In addition to the STH10, I spent $360 for additional accessories. Most of which will be used, but during the planning phase I wasn't sure exactly what I would need to complete this build, so a few things won't be needed. The biggest issue I had with my TJ11 and why I ultimately decided to choose the STH10, was the tradeoffs. Either you can have a great water cooling rig with minimal drive space, or you could have plenty of drive space with minimal rad space. I loved the quality of the TJ11 and wanted something equal or better. The only other considerations were Lian Li, but they use thin aluminum. My other issue with the TJ11 is the terrible cable management. Silverstone dropped the ball with that.
For this build, I am using two EK XE 480mm rads, two Ek XE 360mm rads, five Western Digital mechanical Hard drives in RAID 10, and a EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 Power Supply. With that much hardware, the TJ11 just wouldn't work without being way over crowded. Other hardware I'm using is a X99-E WS/USB 3.1 motherboard, three EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti ACX 2.0+ in SLI, a 480GB Intel 750 PCI express SSD, one 512GB Samsung SM951 SSD NVMe in the M.2 slot, and one 512GB Samsung SM951 SSD AHCI which in in the second PCIe slot.
Now I've had several months to plan this build and all the equipment I'll be using for the cooling. I am using an Aquaero 6 XT, Aquaero 5 LT, and Farbwerk for lighting. I'll be using four Mod my toys fan splitters for the Rads. One per rad, and 1 Mod my toys splitter for the Aquabus cables. I will also be using a NZXT USB hub since my board only has 2 USB 2.0 connections. In the pictures I've posted you can see an EK-XTOP Dual DDC 3.2 PWM pump and an EK-RES X3 250 reservoir with a multiport top.
The last minute change is the pump and reservoir. I decided to go with the Aqua Computer D5 pump motor with USB and aquabus interface, and aqualis base for pump adapters 880 ml with fountain effect and nano coating reservoir. Even with international shipping charges I saved $50 then if ordered from PPCS or Mod My Mods. The US markup on these items is to high IMO. Nothing against PPCS because they get a LOT of my business. Due to the enormous amount of money I've spent on this build, I have to wait until next payday to get the last two items I need to complete this build. The aqualis base with fill level sensor for the pump and Aqua Delta 1000 pressure sensor. Even though the EK pump is a very nice pump with more power, I have read about it having CPU fan error messages when using the CPU fan headers on my motherboard. I also wanted to have more control over the pump with the Aquaero.
One of the truly nice things I like about the STH10 aside from the incredible build quality and craftsmanship, is that I will have to do minimal, if any drilling in order to complete the plumbing and cable routing. In the pictures I posted you can see that I mounted the Aquaero 5LT behind the 120mm fan in the flex bay underneath the 6XT. Since I'm not using any 3.5 inch drives, I decided to make use of that drive cage on the cable routing side, and mount the Aquaero Farbwerk their. The holes in that cage matched the standoffs on the Farbwerk so I didn't need to do any drilling.
More to follow.
Edited by jsutter71 - 3/19/16 at 1:22pm