Hey Guys, I'm back with another slice of build log goodness. This time thanks to sponsorship from HEX GEAR and E22 I'm going to be building in the all new HEX GEAR R40. I'm over the moon to have been given the opportunity and can't wait to get stuck in. So HEX GEAR provided me with the 'Black R40 Premium Micro ATX case' and a 'R40 accent pack' (reserve in black). E22 sent me a world of modding supply goodies which I'll post once the photos are done. Currently all hardware is being provided by me with 99% of the stuff all bought and ready to go. These are the current planned specs. Although these may change as the build progresses. SPECS: Intel Core i7-2600K Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W R40 Premium Micro ATX case - Reverse Black on Black! ASUS ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z68 MATX KLEVV Genuine 2400mhz 16GB (4 x 4GB) Asus GeForce GTX 980 DirectCU II OC Strix WC: EK Water Blocks EK-DDC 3.2 PWM EK Water Blocks EK-DDC Heatsink Housing - Black EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy - Nickel EK Water Blocks EK-FC980 GTX Strix - Nickel EK Water Blocks EK-FC980 GTX Strix Backplate - Black EK Water Blocks EK-FC Terminal DUAL Parallel - Plexi DarkSide - Dual LP240 Extra Slim Radiator DarkSide - Dual LP360 Extra Slim Radiator Bitspower DDC Top - POM Version Bitspower Premium G1/4" Black Sparkle High Flow 1/2" Compression x12 Bitspower BP-BS30R G1/4" Black Sparkle Rotary 30-Degree IG1/4" Extender Bitspower G 1/4" Black Sparkle Rotary 45 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter x6 Bitspower G 1/4" Black Sparkle Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter x4 Aqua Computer Aquatube Delrin Reservoir - black Tygon R6016 Neoprene Tubing (1/2 - 3/4) Tubing Mayhems X1 - Dark Red 1ltr x2 MISC: DarkSide - CONNECT Dimmable Rigid LED Strip White - 12" (30cm) x2 BitFenix Spectre PRO 120mm Fan - All Black x5 ----------------------------- The HEXGEAR R40 case. ... The case is shipped flat packed requiring full assembly. The parts are very well packed with each component wrapped separately and all nuts/bolts bagged and labeled. The instructions are very clear making the build process a breeze and a pleasure. ... The design is well engineered and once assembled it's a unit! very solid! It's packs some weight which really adds to that premium fit and finish. The Hexgear guys should be really proud of themselves, their first case on the market and it's a goody. ... The 'Accent Packs' are simple to swap out and they are all you need if you want to flip the orientation. The case I went with ships with white front/rear accent panels and I opted for the black reverse pack. I built the case stock, then swapped them out. ... The case sits on two pieces of clear acrylic which make it appear as though it's floating (in the right light). You can also get rubber feet if that's more your thing. I'm hoping to have some lights escape the bottom of the case to amplify that look of levitation. ... ... I enjoyed how all the bolts are hex and it came with the tools you'll need. The instructions invite you to send in photos of your build to add to the gallery on their site, it's a nice touch. The little details really show off how much time and effort has been put into the design. ... ... I didn't get into the internals as I plan to touch on that as the build progresses. Plenty more photos over on the Imgur album if you want to check them out. Next update I'll show the parts E22 sent over. I don't think this will take me too long to complete. I'm busting to get my teeth into it so expect updates to come thick and fast. Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you think. J.