"What I’ve dared, I’ve willed; and what I’ve willed, I’ll do! They think me mad – Starbuck does; but I’m demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that’s only calm to comprehend itself! The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and – Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer."
- Moby Dick (Chapter 37, Paragraph 4)
Although my build may not rank as one of OCN's more premier rigs, this 4-5 month
journey of mine has been one crazy ride. Since the release of the Asus Rampage IV Extreme, I have had this obsession of gathering some of the best components I can get.
For the record, I claim NO originality in this build at all. It is an STH10 build among other STH10 builds. The parts I have chosen were based on what other members of OCN had reviewed, bought, used and praised. And by looking at the following list you will probably be reminded of past build logs in which I probably was influenced by.HardwareChs:
Intel Core i7-3930KMbd:
ASUS Rampage IV ExtremeMem:
Corsair Dominator GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (PC3 17000)GPU: EVGA GTX 680 x 2
EVGA GTX 690SND:
Asus Xonar PhoebusPSU:
SeaSonic Platinum 1000WSSD:
Corsair Force GT 120GBHDD:
Western Digital Velociraptor 300GBOpt:
Pioneer DVD-RWCoolingCPU: EK Supreme HF EN (Nickel) - Plexi
Koolance CPU-380IGPU: Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X³ GTX 680 "Hole Edition" x 2Watercool HEATKILLER® GPU Backplate GTX 680 x 2Watercool GPU-X² / X³ Dual-Link (2-Slot)Rad:
Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 560 x 3Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 280Fan:
Noiseblocker - BlackSilentPro PK-3 140mm x 12
Noiseblocker - BlackSilentPro PL-2 120mm x 3Res:
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Ice BlackTop:
Bitspower Dual D5 Top - Extreme High Flow (G1/4")Pmp:
Laing D5 x 2Tub: Primochill PrimoFlex PRO LRT 1/2" x 3/4" - UV Red
Durelene 1/2" x 3/4" - ClearLiq:
Koolance LIQ-702CL-B 0.7 Litres
Sierra Springs Distilled WaterFtg:
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Compression Fitting CC5 For ID 1/2" OD 3/4" Tube
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Rotary 90-Degree IG1/4" Extender
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Dual Rotary 45-Degree IG1/4" Extender
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Dual Rotary 90-Degree IG1/4" Extender
Bitspower Shining Silver With Silver Shining HandleKoolance QDC VL3N-F13SKoolance QDC VL3N-MG
Koolance QDC VL4N-M13-19S
Koolance QDC VL4N-F13-19SKoolance QDC VL4N-MGTentative UpgradesMem: Corsair Dominator GT 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (PC3 17000) - for RAMDisk setupGPU: EVGA GTX 680 x 4 (Quad-SLI) or EVGA GTX 690 x 2 (Quad-SLI)PSU:
SeaSonic Platinum 1200W or Corsair Platinum AX1200iSSD:
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB & 512GBHDD:
Western Digital Red 3TB x 4 in RAIDOpt:
Pioneer BDR 2206B5PKI have pretty much all the hardware listed and its currently being stock/air cooled. The "Tentative Upgrades" is where I eventually want to be in the future and would have by now if the watercooling parts weren't so damn expensive. If you are wondering why I use Koolance coolant, I am going to use one bottle and then top the rest of the system off with distilled water. This seemed to have solved my plasticizer problem in my older builds when I was using Koolance 1/2"ID, 5/8"OD tubing. I don't have the pics to prove it, but I am going to run a test with the Primochill tubing I'm going to use. With the recent problems being discussed on another thread, I am unsure what tubing I will use to replace the Primochill. Not to mention I bought out the last 5 packs on Amazon last Decemeber and am turned off by the idea that I will have to e-mail the company, pack and ship the tubing only to wait another couple of months before I finish the build.
The choice of going with EK as the CPU block was a hard choice to make. Recently coming off a Koolance CPU-360, I wanted to try something new. Despite EK's plating problems, I have decided to give the block a chance based on Martin's review (although he advises the use of bare copper based blocks) on CPU blocks performance. Hopefully the coolant I will be mixing will provide an adequate amount of protection til the day I upgrade. I am also playing around with the idea of finding a chrome plating service in the LA area to replate the block.
I'm toning down my ambitions for this system and focusing more on getting her powered up. Notible changes have been made as this build has been met with several months of delay. Whether it was from moving, buying a new car or just plain laziness, we are coming up at the end of the year and the Kepler has been in the market since late March. Also with Ivy Bridge Extreme having a tentative release date of 2nd half 2013, my little Sandy Bridge Extreme has at least 6-7 months before it gets knocked off the throne.Notes
I apologize in advance for the quality of the pics. All pics are being taken by an iPhone 4. I didn't exactly plan on making a build log 3-4 months ago and could use the $200-$300 I would pay for a decent camera on whatever parts and components I would still need.
Sleeving will probably be the last thing I will mess with. Although I will most likely use pre-braided extentions due to the size of the STH10. The stock modular cables that came with my current PSU won't be long enough to reach certain places. Once I start transferring all my hardware I will have more info on what to do.
More to come