FINALLY FINISHED! Head over to page 2 for the other final pictures Hey guys, I've been visiting this forum for quite some time now, and I've been planning my own mod for a few months now while getting inspiration from here. My biggest inspiration was l3p's d3sk, I absolutely love it. So I decided to build something similar The name is made up from desk and Macintosh (Macintosh because I'm gonna dual-boot Win7 and OS X from it), just in case you wonder. Further down in this post you'll see an image of the desk where I'm going to place all the stuff. What do I want? -It has to be silent. Really silent. That's why I'm spending all this money on a water cooling setup. -It has to be really good looking. Another reason why I spent all this money on a water cooling setup. -It has to be really fast. I'm a semi-professional graphic designer, so I'm doing a lot of video editing, which takes up every bit of power you can throw at it. Another reason why I spent all this money on a water cooling setup, to overclock the last little bit out of it LGA2011 wasn't worth the money for me, Ivy Bridge will do fine. I rather got an excellent GPU for some nice gaming evenings -It's gotta run OS X on it - For working, I really prefer it over Windows. And even running on a PC's hardware, it's more stable than Windows... This is the first time that I build a PC by myself, I've only been using Macs before. So please be kind So, let's begin: First package arrived, with some hardware in it: Intel i7 3770k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 EVGA GTX680 SuperClocked 2x Corsair Dominator 1600MHZ 8GB (16 in total) 2x Samsung 830 128GB SSD Seasonic X-750 750W power supply Had 3 WD 1TB drives and a slot-load DVD drive previously used. Quickly installed everything to boot it up for the first time Building a PC is far easier than I thought. Next package from AquaTuning Switzerland: A hell lot of stuff.... Water blocks: EK Supremacy Plexi CSQ Ek Dominator Plexi CSQ EK FC-680 GTX+ Plexi CSQ Rest: Phobya Xtreme 1080 NOVA radiator (lol, huge thing) Alphacool D5 with preinstalled pump top Phobya 250mm reservoir 2x BeQuiet SilentWing2 fans 4x Phobya 180mm Slim fans for the rad Some tubing and a few fittings, some sleeve and sleeving tools And a lot of cables.. Another package arrived: I orded a Lian Li PC-7HX to strip and reuse its internal parts. Stripping was done quickly: Looks pretty naked ___________________________________________ Let's get to the building!! I started off installing the rad and the pump. For this, I'm going to use a spare PowerMac G5 case as an external radiator housing, to save some space in the desk. Radiator with fans and pump: Fits like a glove! Didn't had to screw/glue anything, just firmly push the pump inside, and everything sits perfectly. Made my evening No metalwork necessary at all The G5 is still by far the most beautiful case out there... Moving on: This is where I will put the hardware. Those are two pieces of glass, extra stable ones. I'm going to install it in the lower left corner, already placed the stuff in the picture. In the front, I'm going to insert another piece of glass, while on the sides and the back I'm place some black mesh metal. More on that to follow. Just for you to know what this is all about. Also did some other small things: The Lian Li HDD rack: And after 15min of working, it's now equipped with a spare 120mm fan: And installed HDDs: I was amazed how much the fan improved my HDD temps, they used to be something like 35-40°C, now they dropped to about 30°. The fans is running at about 800RPM, you can't really hear it. Started to sleeve some cables: First time ever that I sleeved a cable, I'm actually quite happy with it. With a spare MacBook power button, I pmrovised a little power button for this rig: I find it much nicer than the usual Lamptron vandal switches (I've got one) and it also feels nicer. Just a small detail, I know... Next, the mobo tray was on my list: I took it form the Lian Li case, and glues some nice feet on it. I think it looks really cool! And last but not least, I installed all the waterblocks on their components: Started with the GPU: Also installed the backplate: CPU followed: And RAM: I'm really in love with EKWB's Plexi CSQ blocks! I think they look totally awesome! I have some Mayhems Pastel Blue, it's going to look pretty cool I really want to thank AquaTuning Switzerland for the outstanding support!! That's it for now, thanks for watching! As I said, it's my first mod, but until now, things went quite well... See you!