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Welcome to my third build log and first in many months. After 'completing' my 800D build (found here) I basically lost interest in PC building. I think I rushed in and hurried through that build and never really stopped to enjoy it and pay much attention to detail. I ended up selling that PC very soon after completing it and have been running a basic H100 build in a Cosmos 2 since then.

For anyone interested, here is my first build log.

Now on to the new build.

WESTERNEAGLE

This name basically comes from the fact that I am from Western Australia, and follow an Aussie Rules footy team called the Eagles. Creative, huh? I'm pretty terrible at thinking of names.

Goals

My goal with this build is to take it very slow and really make sure every aspect of it is finished perfectly. I rush through things and tend to give up if I find it too hard so I'm trying to do the opposite this time.

This will be a slow build as it will be some time before I can afford all of the watercooling gear I want to put in.

I am also aiming to learn to use my Nikon D7000 so I can get close to some of the amazing pictures we see in some build logs.


Equipment

Hardware

Case: Caselabs Merlin ST10
Mobo: ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme
CPU: Intel i7 3930k
RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 690
PSU: Corsair AX1200
SSD: 2 x OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
HDD: Hitachi 4TB

I currently own all of these components. I may look to add a second 4TB HDD and perhaps some more RAM but time will tell.

Cooling Equipment

Fans: Cougar Vortex 120mm HDB - black
Radiator 1: 480mm Monsta
Radiator 2; 360mm Monsta
Pump: Aquacomputer D5
Reservoir: Aquacomputer Aqualis
CPU Block: Aquacomputer Kryos or XSPC Raystorm Copper
GPU Block: Aquacomputer AquagraFX
Fan Controller: Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 XT
Fittings: Monsoon Free Center compression fittings - gold

This list is basically my current thinking and will likely change many times. I am a big fan of the quality of Aquacomputer gear, even if the blocks are highly restrictive.

I used a Aquaero XT in my last build but never bothered to learn how to set it up properly. This time I want to make sure I spend the time and learn to control and monitor everything.

Both radiators will be in push/pull and will likely both be intake. Detailed design will come later.


Design

The ST10 case I have is in white. I have seen many, many builds with the base colours and want to try something a bit different. I was inspired by the amazing BBBB build by cpachris found here, where he has used his football team's colours to great effect.

My team has blue and yellow/gold as the colours and so I am thinking a white, blue and gold theme for this build.

Here's a picture of the logo for the team, as well as a couple of pictures of the boys in action.

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One last thing is that you will see a little 'angel wings' logo on all of my images (the ones I take). That was drawn for me by a friend and I figured I may as well use it for something. Whether it will feature in the build itself, I am not sure.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the build.


Index

Case Arrival and Assembly

Sleeving Fun

MDPC Arrives

Old System and Dominator Platinum
Edited by Scarecrow23 - 2/26/13 at 11:10pm
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Case Arrival and Assembly

So I first looked seriously at Caselabs late last year. I stumbled across their website, can't even remember how and then all of a sudden I was 4 hours into trawling through these forums looking at build logs. My passion and desire to build a PC was back.

Socketus' log and his many posts have been inspiring, as well as some of the monster builds in TH10 and STH10 cases.

I have always been a massive fan of Kier, but I lack the 'fabrication' and modding skills to attempt drastic cutting and redesigning. This is why Caselabs cases seem perfect. You can literally fit in as much as you can imagine, without having to drill a hole or cut the case up.

Anyway, in January I ordered a SM8, then 2 days later contact Jim@Caselabs to see if I could upgrade my order to the ST10. Jim was back to me instantly and nothing was a problem.

Less than 2 weeks later the beast arrived. All the way from California to Western Australia.





From the second you open the box you see the quality and thought that has gone into these cases. Every item individually wrapped and packed, and all bags marked so there is no chance of messing it up.



The instruction manual isn't all that in depth, but it tells you what you need to know.

You start by assembling the motherboard rails onto the center plate.




Next the bottom is attached.



Then the top and front. Each piece is attached using multiple screws and I needed nothing except a simple screwdriver to assemble the whole thing. What really impressed was that every single piece fit perfectly, a far cry from the IKEA furniture and the like, which is guaranteed to need some tenderising.



The door hinges are next.


And now we have the basic structure laid out and for the first time it looks like a PC case.




You can see here the 'drop-in' mount for the top radiator. The whole top plate lifts out and you can attach the entire radiator assembly and then just drop it back in. Along with cable management and navigating the tight spaces some cases force you into, lining up radiator, fan and case with screws is one of the things I hate most about PC building. Thank you Caselabs.



And the casters/wheels. These add some height to the case and it is truly tall with them on. Without them it is roughly the same dimensions as the Cosmos 2 I am coming from, but just more solid and imposing.




The motherboard tray and PCI backplate are a single unit. This makes it super easy to attach everything and then just slide it in as one unit. I've seen a couple of builds making use of quick disconnects for the watercooling tubes to further this function.




