So I have this Coolermaster Stacker T01 that I have had for like 8 years... and it has been home to some really sweet systems over the years starting with an Athlon M back in the day, a few Opteron systems, a Thuban system, and now it will be home to a new Ivy Bridge system.
Working with this case has been a blast over the years, and I am looking forward to this latest build! I have been an AMD man since 2000, and this is my first personal Intel build, so I am really excited to get this thing together. Being such a loyal AMD fan I do not feel guilty as my old gear has been assinged to server/BOINC duty
For some history on the case, and the last build out which includes lots of the customizations for the case, see the 4th incarnation link in my sig if you are curious.
I have a whole new theme for this build, that will be revealed later on, but we'll go ahead and get started with guts of the system!
As you can see, the core of the system includes a 3770K to be mounted in an Asus Maximus V gene board. We got 16GB of 2400Mhz CL9 Vengence RAM, and a couple of Mushkin SSDs.
The reason for the small form factor build in this huge case is that I figure when it is time for the 6th incarnation of this beast, I will put this hardware in a tiny case
Also to note, I am going to use some of the WC gear form my last build, including my trusty EK Supreme HF block, 2 XSPCs pump res combos, and some Black Ice GTX rads (120mm and 360mm)
Lets get started here!
CPU installed with waterblock, mounted to MB tray for some quick leak testing. In this and the next few pics, don't mind the tubing or the fitting arrangement, as all that will change once the real build begins