Three years ago, my best friend and I replaced a hard drive on my busted mac laptop. We had no idea what we were doing, if we would damage the rest of the laptop, or if we could recover anything off of the drive. Luck was on our side and we were quick learners. We fixed the laptop and got everything off of it just in time to turn in the paper saved in its barely spinning little heart.
Three years later and now were here. Project Eva: The Spirit of the Watershed. Overclocked 4790k to 4.5g, 980 gtx, thermaltake's 480m rad and the custom painted and decal-ed Core P5. About 40 hours from start to finish and we couldn't be happier. In all honesty and retrospect we should not have built this. Nor would I recommend this build for people who have not done water cooling before. The risk alone is not worth the performance boost you will see and water cooling comes with so many headaches and nights of damn research looking for answers that should be very simple but aren't. For example, the rad. We all know or at least can figure out how a radiator works, one in/ one out and fans on top and bottom if you want to push pull. But which are in and which are out? How many entries are on the rad? Etc.
In hindsight its rather simple, but I mean we almost forgot to put o-rings on the compression fittings because even they didn't come with instructions. We even had a leak at the first 90* elbow for that very reason.
That being said it has been the best build experience so far and if your lucky to not destroy your rig in the process, as others here I'm sure can attest, you'll definitely feel like the most awesome sauce in the universe.......at least until you realize you can't buy more parts to build another one.