Nice review by the way. Im looking to build me a desktop, and cant decided which route to go.
SHould i go dual socket mother board, single socket cpu, lga 2011 or 1155, dual core opteron, then there are the SWTX supermicro motherboards wich can house a 64 core system cpu, but there is no caselabs with SWTX motherboard support.
I pretty much want to go dual dual GPU cards, the HIS 7970x2 seems like a good choice but whit the 8000 series on the way, i dont know if i should wait or not.
I incline to get the STH10 case.
I was thinking dual dual gpu, areca raid controller with 8x2,5 SSD raid and 4x3,5 hdd storage togtheger with by motherboard provided 6x3,5 HDD and 2 optical bays. ANd i have a msata ssd on hand and a 2,5inch hdd from a laptop, thats why i tend to look at an msata equipped motherboard such as thosefrom the asus lines.
I made the computation, all could be powered by a single evga supernova PSU with just enough cables to power all the hdd natively without converters through the use of rackmount bays that would go on the flex bays.
Since there are no waterblocks for a dual 7990 card now, the cards will remain air cooled, and here comes the next thing, since the gpus are gonna remain on air, is it really worth it for the STH10 case, since an ST10 would fit those as well
But i as thinking the bigger the case the better the air cooling as well. Not to mention the fact that the STH10 has the one 3,5 inch external bay on the side where i could fit an allready owned external usb 3.0 hub that i bought for my laptop which can incidentaly be transformed to be used on a desktop:
Thats why, decision decision decision.
With a 10 slot expansion case and say a maximus V extreme i could fit 2 HIS 7970x2, one areca pci express 3.0 8x adapter working on pci express 8x
would still have a free slot for a sound card, and another one free for a tvtunner/or some other expansion card.
What if the next gen video cards will provide support for 4x res monitors, and would it be better to wait for them ?
I just wnat to make me a build that will last me a lot oftime
Thats one of the reasons i was eyeing the 4 socket opteron platform. with 64 CPU (4 opteron series 6300 16 core piledriver cpus) cores and 512 gb ddr, it would take a lot of years before one would need to change the cpu part of the computer.
But then, there are no SWTX Caselabs case to be had at hand.
And after all i saw regarding caselabs cases, there isnt any other case on the market that is worth buying. Not with all the customization options to be had, that conisdering i am a person who doesnt like to ohave something mass made, here i want to say, id like to make my case the way i want the way i see fit, and caselabs provides this terrible oportunity.