Edit 24/8/16: Did a better write up of Description
Note: Please don't mind some spellings, I'm from the UK, and we spell 'color' as 'colour'. The correct way :D /jk
Did not really think of a fancy name. 'Lian' just come to my lazy mind, simply part of the name of the case manufacture. The name is simple, clean and unique, which is what I am going for the build.
The main aim for the build is pure silence. The fans only spin at 400rpm when system idle and only 600rpm during gaming load. The D5 pump spins at 2000rpm (out of 4800rpm) and is virtually inaudible. I am willing to sacrificed cooling for silent gaming.
I had no budget for the aesthetics department. Wanted it to look good for my new house when I move in. But the build is purposed for 1440p gaming primarily, so did not spend way over the top for Titan XP and Broardwell-E etc.
I'm from the UK, and PC parts pricing fluctuates a lot, plus our 20% tax on everything we buy :(. I bought everything before Brexit, at pretty much its lowest price point. Total ~£1950 (~$2300 exchanged at the time).
CPU: i7 6700K: Quite self explanatory, there is only 2 options for unlocked CPUs on the Z170 platform, and I chose the more powerful one.
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE: Had this from my previous build, at the time is was the best mATX option available, now arguably super-seeded by the ASRock Z170M OC Formula. I like the Asus's grey/chrome/black (and very little red) colour theme, and built my whole computer around this colour theme.
- RAM: 4x8GB Corsair DDDR4 LPX: Already had 4 sticks of DDR4 from my X99 build, and thought I may as well use them. Also wanted to fill up all 4 DIMM slots for aesthetics. 32Gb is obviously not needed but RAM was so cheap at the time of purchasing (Q2 2016).
- SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB: At the moment I don't have the need for PCI-E NVME SSDs, SATA is enough for now. I don't need mass storage as I have as 9TB FreeNAS server in another room.
- GPU: nVidia GTX 1070 FE: Went with the 'hated' founders edition as it is easier to buy watercooling block. I did have a MSI 1070 Armour OC, but it would not fit when I moved the PSU down from the case manufactures intended position: Picture. TBH this was a panic buy, I bought it on the day Britain announced that we will to leaving the EU, and surely the £ dropped to ~$1.3 from ~$1.5 (USD). On that day all PC parts from online retailers increased the price by about 15%. At the time of writing, pricing is still not back to what they were. I feel I dodge a bullet there :)
- Case: Lian Li PC-O6SX: It's a niche case, expensive and underwhelming cooling performance. But it is stunning and a real statement. I put a lot of effort in aesthetics, wanting the build to look clean and unique. The case will be wall mounted when I move into new house.
- PSU: Seasonic 760 Platinum: Far from the cheapest around, but no coil whine, fan never spins up with the load I need. Good quality Tier 1 PSU.
Water Cooling Parts:
- EK CoolStream SE 360,
- EK XRes Revo D5 PWM,
- EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel,
- EK-FC1070 Nickel-Plexi with Black back-plate,
- EK EK-ACF Nickel 10/13mm Compression,
- EK EK-AF Fittings,
- Barrow Matt Black fittings,
- 3x Noctua NF-F12.
- Holes drilled for pass-through tubing: Wanted a super clean look. Rather than having hard tubes and bends taking valuable space in the front area, I had the tubes all feed into the back usually used to stuff cables. The most difficult (and scary) part was measuring to get the holes aligned with the water blocks to give straight parallel tube runs.
- Stealth Reservoir: Again my secret is looking clean. Had the in/outlets run straight to the back. It appears the reservoir is floating in the air, quite happy of the way it tuned out. Some eagle eyed viewer may see that I screwed one hole when drilling, luckily I am an evil genius and did it from the back, so no ugly scratches can be seen from the front.
- Custom Dark Grey Pastel Coolant: Judging from the comments, people are liking my unusual choice of grey. I've actually trialled clear, red, white, grey and dark grey. http://imgur.com/a/XzdDF. In the end dark grey was decided upon.
- NZXT Hue+ Lighting: RGB is only for show. Most of the time it is OFF or white LEDs on certain areas only. The NZXT Hue+ is awesome for controlling what area to light up.
- Custom pattern Teleios sleeved PSU Cables: The pattern again reflects the motherboard design. These are great, very stiff, but when train they are going nowhere. For the ultimate clean look, I put the cable combs on the back so they are not visible. The combs are the sealed type and are great because they do not stretch out the gap between cables. Being Teleios (plastic) they reflect lights giving it a shinny look. I love them.
Alot more final and progress pictures are on my imgur page: imgur
Well, I am personally very happy with the build, I built is as a centre piece for my office/bedroom within to be new house. I feel I achieved this. It is a fairly unique build, designed and executed by myself and am pretty proud of it.
I am very sensitive with noise, and very rarely used the word 'silence' to describe a computer. Unfortunately this does not make it into my 'silent' category. Of course, it is extremely quiet, and can not be heard more than 1 metres away. In fact, nearly the most quiet I have ever built over the 15 years. I probably am being very picky here but some people use the word silent more easily than others.
Note: This is an revised description. Judging from the comments, I have been receiving great response from the PCPP community. Reached +90 within 24 hours without being a feature build and I am very happy about that. I would like to thank every one that has taken time to comment and upvote. It feels very nice when my hours of effort are appreciated. +1 for everyone!