This is the history of my rig.
Back in 2011 my brother wanted a desktop pc, so instead of buying the cheapest thing available, he got mine, and that gave me an excuse to buy a new system.
I kept the case, a Cooler Master ATCs 840 (still my favourite case) and bought the following components:
MSI P67A GD65
4GB Gskill 1600MHz
2x Radeon 6950 (flashed bios to 6970)
Cooler Master Silent Proo 850w
Zalman CNPS 10x
In 2012 I got tired of the Zalmans noise to keep low temps when in load, and bought a Corsair H100. Until February 2013 and after many cosmetic changes to the case and components, my pc looked like this (all pictures taken with Nokia N97, sorry):
After a failed bios update, I replaced the GD65 for an Asus Maximus IV Extreme (dual bios and more space between graphics cards). So until August, this was my pc:
This summer I got REALLY tired of the graphics cards noise. So I had two options: Buy a new one with a silent cooler, or watercool the system.
I have so many older games to play (steam deals and stuff), that I don't need more graphycs power for a couple of years so... watercooling!!!
My rule was - As cheap as possible but with good looks, so this is what I came up with:
Phobya Balancer 250 silver nickel
2x Watercool HEATKILLER® GPU-X³ 69X0
6x Swiftech Helix fan PWM
Phobya CPU-Cooler UC-2 LT Silver
12x 13/10mm (10x1,5mm) compression fitting outer thread 1/4
2x Phobya G-Changer 360 Ver. 1.2 Black
The case had to be modded in order to fit two 360 rads, but isn't painted because I don't have a wide and dust free and cat free space to do it. So here are some pictures of the final product.
I wanted to put my 3 hdd in the 5.25 bays with some adapters, but I couldn't get then on time, so I used the bottom fan holes to hold them in place with screws and foam tape to reduce the vibration.
I don't have any lights for now. The CPU block as four holes for 3mm leds, so in the future I may try some in white.
I was planning to have the DVD drive as external, because I only use it to rip CDs (to flac) and play Morrowind, but since I found a better place for the HDDs, I've put it in the case. The bay covers are from the CM Storm Stryker.
SDDs love double sided tape.
The desk: WetSandyBeast, Dell U2713hm, Ozone Stryke keyboard (cherry mx black, portuguese layout), Steelseries Diablo III (Sensei) mouse with 8 year old Qck mouse mat, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD soundcard and Grundig CRT TV remote.
Hope you liked it, and sorry for the low quality photos. Any questions, please ask.