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Help between Merline ST10-X or STH10

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I am having a hard time picking one of these and would like some input. What are the pro/cons of these 2 cases? One would be the Merlin ST10-X and the other the STH10. I like the looks on both. Not sure about what size acrylic door yet.

Hardware:

Asus Rampage Extreme IV with EK-FB KIT RE4 - Acetal CSQ
i7 3820 with EK-Supremacy - Acetal
32gb Corsair Dominator DDR3 2133mhz (8x4gb)
2 EVGA GTX 580 1.5gb in SLI with EK-FC580 GTX+ - EN (Acetal) linked by EK-FC Bridge TRIPLE Parallel
2 Switech MCP655-B pumps with Bitspower BP-2D5TOPP-BK Dual D5 Mod Top (POM Version)
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 400 - POM
1 XSPC EX360 Radiator
2 XSPC EX240 Radiators
Misc Bitspower and Koolance fittings

Parts not used on hand

Unknown 140mm 50mm thick Radiator
Bitspower 250 Res
Bitspower X-Station Power-Extension II - Male Version - Red

I was thinking about selling my radiators and getting 2 480's. One for top and one for bottom. Adding rest of parts plus the 250 res.

I know for what I have and what planning at the moment one of the cases below might be overkill but I am tried of having no extra space in my Cosmos II at this time. I have 2 fans die on the 240 rad below and pretty much need to tear done whole system just to get to them.

Please any input is welcome. Let me know what you guys think.



Cart Items

Subtotal: $700.80
Shipping (FedEx (FedEx Ground)): $46.35
Grand Total: $747.15

Caster Kit - HD

1 $15.95 $15.95

Merlin ST10-X Case (Case Color: Black Matte, Orientation: Standard, ST10 X door options: XXL Window clear ($15.00), Cable Side Door: Ventilated)

1 $504.95 $504.95

SM8 and ST10 Pedestal Assembly (Color: Black Matte)

1 $159.95 $159.95

120.4 Radiator Side Mount - SM8 (Color: Black Matte)

1 $19.95 $19.95




Cart Items

Subtotal: $676.75
Shipping (FedEx (FedEx Ground)): $40.53
Grand Total: $717.28

MAGNUM STH10 (Case Color: Black Matte, Form Factor: HPTX, ATX Layout: Standard, MB Door: XL Window (20.00), Window Color: Clear, Top Cover: Ventilated, Upper Chamber Covers: Ventilated, Lower Chamber Covers: Ventilated, PCI Backplate: Hex Mesh, Shipping Format: Flat-packed)

1 $589.95 $589.95

120.4 Radiator Side Mount - STH10 and SMH10 (Color: Black Matte)

2 $29.95 $59.90

Caster Kit - HD

1 $15.95 $15.95

PSU Support Mount - Magnum (Color: Black Matte, Orientation: Standard)

1 $10.95 $10.95
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
Also on the ST10-X the pictures with the XXL window look like missing the 120mm top. Is that the case or what?
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Thernen View Post

Also on the ST10-X the pictures with the XXL window look like missing the 120mm top. Is that the case or what?

It is. We didn't have a chance to assemble an ST10-X with the XXL window, so Kevin "borrowed" the picture from the standard ST10.

Tough choice between the two. The ST10-X would probably be a bit easier to live with long term because of it's smaller footprint and ease of being reversed should the need arise (the STH10 can be reversed as well, but additional parts have to be purchased). The STH10 is BIG and has that "look at me!" quality when you see it in person, but can look under-utilized without a LOT of hardware. If you ever plan to use a workstation class motherboard (SSI-EEB, HPTX, or full EATX), then the STH10 is the only choice.

Both are great cases, so you can't really go wrong thumb.gif
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I had a similar problem but was deciding between the SM8-X and ST10-X...I went with the ST10-X with the XXL window. If you do the ST10-X I would say to definitely get the XXL window.

I started a similarly titled thread and have posted a picture there showing my current rig, a Lian Li PC-90, next to the ST10-X. You can check it out for an idea of how it looks with the XXL window and the 120mm top.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
So will the ST10-X hold my Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard?
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well I purchased Merlin ST10-X with XXL window, Pedestal, 120x4 side rad mount for Pedestal and casters.
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Awesome! thumb.gif Thank you!! No probem with the RIVE wink.gif
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Samsung PCI M.2 (512GB) Seagate Enterprise HDD (4TB x 8) LG Blu-ray EK Blocks, Pumps and rervoirs 
CoolingCoolingMonitorPower
Hardware Labs GTX 480 Hardware Labs GTX 560 Dell U3011 30" IPS Display x 2 EVGA 1600 Watt 
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CaseLabs SMA8 LSI RAID Controller Software: Solidworks, Cinema4D, Octane Render, ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7-6700K ASUS Maximus Gene VIII mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX1070 Mini Crucual Ballistix 2400MHz DDR (64 GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung V-NAND 950 Pro SSD - 256GB Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (RAID 1) Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (RAID 1) Seagate 2TB Enterprise HDD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noctua NH-D9L Low Profile CPU Cooler Gelid Solutions WING 12 UV 120mm Case Fan (2X) Windows 10 Pro ACER Curved 34" Ultrawide 21:9 
PowerCaseOtherOther
Silverstone 600 SFX GOLD Modular PSU CaseLabs Bullet BH4 (Lime) MOD-ONE Black Double-G Case Feet Darkside UV LED Case Lighting 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7-4770K ASUS Maximus VI Impact EVGA Titan GSkill 16 GB DDR3-1600 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung PCI M.2 (512GB) Seagate Enterprise HDD (4TB x 8) LG Blu-ray EK Blocks, Pumps and rervoirs 
CoolingCoolingMonitorPower
Hardware Labs GTX 480 Hardware Labs GTX 560 Dell U3011 30" IPS Display x 2 EVGA 1600 Watt 
CaseOtherOther
CaseLabs SMA8 LSI RAID Controller Software: Solidworks, Cinema4D, Octane Render, ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7-6700K ASUS Maximus Gene VIII mATX Gigabyte GeForce GTX1070 Mini Crucual Ballistix 2400MHz DDR (64 GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung V-NAND 950 Pro SSD - 256GB Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (RAID 1) Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (RAID 1) Seagate 2TB Enterprise HDD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noctua NH-D9L Low Profile CPU Cooler Gelid Solutions WING 12 UV 120mm Case Fan (2X) Windows 10 Pro ACER Curved 34" Ultrawide 21:9 
PowerCaseOtherOther
Silverstone 600 SFX GOLD Modular PSU CaseLabs Bullet BH4 (Lime) MOD-ONE Black Double-G Case Feet Darkside UV LED Case Lighting 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7-4770K ASUS Maximus VI Impact EVGA Titan GSkill 16 GB DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
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Awesome! thumb.gif Thank you!! No probem with the RIVE wink.gif

I am very much looking forward to seeing this case in person!
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