First off just wanted to say a massive thanks for the featured spot and all the awesome comments! Totally shocked and honoured that others like and appreciate the quirky style I put on this, It was 100% a build just for myself to enjoy and not for likes and comments and I was only toying with the idea of posting it on here but thought what the heck, why not, so thanks for all the positive response to it =D. If there any questions on bits that I haven't covered below then totally feel free to ask away and i'll get back to you.
This is my first time building my own PC and the Thermaltake Core V1 is an absolute dream to work with, being able to remove all the sides makes is so easy to rewire and fit in all the parts into such a small area. Some people have issues with the size of the graphics card but the Asus Dual 1070 fits in really easy with loads of space, I really didn't have any issues at all.
I did a few initial bits of custom work like painting the cover on the Corsair Vengeance RAM white (really easy FYI, the outer casing just slides off the top) and painting the heat sinks on the mobo orange and white (also just a few screws here) so that as much as possible was going to go with my orange and white build. I also added a few strips of RGB LED's to the inside and underneath of the case because what is a PC without LED's nowadays.
I've always been into modding things to make them more custom to my own style so after the initial build I really wanted to put some more personality into this. I have a massive thing for Mexican candy skulls so this was going to be my theme, I got a custom GPU backplate made from http://www.coldzero.eu, this guy was really efficient and the final product is perfectly made with all the right mounting holes.
Then I saw a picture online of an iron man theme Core V1 case with a hole cut out of the front, loved it and decided i wanted to do the same to spice up the front a bit. Not being a DIY person i was pretty nervous but got a Dremmel out and cut away at the front panel (after lots of planning and measuring obviously), got a custom fan grill made with the candy skull on it, then butchered another grill so i had some detailing to go around the edge and a dust filter then assembled it with a glue gun and the result is exactly what i wanted.
I topped it off with some Corsair HD120 RGB fans to really make the look pop, Naturally this case is very small and is only meant to house the 2 80mm fans at the back but this wouldn't stop me now i was on a roll with this PC DIY lark. I measured the side panel and 2 would just about squeeze in although it did mean having to drill through the frame to secure one of them in place so this side panel cant be removed without taking the fans out but there is so much access from everywhere else that it doesn't matter too much. These are so super bright too that I removed most of the LED strips that I'd already put in there and just left them around the GPU side so i can have 2 seperate 'zones' for the LED's.
Lastly i replaced the top and left panel with clear perspex sheets, this really opens it up and makes it look much more roomy inside as the supplied windowed panel is pretty small and I want to look at my hard work! I also made a quick cover for the wires underneath as this was originally covered by the left panel. I used really small thin black magnets to attach the perspex and they pop on and off really easy and hold on well too. I have since drilled holes in the left perspex sheet for the GPU fans as the temps went up about 15 degrees but it's all back to being nice and low again.
That was a lot longer than i expected! Congrats if you made it to the end and thanks for looking :)