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Project Rampage III, Cerberus (Sponsored by ASUS)

kaiqi07
Level 7


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I had been working with full tower builds for Project Rampage and Project Rampage II using Corsair 800D as well as Caselabs STH10.

Below are the list of past builds I had worked,

Past Build Progress Logs:

Project Rampage: Corsair 800D

Project Rampage II: Caselabs STH10

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The build is named after Cerberus which is one of the greek mythological beast Three Headed Hellhound. As this is my 3rd build and instead of naming it as Project Rampage III. I would use the 3 headed hellhounds in sync with ROG series of greek inspired product names.

I would like to announce this begin the project log for Project Rampage Cerberus.

For this upcoming new build, I would like to work with something different and away from huge build. Project Rampage Cerberus is my new upcoming ITX build which will have the usual case mods as well as full watercooling setup.


I am proud to announce that ASUS, Caselabs and Kingston are my current official sponsors. I am thankful for their support and making this ITX build possible.

So far I had gathered the following components.

System Components
Intel i7 4770K
ASUS ROG Impact VI
ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 780
ASUS ROG Front Base
Kingston 3K HyperX SSD 240GB (yet to arrive)
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3 Memory (yet to arrive)
Caselabs S5 with Pedestal (yet to arrive)

Water-Cooling Components

Bitspower Impact VI Water Black (Black ice, Nickel)
Bitspower Z Reservoir 150mm X 2
Bitspower EML X 20
Bitspower 90D Dual EML X 10
Bitspower 90D Rotary with EML X 8
Bitspower 90D Rotary Fitting X 6
Bitspower C47s (Spare) X 7
Bitspower Mini Valve X 1
Bitspower Aqua Link (22mm) X 4
Bitspower Dual Rotary 90D X 4
Bitspower Panel Pass Through X 8
Bitspower Single Rotary Male to Male X 2
Bitspower Mini D Plug X 5
Bitspower T Joint Rotary X 3
Bitspower Q Joint Rotary X 2
Bitspower Compression Fittings (3/8 5/8) X 4
Bitspower 7mm Extender X 4
Bitspower 20mm Extender X 4
Bitspower Multi Transfer Fitting X 8
Bitspower Stop Fitting X 16
Bitspower D5 V2 Top (Clear) X 1
Bitspower D5 Mod Kit (Matt Black) X 1

Alphacool UT60 360mm Radiator X 2
Laing D5 Pump X 1

For the upcoming months I will continue to gather my resources and components and hopefully this rig will be up before August 2014.

Stay in tune for the upcoming unboxing of the ASUS ROG gear!
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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kaiqi07
Level 7
ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI




Unboxed ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI Overall View of the Mobo


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI, Rear I/O Panel


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI, PCI E Slot


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Impact VI mPCI-E Module



Intel i7 4770K


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)

kaiqi07
Level 7
ASUS Republic of Gamers, Front Base


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Front Base, Unboxed



ASUS Republic of Gamers, Front Base, Rear View


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Front Base Front View
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)

Building of Caselabs Mercury S5 and Pedestal
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Caselabs S5 with Pedestal






Caselabs S5 with Pedestal unboxed




Accessories for Caselabs S5




Flex Bay Panel with Custom Red Paint




Flex Bay 240mm Radiator




Flex Bay Device Mounting Kits




Caselabs S5 360mm Radiator Mounting Kits



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)

Updates:

For this build, I be paying a lot to details. Instead of just going to use M3 screws, I be adding some colors to them. I had ordered lots of anodized aluminum screw rings to go with the screws. Below are some of the images of these little beauties.

Anodized Aluminum Screw Rings




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)



Just wish to share the new gaming peripherals I had recently purchased. Recently I posted the personal review of the CoolerMaster CM Storm Mech Mechanical keyboard and here is the next gear I gotten for Project Rampage III Cerberus. Welcome CoolerMaster CM Storm Reaper!


CoolerMaster CM Storm Reaper


For my new setup, I had decided to use CoolerMaster's CM Storm Aluminum Series of gaming products. Reason for opting this series of gaming peripherals from CoolerMaster is because they have removable plates which I might be able to work on some mods on them as well as they looked really well built.

Reason I decided on the CM Storm Reaper gaming mouse is because of the great quality I had seen in this series of gaming peripherals by CoolerMaster.



Skipping the technical details of the mouse, this review is more of the first impression as well as built which I think is more practical (Personally I dont bump my DPI to more than 3200).

CM Storm Reaper has a total of 8 Programmable buttongs which is more than enough for my gaming needs.



The games I played are Diablo 3, DOTA 2, Titanfall, BF4 and some RTS such as Starcraft 2 and Company of Heros 2.

The programmable buttons can be saved into 4 different profiles which are saved onto the Reaper's onboard memory itself. This is actually very good as I do game on my laptop as well. I could just plug the Reaper from my main rig and just use it on my laptop with all the profiles.


CoolerMaster CM Storm Reaper Unboxed





In terms of ergonomics, CM Storm Reaper is really good for users who use the Palm holding method. The buttons are also well spread out and my thumbs had no issues reaching the buttons.

