I've built several computers in the past, but none that were really "unique". When it came time to upgrade my own aging rig, I wanted to create a PC that wasn't like any that I had seen before. I had three aspects for the design in mind: performance, elegance, and simplicity.
This is the first computer that I've built with design in mind, as well as the first water cooled PC I've attempted. It was sometimes incredibly frustrating to implement all of the original aspects that I wanted. But, in the end, it turned out exactly how I imagined it would. I've decided to simply call it "Nightmare" because it fits with the whole theme of the build. When it comes time to upgrade, I'll begin work on the Nightmare Mk. 2
Now that it's finished I use it for gaming and music production. It runs every game I can throw at it on the highest graphics settings with zero lag. Plus whenever it's not in use, I have it compute protein folding tasks from Stanford for cancer research (Folding@home). Can't really ask for much more than that!
As far as performance goes, I've managed to hit a 4.4GHz overclock on the CPU and a 1300Mhz overclock on the GPU.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did building it!
Watercooling Parts List (by request)
CPU Block: EK-Supremacy Clean Nickel
GPU Block: EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal + Nickel
Tubing: Primochill Rigid Acrylic Tubing
Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper (240 x 45mm and 240 x 30mm)
Fans: Corsair SP120 and Corsair AF120 LED
Reservoir: EK Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo
Fittings: Various Bitspower Black Sparkle and Primochill Nickel Plated Ghost
Coolant: EK Ekoolant Clear
(All in all, the watercooling cost me about $1000 but that was because I made several mistakes (first time watercooler). It could have easily been cheaper)