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    [Build Log] Project Rampage II - 780TI GTX Tri SLI/ Caselabs STH10


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    Final Build Video



    Project Rampage II: Caselabs STH10 Build



    Project Rampage II Latest Images:


    Top Chamber Side Panel


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



    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Loop Order


    Dual D5 Pumps with Bitspower D5 Mod Kit and V2 Pump Top (Mid Chamber)




    Tri SLI 780TIs


    After more than a year I complete Project Rampage, I am back again. Not much changes in my components. It will be more of a change of casing and addition of radiators to this built. Color scheme of sleeves might change but will be making use of the remaining, red/black/white sleeves I have.

    Links to various Project Rampage Logs and Achievements

    VR Forum Project Rampage Build Log


    Winner of Guru3D Rig of the Month March 2013

    ASUS ROG Project Log Forum


    Overclock.net Project Rampage Build Log

    Official ASUS ROG Case Modding Forum


    Above links are places where I would share my project logs and gather information on technical issues faced during the period of building Project Rampage.

    Shortcuts to various build progress

    Custom Spraying GT15s
    Building Caselabs STH10
    Back Panel Fittings
    Poweradjust 2 Mounting Plate Prototype
    Hex Radiator Grill
    Poweradjust 2 Mounting Panel
    Side Panel
    DIY Lightbox


    Project Rampage II Details


    This project log will consists and document the progress of Project Rampage II. There will be frequent updates of the progress and sharing on technical issues faced and modding ideas to the fellow forum members.

    I had made my order of Caselabs STH10 and its color will be the same as my current 800D which is black and white.

    I had requested for the color of the interior to be full black. I did thought of getting total white but white will be harder to conceal stuffs. So I requested for custom color combination and It will look like my 800D but with upgraded and increase of space.

    Rig's Components:
    Intel i7 3930K
    ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme
    Corsair Vengence 1600 8 X 4 GB
    Gigabyte 780TI GTX X 3 (Triple SLI)
    Kingston Hyper X 3K 120GB SSD X 3(Sponsored)
    3TB Seagate Barracuda
    Seasonic X1250
    Caselabs STH10

    Current Watercooling Components

    Bitspower Summit (LGA2011) Clear Plexi
    Bitspower Universal Galaxy 4DIMM Clear Plexi (Nickel Replated)
    Koolance RIVE Waterblock
    Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 water block X 2
    Aquacomputer Kyrographics Acrylic Glass Nickel 780 TI X 3
    Aquacomputer 780TI backplate X 3
    Swiftech MCP655 (Speed Control) X 3
    Bitspower D5 Mod Kit Matt Black X 3
    Bitspower D5 Pump Top X 3
    EK 250 X2 Reservoir
    Lamptron Touch (controlling LED strips)
    Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro (fan controls/LED Controls)
    Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 Pro (fan controls/Pump Controls)
    Aquacomputer Poweradjusts 2 USB X 3 -5 (pump controls/fan controls)
    Aquacomputer Flow Sensor
    Aquacomputer LED Amp (custom)
    Bitspower Compression / Rotaries / Extenders Fittings (silver shining)
    Koolance QDC / SLI Vid Connector Fittings (silver shining)
    Phobya Extenders (silver shining)


    Proposed Changes of WC Components

    4 Radiators:
    Phobya G Changer V2 360
    Alphacool Monsta 360
    Alphacool Monsta 480
    Additional D5 Pump with Bitspower Mod Kit/ Bitspower V2 Pump Top



    Proposed Fittings and Tubing
    E22 10/12mm Acrylic Tubing (Clear)
    Bitspower Multi Link Adapter C47 X 36

    Proposed Blocks/ Backplate
    Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Waterblock X 2

    Fans
    Gentle Typhoons X 11
    Enermax Magmas X 12


    Filters
    Demciflex Caselabs 4 X 120mm Flexbay
    Demciflex Caselabs Btm Chamber X 2
    Demciflex Caselabs Flexbay 360 X 1
    Demciflex Caselabs Top X1

    For the fans setup, I am minimizing the use of fans as my rig is in my room and so is my baby as well. Dont wish to have a turbine or engine room and disturb my baby's sleep. So I propose to set all of my raidator fans as Push only.

    Placement of Components

    Radiator
    2 X Radiator - Bottom Chamber
    1 X Radiator Flex Bay

    Reservoir
    Motherboard Chamber

    Pumps
    Motherboard Chamber
    Last edited by kaiqi07; 04-28-2014 at 02:50 PM. Reason: Changes Made
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    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
    Corsair Obsidian 800D (Custom Paint White)
    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
    Audioengine S8 Subwoofer
    Audinst HUD MX-1 DAC
    Samsung S27A850D (27inch PLS LED)

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    After I made my purchase of the Caselabs STH10 I had a lot of ideas. As this case has endless and massive amount of space.

