Initial Obsidian build, good starting point, plan to extensively upgrade and mod.
Intended use of this computer was primarily gaming and 3d modelling. However I now plan to use it for some programming and photo editing as well. It's main purpose seems to be for dreaming up new upgrades :)
Obsidian 1.0: What you see here, completed October 2013. Edit: Installed the NZXT sleeved LED kit early. Not very impressed, they are quite dim and don't give the glow I was looking for. Though it is a little better in person than in the pictures. Obsidian 1.1: I replaced the Noctua NH-D14 with a Swiftech H320. The first H320 was DOA and I had to RMA it with NCIX. Second H320 is working fantastic, dead quiet and lowered my temps.
I also replaced the stock Swiftech fans in the radiator and the stock Corsair fans in the case with Cougar Vortex fans (3 x 120mm Vortex HDP PWM, 3 x 140mm Vortex HDP). This helps start my black/orange colour theme, run quieter and get more air circulation. Obsidian 1.2: Made a Custom PSU Shroud and bought sleeved extensions rather then buy and sleeve a moduler psu. Easier and cheaper, but I think I will go all-out and sleeve my own next time around.
Obsidian 1.3: Replaced GTX 660 Ti with GTX 980, switched an H100i liquid cooler. Upgraded peripherals.
Only component I would NOT highly recommend is the Kingston HyperX SSD, mine died after about 10-12 months of operation. Kingston did honour the warranty, but I would still go with a higher quality brand such as Intel or Samsung.
NCIX stuck me with a $55 shipping bill for returning the first defective Swiftech H320.
Just go for a FULLY-modular PSU, just do it.
The video card, NIC, PSU, SSD and peripherals were taken from my previous build.
BENCHMARKS: (3D Mark)
Obsidian 1.0 (Loud config) Ice Storm: 163703 Ice Storm Extreme: 136493 Cloud Gate: 21904 Fire Strike: 5424 Fire Strike Extreme: 2664
Obsidian 1.1 (Near silent config) Ice Storm: 158361 Ice Storm Extreme: 135250 Cloud Gate: 21542 Fire Strike: 5338 Fire Strike Extreme 2609
Obsidian 1.2 (Still near silent)
Ice Storm: 163242
Ice Storm Extreme: 139227
Cloud Gate: 22007
Sky Diver: 18218
Fire Strike: 5524
Fire Strike Extreme: 2471
Cinebench R15 CPU: 847 cb Cinebench Open GL: 136.72 fps