This will be my first true case mod. I have built 3 computers this year, but they all stopped at wire wrapping and lights, so I am very excited about this mod. I am posting this log a little late in the build, so I have a lot to post. Don't expect it all at once though, because there is a lot for me to write. Oh, and sorry for the misspelled Project in the thread name, lol. I'm not sure how to fix that. Okay, now, after spending 7 hours planning and picking out parts, I went with some pretty high performance parts from newegg. I got a DFI Lanparty 790FX-M2R mobo, an AMD Phenom 9950 black cpu, 4gb of OCZ Reaper ram, a lian li case, a WDC 500GB hdd, and an XFX nVidia Geforce GTX260 GPU. After ordering the parts, I hopped on over to Frozen Cpu and ordered a cpu and GPU block, as well as a passive cooling radiator/reserviour, and a pile of mod supplies. After i got the parts in 4 days later, I quickly began putting the system together for a test run to ensure I got no DOA's in my shipment. OCZ Reaper Ram sticks The GPU The ZALMAN Modular 850W psu Obvious... Heres a shot of the pandemonium infesting the pool table in my living room. I took out the old HDD bracket and ground off the rivets for its mount, and installed the Lian Li CD-Drive HDD mounting bracket. Its a handy addition, and it saves a lot of space in the case for my watercooling pump. with the HDD installed. The Phenom just before installation. installing my ram and the cpu. Okay, now, I didn't take any more pics until I had finished installing windows/drivers, etc. and taken the system apart again. I also wasn't able to get the camera for the first mod, but it's okay, it wasn't much anyways. I found out to my surprise, that my CPU waterblock didn't come with a backplate, and the one that came with the standard AM2/AM2+ mounting bracket had screw pegs that were too long to mount my block on to. I quickly solved this by grinding each peg down about 3mm so they would sit flush with the mobo's surface, allowing me to screw on the mounting assembly for my CPU block, and ultimately, the block itself. Here it is with the Koolance 1/2 by 5/8 compression fittings. Next I had to take the air-block off of my GTX-260. In order to do this, I had to commit a sin in my opinion. The screws holding the backplate on were under the sticker applied to the backplate. In order to get to them, I had to peel off the sticker, which never comes off clean, and it always ruins the sticker. Once it was off, and the screws were out, i had to carefully use a flathead scredriver to pry the backplate from the airblock. They use very fragile clips inside the shell to hold the peices together, and if you aren't careful, they will break easily, luckily, none of mine broke. The GPU cpu after cleaning. I didnt get to use the camera while I was mounting the EK waterblock to the GPU, but there are plenty of later pics showing it. The pump being set up in the case. Next I began cutting anti-kink coiling and tubing for the liquid cooling system. It was around this time that I dicovered my fittings did not fit my tubing. ONOES! I quickly got on FrozenCpu and looked to see how this was possible, I soon discovered that the website did not say what OD the fittings took, so I looked around a few modding forums to find out what was going on. After about 30 minutes of searching, I found a post talking about the same problem I had, and it was warning people that the fittings sold were 5/8ths. so, I next day air-mailed 10 feet of 5/8ths tubing so I could continue. Along with this order, I added some silver modders mesh to help me add some coolness points to the build. A little anti-kink action going on here. Another angle. The exit line going to the radiator. A nice full shot before I put in the entry line. The radiator connecting to the lines during bubble removal. Entry and exit lines. A nice full shot of the system. A different angle.