Build Log: Project Rampage II (Caselabs STH10)

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  1. Syidi

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  2. kaiqi07

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    I had custom made more stuffs. These cards are meant to help in my cable management and had done a few prototypes to archieve the end results.

    - Cables (24p/ 8p/ 6p Panel Pass Through to be mounted on the mobo plate.
    - Mobo plate rear panel with cover
    - SSD Mounting Plate
    - Cable Clips (24p/ 8p/ 6p/ 14p)

    The cable clips are designed and cut. The goal for these cable clips are to replace my previous method of using zip ties to cable manage the cables. Using these comb like clips, I just have to snap the cables into place and it will be held tightly and firmly in place. I am very pleased that this method works and I will get more cut as the Seasonic 24pins for CPU are actually leading out to 27 cables. So will have to create the 27pins design for the 24pin cables.

    Custom Design and Laser Cut Cable Clips
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    Different Sizes Cable Clips
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    Cable Clip Installation on 8Pin ATX
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    Installed the 8+6 Pins Cable Clips to my GPUs
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    I also did a simple modification to my SLI cover. I bended the hex acrylic fit the metal cover nicely.

    Bended Hex Design on SLI Cover
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    I will take the pictures of the Cable Pass Through Panel for the Motherboard Tray within these few days as I need to do some changes to the dimension and adding more holes before I could mount it in.
     
  3. kaiqi07

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    - Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD
    - Bitspower Summit CPU Block for Intel (Clear Plexi)
    - Bitspower Air Exhaust Fitting (Silver Shiny)
    - Bitspower 10mm Extender (Silver Shiny) X 3

    I had decided to replace my EK HF Supremacy CPU Block. Was deciding between AQC Kyros and Bitspower Summit till I decide to go with the Bitspower due to its Clear Plexi.

    I also bought another Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD to pair with the sponsored one. Intend to run Raid 0 with both of them.

    Bitspower Summit Intel Clear Plexi
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    Bitspower Air Exhaust Fitting
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  4. kaiqi07

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    I had purchased a Logitech G700s to replace my aging Cyborg RAT 9 and also 2 X Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HDD for my media and games storage drive. Will try to mount them at the bottom chamber at the rear of the casing. I am still deciding on how to mount them securely.
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    I also did some mod to the rear panel.

    I had design the rear panel in various layers.

    - Base Plate
    - Routing Plate (For routing cables)
    - Cover Plate Base
    - Top Plate (SSD Mounting)


    Rear Panel

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    I had also done up the 24p and 3 X 8 + 6p PCI E Cables pass through panel which I will take the photos tonight. This is not the final design as I intend to do some minor changes to the 3 X 8 + 6p PCI E holes.

    All RGB LEDs soldering, sleeving had completed as well. The next phase of my modding is left with fixing in the LED strips and routing of all cables in the rig before I will start my migration sometime this weekend or next week.

    I will be collecting some items today which includes,

    - Seasonic Custom Cable (4 Pin Molex Extension)
    - Seasonic Custom Cable (8 + 4 ATX CPU)
    - Seasonic Custom Cable (Dual 6+2Pin PCI E)
    - Seasonic Custom Cable (Dual 6Pin PCI E)
    - Dual PSU Startup PCB X 2
    - Black Aluminum Case Feet
    - 50cm X 80cm Extra XXL Mouse Pad


    I still have the following items awaiting to be delivered

    - Seasonic Custom Cable (24pin CPU)
    - Seasonic Custom Cable (Dual 24pin CPU for dual PSU Setup)
     

  5. kaiqi07

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    Last month I purchase a Aquacomputer Stainless Steel Filter and found out that I had no place to mount that beauty. So in the end I went to trade for another CPU block. Right now beside the new Bitspower Summit, I have another BNIB unused Aqua Computer Cuplex Kryos XT.

    I yet to decide which to use, but traded for it first and decide later which one to use.

    Aqua Computer Cuplex Kryos XT
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    Bitspower Summit
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    Both are great looking blocks. But I have to comment that AQC Cuplex is indeed very very well built. Very solid and felt it was made with quality workmanship and materials. Thumbs up AQC!

    Bitspower Summit on the other hand, is a lot lighter in terms of weight due to plexi top but the sexiness lies on the top itself. Huge and clear plexi. So each of them has its pro and cons.

    As I am doing some importing of custom cables, I had also ordered a set for myself. Here are some samples of the cables I have on hand.

    Custom Seasonic Cables
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    Heatshrinkless Sleeving
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    Flexibility Test
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    Personally I love the custom cables, not only its very very flexible, heat shrinkless and also there are no text imprinted onto the cables!

    I had also did a very very simple mod. I added installed a pair of RGB LED strips to the front panel vent holes. These vent LEDs are hooked up to my Aquaero 5 and will lit different colors according to the system temperatures.

    Front Panel RGB LEDs
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    As for now, I am at 80% of completion. I will be doing the tearing down of current rig and migrate the components into the STH10 very soon.

    But even so, my blocks for my 3 pieces of 780TI GTX had yet to arrive.
     
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    For the past two days, I was finalizing the cable routing and also mounting up all of the cables into the STH10.

