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"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.

Hardware
Chs: CaseLabs STH10
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
Mbd: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Mem: Corsair Dominator GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (PC3 17000)
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 x 2 EVGA GTX 690
SND: Asus Xonar Phoebus
PSU: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W
SSD: Corsair Force GT 120GB
HDD: Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB
Opt: Pioneer DVD-RW

Cooling
CPU: EK Supreme HF EN (Nickel) - Plexi Koolance CPU-380I
GPU: Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X³ GTX 680 "Hole Edition" x 2
Watercool HEATKILLER® GPU Backplate GTX 680 x 2
Watercool GPU-X² / X³ Dual-Link (2-Slot)
Rad: Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 560 x 3
Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 280
Fan: Noiseblocker - BlackSilentPro PK-3 140mm x 12
Noiseblocker - BlackSilentPro PL-2 120mm x 3
Res: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Ice Black
Top: Bitspower Dual D5 Top - Extreme High Flow (G1/4")
Pmp: Laing D5 x 2
Tub: Primochill PrimoFlex PRO LRT 1/2" x 3/4" - UV Red Durelene 1/2" x 3/4" - Clear
Liq: Koolance LIQ-702CL-B 0.7 Litres
Sierra Springs Distilled Water
Ftg: 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 Handle
Koolance QDC VL3N-F13S
Koolance QDC VL3N-MG
Koolance QDC VL4N-M13-19S
Koolance QDC VL4N-F13-19S
Koolance QDC VL4N-MG

Tentative Upgrades
Mem: Corsair Dominator GT 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (PC3 17000) - for RAMDisk setup
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 x 4 (Quad-SLI) or EVGA GTX 690 x 2 (Quad-SLI)
PSU: SeaSonic Platinum 1200W or Corsair Platinum AX1200i
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB & 512GB
HDD: Western Digital Red 3TB x 4 in RAID
Opt: Pioneer BDR 2206B5PK

I 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
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Intel i7-3930K LGA 2011
- Xmas gift from the wife. She told me Microcenter gave her a free Corsair H80 with it
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Asus Rampage IV Extreme
- Battlefield 3 Edition.... although I never used the reg code lol!
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EVGA GTX 680 x 2
EVGA GTX 690

- I decided to sell my GTX 680's and go with a GTX 690. I am still having trouble hunting down a second 690, but I am in no hurry since the waterblocks for them have yet to be released.
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Asus Xonar Phoebus
- No high end built PC would be complete without a premium soundcard. I currently have my eye on the new Asus ROG Orion headset that was recently unveiled to partner up with this baby.
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Corsair Dominator GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 (PC3 17000)
- to W/C or not to W/C?
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SeaSonic Platinum 1000
- SeaSonic recently announced that they are going to release a 1200W Platinum in the near future. Been waiting a long time for this.
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EK Supreme HF EN (Nickel) - Plexi
Koolance CPU-380I
I'm replacing the notorious EK Supreme HF EN (Nickel) for the current highest performing block.
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Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X³ GTX 680 "Hole Edition" x 2
- I went ahead and returned these to PPC for store credit which will go towards the 690 blocks and misc accessories. They currently have the copper "Hole Edition" in stock for the GTX 690, but I need the nickel plated version to keep the metals consistent. Its in stock in Germany but non of the US retailers have yet to acquire some themselves.
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Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 560 x 3
Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 280
- I wish I could put a 4th 560 in there somewhere! I had an SR-1 that I was planning to mount up front but there wasn't enough space...
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Water Tank Z-Multi 400 (ICE Red Body & Black POM Cap Version)
- I really REALLY wanted to use this bad boy in this build, but rad space takes priority and if I forced it, I would either have to mount it horizontally or break the pumps up apart from the dual d5 pump top (which is a BIG NO NO).
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Water Tank Z-Multi 250 (ICE Black Body & Black POM Cap Version)
w/ Dual/Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit

