I finished my last project about 5 years ago. Have been upgrading where possible over the years and finally found myself in the spot where the CPU isn't enough anymore. My old rig (and main work computer until the new one is up and running) a few years ago: LINK I had a custom window made by martmamod in germany, so that only the mainboard section is visible and only when there's light from the inside. Then I replaced the GPU and as a consequence had to replace my beautiful LUND with a simple 5,25" bay reservoir, because the GPU now was several cm too long. I then also replaced the soundcard (X-Fi Platinum with front panel amp) with something prettier and more compact (ASUS Xonar Essence Pci-Ex) and added a Raid controller. Even with the R9 290 and 20 GB of RAM and a 550MB/s SATA SSD, the system is nowhere near as "fluid" as I'd like it to be in Lightroom (the GPU acceleration doesn't even work properly anyways), so I decided to ditch AMD and go for Intel, simply because Zen is another few months out. While I love the PC-P50 and am quite proud of how this very first build of mine turned out, I thought it would be more fun to work with more space available Enter the Lian Li PC-O9. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really love this case and will likely keep it for the next 10 years to come. (So, the high price tag isn't such a bad investment for me) Last time, my focus was on computer games, but this has shifted somewhat. Nowadays I use my computer mostly for work, which includes both Office as well as Lightroom/Photoshop applications and I only rarely get to play games (but I'm really exited about the new Mass Effect). Water will obviously be involved and I hope that the finished product will be considered a work of art more so than a simple computer. Last time I checked, I still had two left hands, but I'll still try my luck with the PETG tubing from Monsoon. I'm going for a super silent system, so I decided to get Noiseblocker Multiframes with PWM control for the Radiators. Since I'm not one for UV bling and pastel colours, I chose my colour scheme based on the mainboard and what Nils (over at MDPC-X) has in his palette. The blocks are all nickel plated with acetal, so I'll use chrome fittings and the lighting will be white and some red (on the mainboard) I'll use pure, distilled water again. (haven't had an issue in over 3 years (only changed water once when I replaced the GPU) without any other additives). I'm considering to add some Quinine to the water, to be able to spot leaks quickly. (the blue fluorescent colour doesn't fit my colour scheme, but the solution is colourless in normal light, so that's a plus. ) Won't need any anti-fungal stuff, because I'll be using injection-grade water that I can get fairly cheaply I chose "Case Mod" as a prefix, although there won't be too many mods done to the case, I can't stand the thought of hurting such a premium case Let's go then... Hardware: Case: Lian Li PC-O9WX CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Formula RAM: 4 x 8 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 3000MHz Cl15 GPU: Radeon R9 290 Sound: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PSU: Corsair AX860i Peripherals: Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mouse: Mionix NAOS 7000 Speakers: Yamaha HS5 Screen: EIZO CS270 Sleeving: MDPC-X Shade 19, Color-X, Platinum Grey Water cooling: CPU: Aquacomputer Cuplex Kryos XT GPU: Heatkiller GPU-X3 R9-290X (with backplate) Pump: Alphacool VPP655 (Laing D5) Reservoir: Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Acetal Radiator: Alphacool XT45 360mm Full Copper Radiator 2: Alphacool ST30 360mm X-Flow Full Copper Fans: Noiseblocker NB Multiframe 120mm (6 x M12-PS 1'500rpm PWM for rads and two M12-1 750rpm fans for case) Tubes: Monsoon 1/2x5/8" PETG hard tubes white Fittings: Monsoon 1/2x5/8" hard tube fittings (chrome and black) Drain: Alphacool T-piece with Eiszapfen 2-way valve key: ready/ordered, not yet ready In the time I waited to get activated here, all the parts had been shipped, so there's only green left Current state Windows up and running, cables and tubing installed, hardware installed. One RAM bar is defective and needs replacement. LED need to be installed, hardware cleaned, final pictures taken, benchmarks run, overclocking performed, etc.