View Full Version : [Build]: Hoth System

03-27-2013, 12:24 AM
Welcome to my build log. Should´ve started long ago, since the build is almost done now. When I first looked at the case, the Cooler Master Storm Stryker, I thought Star Wars, Hoth. So, that´s why I named my system "Hoth System". If I were an artist I´d air brush some Snowtrooper and an AT-walker on it...but I´m not. So, you´ll just have to imagine Hoth along with me.

K, build contents:
Case: CM Storm Stryker
Case fans: Three 120 mm SilenX Effizio red LED front, one Enermax Cluster UCCL12 PWM white LED w. toggle switch
Board: Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX
CPU: i7 3770K Costa Rica
Cooler: H100i w. four Arctic Cooling F12 pwm
RAM: 16 gigz of G. Skill TridentX 2400
GPU: ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 (4 GB) in the mail
PSU: Corsair AX860 with 2nd gen. red single sleeved cables
OS drive: Samsung 840 250 GB
Optical drive: LG Blu Ray
Programs drive pending: Samsung 840 PRO 512 GB
"Junk" drive pending: Something low profile and fast
"Amsterdam" lighting: NZXT Sleeved LED Kit Cable 1M Red

The first three ingredients I got.

Fiddling with the push-pull config on the H100i

Darn it! The Fusion Thermo inlet collides with the lower fan. If I were to put radiator and one set of fans internally, and the other set just on the outside of the case, it would´ve meant hack sawing off the metal handle of the case, and I didn´t want that. I cut out, what I wanted to be a little rectangular pice of the fan frame, it however being surprizingly brittle cracked off a not so square chunk. Later on finding that the single sleeved cables weren´t as pliable as I thought I had to move the fan-rad sandwich, that would cost a tiny piece of the next fan frame, and an even bigger chunk came of, though I took greater care, or so I thought.
And in the end the whole shabang had to be angled, ´cause the holes were not practically aligned anymore. And I wasn´t going to drill holes.

03-27-2013, 12:31 AM
Keep those pictures coming, my friend. :) Can't wait to see the finished system. :)

03-27-2013, 12:52 AM
Alright, Chino :), just for you, ´cause it´s getting rather late, and my boy wakes me at six. So, here goes.

Looking for very efficient, silent and ROG red fans for the front I found the SilenX Effizio EFX-12-15R - 120x25mm 15dBA 74CFM Red.


I got the idea to have no drives in the drive bays, and have all three compartments taking in air. So, I had to come up with a solution to get the third fan fitted in the top. I clipped some of the caddies, drilled some holes, and voila. One three stories high air intake.
Probably rather unconventionally, I like to have the case on the bed when I´m fitting things, I can tilt it, lie it down, do whatever with it (that came out wrong, I know...) without scratching it. And I´m wearing a ground wire.
G´night, folks!

03-27-2013, 12:54 PM
The inbuilt fan controller needed a rewiring. It came with two-pin connections for two front 120 mm fans, and one 140 mm rear fan, and with separately wired two-pin connections for the LEDs. Yanked the fan power connections out, they were glued on, and replaced with three-pin connections for three front 120 mm fans with LEDs. According to manual the lane for the 140 mm fan could be divided to power two 120 mm fans, but the three-pin connections are powering the LEDs too now, so I´m powering the rear fan separately, didn´t want to pull too much power on those connections. I haven´t done any math on it though...


03-27-2013, 01:31 PM
Good One 10. It does look like it stepped right out of the 'Wars' don't it.
I keep look'n for the 'blade' lay'n among the tools though .. hehhe

Keep'm com'n bro. Sweet.c.

03-27-2013, 11:52 PM
I keep my blades at work :cool: too sharp for home use!
Worrying that a red LED rear fan together with the red LED Christmas light chain would make the interior lighting too red, I went for a white LED 120 mm fan. To not get the light in my eyes in dark conditions it had to have a toggle switch. I found the Enermax Cluster, silent and efficient too.

Funny looking bat wings, I don´t like the looks of it, but I guess at over 1000 rpm I won´t care :rolleyes:


The fan head comes off for easy cleaning

Wire has been cleaned up since then...

03-28-2013, 12:35 AM
That Enermax fan is just sexy. Even has its cable sleeved. :o

03-29-2013, 03:50 PM
The G.Skill TridentX 2400 MHz, 4x4 gb, very nice red, and the cooling risers look fantastic.

And in the rather anonymous box came the Corsair red single sleeved cables. Had them shipped from California. They couldn´t have been released at a better time, or perhaps one day earlier or so, then I wouldn´t have placed a wrong order (local dealer) :rolleyes:. Managed to cancel it though, thanks to MeanBruceROG, who alerted me to these recently released cables just in time.

Memory seated and the wiring started.

Systemic chaos on the back side. Got the Samsung 840 250 gb SSD velcro´d to the back as well. The other drives are to follow.

03-29-2013, 04:22 PM
Looks very neat! I like that. ;)

03-29-2013, 04:54 PM
Simple but pretty good looking man, congrats there.

03-30-2013, 06:59 AM
Thanks a lot, guys. Yea, it´s my first "vanity rig", and I´m following the wise surgeons principle, "keep it simple" :cool:

04-01-2013, 08:32 PM
Some wires here and there encroaching on the otherwise ultra clean look, well, they´re there for a reason.

