Hello everybody, i decided to start something new.. its been a while since my last project and i really need to get my hands dirty! So, its going to be a scratch build this time. I was always thinking, why do i have to compromise with the design and the free space of my case? That was the spark to decide to build my own... Exactly how i want it to be.. My first thought was that i didnt want another gaming rig with intense colors and "happy" attitude. This time i was going for something "classy", with mild colors but with a big contrast regarding the colors. The materials will be mostly aluminum and curved plexiglass as a display for the hardware from all four corners! I decided to implement an LCD touch monitor ( 9 to 11 inches, not sure yet ) with a slide out mechanism so you can controll your system directly from this monitor without alt - tabbing from what ever you are doing at your main monitor. I made a "rough sketch" of what i have in my mind so you can see what i am thinking of. All the surfaces you see in white is made of aluminum and the 2 black parts is tinted plexiglass. I decided to tint the plexiglass so when the system is powered off nothing will be visible but when the system is running then the illumination at the motherboard department will make everything visible! The dimensions will be approximately 50cm x 50cm x 75cm, more on the dimensions later on. Behind the curved plexiglass will be the top compartment. The top compartment will house the motherboard. Below the top compartment there will be the bottom compartment (obviously ) that will house most of the cooling parts ( radiator pumps etc ) along with the power supply and the SSD's/HDD's . I was trying to figure out the layout of the interior. This is what i came up with.. I will be using the Phobya NOVA 1080 for cooling a GTX 680 3way sli, CPU and Motherboard. I will use the MSI Xpower II with a Bitspower's full cover waterblock along with an i7 3930k with 32 GB of Dominator Platinum. I am going to use four MCP655 pumps.. i dont know if its an overkill but i dont want to have flow issues I will make 2 loops that will share the same radiator. One loop for the 3way Sli and another loop for the motherboard and the CPU. Regarding the dimensions.. I dont know if its just me but no matter how many sketches i make i cant understand how big will it be until i see it in reality. So i started last week to make some prototypes using cardboard and polystyrene so i can figure out the true size of the build. I didnt add any details on the prototype, i just made it so i can see how big or small it might be. After 4 prototypes and after many different dimensions i ended up with 50 x 50 x 75 cm. Its like a tall cube, very symetrical and minimal design. The prototype looks huge and thankless but when i start fabricating it with aluminum i am 100% sure that it will transform into a sexy piece of art! Hopefully ( fingers crossed ) Now, the hardware that i ll be using.. For VGA's i decided to go for a 3way sli using 680 reference design so it will be easy getting some full cover waterblocks. Motherboard will be the MSI Big Bang - Xpower II with Bitspower's full cover waterblock along with an Intel i7 3930k. I picked 32 GB of the Dominator Platinums.. too sexy! And for SSD's i picked two OCZ Vectors 128 GB, i dont know yet what HDD's i ll be using for storage. I hope i didnt said too much.. i will pay you back with some photos! The Dominators The happy couple Special thanks to Emil from sleeve-modding.com for supplying me the sleeving materials along with some other great stuff! At this point i really want to say Thanks to my sponsors for giving to this project "flesh and bones"! Without them i really dont think i was going to be able to make it happen! Thats all for now! I will be updating my worklog in a weekly base so stick arround!