    Earlier, I had done up a Cable Pass Through Panel for my build and I am very happy that it works perfectly. Had slowly and painstakingly removed each cable and sew through the panel yesterday and the results are very nice.

    Cable Pass Through Panel
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    Cable Pass Through Panel with Custom Cable Clips
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    Cable Pass Through Panel Mounted
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    Cable Pass Through Panel Mounted with 24pin and 6 Sets of PCI E
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    Dual D5 with Bitspower Mod Kit and V2 Clear Plexi Top

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    From the above photos, The cables were all tied with my custom clips and were pass through the cables holes on the panel. This had helped to cable managed my huge chunk of cables a lot as just the PCI E cables alone have a total of 42 cables and if include my seasonic 24pin (it has 27 cables in total). it has a total of 69 cables.

    For Rear Cable Management, I leave it as it is for now till I migrate all of my parts in. I planned to migrate all of my parts into the STH10 tomorrow.

    I had also started sawing the E22 rigid tubes into manageable sizes as well. Hoping all these preparation will help in hasten the completion of the rig.
     
  7. kaiqi07

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    I started dismantling my current rig and started the work on the rigid tubing on the ram blocks, CPU block as well as RIVE blocks.

    Not an easy task just to measure the correct length accurately and cutting them.

    I also did a small mod to cover the I/O panel.

    I/O Panel Cover

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    Motherboard Blocks with Rigid Tubing

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    This morning I received two email from Kingston and Caselabs. Caselabs decided to sponsor a XXL door for my build. That is really generous of them as I need the XXL door to showcase my works on the rear panel.

    As Kingston had sponsored me earlier with a Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD. They will be sponsoring another SSD for my build which will be replacing all of my SSD to all Kingston. That is really nice of them.

    Xmas came early, I be heading to Vietnam soon for my year end holiday. Sadly, I won't be complete the whole build as planned. Will mount in all of my components within these two days and start leak test by tomorrow. I am hoping I can receive my Aquacomputer 780TI blocks soon.
     
  9. Cyrax

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    looks good so far..i like the detail.
    Building such game rigs is awesome too do...
    mine isnt that detailed but i just loved putting it togheter :D
     
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    That Cable Clips really looks fit. What size an acrylic you use for that clip ? 5mm..?
     

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    Loop is all done. All cables are also tidied. Now what is left is to fill the loop up and start leak testing. As this is my first venture into hard tubing, I am eager to see the end results. Sadly, that the Aqua Computer 780TI blocks and backplate yet to arrive.

    To prep for the arrival of the blocks, I had decided to install QDC to enable me to add in the GPU later.

    Here are some images of the end product after 4 months of hard work, planning, manufacturing custom parts, and also new components. Come January 2014, the blocks will arrive and the whole build will be complete. Hope by then my sponsored caselabs window and kingston SSD will arrive as well.

    Sneak Peek: Project Rampage II Mid Chamber
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    Sneak Peek: Project Rampage II Rear
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    This marks a milestone for my Custom PC building. I had pushed myself pretty hard in terms of design, and planning. A lot of details and thoughts were put into the minor details. Putting my ideas into reality. I could not had done this without lots of friends from this forum. I can't wait for the whole build to be fully complete.

    Thanks again everyone and hope you all will enjoy this festive season with your love ones. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance. Be going away to meet my wife in Vietnam. Cant wait to see my daughter and wife. Miss them dearly...
     
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    Finally back from my trip.

    Currently as stated earlier, both my AQ5s ran into some issues. AQ5 XT literally is a brick and AQ5 Pro is running fine but cant communicate with my PC.

    I will heed Shoggy of AQC advice to do a hard reset on both and hope both will be alive.

    In the event if my AQ5 XT is dead, I will proceed to purchase a AQ6 to replace it.

    Few things that arrive during my absence in Singapore. Caselabs sponsorship panel had arrive. Kingston sent me a calendar and yet to receive their SSD. So hope will receive it soon.
     
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    I had purchased a Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 Pro to replace my Aquaero 5 XT.

    I had gotten the Pro version to goes with my Aquaero 5 Pro which has the same design.

    Aquaero 6 Pro
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    Aquaero 6 Pro Unboxed
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    Since there is a change of hardware, I will have to redo the front panel design to dual Aquaero Pro and also took the chance to cut two different cutouts.

    1. Dual Aquaero Pro with 4 bays screw holes
    2. Dual Aquaero Pro with 3 bays screw holes


    I had also decided to redo the mini lightbox for the front panel which I had laser cut the frame and cover for the mini lightbox.

    I am glad to also receive the sponsored Caselabs STH10 XXL Window panel and Flexbay (Ventilated 3 bay) cover from Caselabs. I will post the photos of the dual XXL side window tonight.

    I am still waiting for the arrival of the Kingston 3K HyperX from Kingston as they had decided to sponsor my second drive.

    I will be also receiving my Aquacomputer 780TI acrylic glass blocks and blocks (3 Sets) today. Had been waiting for its arrival as it is one of the last few parts to complete my build.

    For the past few days I had done the following.