    I had finalized a few things.

    - Radiators (1 x XSPC RX360, 1 x EK XTX 360, 1 X EK XTX 480)
    2 X 360 rads, 1 X 480 rads doing Push Config.

    - Radiators to be mounted at the bottom chamber and RX360 be mounted at the flex bay

    - drain loop be at the bottom of the casing (Using T Joint Fitting to create the drain loop)

    - Mid and bottom chamber have their own pair of Quick Disconnect. This will allow easier draining and removal of radiators.

    - DIY a lightbox

    - DIY frosted LED light bar at the front panel side vents

    - Using E22 tubings and Bitspower C47 fittings

    - Coolant will be using Mayhem Pastel Red. Should be able to reuse them as just used them around 1 month only. I have additional 1 bottle of the pastel red concentrate.

    - All 5 inch devices to be mounted at top chamber with PSU.

    - Planning to install a HDD Cage at the top chamber
    (Will have to check with caselabs if its possible)
    Last edited by kaiqi07; 01-30-2014 at 03:54 AM.
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    Seagate Green 2TB
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    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
    Corsair Obsidian 800D (Custom Paint White)
    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
    Audioengine S8 Subwoofer
    Audinst HUD MX-1 DAC
    Samsung S27A850D (27inch PLS LED)

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    Did up a sample of how my STH 10 will look like


    Same color scheme as my current Corsair 800D but just different casing.

    For my order of Caselabs STH10, I had order the following additional accessories.

    - 2 X 480 Radiator Stand
    - 1 X 360 Flex Bay Radiator Mount
    - Silverstone USB 3 I/O Panel
    - 3 X 5.25 Inch Bay Mounting (Short, adjustable)

    As you can see from the sample image of how my STH10 will look like. The ventilated doors will only be at the bottom chamber. I am intending to mount all of my radiators down at the bottom chamber.

    My top chamber will be used to mount all of my 5.25 inch devices which includes the following.
    - Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro
    - Aquacomputer Poweradjust Panel (Poweradjust 2 USB X 2)
    - DVD Optical Drive
    - Lamptron Touch (still considering if I should migrate this to the new casing as LED light controller)

    Reason for the device to be mounted at the top is to be able to hide all of the unsightly cables, temperature probes and PSU cables at the top leaving the mid chamber free from unwanted sight of cables.

    I might also create custom mounting holes for HDD cage to be place at the top chamber as well. But for now, I only have 1 X HDD and 2 X SSD which all can be mount behind the mobo panels.

    Right now I am considering the following radiator to add on to my current radiator which is EK XTX 360 and EK XT 240 (Will replace my EK XT240)

    1. Alphacool Monsta 360
    2. Alphacool Monsta 480
    3. XSPC RX360
    4. EK XTX 360
    5. EK XTX 480
    6. EK XT 360
    7. EK XTX 480

    I am intending to install either 3 X 360, 2 X 360 with 1 X 480 or 2 X 480, 1 X 360 Radiator. I might be overkilled in getting 3 Radiators, but that is put in place just in the even I decided to add in my GPUs in my loop.
    Last edited by kaiqi07; 01-30-2014 at 03:55 AM.
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    Seasonic X1250
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    Had gotten a 1 X XSPC RX360 radiator, so now I am considering to get either a EK XTX360 or EK XTX480.

    Proposed Radiator Mounting
    Flexbay 120 X 3 (Front): XSPC RX360
    Bottom Chamber (Bottom): EK XTX 360 and EK XTX 480 or double EK XTX 360.

    As I have a XTX 360 and RX360 rads and do not wish to replace them. If I were to place 480 and 360 together, it would seem the 360 is a bit out of place. So I might as well install dual 360 at the btm to make it look "Balance".

    Fans config I am planning to go Push config only as the rig be in my room with my baby sleeping in it. Really hoping dont wish to turn my bedroom into a turbine room. For those with babies will know, babies wake up at the slightest sound... I dont even dare to cough at times cause my baby cfm will wake up and cry and my wife would give me the Death Glare....


    I had also contacted Bitspower Taiwan and will be ordering fittings directly from them. Shipping is a lot cheaper than PPC and discounts is given if quantity hit a certain amount. Below list is items which are shared by me and Hianyiaw whom is working on his WC loop also. But his items are more pricier than mine. So I guess my pockets will burn a smaller hole than his.

    Lets have a look what we are ordering muahahaha....



