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Yah, I'd agree about the looks of your build. The Cosmos has the standard rubing runs blocking the mobo view. With the STH10, you still have tons of real estate in the main compartment. The ebay leds on a reel are popular, there's several different kinds, single, double, standard intensity, high intensity. Several CL build logs are currently featuring these led mods.
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It's amazing how much I have changed this computer since the beginning. I just kept returning things and upgrading.

About 8 months ago it started like this. My very first build was about 8 months ago. I had a $1400 budget and most of it was taken up by the gtx 680. Then I just kept returning and upgrading and selling. So I know this isn't the same build as my first one but it's not a new build either. It just evolved. Now I am probably close to $7500. I can't believe I have spent this much money. I kinda regret the titans but oh well. I'm having a lot of fun and I will soon get 3 monitors for a surround setup so I can make use of 2 titans. Just in this short time I went from a $50 cooler master case - 800d - Cosmos 2 - Case Labs STH10. Zotac 680>EVGA 680 FTW 4gb>EVGA 680 SLI>2 Titans with full cover blocks. I used like 4 different power supplys, 2 different cpu's, 3 different motherboards and 3 different ssd's. The more I think about it I can't believe how much this computer has changed. I know there is more but I can't think of it all right now. I think I am a Case Labs customer for life. I am in love with my STH10.


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Just so everyone knows I am far from rich. I am not bragging at all. I think I am really dumb. I work so hard for my money. The reason I didn't start out with a huge budget is because all I had was $1,400. So everytime I got paid I would return something and upgrade it. Everytime I did I pretty much spent the last of my money. I don't even have a car because I have been able to walk to work now for 7 years.

I just had to say this because I didn't want to sound like I was bragging or something. I'm sure everyone could buy the things I did if they were as dumb as me. I sacrifice a lot of other things to be able to buy some of the electronics I buy. Everytime I got paid for the last 8 months I paid my bills and then spent the rest on my computer.

I really need to learn to start saving better.
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No, no bragging taken here. I was the same way, build a pc for use/gaming and I never spent more than $300 for a component until I bought an ATI 300 graphics card ... about 8 years ago. Even then, the next few cards came in about $300 or less - the 7950, the 8800, the GTX 260 - I still have the last 2 cards. Then in fall 2011, conditions were right to build a new box - and I finally jumped to Intel with a 2600K build, with a GTX 580 - wow !! over $800 for just those 2 parts !

The following spring, I wasn't happy with the Cougar Evolution case, and bought the Silverstone TJ04 - updated model - that no one else seems to like. I Luv it. Still my main pc, air cooled, but stable. Mild OC ....

Around that time in the spring, I finally regged here at OCN, and talk about inciting the purchase bug tongue.gif
I had no idea how unprotected I was from this malady wink.gif I've often wondered if the people who regularly update their parts or switch out parts or cases, if they're not spending money in other ways, that they may have used to spend. I mean, money is money, when you have a job and disposable income, but I know that there is always someone with more disposable income and with less d.i. than myself, but I don't want to add up what I've bought in the last year.

2 more cases, 1 build stalled out, the other getting stalled ... I wouldn't be surprised if I have 5 figures worth of parts from the last year and a half. I don't sell my parts, well apart from 1 rad ... and I probably have spent less on other things as this crazy urge to buy has taken hold of my wallet blushsmiley.gif

Anyways, the take-away here is its fun to plan and buy and try and build, there are so many great looking builds and great ideas on this site and other sites, too - its a bug and its compelling and its gonna continue to eat me up biggrin.gif
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No, no bragging taken here. I was the same way, build a pc for use/gaming and I never spent more than $300 for a component until I bought an ATI 300 graphics card ... about 8 years ago. Even then, the next few cards came in about $300 or less - the 7950, the 8800, the GTX 260 - I still have the last 2 cards. Then in fall 2011, conditions were right to build a new box - and I finally jumped to Intel with a 2600K build, with a GTX 580 - wow !! over $800 for just those 2 parts !

The following spring, I wasn't happy with the Cougar Evolution case, and bought the Silverstone TJ04 - updated model - that no one else seems to like. I Luv it. Still my main pc, air cooled, but stable. Mild OC ....

Around that time in the spring, I finally regged here at OCN, and talk about inciting the purchase bug tongue.gif
I had no idea how unprotected I was from this malady wink.gif I've often wondered if the people who regularly update their parts or switch out parts or cases, if they're not spending money in other ways, that they may have used to spend. I mean, money is money, when you have a job and disposable income, but I know that there is always someone with more disposable income and with less d.i. than myself, but I don't want to add up what I've bought in the last year.

2 more cases, 1 build stalled out, the other getting stalled ... I wouldn't be surprised if I have 5 figures worth of parts from the last year and a half. I don't sell my parts, well apart from 1 rad ... and I probably have spent less on other things as this crazy urge to buy has taken hold of my wallet blushsmiley.gif

Anyways, the take-away here is its fun to plan and buy and try and build, there are so many great looking builds and great ideas on this site and other sites, too - its a bug and its compelling and its gonna continue to eat me up biggrin.gif

I know I agree. I really think my wallet hates OCN. I have always dreamed about building a nice computer but I never dreamed I would have something like this. But I started coming to OCN and pretty much every computer on here would be considered overkill in the real world and I guess that's what really got me going in terms of trying to create an amazing build. I still haven't gotten there yet but hopefully one day. I just love different types of hardware. A new graphic card is such an amazing feeling. I really wish one day my job could be computer related besides just needing it to do your work like I do now.

I don't regret any of my purchases except maybe the titans. If I would have known the 780's were coming out so soon I don't think I would have bought the titans. I'm still thinking of trying to sell them for a 780 classified but I'm not sure how much money I would lose.

But on the other hand gaming with them is absolutely amazing and I know they could handle any setup for years to come.
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post #86 of 88
Don't sweat it bro, I went through so many cooler before I decided to just water cool my whole rig. I also jumped from case to case until I got a CaseLabs.
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All white STH10 thumb.gif Just loving it in all white ( Just make the door handle white also wink.gif )

And dont have any regrets (specially about the TITANS life is to short for that !)

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