    - Sent my top chamber side panel to cut a window
    - Fixed up my Aquaero 5 Pro (flashed and reinstall Aq5 Pro)
    - Programmed the Aquaero 5 Pro to adjust LEDs (Lightbox, Rear Panel, Flex Bay, RGB brightness/ color), Pumps (Pump Speed), Fans (Speed Control), Alarms (for Flow Sensor).
    - Fixed up 3 pairs of 5mm LEDs (white) for my 2 X Bitspower Universal Galaxy 4DIMM, 1 X Bitspower Summit


    I am intending to fix up 2 X 60cm strip of LEDs for my top chamber side window. WIll be using RGB LED strips which will be control by my Aquaero RGB LED amp.

    To date I am please that I am able to accomplish and improved from my previous build "Project Rampage".

    - Custom laser cutout and design
    - Improved cable management
    - Ease of draining coolant
    - Fully automated LED, Fan, Pump control
    - Modular/ ease of removal of radiators
    - Performance increase (Hardware/ Thermal control)
    - Panel pass through cables


    Right now, I foresee that I will complete the Project Rampage II in late January or early Feb 2014.
     
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    After months of waiting, my Aqua Computer Kryrographics 780TI blocks and backplate finally arrived.

    Went to pick them up and was eager to open the packages. Once again I am impressed with the built quality of German stuff.

    3 Sets of Aquacomputer Kryrographics 780TI Nickel Acrylic Glass
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    Aquacomputer Kryrographics 780TI Nickel Acrylic Glass
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    Aquacomputer Kryrographics 780TI Backplate
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    Aquacomputer Kryrographics 780TI Blocks and Backplates
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    Finally, all of my stuff arrived. I just need to find time to drain the loop and mount the blocks onto the 780TIs.

    I had took some images of the motherboard loop as well as the cable pass through panel

    Motherboard Loop

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    PCI E Cables Pass Through Panel
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    I did a fairly simple mod to my new Kyrographics Backplate. As Rampage IV Extreme top PCI E slot and I/O panel gap is very slim (3mm). I will have to do some modification to the new backplate (4 - 5mm) in order to be able to slide in the GPU with backplate to the first PCI E lane.

    What I had done is simply saw the edge off. Using a saw to saw off a 25 X 30mm piece off and file the edges down. After filing the edges, I used my matt black spray paint and coat the edges.

    Here are some images of the end results of this fairly simple mod.

    Modification to Kyrographics 780TI Backplate
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    Top (original), Bottom (modded)
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    Just read through this thread from the beginning and I must congratulate you for your craftsmanship and creativity, really is an amazing build, look forward to seeing it finished, keep up the good work!
     
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    Thank you and I felt glad you had enjoyed reading the build log. I am hoping to get it fixed up within this month. Hope that my SSD will arrive soon too.
     
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    I found some time this week to start to work on my 780TIs. I had ordered a canister of Plasti Dip matt black for my PCI bracket.

    I wish to paint my PCI bracket to black to be able to fit into the theme and yet be able to remove the paint easily if RMA (Touch Wood) is needed.

    So the solution is Plasti Dip, not cheap but well worth the money.

    This is the end result of Plasti Dip on my PCI bracket.

    Painted PCI Bracket with Black Silicon Dust Caps
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    Before Mounting AQC Kyrographics 780TI Acrylic Glass and Backplate
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    780TI Stock Cooler Removed
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    AQC Kyrographics 780TI Block Mounted (Closeup)

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    AQC Kyrographics 780TI Block Mounted
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    AQC Kyrographics 780TI Block Mounted with Backplate
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    After installing 3 sets of 780TIs blocks and backplates. It it finally time for me to mount them into the rig. This is one of the major phase of my build which marks my build really close to completion.

    But upon installing the GPUs into the rig, I found out that due to the GPU port's height gave me some issues. I am unable to mount the GPUs with 2 Slots options and had to use the 3 Slots due to the height of the GPU ports. This means I can only run the GPUs at 16X 8X 8X, but it will cost minimal frame rate lost.

    I am using parallel flow for my GPUs, this will ensure a normalized temps for all of the GPUs. Flow rate will not be affected as I am running a single loop with triple D5 pumps. I had observed my flow rate and 5% decrease in flow rate after mounting the 3 sets of 780TIs.

    For the changes in PCI slots, it also means the custom SLI cover cant be used in this build. I will have to redesign a new SLI bridge cover.

    But on the positive side, due to the increase space in-between the GPUs. I will have a clear view of the beautiful acrylic glass of the blocks and also able to show more of the crystal links for the SLI links.

    GPUs temperatures are great. Idle temperatures are hovering 26 - 31 degrees Celsius. I had yet to test my temperatures on load, but so far during gaming it never hit 40 degrees as far as I observed.

    Here are some of the sneak peaks of how the setup looks like.

    Overall Shot of the Mid Chamber Loop (Motherboard and GPUs)

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    Inlet to GPUs from D5 pumps
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    Inlet to Bitspower Universal Galaxy from GPU
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    More Sneak Peaks
    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Loop Order
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    Dual D5 Pumps with Bitspower D5 Mod Kit and V2 Pump Top (Mid Chamber)
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    Tri SLI 780TIs
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