I've always wanted to make a HTPC, as it gets tiring to always move my laptop to the TV whenever I want PC stuff on the big screen, but also because it's much more capable than a laptop, so I can use it for anything gaming/graphics heavy related. So after many years of "collecting" parts and waiting for the right moment, I finally decided to make my build and get the last part I needed (at least enough to make a functional computer). Now, I have some "special" plans for the build, as I want to make my first custom sleeving - I got some extra cables supplied for my AX760i from Greybeard to use for sleeving, he's been a great help in the past! Also, I have to thank BitFenix for the build, as they "kind of" supplied the case (had already ordered the case I wanted when I found out they'd 'give' me one, so I just chose another case to get). Some may already have seen the specs in my signature, but I'll list them here anyway; after all, it is a log The case I went with is the BitFenix Prodigy; it's not too small nor not too big for me, has room for a lot of cooling and looks great. Chose it in Black, as I like it simplistic, and a white exterior probably wouldn't fit in as good. The motherboard of choice is the highly packed ASUS Maximus VII Impact - I have literally been waiting for almost a year for ASUS to release it (as I didn't want the Z87 version), and it just looks amazing! I've had no issues with it so far, so you can say I'm quite satisfied with my purchase. Since the PC is mainly 'secondary' and meant to be used in the living room, I decided the 4690K will be fine for the job - no need for a i7 there. Since I'm a big fan of Corsair products, it's obvious that my build would feature more than 1 of them; apart from the Corsair AX760i (sidenote: it barely fits in the Prodigy, I had use force to get it screwed in properly), the build will use a set of 16GB Dominator Platinum 1866MHz CL9, which I've had lying around for a year or so by now - they look great and perform great! Ever since I got my first SSDs I've just loved the responsiveness and speed of my system, so this build would definitely not be without; a pair of Samsung 840 EVO 250GB's does the trick. And for storage I have a pair of 3TB WD REDs, however those are just temporary until I can get a NAS I can put them in (I'm not a fan of local storage). As I plan to be able to use my HTPC for gaming, I've naturally gotten a X360 controller (since it works best with Windows, my DS3 and DS4 are a bit 'tricky') to go with the build. And as I don't expect only to be playing casual stuff using the Intel GPU, I'm going to put the reasonably priced GTX970 in it (In the flavor of EVGA 970 FTW - which seems impossible to get at the moment) - in fact, my HTPC is most likely going to outperform my full-sized ATX PC (until I upgrade it again of course)! Last but not least; I need some proper cooling - only reason why I use the stock cooler is simply because I haven't decided what cooling solution to go with! Now, this is where I'd like some suggestions, as I might not be able to cover all options myself. I'd really like to make my first custom water loop, but I can't afford it to cost much more than around $200+, so if anyone knows what I can get for that kind of money, that will also fit in the Prodigy, then I'd be pleased to hear about it! The second choice is of course a closed loop AIO cooler - any suggestions here are also welcome For the case fans, I think I'll be getting some BitFenix Spectre Pro to match the case - however I'm not sure what colour to get, LED or none, or if it should be PWM or standard; i.e. plain white, white with white LEDs, plain black or translucent with white LEDs... not sure what would look best I have yet to decide what theme I'll be going with the custom sleeving, I guess a 3 color scheme would look best? If anyone has any experience with this, any help would be greatly appreciated. I realize I've written too much perhaps - but I just can't help it Few pics coming in next posts.