OK here's the rest of the photos I skipped out.
Fixed the excessive TIM issue
Some wiring / general case shots. At this point I started it up and installed a lot of stuff, although the DVD drive and secondary HDD still needed their SATA cables run.
The cabling at the back I guess was always going to be somewhat of a mess, this is inherent to a certain extent with non-modular PSUs like the CX600. I don't normally like to use them but since this was a budget build and a modular PSU has no performance advantage to speak of, it was an easy cut to make.
Meanwhile, on the other desk, my beautiful little Manx girl caught herself a R.A.T.!
Small amounts of tidying up, although the extra mess offered by the other drives' SATA cables and the sound-sensitive lighting kit certainly does nothing for prettiness here... but this is all stashed nicely out of sight. The sound activated module is the clear box you can see cabletied into place in among all the cables.
Plenty of fiddly work getting the cold cathodes sitting where I was happy with them. The side of the case got a good workout getting this right
I mounted the switch for the lighting in one of the watercooling cutouts at the back of the case - it was almost
a perfect fit. A little loose, but a thin sliver of foamy double sided tape around the innards of the switch filled it out enough that I'm happy with it.
Getting back to the old school, watching the original season of Pokemon while I finished everything off.
Here's a bunch of photos of what is for all intents and purposes the finished product.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. Much better than I expected to get it looking in a $50 case, to be honest, which I guess is testament to the CoolerMaster Elite 430 being a very good case for the money.
As always, please let me know your thoughts!! I'm still only relatively new at this whole system building thing - this is only the second one I have built from scratch, the first being the AMD/ATI one listed in my signature. I'm going to start on overclocking this thing now and see how it goes. It's already smashing my AMD gaming rig on benchmarks, this all stock versus the AMD overclocked.