- Just got the Top Upgrade kit so I can mount the reservoir directly on top of the Dual D5 Top Mod Extreme.
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Noctua NF-F12 x 8
- Planned to Push/Pull a Hardware Labs SR-1 480 in the front of the case, but it wouldn't fit with a GTX 560 on top and bottom
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Bitspower Dual D5 Top - Extreme High Flow (G3/8")
Bitspower Dual D5 Top - Extreme High Flow (G1/4")
Laing D5 x 2
Koolance QDC VL4N-MG x 2
Koolance QDC VL4N-F13-19S x 2
- I switched out the G3/8" version with the standard G1/4" one so I can use new Dual/Single D5 Top Upgrade.
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Noiseblocker - BlackSilentPro PK-3 140mm x 12
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Aquacomputer Aquaero PRO
Aquacomputer PowerAdjust II - Ultra x 3
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Silverstone Fan Filter 140mm x 12
Silverstone Fan Filter 120mm x 3
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Bitspower Silver Shining Fittings, Extenders, et al
- Bitspower never ceases to amaze me in their quality of manufacturing!
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Box o' Fittings and Screws
- I have some 20+ more combination of fittings and extenders coming in from Bitspower directly and PPC.
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Here is where I started. I was originally going to use a Danger Den LDR 29, but it lacked extra drive bay slots for fan controllers and I didn't have enough space to place the Bitspower Dual Pump Top. Also, I would have to ditch one of those HDD racks to mount my Bitspower Ice Red 400mm Reservoir
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Ironically I had to ditch that component too for a 250mm Reservoir as I would not be able to mount the 400mm into the STH10 as well.
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This is a side by side comparison of the size of the case. From the far left we have good ol' 800D as my current chassis. The Danger Den LDR 29 in the middle was taller, but was short of depth even compared to the 800D. STH10 dwarfs the other two in height, width and depth.




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To mount 2 GTX 560 radiators on top, I had to remove the floor of the top chamber. For some reason, Caselabs decided to design the top chamber an inch or less shorter than the bottom one, thus preventing the use of anything higher than a 480 rad up there. It worked out well without compromising the stability of the case structure overall.

Also I decided not to mount the last GTX 280 into the bottom chamber so I have more room to work with. I ran out of m4/35mm screws anyways and I have yet to deal with the possible nightmare of cable management in regards to the radiator fans.
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I NEED PICS
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BUILD LOG LOOKS AMAZING
I'll populate some pics tomorrow of the individual parts I do have. Unfortunately I'm using an iPhone and I need more natural light to capture the parts
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3630K
Might want to fix that.
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How much were all the NBs?
LOL more than I'd like to remember. I got the PK-3's off PerformancePC's and the PL-2's off FrozenCPU since PPC sold out. Was able to squeeze out some 5% discount codes to soften the blow.

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This is my dream build.
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I am definitely excited for you and can't wait for more pics! Awesome stuff!
Thanks, bro! I'm excited too! All those years in school reading forums like this while stuck playing games on a Core 2 Duo and 8800 GT made it hard for me to wait before getting out in the real world and making a rig I couldn't even imagine while day dreaming about it in class.

Here's an exciting update! I just picked my GTX 690 from the UPS this morning (THANK GOD FOR WILL CALL)!

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I need to get some work done before playing around and benching them. Then I gotta figure out if I should go GTX 680 Tri/Quad SLI or GTX 690 Quad. If I go with the 690 Quad SLI, that's going to be another month of waiting for waterblocks to be released.

The package from Bitspower Taiwan is currently sitting in customs ATM, but the order from PPCs should be in tomorrow at noon. Can't wait
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Sick build
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Really makes me regret getting the UT60 radiators...

When you mount the raditors, do tell how you mounted yours!
I got AP-15s with same filters, just 120mm obviously, and its touching the sidepanel not making 100% flush fit...
 