That PLED+- what is that? I don´t have it, hope I don´t need it...

Now, we shed a little light on things here.

The case fan controller with full lit LEDs, only the speed of the front case fans don´t seem to change when I click the minus button, while it BEEPS every time, annoying. Only the center fan winds down a bit. So, for now I´ve moved the connectors from the controller to the board. And I´ll see if Corsair Link or something will let me control them alright.
EDIT: COULD be they´re not pwm...D´oh, but they´re as silent as they can be, so it´s back to the front connectors :rolleyes: and just have it run at max.

One of these days the OS, GPU, the 512 gig 840 PRO, R.A.T. 7 in white, and a R.A.T. V5 keyboard should arrive.

04-01-2013, 08:42 PM
That PLED+- what is that? I don´t have it, hope I don´t need it...
That's the Power LED, my friend.

04-01-2013, 08:44 PM
That's the Power LED, my friend.

Ok, had a feeling, but that LED is replaced by a big red STORM symbol, shown above. So, it´s bypassed somehow.

EDIT: Just forgot this picture, where the CPU is first installed.

04-01-2013, 08:53 PM
Where's the light saber?!

04-01-2013, 09:05 PM
Right here, he turned it off for now to scope through his "powerful binoculars" :cool:

Explainaiton. My son dragged me into the toy store, and we ended up getting ME a toy for once ;) Was feeling a bit sentimentaLEGO, and it was Hoth...what else can you do?!

Myk SilentShadow
04-01-2013, 10:31 PM
Looks awesome 10 mate!!!

here's another StarWars build you might like: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57430558-1/at-at-computer-walks-on-the-wild-side/


04-01-2013, 11:11 PM
In regards to a "light saber," I was kinda hoping for one of those tube reservoirs--& wondering what color you'd be running through it. ;)

04-02-2013, 04:52 AM
Very clean case. Excellent work on the wiring and LED lighting theme. I went with a lot of the same configurations on my build I finished over the weekend. I will post a build log and pics soon. Build: Vyrus 3

04-02-2013, 06:26 PM
Thanks guys, I´m glad you like it. And Myk, what a build, the AT-AT, good find! One could imagine a Star Destroyer and have blue LED fans posing as the rocket exhaust and so on...oh, that would cost me :rolleyes:
No coloured tubes in this build, sorry skull6, first water cooled rig, going the easy way. Might keep the old rig to play around with custom water cooling later on...
I´ll keep a look out for your Vyrus build, gamester5 :)

04-02-2013, 10:40 PM
GPU came today, and it´s plugged in. Still waiting for my new keyboard, would be here later this week.


04-02-2013, 10:53 PM
Powered up, looking nice there. The wiring going to the GPU are to be arranged further later on.


04-03-2013, 11:22 AM
Hmmm, got some cyclic humming from vibrations. Most likely from the push-pull fans, I see one of them is not spinning at the same rate as all the others. But I´m only at post right now, haven´t come into BIOS yet, so I wouldn´t expect it to run all four fans in sync just yet. I´ll see once I get Corsair Link up and running, see if I can make it work.

Anyhoo, spent the whole morning rearranging the wiring for a cleaner look on both sides, got the 840 PRO SSD velcro´d, but with the back side out (...that came out wrong, sorry) because the SATA cable is angled. I got the two SATA 3 cables plugged inversely concerning the straight and the angled end to make them fit in the board and curve out the back nicely.

This is before, notice the exit of the cable bunch, not as neat as it is now.

Orderly chaos...

OS and Stewie just arrived, which thing to do first...

04-08-2013, 09:52 PM
K, Corsair Link seems to make only minor adjustments to my push-pull fans, they are PWM. I´ll try to remove Link, hook rad fans onto the case fan controller. The front case fans run at constant speed anyways, so I can just hook them up directly to psu.
And theeen I can remove the usb cable from H100i and free up some usb ports, got a lot of peripherals to plug in. If I get ThunderFX to work (it takes up two usb ports!) I´ll probably need a powered hub in the end, but I think this will help. Got the pump LED set to ROG red, and according to MeanBruce, it stays red after you remove the usb connection.
Got my Cyborg V5 keyboard and RAT 7 mouse today :), awesome mouse. My whole desk is a complete mess, as I´m transitioning monitors to the new gpu and fiddling to get the fourth monitor to run on iGPU simultaneously. I will need a longer DVI-cable for the monitor farthest from the rig, got both that monitor and the tower angled towards each other to make them reach. Plus I got the 23" cramped in between it all, connected to my old rig. I forgot my pw for the forums, assistance pending, so I need the old rig for now :rolleyes:

04-14-2013, 03:05 PM
RATs! The Cyborg mouse won't work properly on my cool hard surface Steelseries mat, so I ordered a new one that just happens to look very "Hothy" :cool:
Had a display port-to-DVI converter that didn't work well, looking for a more slim one I found the display port-DVI cable. Why didn't I think of that before...?
Got clocking first time today, 4.3 GHz, Prime95 running for a couple of hours now, temp.s mostly in the mid 60s, spinking to 72 on one core. One of the cores on RealTemp seems to be a little hotter than the others all the time.
I set a fixed voltage of 1.3 for now.