It's time for another build log! This time we will be building a new Z87 based system in the green Vengeance Series C70 case. Pascual Carlos from the Corsair Labs picked out the components for this build and we went with a military theme.
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We are calling this the "SeaBee" build in in honor of Pascual's father who served in the Navy's N.M.C.B. Ground Unit 10 (Navy Mobile Construction Battalion). "Seabee's" are known for getting the job done at all costs, and never giving up.
The theme behind this particular build was to honor not only my Father, Robert Carlos, but all others who have served. I thought "What is the best way to build a military themed system, with all the parts matching the theme in some way, while using military green as the main color?" Then I remembered our Vengeance C70, which my father owns! Of course some of the parts picked for the build are questionable depending on your purpose for building the system, but keep in mind each part was picked for both its appearance in relation to our theme, and performance. Sent in 1973 Navy bootcamp in San Diego, CA Company 196 Sent to Gulf port Missippi CB Orientation Assigned to CBSF (Support Force) Detachment 21 = Group to special duty Resigned to NMCB10 (Navy Mobile Construction Battalion), Deployed to Puerto Rico Released from active duty
The theme behind this particular build was to honor not only my Father, Robert Carlos, but all others who have served. I thought "What is the best way to build a military themed system, with all the parts matching the theme in some way, while using military green as the main color?" Then I remembered our Vengeance C70, which my father owns! Of course some of the parts picked for the build are questionable depending on your purpose for building the system, but keep in mind each part was picked for both its appearance in relation to our theme, and performance.
Here is a list of the components that we will be using in this build:
I always like to start by installing the CPU into the motherboard, even before installing the motherbaord into the case. Modern Intel socket motherboards have pins in the CPU socket that can bend fairly easily, so it is best to install the CPU as soon as you remove the plastic protective socket cover.
Installing the CPU outside of the case will give you more room and light to work with. You will see that there is a golden arrow (or triangle) on one corner of the CPU which tells you the correct orientation in which to install the CPU, just look for the matching arrow that is stamped onto the CPU socket bracket.
One more thing before we install the motherboard into the case. You should be able to find a rear I/O shield in your motherboard box. This I/O shield goes in the hole in the rear of the case, take a look at your motherboard to be sure which way to orient it. This shield should just snap into place.
Now it's time to install the motherboard. The C70 has a box of case accessories which are in one of the HDD bays, this is where you will find the motherboard mounting screws. Center the motherboards middle mounting screw hole over the center mounting post within the case, and the board should line up just right with the rear I/O shield and the rest of the motherboard standoffs. Now you are ready to screw in the motherboard.
With the motherboard installed, it's a good idea to connect all the front I/O panel cables before you install anything else, since you will have more room to work with. If you are unsure how to connect these front panel cables, refer to your motherboard manual, there should be a page dedicated to showing you what goes where. You can also see that I plugged in the two front intake case fans.
With the front I/O panel hooked up, we can install the PSU. The four PSU mounting screws can be found in an accessory bag that comes with the PSU.
Once the PSU is installed, we can hook up a few of the PSU cables. In this build we will be using our gunmetal colored, individually sleeved PSU cables, which are available as accessories through the Corsair webstore.
We will start by installing the 24-pin motherboard cable and the 8-pin CPU cable. Installing these cables later will be much more difficult since there will be more hardware inside the case to work around.
Next we will remove the rear exhaust fan, since we will be replacing it with the Hydro Series H60 Cooler. The next step is to attach the CPU backplate to the motherboard. Make sure you have the notched side of the backplate corresponding with the side of the CPU socket which has the screws protruding, the backplate should fit right around these screws as shown below.
Once the backplate is lined up you can use the double sided standoffs to secure it to the motherboard. Below, I have 2 out of the total 4 installed.
Now we can mount the radiator and fan. The correct hardware mounting order should be screw > washer > case > fan > radiator.
With the radiator and fan mounted, we can install the CPU cooling unit. Place the magnetic CPU cooler bracket over the CPU cooling unit and then line the bracket up with the double sided standoffs. Once it's in place you can secure it with four thumbscrews.
A trick I like to do to make fan cables a little neater, without the need for zip ties, is to wrap the cable around a screwdriver to coil it up, and then pull out the screwdriver and plug the cable in. The cable should stay coiled and look fancy!
Now you just need to plug in the coiled power cables for the cooling unit (3-pin) and the fan (4-pin). You will want to plug the cooling unit power cable into the CPU fan header on the motherboard (it should be labeled as CPU fan). If the BIOS does not detect something plugged into the CPU fan header, then you will get a "CPU fan error" when you first boot up.
Good news, the most difficult installs are over! Let's get the SSD installed. Even though our SSDs come with 2.5in to 3.5in adapters, the C70 HDD trays are already compatible with 2.5in drives, so the adapter will not be necessary. Just screw the SSD into the HDD tray from the bottom, using the small(er) screws included with the SSD.
Now plug in the data and power cables to your SSD (the motherboard accessories should include the SATA data cable, and the PSU will include the SATA power connector).
Now we are left with the graphics card and the memory. Let's get the graphics card installed first. Remove two of the PCIe covers to open up a slot for your card, then line the card up with the slot on the motherboard and press it down into place.
Secure the card in place by screwing in the two screws, and then don't forget to plug in your PCIe power cable to the power connector on the graphics card. The card I am using only requires a single 6-pin cable.
Lastly, we will plug in the memory modules. Just find the notch in the DIMM socket and make sure it lines up with the notch in the memory module, and then press it down into the slot one end at a time, and it will click right into place.
After a few minutes working on my cable management, we are all done! There was minimal usage of zip ties since this case has built in cable routing clamps on the rear side of the motherboard tray.
Here is a bonus picture of me and Pascual getting ready for the build, very serious business!