    Bitspower Order List
    1. G1/4" Silver Shining Multi-Transfer Adapter BP-WTP-C03 X2
    2. G1/4" Silver Shining Multi-Link Adapter BP-WTP-C47 X44
    3. G1/4" Silver Shining Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting BP-WTP-CT X1
    4. G1/4" Silver Shining Stop Fitting BP-WTP-C06 X15
    5. Silver Shining T-Block BP-TMB X1
    6. G1/4" Silver Shining CaseTop Water-Fill SET BP-WTP-C04 X8
    7. Crystal Space L-Block BP-LB-CL X2
    8. G1/4" Silver Shining T-Rotary IG1/4"X2 Extender BP-TR-C X1
    9. silver dual g1/4 extender 20mm BP-WTP-C72 X2
    10. silver mini snake style dual g1/4 extender BP-MSR X5
    11. silver aqua pipe 1 BP-WTP-C17 X1
    12. dual d5 mod top Pom version BP-2D5TOPP-BK 1
    13. dual/single d5 upgrade kit 250 black Pom cap BP-D5TOPUK250P-BKCL X1
    14. z cap II with 3 g1/4 BP-WTZPC2-BK X1
    15. silver anti cyclone adapter BP-WTP-C46 X1
    16. g1/4 silver d-plug set mini BP-WTP-C28 X5
    17. Silver valve with black handle BP-MVV-SLBK X1
    18. silver anti twist adapter BP-DR-C X2
    19. O-Ring Kit For Bitspower Dual D5 MOD TOP (Deep Red) BP-ORK2D5MT-DRD X2
    20. O-Ring Set II BP-WTP-O502-BK X1
    21. G1/4" Silver Shining Mini Dual G1/4" Extender BP-WTP-C42 X2
    Intel i7 3930K
    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
    MSI 680 GTX Twin FrozrIII in SLI Mode
    Western Digital Cavier Black 1TB
    Seagate Green 2TB
    Samsung S810 128 SSD
    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
    Corsair Obsidian 800D (Custom Paint White)
    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
    Audioengine S8 Subwoofer
    Audinst HUD MX-1 DAC
    Samsung S27A850D (27inch PLS LED)

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    Just an update.

    I have a total of 2 pairs of QDC currently in my rig and 2 X Male QDCs in my fitting inventory.

    Was considering to get 2 pairs of new BP QDC but that will look a bit of rojak and want to keep the QDC brand used is Koolance.

    So I went to US stores to order... To my horror, VL3N is EOL!!! PPC, sidewinder, FrozenCPU all sold out.

    Went to Dazmode store which is Canada based store, he has the stock and is 2 X female QDC with g/14 thread! But when I check out, it seems they dont ship to Singapore. So tried to ship to Vpost and yet they dont ship to the state which Vpost is based. TMD!!!

    Tried emailing Dazmode and response is, Sorry we dont ship to 3rd party shipping companies and we only except paypal or credit card. TMD, if I dont use CC to pay I use Kim Zhua (Hell Notes)..... Pea sized brains....


    So went to Amazon and found out they have the barb version of VL3N Female so hooted two of them. Total dmg for 2 X Female QDC with shipping is $59

    At linkecomputer which is based in Hong Kong they have 1 X threaded Female QDC, I also hooted it as well.

    So in total I paid close to $90 for the QDCs I need. Huat Ah....
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    Seagate Green 2TB
    Samsung S810 128 SSD
    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
    Corsair Obsidian 800D (Custom Paint White)
    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
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    Today went down to my local hardware heaven to purchase the following items.

    - SKIL Heat Gun
    - 1500 & 2000 Grit Sandpaper
    - Small File for filing the tubes
    - 4 X Gentle Typhoons AP15

    As for now I am leaning towards for push or pull config only. If I were to mount Push Pull config, I believe my wife will kill me for having a turbine in our room.

    Beside the noise factor, the the width of the Fans + Rads would be 25mm + 80mm + 25mm X 2. It will be 260mm back to back which I believe STH10 internal frame width is only 246mm.

    If I were to do pull or push config, the total thickness of the rads and fans are only 210mm which gives the rads some breathing space.

    But I might be considering to acquire 3 more Gentle Typhoons to my EK XTX360 to do push and pull config which are mounted in the flexbay of STH10.

    By the way, thank you knightraven for selling me the QDC which now in total I have 5 pairs.

    I have two more female QDC coming from US. The female threaded QDC which I ordered from Hong Kong is OOS.

    I ordered from linkecomputer which is based in Hong Kong. I email and asked if they still have stock for it. They told me there are stock for it. After I paid, they email me notifying me that the stock had the wrong SKU on it and was the male variation. So had no choice but to make a refund for it.

    But right now I have 5 pairs QDC and the plans for them are.

    2 Pairs QDC - Bottom Chamber Radiators
    2 Paris QDC - Flex Bay Radiator
    1 QDC - Use as spare

    Right now, I had also increased the numbers of fittings needed as I am leaning towards creating the same parallel fitting design on my board but with different design.

