This computer, in its many forms, was my first foray into building pc's. It's been a work in progress since 2011; almost all the parts have been swapped a couple of times or more (except the optical drive - which has been along for the ride from the beginning). I decided I wanted a more aesthetically pleasing and color coordinated build, so I purchased a Fractal Design R6 case with window and modded some parts.
This was my first experience painting PC parts. I removed the shroud on the GPU and painted it white (left the carbon trim alone), painted the optical drive black, and painted the side trim on the radiator white. It ended up being pretty easy, though removing the GPU shroud was a little more involved than I had expected - the fans are attached to the shroud vs the heatsink, and the "DUKE" LED needs to be unbolted with a mini-torx.
The Fractal R6 is great for my needs - provision for optical drive, places for cable management, nice build quality, space for 280mm radiator in the front, and ability to hold lots of fans, sound dampening, and simple clean look.
I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I'll probably leave it alone for a while - maybe remove the pump cover and paint it white/add a logo or add some Phanteks Halos to the fans. Currently working on getting the Corsair link software to work properly before I overclock the CPU.
Received the Phanteks Halos Lux and put them in. They're a nice product - I really like the look and feel of the anodized aluminum and they produce a nice glow on the white fans in my case while on. The cabling and adaptor for the RGB connector on the motherboard are a nice touch. Happy with it overall.
After doing some research on google, I took the dive and modded the cover on my AIO pump. The cover pulled off easily enough. I then created my own logo, applied it to the cover via an adhesive label, cut it out, and then spray painted the cover. The results are ok - my xacto cutting skills were not the greatest. It looks good from afar, but far from good.
I finally figured out how to turn off the lights on my motherboard when the pc shuts down - for the longest time, it would just cycle through a rainbow of colors when the computer was off.
The usability of the software is not good. Tabs are pretty vague in their description, and buttons don't really seem to do what you want them to do. For example, the off/on slider in both tabs doesn't shut off the lighting for each function within the tab - it shuts off the lighting completely, irregardless of whichever tab you are currently in. To turn off the lighting when the computer is shut down, you have to go into the "Independent" tab (whatever that means), choose the "static" lighting setting and set the RGB color to black - what?! Just ridiculous.
Anyways, got the lights to turn off finally when the computer is shut down.