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  • Corsair 700D Undercounter Core i7 build on a Friday night - Part One


    Undercounter Corsair 700D


    Since becoming a part of the BYOB podcast I have really come to appreciate the Intel Core i7 processor. I needed a new build for garage but wanted to integrate into my existing space. I also wanted to create a build that showcases the Core i7 and use Corsair components where possible. Check out how I created the first-ever undercounter Corsair 700D Core i7.


     Corsair Components

     Corsair 700D Parts List and Prices

     Buying the parts for this build took me almost four months and eight paychecks. The end result, if you ordered out of state over the internet, would be just over $1,000. The delivered price below was what I actually paid for each item after shipping and tax if applicable.


    Parts List


    I did not include the OS since I already had a Windows 7 Premium license.


    The blanket was for keeping the dust off of it while I waited for paydays and parts. Ok, it kept it hidden too!


    700D Case and GTX 460

    Undercounter? With a 700D? WTH?

     In July I had ordered the glass and plastic grommet from kitchensource.com. The training rooms I use at my work have the assembly show below without the glass. They work well for lowering the LCDs into the desk so the students can see me without having to look over their monitors.


    Monitor Suspension System


    The monitors sit down inside but I figured I could just use the glass and grommet for a clean look. It cost me $117.84 delivered.




    Now that I had a plan and the parts it was time to start turning chips.


    Let’s set this pig on fire!

    Friday Night – Counter Strike

     4:46 PM – Measured and trace glass top for counter cutting.


    Measure Counter


    4:51 PM – Drilled holes for router access. Paint can was to hold the vacuum hose in place.


    Drill Pilot Holes


    4:58 PM – Holes and clean up completed.


    Admire Holes


    5:01 PM – Router out countertop. What a mess. Even with the vacuum attachment I still had crap MDF flying everywhere!


    Router Counter


    5:39 PM – Counter install completed. It just sits on there. Do not screw mount the grommet. You will need to remove occasionally when you want to access the case. It is ok. Seriously. Gravity will keep it in place.


    Insert Grommet and Glass

    Saturday – Mounting and Assembly

    1:04 PM – Unwrapped the Corsair 700D Case.


    Admire Corsair 700D Case


    1:09 PM – After 5 minutes of drooling I measured the case to ensure fit. Who was I kidding? It was going in no matter what the measurement actually was.


    Measure Case


    1:20 PM – Measured floor height and cut box so I could set the heavy case on a creeper and not hurt myself.


    Dry fit case


    1:31 PM – Removed three “feet” from bottom of case. Two screws are on each one so they can go back on if ever needed.


    Remove case feet


    1:39 PM – Dry fit case and measured center for bracket mount marking.


    Dry fit case and grommet


    1:40 PM – Verified mounting hardware. I was using wing nuts so I can remove the case from brackets and not have to remove brackets from underside of MDF counter.


    Verify hardware and load specs


    1:53 PM – Drilled 3/8” holes in rear of case and dry fit bolts. Holes are small enough to be covered later and are not in any vital area.


    Mount brackets on case but not counter


    1:57 PM – Removable front made front bracket mounting easy.


    Remove front bezel


    2:24 PM – Yes it took me 27 minutes to get the mounting brackets installed. Measured nine times, drilled once.


    Mount brackets on front of case


    2:29 PM – Had to use 1/2” drill on backside of front bezel so the screw heads would be flush. No marks on outside of case. Snap front into place. You can still see the protective plastic still on the front.


    Verify bezel clearance

     Continue on to Part Two

     Ready for PC component assembly, mounting and test. Check out the next article part TWO!


    Timothy Daleo


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