Because this is just an update to the case and cooler, I left all original parts at 0.00
and a small description of the new parts
CASE: I was waiting to get the NCASE M1 which I will probably get next year if something better doesn't come up. The cougar case came up and the price was really good so I decided to try it. The first thing is that the filters provided by cougar are a complete joke.. Those filters and nothing are basically the same thing..
There are some restrictions with the PSU, and I even bought the right angle extension which is what you would need if your psu connector has the wrong orientation and mine did. But because the connector is located in the middle I was able to use the original one that comes with the case. There are not many options, the VSM from cooler master which is 140mm long and the shorter SFX psu which I would really recommend using in this case.
COOLER: max size cooler for this case is 105mm tall. If you are not installing the fan on the side panel, you can go with the noctua NH-u9s which is 125mm tall, wouldn't go higher than that. I was very happy with the noctua NH-D9l which is smaller at 110mm, it drop my idle temps by 10c degrees, compare to the prolimatech Samuel 17. The motherboard temps also drop as the cooler is not blowing warm air at it. I might even add an additional fan later on.
I know cougar site says you can use a 240mm rad in this case with just one 120mm fan. But if you use a SFX psu you will be able to use the 2 fans on the 240mm rad. I didn't consider using one because I needed the space for drives. You would be limited to 2 SSD and the ODD.
DRIVES: OK (this is me putting my face inside a bucket), one of the reasons, I had not post this build was because I had an accident with the hyperx SSD (the one that had Yosemite installed and please don't ask what happen lol), I had to RMA the drive and Kingston sent me the newer SAVAGE drive. Thanks Kingston!! Only part I hated was having to install Yosemite all over again, but it was easier this time.
FANS: This is no secret, my favorite fans are noctua. Though I was planning on getting the black ones, I already had 2 NF-F12 which I used on a rad and 2 80mm. So to save some money, I went with the brown ones. Finally didn't use the 80mm because they were not PWM, and I wanted all of them PWM. I had to buy one 92mm and one 80mm.
I bought the swiftech PWM fan hub to be able to connect all fans to the motherboard.. At first I had the fan from the heatsink connected to CPU_FAN and all the others to the extra 4 pin header and nothing happened. After reading the manual I figured out that only CPU_fan header had the speed control on the 4th pin so it would only work on that one.
All fans are now connected to the CPU_fan header with normal PWM setting in BIOS and its silent. I never tried the silent setting. I'm very happy how it turn out to be.
I'm using the prolimatech ultra sleek 14 fan under the GPU, because when I installed the normal 120mm fan it would push the GPU up. I tried the noctua with and without the rubber corners but it was the same. I wasn't comfortable with the fan pushing the GPU.
CABLE MANAGEMENT= pretty much everything is tidy.. and I'm very happy how it turned out.
I want to thanks everyone that took the time to see this build. And if you are a part of this community THANKS!!
if you have any questions, feel free to ask.