After months of planning and some relatively successful Black a Friday Sales I finally built myself a new PC to replace my Frankenstein rig of 8-10 years.
I wanted to create an RGB build with the tricky detail of it all being controllable by a single RGB software suite. Along with this I took an exhibitionist approach using the beautiful Lian Li 011 Dynamic case with a Cooler Master Vertical GPU riser and some added accessories for flair.
Planning went into maintaining positive air pressure inside the case with three intake fans via the AIO radiator on the side, three intake fans on the bottom, and three exhaust fans on the top, all creating incredible ventilation which easily bypasses the vertically mounted GPU and channels hot air upwards and out the case.
During the building process there weren't many hiccups. The AIO was a bit tricky to mount due to the distance of the radiator mounting spot to the processor slot & the tightness around the other case fans, and I also found routing the RGB cables quite confusing as I'd never used any RGB components before. This was another reason I was very grateful for the Lian Li case - there was an incredible abundance of room for cable management. All in all this build turned out to be just as amazing as I'd hoped and I am absolutely stoked with the result.
The name 'Shard' was derived from one more unpleasant detail - the large tempered glass side panel was completely shattered out of the box. It created a surprisingly cool lighting effect but unfortunately not the one I was after. Lian Li customer support was incredibly helpful and kind enough to send another panel out as a replacement but the emotional roller-coaster of that day will live on in this build's name.