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BAWLS - STH10, R5E, 5930K, Copper Tubing

Level 7

Well, it is time again for another build and the CaseLabs Magnum STH10 case looks like a nice challenge. I have seen so many rave reviews of their products and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with one of these cases.

The theme I decided to go with is based on my favorite energy drink product - BAWLS Guarana. The color scheme will be focused on the BAWLS Original packaging of Cobalt Blue and chrome.

Now let's get started with the components...

Main Components:
Case: CaseLabs Magnum STH10
CPU: Intel i7 5930K Haswell-E
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Memory: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 2666Mhz (8x4GB)
Memory Kit: Corsair Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kit (x4)
GPU: 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 980 in SLI
SSD: 400GB Intel 750 PCI-E
SSD: 256GB Samsung XP941 M.2
SSD: 2 x 480GB Corsair Neutron XT SATA 3
HDD: 2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda
PSU: Corsair AX1200i Modular

Watercooling Components:
CPU / Motherboard Block: EK-FB ASUS R5E Monoblock - Acetal + Nickel
GPU Block: 2 x EK-FC980 GTX - Acetal + Nickel
GPU Backplate: 2 x EK-FC980 GTX Backplate - Nickel
Pump: 2 x EK-D5 Vario
Radiator (120mm): 2 x EK-CoolStream PE 480 (Quad)
Radiator (140mm): Black Ice SR1 560
Reservoirs: 2 x Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 250
Fittings (Upper/Lower): Bitspower Shiny Silver
Tubing (Upper/Lower): EK-Tube ZMT
Fittings (Middle): Primochill Revolver / Bitspower Shiny Silver
Tubing (Middle): Copper 1/2" OD

Miscellaneous Components:
RGB Controller: Darkside RGB Controller with remote
Fan Controller: ASUS Front Base
120mm Fans: 13 x Thermaltake Riing 120mm Blue LED
140mm Fans: 7 x Thermaltake Riing 140mm Blue LED
Sleeving: Darkside HD - Dark Blue UV and Jet Black

I will keep this build log updated as the assembly commences and it starts to take shape.

Level 7
Received some Gosumodz Alliance Combs from MAINframe Customs. The items were shipped promptly and delivered on-time.

These are some truly beautiful cable combs made out of a special aluminum alloy! I ordered the 24-pin, 12-pin, 8-pin and 4-pin versions in the natural color. I removed the clear plastic cable combs and these new combs will really complement the build more.

They also have anodized versions in red and black. The sizes available are 4-pin, 6-pin, 8-pin, 12-pin, 14-pin, 16-pin and 24-pin.

Level 7
After examining the interior of the case more thoroughly, I decided that the stock memory heatsink covers were too dull compared to all the shiny chrome around them.

Here is a shot of all 8 Corsair Dominator Platinum memory sticks with the light bar upgrades in their stock finish.

That dull silver textured finish just couldn't do. After hours of sanding and prepping, it was time for chroming. Here is a shot of the stock and shined versions.

Another shot contrasting the differences.

All 8 finished pieces lined up and ready for installation.

The first one is reassembled with the blue light bar insert.

All complete and ready.

Level 7
Finished installing the memory sticks onto the motherboard.

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Finished up the build and here are some shots...

Level 7
I took the case to Dreamhack Austin and entered it into the case mod contest held by CPU Magazine.

The changes were apparently just what it needed and it took 1st place.

I am in the June edition of CPU Magazine on page 46.