For years I wanted to enter into the enthusiast community with a truly spectacular build, but somehow it never came together. Finally though, I was able to execute on my plan and build this amazing PC. This has been and exciting and frustrating project, but I'm so happy with the results. I have always been attracted to the green and purple color combination, but I didn't want it to be a UV build. Instead, I used a Pastel Purple fluid and took advantage of the Thermaltake Riings to introduce the green. The Monsoon fittings are also accented in green.
The choice for the Lian Li DK-04 was easy for me to make. I can sometimes game for hours, and sitting in the same position can get exhausting and uncomfortable. This desk case will give me the freedom to get up and a stretch my legs for a couple of hours, leaves me with plenty of space for a water cooling loop, and makes a great showpiece. However, there was a lot of extra cables tucked off to the sides of the case, and this case does not have any closed areas, so I was not able to hide any extra cables. To accommodate this, I cut and painted two acrylic panels that fit in on the sides of the desk case and hide some of the less than neat cables. All and all, the Lian Li DK-04 is a wiring nightmare, but adding the acrylic panels did wonders to make it manageable.
One of the primary reasons I felt that now was the time to fulfill my dream PC build, was the introduction of the pascal architecture. Not wanting to cut corners, I scoured the internet until I was able to acquire two MSI GTX 1080 Seahawk EK-X. These come pre-waterblocked and they're warranty'ed that way, so it was an easy choice. For the motherboard, I used an EK MonoBlock to cover the CPU and VRM Module. To top it off, I have hard pipping acrylic tubing for a great finished look. This was my first time water cooling though, so it could have been slightly more perfect.
Although I agree that the X99 processor might be considered overkill, I really felt like this kept me better equipped for future upgrades. With the 40 PCI-E lanes, I'm able to have both GPU's on 16x and have my M.2 hard dive working to full potential. I have not yet performed any overclocking, but I do fully intend to. I'm also waiting for the EVGA HB Bridge to become available, and I'll be ordering some custom sleeved PSU Cables from Cable Mod. Once I have all of those items completed, I will get some higher quality photos, and post the updates. Until then, I hope you like my build, and thanks for viewing.