This was a massive undertaking. At least a month of work. The cooling loop was the biggest challenge by far. The PC-05SX is a case without equal in this regard, allowing for a high performance loop in such a small form factor, and I think the Lian Li is probably what makes this build so amazing. It's fully modular and I would not recommend it to newcomers, although I would expect the price tag would deter most casual builders anyway.
Since the main usages for this system will be audio engineering and high end gaming, it had to be dead quiet. The fan-off idling function on both the Gigabyte card and the Corsair PSU were crucial for this to happen. It's dead quiet. Obviously during gaming, the decibel level rises sharply. That's fine, since the rig only needs to be silent during audio recording.
I used Mayhems Pastel Pink coolant. Very very satisfied with the result. I flirted with going for a red themed build, but that seemed so boring. I don't think I've ever seen a build quite like this. It's a dream rig for me.
Only a modest overclock for now. Will update when I take her closer to 4.4ghz or so. We'll see.
The Impact motherboard is quite honestly amazing. I was very shy about the price of that board, and had heard a lot of people tell me to get something cheaper which would be just as good. I must say, all of the features Asus throws into this Mobo are well worth it. The U.2 port is a bit of a head scratcher, but I think this was their way of future proofing the mobo. I'm fine with it. I still have room for one more SSD actually, so when the time comes, I'll be adding another 500gb or so to the SSD load.
Not sure if I'm a huge fan of the swiftech stock fans that come with the H220x (no pun intended.) They aren't as quiet as I would have hoped for. I may upgrade them to Noctuas. Who knows.
Am I happy? Hell yes. This rig destroys everything I throw at it and is future proof for another 4 years at least. Ram and GPU will be easy upgrades for sure.