    I am leaving the design aside for now till my E22 tubings arrive.

    Currently Hianyiaw had help to order a total of 25m of E22 tubings for four of us. I am ready to bend some stuff muahahaha.
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    Seagate Green 2TB
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    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
    Corsair Obsidian 800D (Custom Paint White)
    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
    Audioengine S8 Subwoofer
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    I had also done up the layout of flow and components placement for the new build.

    Components Layout


    Tubing Loop Layout



    The above loop layout is almost identical to my current loop. But I be using the acrylic tubing to create some special bends in my built.
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    Seasonic X1250
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    For Project Rampage II, I had purchased most of the stuff/ equipment for the built.

    I had ordered fan hubs, fittings, cable management clips, fans from Performance PC. It is due to arrive very soon, hopefully this week.

    For my fittings, I had also placed my order of close to $450 worth of fittings today from Bitspower Taiwan.

    As the Bitspower C47 Silver Shining are out of stock at the moment. I will have to wait for the stock to replenish before they are able to mail over by EMS.

    For Bitspower Silver Shining C47 fittings alone, I had ordered 36 pieces of them. I had also order 8 additional pieces of Bitspower 90D Rotaries and 4 pieces of mini D Plugs from Performance PC.

    Reason I gotten the 90D Rotary and D Plugs from PPC, is because Bitspower Taiwan are selling much more expensive compared to PPC.

    I had also bought all of my fans for my built.

    11 X Gentle Typhoons AP15 (7 Reused from current built)
    3 X Enermax Magmas

    Fans Assignment
    480mm Monsta Radiator - 4 X Gentle Typhoons
    360mm Monsta Radiator - 3 X Gentle Typhoons
    360mm EK XTX 360 Radiator - 3 X Gentle Typhoons
    Top Intake - 3 X Enermax Magmas
    Rear Intake - 1 X Gentle Typhoon

    Airflow
    I am creating a Positive Airflow in my rig which all of the fans will be doing intake (Except for btm chamber radiator fans).

    In order to keep the dust at bay, I am ordering Demciflex Filters for my built. Demciflex had served me very well for the last 2 years on my HAF X and current Corsair 800D.

    I will show the steps on dismantling Gentle Typhoons in the next post with some pictures. Hoping that with the pictures link, it could give some guidance to people who are trying to paint their Gentle Typhoons.
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    Seasonic X1250
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    Painting Gentle Typhoons
    I had took some images for reference, hope it will be useful for fellow forum members/modders who are keen in coloring their Gentle Typhoons.

    Removal of Sticker (voiding of warranty)


    Use a lighter/ heat gun to heat up the stickers to ensure no residue left behind for easy removal of the sticker.


    Close Look at the C Clip


    I used two tweezers and a magnet to remove the C Clips. Magnet is used to attract the C Clip it if the C Clip were to fly out (It does happens very often)

    Holding onto the fan blade, I used one tweezer to hold one side of the C Clip and used the other to ply it open. Do note that the C Clip will be very likely to fly away so make sure get the magnet close to the C Clip when removing.

    If you lose your C Clip = $20 down the drain.

    Dismantled Gentle Typhoons


    After dismantling you will have the following parts. Pls keep them in zip lock bag to prevent any item lost.

    - Gentle Typhoon Frame
    - Gentle Typhoon Fan Blade
    - 2 X Ball Bearing (one with fan blade, one removal from the rear of the fan frame)
    - 1 X Spring
    - 1 X C Clip

    Completed Gentle Typhoon



    After dismantling the fan blades, use the spray paint and paint the blades. One tip, paint the blades in thin layers. Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next.

    After the blades are painted, fix the blade back to the fan frame. Do remember to use the magnet as well when fixing the C Clip.


    Thank you for viewing.
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    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
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    Was busy spraying color on my newly bought AP15 and Enermax Magmas for the past two days.

    Gentle Typhoon and Enermax Magmas



    Came home today and guess what arrives. My Female Koolance VL3N Barb had arrived. Been waiting for the past 1 week plus for it. Right now I have a total of 5 pairs of QDCs, I might order 2 more pieces of VL3N Female Threaded and 1 more piece VL3N-MG Male Thread to have 6 sets of QDC with 1 pc as draining tool.

    Koolance VL3N 3/8 Barb


    Koolance VL3N Quick Disconnects (G1/4 Threaded, Compression, Barb)

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    ADATA SX900 128 SSD
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    Seasonic X1250
    Sony 24X DVDRW
    Audioengine AE5
    Audioengine S8 Subwoofer
    Audinst HUD MX-1 DAC
    Samsung S27A850D (27inch PLS LED)

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