WOW, those painted copper pipes look gorgeous! It seems to me that everyone is starting to figure out how to best match the finish of their copper pipes to their build, and you, sir, pulled it off with aplomb!
Just a side note: My build is most certainly NOT "epic"! Money spent =/= awesomeness of build, end of story. In fact, the builds that I am FAR AND AWAY the most impressed with, and which are to me the most "epic", are those which are done by people on a limited budget and/or who set out to do something completely different from everyone else. While I am not a fan of the aesthetics of IT Diva's "Stretched Limo Phantom" build, there is NO doubt that she is one of the most talented case modders on this forum.
But really, it's the people who have spent months, half a year, or more saving up to build a rig of their dreams that inspire me. When you know that every penny spent has been analyzed, every facet of the machine scrutinized, and you can practically see the person swelling with pride as they show off their masterpiece, then it doesn't matter WHAT is inside of the case, or what the case is, or how much they spent... IT'S EPIC! Same goes for those talented craftsmen (and women) who can take nothing but a vision, a few sketches on a napkin, and with a few trips to the hardware store turn their vision into a reality by creating their own case. There is no better way to set a build apart than to have a ONE OF A KIND case, one that you lost blood, sweat, and tears over (but hopefully no appendages!), because you have something that will always be uniquely yours.
I could care less if a build has an SR-2 with a pair of 10-core Xeon's and 4x GeForce Titans inside a CaseLabs TH10 tricked out with $750 in CL accessories, or if it is rocking an Extreme4 with a 3570K, 8GB of Samsung RAM, and a 560Ti all crammed into a mid-tower.... If the person who built it is happy, then I am happy!
I know how it feels to come on here and look through some of these builds... I think that many of us are almost masochists in that way
However, you should be **** PROUD of your build, regardless of the bill at the end of the month! Make something, enjoy making it, and make it uniquely yours...then step back, have a beer, and smile like a giddy schoolgirl because YOU JUST DID SOMETHING AWESOME!
(FWIW, I have recently fallen in love with the Little Devil PC-V8 and PC-V7 cases, not to mention their BEAUTIFUL test bench! Doesn't hurt that they're made in my home country of Slovenia
I've been saving for the better part of a year to get a CaseLabs TH10 with all the trimmings, but I am SERIOUSLY considering a Little Devil case, depending on how my build continues to grow. I have worked with Mountain Mods, and while I understand the appeal, they simply don't appeal to me; I just think that all-acrylic/plexiglass cases look...unfinished, but that's my opinion)
Build a machine that you are proud of, and be happy with that. Any comments about how awesome it is should be taken as "icing", and not the cake itself.
AND NOW IT'S PICTURE TIME:
EDIT: And yes, with the exception of the 3 pictures taken on my black desk, those are all different fittings, not multiple pictures of the same ones :O I went a bit overboard (pun intended)