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I think you'd be pushing it running quad on that 1000w
Yeah probably. I'm good with the 2 way SLI ATM, but if it doesn't work out I have a spare Mushkin Joule 1200w in the closet. Right now I'm just not liking the options out there for 1200W+ PSUs. Corsair AX1200 to me is just a little passe and the Silverstone 1500W requires me to buy an adapter from Caselabs. Not to mention that it doesn't have a power switch on the back
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Sick build
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Really makes me regret getting the UT60 radiators...
When you mount the raditors, do tell how you mounted yours!
I got AP-15s with same filters, just 120mm obviously, and its touching the sidepanel not making 100% flush fit...
Funny. I actually wanted to get the 560 versions of the UT60 rads but they have yet to be released. There is plenty of space for these big babies. Even for push/pull. I'll have pics up this weekend on the mounting after I flush the rads.

I'm not sure you will be receptive to this, but about the mounting... essentially all I did was remove the 360 shrouding/flooring that seperates the upper chamber from the motherboard area to fit the 560. I wish Caselabs made the case just a couple inches taller so I wouldn't need to do this but then again it will make the tube routing a bit easier. I just have to be really clever with the cable mgmt for the fans.
 

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I wouldent recommend getting the UT60s after personal experience.
I own a STH10 myself, and I have the radiator mount so the radiator is on the inside > radiator mount> fans > filters, and its touching the sidepanel not makeing it flush
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But it can be that the screws on the UT60 is umbraco bolts.
 

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Yeah probably. I'm good with the 2 way SLI ATM, but if it doesn't work out I have a spare Mushkin Joule 1200w in the closet. Right now I'm just not liking the options out there for 1200W+ PSUs. Corsair AX1200 to me is just a little passe and the Silverstone 1500W requires me to buy an adapter from Caselabs. Not to mention that it doesn't have a power switch on the back
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Funny. I actually wanted to get the 560 versions of the UT60 rads but they have yet to be released. There is plenty of space for these big babies. Even for push/pull. I'll have pics up this weekend on the mounting after I flush the rads.
I'm not sure you will be receptive to this, but about the mounting... essentially all I did was remove the 360 shrouding/flooring that seperates the upper chamber from the motherboard area to fit the 560. I wish Caselabs made the case just a couple inches taller so I wouldn't need to do this but then again it will make the tube routing a bit easier. I just have to be really clever with the cable mgmt for the fans.
Seasonic x-1250 and enermax has a couple 1200w+ that pretty nice out there.
 

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Cables arent long enough if you mount the PSU in the bottom?
I have the PSU on top and it defently isent long enough for the GPUs. But they probly would have been if the PSU was in the bottom.
It would also look cooler to have a 560 in top and bottom so the PC looks completly filled!
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When I had my PSU (Seasonic X-1250) in the top compartment, the only cable that didnt reach was EPS.

In the bottom everything reaches. (And it wobbles less when I roll it around).

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Seasonic x-1250 and enermax has a couple 1200w+ that pretty nice out there.
I have my eye on the Seasonic 1250, but I can't quite commit to it. It's either a mental thing, my wallet crying "Uncle!" or something.

The Platimax 1200 was the other PSU I was looking at, but it had mixed reviews. It's about $100 more, but I swear they added a Vegas Trio fan into package just to jack the price up. If it had solid ratings of praise, I probably would've bought it already

I'm secretly hoping SeaSonic has a a secret Platinum 1200W PSU stashed somewhere they are planning to launch soon lol. And if they do have it, I hope they will have 8 6+2 PCI-E cables instead of the 6 that the Platinum 1000W only has.
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Cables arent long enough if you mount the PSU in the bottom?
I have the PSU on top and it defently isent long enough for the GPUs. But they probly would have been if the PSU was in the bottom.
It would also look cooler to have a 560 in top and bottom so the PC looks completly filled!
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The stock cables can connect to everything except the top 2 4-pin and 8-pin slots on the motherboard. If I get additional extenders, I am going to make sure they all match for looks and aesthetics. But the whole cable managment and aesthetics issues are going to be the last thing I do. Getting this system up and running is going to be my main focus and quite frankly I'm tired of how long it took to even get this far lol.

But yeah it's going in the bottom chamber, behind the 560 that faces out with the motheboard window side.
 
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