Even my wife who has small hands, she has no issues handling the mouse.



CM Storm Reaper's side button could be seen at the picture above. Beside the common forward/Backward buttons, the Clutch button could be seen in the picture.

The extra button could be programmed as well. This is extremely useful in some games which you will want to bind the button to certain skills.

The Clutch button is huge enough so one should have no issues reaching the button.



The CM Storm Reaper has a aluminum plate which is removable. So user could able to mod it, paint it or cover with Carbon Fibre sticker to have a custom look to it.



Beside the rear plate is made of aluminum, the scroll wheel is also seems to make of metal as well. The metallic wheel has a very nice texture which I love it a lot. Comparing to rubber textured ones, CM Storm's Reaper scroll wheels is a lot better in terms of control as well as feel.

At front of the CM Reaper, there are also two LED vent holes which will emits white LEDs. I love white LEDs as it can easily fit into any other color themes of PC setup. I would appreciate if CM Storm would come with RGB LEDs which I think a lot of people would welcome that as well.

Lastly, CM Storm Reaper is using gold plated USB as well as braided cable. This is a very nice touch as I really love braided cables.



Overall, I am really happy and pleased with CoolerMaster CM Storm Reaper gaming mouse.

This is my very first CoolerMaster gaming mouse which I had purchased and I am glad I did. In terms of quality as well as ergonomics of the mouse itself, I felt it can easily rival some other major brands.

Stay tune for the last of the CM Storm Aluminum series of gaming peripharel's review, CM Storm Pulse-R.
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)

kaiqi07
Level 7
For Project Rampage III, Cerberus, instead of the using custom watercooling block. I had chose a GPU which does both hybrid cooling, which does both air cool and water cool at the same time.

ASUS Republic of Gamer series of GPU, Poseidon GTX 780 is my ideal choice. Not only it offers hybrid cooling but also offer great performance for a single GPU setup.

It is more than sufficient to meet my HTPC/ living room gaming needs. Below are some of the sneak preview of the cards. I will do a detail unboxing image shots at a later date.

ASUS Republic of Gamers, Poseidon GTX780




ASUS Republic of Gamers, Poseidon GTX780 Aircool/Water Cool Capabilities


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Poseidon GTX780 Dissected


ASUS Republic of Gamers, Poseidon GTX780, Sneak peak of the card
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)

kaiqi07
Level 7
Updates:

I did some purchases on some of the water-cooling parts, started with the radiators. I chose to use Alphacool's NexXxos UT60s for this build. This build I intend to use dual 360mm radiators to cool the CPU, Mobo and GPU (Hybrid).

Here are the unboxing of the Alphacool's NexXxos UT60 360mm radiators.



Dual Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360mm


Close-up on the fins of Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360mm
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)

kaiqi07
Level 7
Updates:

For Project Rampage III, Cerberus, I had decided to use CoolerMaster's CM Storm Aluminum Series of gaming products. Reason for opting this series of gaming peripherals from CoolerMaster is because they have removable plates which I might be able to work on some mods on them as well as they looked really well built.



Apart from the removable Aluminum Plates, all of the CM Storm's Aluminum Series peripherals are using White LEDs. I always love White LEDs which explains the reason all of my builds used white LEDs.

My first impression of the peripherals are they are all very well built and their packaging looked premium and sexy!


CoolerMaster CM Storm Aluminum Series Mech Mechanical Keyboard



I shall start short personal review with the CM Storm Aluminum Mech Mechanical keyboard. I had gotten the brown switch for this new keyboard. I always love Cherry Brown Switch as I am sharing room with my baby and wife. I won't wish to disturb them with the late night gaming sessions with the typing of the keyboard.


Mech Mechanical Keyboard itself is huge, its really huge! Love the textures from the aluminum plates to the plastic body. The top chassis of the Mech keyboard is covered with the removable aluminum plate and the rest of the body is made of plastic. The plastic body is made of high quality plastic which itself I felt could withstand some hard knocks.

Overall view of the Mech Mechanical Keyboard


Close-up Shot of the Aluminum and Plastic Body




The Mech Keyboard has also a built in handle which is very handy for Lan party.

CM Storm's Mech Mechanical Keyboard also come equipped with 2 X USB 3.0 ports, Mini USB port and also the audio ports as well. These ports could be used for your wired mouse as well as USB devices.

Close-up View of the USB and Audio Ports of Mech Mechanical Keyboard

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)

kaiqi07
Level 7
Update:

For Project Rampage III Cerberus, I had decided to use BeQuiet's Pure Wings 2 for my radiator fans.



Reason I chose these fans is because of their performance as well as their near silent at full speed. I love the Pure Wings 2 frame as well which had moved away from the old and common fan's frame.



The fans came without any sleeves, but it is not an issue as I will be resleeving all of the fans anyway. Pure Wings 2's cables are all black in color which is a plus point. I prefered it to be black rather than the norm which are red/black/yellow cables.
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)