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Old 25-02-15, 08:54 PM
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CaseLabs STH10

After completing my last build (It’s in the Rig section under “Workstation”) I wished that I had built it with a custom water cooled loop but as I am now using it as my main work PC taking it apart for a longish period would be no good.

So…………..I have gone and done it…………. I’ve hammered the AmEx and ordered a CaseLabs STH 10 in white with black Flexbay covers and a black on/ reset switch plate. (See pic at bottom for similar case)

I know it’s going to be a while until it turns up, I ordered it at the beginning of February, so I have spent a bit of time making plans and I have started to buy some of the water-cooling parts that I will need.

I will be taking the main parts from my current PC and fitting them to the new one but with building it in another case it will be out of action for a much shorter period.

Here is a list of the parts I will be transferring from my current PC:-
· Asus X 99-E WS
· Intel i7-5820K @ 4.3MHz
· G.Skill Ripjaws4 2400MHz 32GB
· Samsung 3D 850 PRO SSD 512GB
· Corsair Newtron GTX 256GB
· 2 x WD Red 1TB
· WD RE 1TB Backup
· 2 x OCUK Reference GTX 970's
· 2 x Sharkoon SATA Quick Port Internal Multi Docking Station
This is what I have either ordered or have got planned
· XSPC Raystorm CPU block
· 2 x XSPC Razor GTX 980 Water block and back plates (OCUK Reference 970’s use a 980 PCB
· 2 x Alphacool NexXxos UT60 560 Radiators
· 2 x Aqua Computer Aqualis Pro Nano reservoirs with lighting option 880ml
· 2 x Aqua Computer filters
· 2 x Aqua Computer Aquastream XT USB 12V Pump - Ultra Version
· Aqua Computer Aquaero 6 XT USB Fan Controller
· Aqua Computer farbwerk USB LED controller
· Monsoon Hardline Acrylic Tube 1/2 X 5/8 (16mm) clear
· Monsoon Hardline free centre fittings
· Monsoon Light Port and plain 90 degrees rotary fittings
· Various Bitspower bends/ fittings/ valves to suit

I will likely add another GPU and I will need a new power supply. I can’t make my mind up between a Super Flower 2Kw 8 pack edition Platinum or a Super flower 1.6Kw Titanium or a Corsair AX1500i

I am planning on keeping this case/ cooling loop for many years so the PSU needs to be big enough to allow for future expansion, for example 4 GPUs. I know new model CPUs/ GPUs etc. are using less watts than the previous models but it’s not a huge amount so I would be more comfortable with a big PSU.

I am doing my own sleeved cables again although not in paracord this time, I have bought some LC sleeve and 3.1 heat shrink.

I have been practicing bending the acrylic tube with the Monsoon jigs and I am getting better! I have plumbed in 3 full central heating systems over the last few years so I thought plastic pipe would be a doddle……… Give me copper tube, a bending spring some solder and a blow torch any time – it’s much easier! J

Here is picture of a case that is very similar to the one I have ordered and a couple of pics of the bits that have been delivered so far.

I will post more as it gets delivered and also some questions I have regarding the case and a few dimensions I could do with now so I could make a start on some custom brackets etc.

ETA A pic of the planned loop - in theory
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Old 25-02-15, 09:10 PM
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Whoa that's a lot, a lot of everything

Are you going for dual loops? What PWM 140's have you got your eye on? All of the aforementioned PSU's seem like ridiculous overkill even for 3 970's, but so does the cooling, and the case.... so i'd probably go for the Titanium Superflower.

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Old 25-02-15, 09:14 PM
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It is a lot.. of everything but you only live once and I thought what the hell.....

It will be dual loops and I have ordered 8 Phanteks PH-F140SP-BK 140 fans but not PWM, the Aquero fan controller can run non PWM fans at various speeds.
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Old 25-02-15, 09:33 PM
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WOW, a lot indeed! But that's all good. I think I'd take the 2K PSU, because 2000 watts adds 6 inches to the ole e-pecker. I think I'd have to upgrade the crappy breakers in my house to use a PSU that large, LOL!
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Old 25-02-15, 09:34 PM
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It is a lot.. of everything but you only live once and I thought what the hell.....

It will be dual loops and I have ordered 8 Phanteks PH-F140SP-BK 140 fans but not PWM, the Aquero fan controller can run non PWM fans at various speeds.
Interesting, the whole appeal of the Aquaero 6 seemed to be in the PWM route so you could stick multiple pumps and countless fans on it. When I was putting my rig together the 6 had just come out and it was rather expensive, I ended up saving quite a bit by running a pair of Aquaero 5 LT's. It wasn't really necessary they don't run that hot as it happens but it's nice overkill. I thought you'd be eyeing up the 1200RPM PWM P12 Redux's for it. Dual loops make sense, deciphering you loop plan in ant size is rather difficult though! It's not like your going to be tight on space anywhere.

Have you considered keeping the GPU loop separate in the bottom and the CPU up top, I just thought thermally and visually it might be nice not to intertwine them.

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Old 25-02-15, 09:44 PM
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Interesting, the whole appeal of the Aquaero 6 seemed to be in the PWM route so you could stick multiple pumps and countless fans on it. When I was putting my rig together the 6 had just come out and it was rather expensive, I ended up saving quite a bit by running a pair of Aquaero 5 LT's. It wasn't really necessary they don't run that hot as it happens but it's nice overkill. I thought you'd be eyeing up the 1200RPM PWM P12 Redux's for it. Dual loops make sense, deciphering you loop plan in ant size is rather difficult though! It's not like your going to be tight on space anywhere.

Have you considered keeping the GPU loop separate in the bottom and the CPU up top, I just thought thermally and visually it might be nice not to intertwine them.

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I did consider putting one of the rads in the lower chamber but where this will sit on my desk will mean that it would be blowing air right at my keyboard/ hands.

I am going to try and squeeze the 2 rads in the top. I know it will be tight and I wont know for sure if it will fit until the case is here but that's the plan anyway.
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A bigger pic of the planned loop in the area of the reservoirs, note that the pipes will be in the rear compartment. This is laid out to scale so I can start bending the acrylic and leaving it a little over length.

I am having to fabricate another Stainless steel deflector plate for inside the right hand reservoir. I can only get the feed pipe into that side of the reservoir and the deflector is made to fit the other side, it aint reversable.
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