Built in 2017.
EDIT - 8 HOURS LATER: (Going to work on organizing my jumbled mess of photos) Pictures are for the most part current (picture 1) to the begining of the build (picture 325). Try to start at the end...well the beginning... :D
Aesthetics were just as important as function here.
Just out of college and ready to spend my money, I knew I wanted a computer. I had built a few growing up, nothing crazy, plug a few things in push a few buttons and there we are. This was meant to be something else. I needed it to be more involving and engaging. Something that had my time and effort put into it.
I initially ordered a few pieces a week which actually worked out good. It allowed me to patiently build the rig over a month or so. I knew I wanted a Titan X pascal. I knew I wanted high end performance. So I got it. I knew I wanted a lot of ram whether it was necessary or not. It had to be good ram and it had to of course, look great. So I got it. Well I actually went back and saw the limited edition corsair ram released so I got that later LOL. Fans were a no brainer. Always Noctua for me. And who knew colored corners could be so awesome.
The Samsung 960 Pro was fresh off the press. I snagged that up for a decent $ but it was well worth it. It is currently still my only storage and it is of the best performance I ever had.
A few other items I stick to ALWAYS. Asus Motherboards and EVGA Power Supplies. Both are still great and I would still buy them again and again. Custom PSU cover was a few sheet metal bends, cuts, duct tape and spray paint. It turned out to be very nice.
Parts of my build really stepped up a notch out of nowhere. The only thing I wish I did, was step my CPU up a bit to match. Next time.
Ahhh and then there was the part I haven't done yet already felt the passion for. Water Cooling. I am a Mechanical Engineer who works with HVAC & Plumbing as a living, so this was really awesome to do. The radiators as my "cooling towers", mechanical pumps, valves, pressure and flow. All relatable and all had meaning to me. So I needed something custom. Something that is not only a story and gives the computer my personal touch but also aesthetically pleasing and 10000% beneficial for performance, parts longevity, etc. Where to begin. I researched. I researched a lot. Rigid tubing was a quick decision. PETG for the minor flexibility but complete rigidity. Valve and fittings? Bitspower. A reliable brand and in my case an aesthetically pleasing look. Alphacool products were also heavily used and I have zero complaints.
So how did I design my loop? Honestly, I looked at it. For a few days, I just looked at my computer. I mapped it out in my head. I knew where I wanted what. I had dinner on a Saturday. Finished around 8PM and something hit me. I got the computer ready. I had my tubing bending cord, my heat gun, my cutter, everything. I ended up doing all the tubing for the next 6 hours. I don't know why but I did. I worked through the night and it came out great. I let my hands and my mind communicate and design what I feel is the best part of my build and anyone's build.
The best part of all this was when I plugged it in. My first boot. No issues. ZERO problems. Windows downloaded in such a little amount of time, I think it was 2 minutes? Everything with this SSD (and other parts) downloads in a blink of an eye.
This build was my first major project as a graduate. It was awesome. It was mine and something I did completely on my own. I discovered this community (PC Part Picker) as I was wrapping things up. What a great community for awesome builds and awesome stories. Thank you everyone.
My fans are not on full speed, either is my pump. FYI my front radiator is setup with push/pull config. GPU idles around 18/19C. Load is around 30C. Peaking in the low 30s. I am in a basement so come winter time my temps are incredible, All components have a 2/3C drop. SSD stays around 30C with a load. CPU cores are around 32C, whole package around 36C. RAM is around 33C.