PSU support. Still trying to figure out in my head which way to install the PSU eventually, will deal with this further down the road.




The doors go on. I couldn't find the nuts to attach the HDD and SSD mounts to the cable side of the case. You have mounting for 4 SSDs and 2 HDDs (I think) on this side. Jim is sending out some nuts and I will then attach these parts.




And all assembled.




Putting it all together took less than 2 hours and was incredibly enjoyable and satisfying.

I have since built my basic H100/air setup into the case, but I did not take pictures and it really isn't worth showing at this point.

I am currently waiting for some sleeve from MDPC to arrive and then the sleeving process will begin.

I do not think I will end up learning it properly, but I did download a 3D modelling program called Sketchup, and there are templates for some Caselabs cases, just not this one as yet. It produces a stunning result and would really help with design, but I am just far too lazy to do it justice I think.
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Welcome to the Case Labs community, I know you will enjoy building in that case.
Good choice on Aquaero as a controller, I love mine.
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Welcome to the Case Labs community, I know you will enjoy building in that case.
Good choice on Aquaero as a controller, I love mine.

Thanks man, been following your build since I got back into it as well and she is a ripper. Was actually your build (with the pedestals) that had me originally ordering an SM8, as I knew I would be able to add on later. Well then finances (and my fiancé) came into play and a more modest (in what way is the ST10 modest) build plan was needed. lol!
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WoW ! wish I had thought of assembling my own case, that was COOOL biggrin.gif Thank YOU ! for the pictures, but I gotta say, I keep seeing a little dog in the pix, and its always in the right lower corner. I saw the gold setter/retriever in the first pic, on the couch ... but this thing, its white, looks ancient with all that white hair ... wink.gif

Anyways, luv the white thumb.gif And Mandrix swings for the fences, his new avatar reminds me of the NY Yankees logo, Babe Ruth style. A lot to learn from his thread, a lot to soak up. Your description of how you approach a build is right in line with mine - get it built and running, and then kinda lose interest. I've never modded a case till my last one, and that was minor, very small stuff like vinyl along the case front's seams and edges where light shows thru. I mean, the newer cases come with removeable dust filters, cable mgmt out the wazoo, and offset top ventilation and side mount hdd trays with toolless caddys - amazing stuff that makes it so easy to build a clean rig - look at all the Corsair and CM case builds in the Rate your cables and w/c club threads.

But you're also right about how fiddly it is to get a rad and fans and case lined up ... way too wiggly and dependent on slowly screwing in the screws till they all get a bite, and Mandrix was right about the M3 screws and threads - very fragile. I'm hoping to fasten the fans to the Monsta rads ONCE - I almost went straight to CL's site to order a drop-in mount when I read your line wink.gif

Its gonna be a great build, the colors are truly choice - I grew up going to a school whose team colors were blue and yellow, always the best combo I thought thumb.gif
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Very nice case and interesting concept.

I will be checking in as I just got a CaseLabs case myself for an upcoming build

Edit:

May want to lose the casters and instrall the rubber feet.

Then put them on last as it may be easier to deal with the build aspect if on solid footing ... just a thought
Edited by Witchdoctor - 2/7/13 at 4:36pm
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WoW ! wish I had thought of assembling my own case, that was COOOL biggrin.gif Thank YOU ! for the pictures, but I gotta say, I keep seeing a little dog in the pix, and its always in the right lower corner. I saw the gold setter/retriever in the first pic, on the couch ... but this thing, its white, looks ancient with all that white hair ... wink.gif

Thanks man. My dog, and the other one, will likely find their way into a lot of my build pictures.

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May want to lose the casters and instrall the rubber feet.

Then put them on last as it may be easier to deal with the build aspect if on solid footing ... just a thought

Good idea, will keep that in mind when I start building.


Been thinking seriously about colouring and would appreciate some feedback. I am sold on the blue/yellow theme but not sure which of the following two options to go with.





I will also have the MDPC Shade 19 colour.


Edited by Scarecrow23 - 2/8/13 at 5:30am
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My opinion on castors.....I find them very handy when I'm working on the rig. I can sit in one place and rotate everything completely around. Plus if I want to move it to the HT so I can catch a game or just TV while I'm working they make moving it very easy.
I started out with the smaller castors.....then the bigger ones.....then eventually the platform since mine is so tall/top heavy.

For your color theme, I find the white sleeve mixes in well with most anything and adds a nice contrast to the other sleeving colors. Your call though, for me it was try and see.
Which blue was that?
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I started out with the smaller castors.....then the bigger ones.....

Did you find any real differences between the two?

I've got the smaller ones on, but I did also order a set of the HD or bigger ones. I just didn't end up putting them on as I wanted to keep the overall height of the case to a somewhat reasonable level.
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G'day mate. smile.gif What a beautiful ST10 you have there, looking forward to seeing more of your build as it comes together. Welcome to the world of CaseLabs. Love the avatar too! thumb.gif
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