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STH10 Big Bang XPower II Kick A$$ Build

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As soon as I learned of the STH10, I promptly sold my Silverstone Temjin TJ11. This STH10 is the most awesome case I have ever built in. In the past year let see how many cases I have built and upgraded my system in and maily I just kept changing cases as I was just not content and I am not one that is into modding cases. I wanted to do more and add more water cooling.

CoolerMaster Storm Scout
Corsair 600T
NZXT Phantom
Thermaltake Level 10 Snow White
Temjin TJ11B

So here are some pics of my STH10 build from when I first opened the box March 1st until now . It is finished now, some tweaking now that is all.

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Edited by Ronsanut - 4/13/12 at 4:21pm
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Installed an SR1 360 with 3 GT AP151 fans in a pull and SR1 480 with Treibwerk TK-121 fans in a pull in the bottom chamber. originally I had the SR 1360 in a Push and the SR1 480 in a pull blowing into each other in the center with an Aksa Apache Black Fan in the front blowing down the center and out the back using one of the vented PSU plates. But I changed it so the SR1 480 pulls though and into the SR1 360 which pulls it all out one side.

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Here I have all of the water cooled pieces in so I can complete tubing it up. At this time I did not have any water cooled graphics cards. I have 2 MSI GTX 580 Lightning Extreme's and no one was making water blocks for them (Bitspower does now). But as I was nearing the end of the build the GTX 680's came out so I snagged a couple and added EK Water Blocks.
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A fellow Virginian... with an STH10... mad.gif

Subbed for sure.
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Here are pictures of the tubing up close. The flow comes down from the RP452x2 (dual pumps in serial) > SR1 360 > SR1 480 > first RAM block > CPU > second RAM block > then returns to the RP452X2.

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Edited by Ronsanut - 4/15/12 at 2:12am
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Here are some shots of the cards in this build. The OCZ Revodrive 3 X2 240GB , a USB/Firewire add on card, and an LSI-9260-8i Raid Controller.

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For thermal management I added a Koolance TMS-205 and 205EB Expansion board to control my pumps, and display my thermals I used 9 of the 10 probes but I did not use the fan controller ports.,. I have my rad fans on at 100% all the time (very quiet) and the fans I do control are on a Scythe Kaze Master Pro.

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Shot of the front.

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I left a large blank panel over where the TMS-205 is so I can easily remove the filler panel and get to the RP452x2 fill port to top off the res when needed.
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For lighting I have a Lamptron Vandal Switch controlling two Bitspower X Stations, one powers the UV lights and one powers the Blue lights. I used a Blue NZXT Led srtring which has a PCI bracket that controls the on/off and brightness, and also a set of cathode tubes which also have a PCI bracket with the power switch. I used a DIMAS Tech PCI Bracket and mounted it in the top with the X-Stations.

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Here is a shot of the Corasir AX1200 back and the two fans blowing down onto the PCI cards , the LSI controller heat sink can get pretty hot. These are two Silverstone AP121 Blue blade fans and I also use one other AP121 for the rear exhaust fan on the CPU tray . These are all on the Kaze Master Pro.

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Here is a shot of the system with the MSI GTX 580's.

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Edited by Ronsanut - 4/13/12 at 5:41pm
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If you notice it is a reverse layout case, and also the XPower II is an XL-ATX Case and I bought the HPTX size tray, I did so with plans for the future. So there is quite a bit of space to cover when connecting cables as the cut outs are further back. I was just able to reach everything and in some cases I had to use the small space between the mobo tray and the cutouts. But I think it came out clean, especially when you close the door and have the case lit.

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Now for the busy side and the cable management behind the scenes on the back.

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Used a lot of ty-wraps, clip mounts and followed the main power harness when possible to keep some kind of organized line.
Due to the size and length of the case with the HPTX tray I did not have much choice. And I did use a number of extension cables for audio, 1394, cathode tubes and fan power.

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I used Mayhems Blue and Mayhems Clear Blue UV dyes to give it this beautiful blue color. I can always go darker but really like the nice UV and blue it has now. Here are some lit up shots of the system before I upgraded a couple of things.

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