until I get some nice red sleeved cables.



I also picked up a gasket from XSPC when I ordered the water cooling kit.


I wasn't a fan of the plain barbs that came with my kit so I went with 7/16 ID 5/8 OD Monsoon compression fittings.


Bottom radiator:




Top rad:




Next up...Installation...My new motherboard is here!
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Installation time. They sent me a brand new board which booted straight up this time.
To be safe I went ahead and installed the OS and board drivers to make sure everything was fully functional before proceeding any further.
I also got my mom to give the inside of the case a quick metallic clear coat just to add some extra sparkle. She's been a big help.




In order for the XSPC RX240 rad to fit in the Corsair C70, I had to slid it as far forward and towards the window panel as possible so I used a piece of foam for padding between the frame and tank.
I'll trim the excess foam after I get it fitted.




This leaves me with approx 1" between the rad and motherboard panel of the case.


and approx 2" between the PSU and rad.


The 45 degree Monsoon fittings protrude out the front of the case,


but fortunately they will not inter-fear with the 120mm coolermaster sickleflow fans I will be using.


I haven't tested the clearance with any other fan so this may or may not be an issue with with other fan choices.
Other branded 45 degree fittings such as bitspower etc, should nullify any issues.

I could only use 4 screws to secure the rad because of hhe way I have it offset to allow enough room for the PSU cables but it seems to be pretty stable.

Also I used "flat-head" so the dust cover would slide in and out with out hanging up on the heads.
Just make sure they're no longer than 6mm to prevent damaging your radiator.

This actually looks better when offset like this IMO because both the PSU and radiator is at an equal distance from the window panel:)

I hope this helps anyone trying to fit the RX240 in a Corsair c70.

The top rad fits nicely as expected the c70 case was made to support it.


Next up...CPU waterblock, res, tubing and leak test!
 

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Mounting the Raystorm CPU block was about as simple as it gets. Just choose the correct back plate./screws for your CPU/motherboard. 1155 in my case.



I'm using a Monsoon thermal sensor to read my water temps coming out of the CPU.



I had to file down the plastic guides on the Monsoon thermal sensor's connector because the thermal pins on the ASUS Maximus V Formula were in tight proximity with the fan header and HDD led pins.

It still barely fit as you can see it's sandwiched between both connectors. This may not work if you use PWM fans as the utilize all 4 pins. I will replace these connectors with smaller black ones later on.


I chose to use the red fittings for the duel bay res. Also another thermal sensor.


Red on black is the theme here. With a touch of chrome of course
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I think I'll go with chrome screws too instead of the red ones I posted earlier.
Chrome or Red?

This shot made me
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loving your build man, if i ever get myself a C70 i'll def. accredit you on my build log
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loving your build man, if i ever get myself a C70 i'll def. accredit you on my build log
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Thanks guys
The C70 reall is nice to build in. I'd say go for it
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Very interesting paint scheme, came out really nice.
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I'm going for the "everything possible on a 45 degree look" and I'm always looking for suggestions.
Already have a few things in mind and would like to straighten out those hoses...need more 45 deg fittings so that will have to wait for a while because I'm ready to get this thing running. I also need to burn in my other components before my 30 day return/exchange is over

Will have more pictures later tonight.
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After 24 hours and no leaks, it's time to get her powered up!
I went with these corsair's these red individually sleeved cables.

Bad lighting makes them look pinkish in the pic above but actually do match the fans and motherboard very well.


I'm using 2 ASUS ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-v2 1GHz edition GPUs

It's a shame that the real beauty of these will be mostly hidden from view so I just to add some more contrast to the visible edge of them with little strips of carbon fiber on GPU's



 

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16GB (4X4) 1866MHz Corsair Vengance
I didn't like how the white bar code was visible on the module in the right-most bank. It smudges the whole look.


This was solved by simply popping each end loose and carefully open it up (like a clam shell) trying not tear the logo label across the top holding the two fins together.
The thermal pads might be stuck so have patience and go slowly, especially if trying this on a used module. Mine was new so not an issue because wasn't baked on.
This may void your warranty
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That's much better
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Throw a simple 2 meter red LED strip by NZXT in the mix.


And clean up this mess a bit.


Still not very pretty...I'll work on it more later


Stand by for full system launch
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