For more pictures and some extra thoughts on the water cooling components go to: http://imgur.com/a/Z0qR3
This build was created for gaming. The name Axolotl (pronounced "a-show-low-ht") comes from the Aztec language "Nahuatl" (pronounced "na-what"); Axolotl means Water Monster and I encourage you to do an online image search of the word "axolotl".
This build is my first build ever (thx pcpartpicker.com!) and it was put together throughout the year 2013. I first had a hyper 212 Evo and a Saphire 7970 (that I had purchased when it went on sale). I returned the 7970 because of a coil whine and after patiently waiting for the release of the r9 290 I finally was able to get my hands on one (before the crazy prize jump).
I modded the Corsair 500r Case. I painted the PCI Slot covers white, and I removed the honeycomb side window and replaced it with plexi glass). I was surprised and happy that this case was able to accommodate all of the water cooling components I used, and it has great cable management. I recommend this case to any first time builder as you have the flexibility in removing the hard drive cages and the aforementioned.
CPU: The chip has a 4.4 ghz 24/7 OC and is stable.
Temperature Results: Using the Noctua Fan's Low-Noise Adapters (1200 RPM), and with an ambient temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, the temperatures after 1 hour of being idle was 30 degrees Celsius for the CPU (@ 4.4ghz) and 31 degrees Celsius for the r9 290. Under load (Prime 95 for 1 hour), the CPU temperature was 54 degrees Celsius. The GPU under load (using MSI GPU Burner/Kombustor) would average between 55 and 57 degrees Celsius but never went over 57 degrees Celsius. While playing high-res games (maxed out), the CPU and GPU stay at around 54-55 degrees Celsius.