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Slowly getting things sorted...just moved not too long ago and still getting situated. I won't be able to start this build for a few months because I haven't even ordered the case labs case yet. Can't order two tone until the end of the month. Going with gunmetal and white on the inside. Narrowed down to two cases; STH10 or SMA8. Cables and water cooling are going to be green and white or possibly green and blue at this time. I've never done a water cooled system so it's a first for me. I mostly build industrial computers, but have always wanted to build a nice rig for me. I know it's overkill for anything that I'll ever use it for, but figured why not. I've had good luck with MSI hence all the MSI stuff.

MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon

Intel Core i7-6900K 20M Broadwell-E 8-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80671I7690

EVGA Supernova 1600 T2

Corsair Dominator Platinum 64GB

two MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X

Samsung 950 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD

Bitspower MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING Nickel Plated Full-Covered-Block (Clear)

MAGNUM STH10 - Customizable
(Case Color: White and Gunmetal Two Tone 8-9 weeks for processing ($45.00), Form Factor: XL-ATX, ATX Layout: Standard, Bottom Chassis Section: Solid , Chassis mid-plates: Solid , Motherboard Side Door: XXL Window CLEAR ($30.00), Top Cover: 39mm Ventilated (20.00), Upper Chamber Covers: Ventilated, Lower Chamber Covers: Ventilated, Power and Reset Switch: Standard Power/Reset Switches with Sleeved Cables , Flex-Bay Configuration: Solid Bay Covers)




Don't pay attention to the wall color; I still need to do some painting. I just bought a new place and still in the process of moving and getting situated.

UPDATE:

Started unboxing some hardware and putting the bitspower block on. Ran into a few issues...first some of the MSI block screws were apparently torqued too much. I really struggled to get one out and another one twisted off down in the block. I'm going to email MSI about that. Fortunately it was in a part that I won't be needing, but the fact of the matter is it should not have happened.


Notice the discoloring of the metal around the screw hole.



Next problem was the bitspower kit. I was missing some of the hardware. All blocks were there, but was missing two fittings and the CPU block screws.

Oh no, only 4 fittings and some bonus hardware that was not needed, but no CPU block screws!

Some impurities in the block

Some impurities in the block



The Mobo

CPU



I had already put the CPU in before realizing that I would not be able to finish so back on with the dust cover and into the box you go.


Some memory


I should have checked all this out right away, but I've been out of state so much and busy I have not had time. I got all the blocks on minus the cpu block. I almost like the original hardware better than the water blocks from an aesthetically perspective.
Edited by xxxj3xxx - 9/12/16 at 9:47am
post #2 of 7
Sounds fun! I like the color scheme ideas.
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Two 1080s, that's going to last for awhile considering the 1070 is said to beat the Titan X. And I'm also liking the MSI stuff. It looks to be an awesome build!
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Finally got my case ordered. Now it's just hurry up and wait for it and ordering the small parts.

MAGNUM STH10 - Customizable
(Case Color: White and Gunmetal Two Tone 8-9 weeks for processing ($45.00), Form Factor: XL-ATX, ATX Layout: Standard, Bottom Chassis Section: Solid , Chassis mid-plates: Solid , Motherboard Side Door: XXL Window CLEAR ($30.00), Top Cover: 39mm Ventilated (20.00), Upper Chamber Covers: Ventilated, Lower Chamber Covers: Ventilated, Power and Reset Switch: Standard Power/Reset Switches with Sleeved Cables , Flex-Bay Configuration: Solid Bay Covers)

The new Pascal-based Titan X will be out soon so I'll be outdated already..before I even start on my build lol. Granted the price tag is a bit more steep and I wouldn't gain any benefits from the higher end card for my use at this time. Wasn't expecting it to be out this quick though.
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post #6 of 7
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I'm finally back in state for a few weeks(hopefully) and still no updates on the case so it gives me time to look at roughing together my cooling loops...looking for advice from experienced builders. I'm thinking of going with two 560 radiators one on the top and one in the basement(I understand modification to brackets will be needed). Possibly adding smaller radiator, but I don't see the need at this point as I think that two 560s will be sufficient.

I think I want a pump reservoir aio combo, but have not decided on that for sure yet. Might put the pumps in the bottom chassis as I like the looks on some of these builds; I'm still undecided and looking to get opinions on my build from builders with similar cases/components. I'm doing research on water cooling as I've only built industrial computers and never done a custom loop so forgive my ignorance. I've read through a lot of the SMA8 and STH10 builds and have a lot of ideas, but won't know for sure until I can lay my hands on the case. I just really want to have all the materials that I need so I can be ready soon as the case does come in.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by xxxj3xxx - 9/7/16 at 10:22am
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Performance-pcs was really quick to contact me with regards to the hardware. They contacted Bitspower and a new hardware kit is being sent. I didn't mention anything about the block as it really can't be seen. Customer service was top notch!

MSI gave me the generic response..follow their RMA procedure. Now the question is should I RMA it or just keep what I have and call it good since I won't be using the parts affected. I just wanted new blocks in case for whatever reason I need them in the future, but had a feeling that was not going to be an option. Suppose could always drill it and tap it if needed.
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