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I decided to put this build together in preparation for my HTC Vive pre-order. I left it as late as possible in an attempt to get decent prices.

I wanted a computer case that would be 'portable' so I could take the gear to demo the Vive/VR experience to other people. The Corsair C70 did the job as it has sturdy carry-handles on the top of the case.

I already had an existing copy of Windows 10 Pro x64 so used that on this build.

Unbelievably, the build powered on first time! No BIOS update required on first boot although I did update once I was in the Windows OS environment.

I took lots of pics so hopefully this will keep you happy.

Both the Steam VR demo test and Oculus Readiness tool passed with flying colours. I just tried The Division which came free with the GPU purchase and the game automatically set Graphics to High and/or Ultra. It runs very smoothly.

Notes: - I used stock cables so nothing fancy there. Cable management is okay but not perfect. Neat enough.

  • I replaced the internal rear fan with one SP120 fan. The other SP120 fan was installed at the front of the case to draw air in.

  • I kept the two stock fans that are attached to the hard-drive bays.

  • I didn't end up using the F12 fans. Perhaps add them later or replace the stock fans?

Issues: The bundled case screws were too short to attach to the H100i water cooled radiator. This was because of the C70 case has rubber gromits included in the top screw holes. I ended up using some spare HDD caddy screws that had a slightly longer thread. You need 8 of these.

Oh and this build is VERY quiet.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice powerful build mate! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - am hoping this will last a few years!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build, cable management always gets me, but I am extremely OCD about those sorts of things. An amazing build I will be getting Vive around Christmas time as it looks promising and valve is releasing some good developer tools for it. +1 Very nice

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah, I think I will have to buy some coloured cables from the Corsair website to polish the build a little further.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you from the UK? If so I can show you some very nice And cheap Braided cables in a variety of colours

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I am - what cables do you recommend?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Check out the Bitfenix extensions from Kustompcs.co.uk they do them in all sorts of colours and all you really need is a 24 pin and some for your GPU

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers. Will check em out now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm building something very similar to this, but Some of my helpers argued that i would need a fan controller. How come you don't have them and even though it looks like you have like 6 of them

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I considered a fan controller but I preferred a blank front face plate on the case. The Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard supported all of the fans (the rear fan had to be plugged in to the CPU_OPT port). As I understand it, that means the rear fan will run full speed - which I do not mind anyway as it maintains a good airflow. Plus the rear fan is the SP120 which is very quiet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

noice build m8

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope Case, reminds me a lot of an ammo box of some sort. Nice Build! However the rad looks kinda awkward in that position. Should be moved back closer to the back of the case if that's possible imo. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers and no, it doesn't look like it can be moved. I could turn the rad around but then the heatsink logo would be upside down.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

also exceeds or meets my expectations +(points that seem fit here)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kYPRjX Lookg at my build and can you add or tell me if I should add anything? I keeping the CPU, GPU. my budget is 1300. Alot of ppl told me to get a different case bc this one doesn't have dust filters. But i rly like this case... What should i do?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My C70 case has mesh type filters so not sure what you mean there. If you google 'C70 dust filter kit' there's some good results for third party parts.

The build list looks good.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks and my build doesn't require fan controller right?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not believe so - you can always retro-fit a controller easily if you need to.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build. Just a question, I know the mobo supports M.2 M-Key. But the ssd you have is the B+M Key. Any issues with it so far? So just put it in the m.2 slot and it works?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

A tad late but no, no issues thus far.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, thanks. Just nice to run it though. :-)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Hdd: wrong choice. Hybrid drives are just plain better.

Not really. Not better than 1 HDD and an SSD.

Gpu: 2x r9 390 absolutely destroy a single 980ti and are just a bit more expensive (980ti is so overrated)

You've clearly never heard about multi-GPU compatibility, or power consumption.


I think you need to stop pointing out everything someone did "wrong" in your eyes.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

you have a 100$ hard drive

You're overlooking a small detail. It's a WD Black. While they don't offer noticeable perform, despite adding an extra processor. They supposedly add extra reliability, but it's still an HDD nonetheless. You are paying the extra for the warranty for the most part.


and MOST games do support it.

Doesn't mean all do. There are popular games that don't support multi gpu's.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

And not everyone only plays AAA games.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - don't make me feel bad about my purchases. It cost me enough as it is. :-) I didn't consider AMD as I have always been an NVidia fan boy. This may change however once AMD and Nvidia up their game with VR supported cards. Yeah, I initial was going for cheaper RAM but then just thought.. s*d it and spent a little more.

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