I've been asked by multiple people on this site/other sites/personal friends/customers to upload my personal build to PCPP. I built this thing almost 3 years ago and have only made 2 upgrades to it which I will cover later in this upcoming wall of text.
Original Build Date: 13JUN2013
I started getting bored with my 2500k and was really itching for an i7 because in addition to gaming until my eyes bled, I was doing a lot of video encoding and photo editing and it was starting to lag behind. After an internal sturggle of instant gratification, I convinced myself to wait for the Haswell release before I bought an i7; so I patiently waited... Well, the day the Haswell's dropped came and I ordered a 4770k as well as MSI's flagship motherboard, which accompanied the 4770k on launch day. I was going to re-use my Water-cooling loop, PSU, Memory, SSDs, and HDD. My old case was an AZZA Hurricane 2000R which I loved, but I wanted something different since red/black was becoming the new standard color scheme for gaming rigs. Before the Azza, I had an NZXT Whisper and if any of you know me, then you know that I absolutely love NZXT and therefore fell in love with the Phantom 820 despite it's massive price tag. However, it was the perfect case for my vision; it had RGB lights built in(<hispter> Back before it was cool </hipster>), space for a top mount radiator, front bay door, lots of space, etc... It was, and still is perfect.
To finish off my build, I ordered some BitFenix fans to complete the blue/yellow scheme that I was going for.. At the time I had a Zotac GTX 680 AMP!, which was a contributing factor to the blue/yellow color scheme.. Not to mention the memory, motherboard, and even the PSU having yellow accents fit as well. Everything came apart quickly and the new build went together just as quick. The only hiccup that I had while building was the Bitfenix fan didn't fit in the front panel and needed to be trimmed down with a dremel(see pictures). When it came to installing the water-loop, I played with how the tubes fit in the case for longer than I care to admit and I ended up getting a really cool look; in my opinion at least.. But after seeing lots of builds over the last few years, my next build will definitely use hard tubes. Overall, it was a lot of fun building and I am more than happy with the turnout..The only thing I didn't get around to that I initially planned on was sleeving the PSU cables... That ended up not happening because I was heavily involved into a car project that required more of my time.
Update Date: 08MAR2015
At this point, I had been running the rig with no problems, except that the GTX 680 wasn't cutting it anymore on the new games coming out. I decided that the GTX 970 was the way to go primarily because the 980s hadn't received their price drop yet. The Gigabyte G1 was the best model out at the time and the aesthetics were perfect for my build, so I couldn't pass it up. Also, I decided to drain and refill my loop with some fresh water, and when I did, I realized that my 5 year old water block was starting to get some gunky.. gunk in it.. I tried flushing it out, but I just opted for a better water-block and thus the Koolance came to be. Refilled the loop, grabbed the compressor and dusted everything out and snapped some photos.
With the exception of the cover photo, I've uploaded the photos in order. Oldest to newest; starting with the original build , and then moving forward to the GPU/Waterblock upgrade up until now.
If you have any questions, please ask; I will be happy to answer them.