Let me start off by saying this was one hell of an adventure. I work in IT and have built, destroyed, reconstructed, & tweaked PCs for years, BUT have never built my own rig. This little journey started on Father's Day of this year when my wife bought me the Orange/Black NZXT H440. This build is going to be used for heavy gaming, video streaming, loads of Photoshop (I take lots and lots of pictures of my family and my surrounds because we travel A LOT), and video editing (also record the fam A LOT).
The original theme was to be based off the Orange Lantern wielder, Larfleeze.
Without further ado let me explain my part choices and why I found them best suiting for each.
CPU -- I snagged this bad boy off /r/hardwareswap . It was used once for a benchmark against a 4770K at stock speeds. I've since been able to OC it to 4.8 GHz at 1.3 volts.
CPU Cooler -- I ALMOST went with Swiftech's H320 but the ability to change the LED color to that vibrant orange was too much for me to turn down the X61.
Motherboard -- I was at a bit of a tear here as well. I couldn't decide between the Z97-SOC or the Z97-SOC Force. They're identical in color and aesthetics but the SOC Force has a Killer E2200 NIC and the phrase "Go Big or Go Home" won me over for my choice.
RAM -- I knew going into this that I wanted a minimum of 16 GB RAM. The software and tasks that I use/implement could greatly benefit from it. I struggled between the G. Skill and Crucial's Tracers with orange LEDs, but decided that it was too bright for my taste in the end. I went with 4 4GB sticks purely for aesthetics, honestly.
Storage -- I originally went with 1 250 GB SSD, however the SSD never arrived at my door after 30 days of waiting on Best Buy's shipment. I contacted them and they sent a replacement. The replacement and the orginal SSD arrived on the same day, so it was a 2 for 1 deal! The WD Black was won off a lucky eBay auction and was brand new, sealed when it arrived.
GPU -- Brand Spanking new Gigabyte Windforce G1 980. This thing is an absolute monster.
Case -- This was a Father's Day present from my wife and best friend. She didn't know what "itch" this would spawn, but I love her even more for getting me started on this journey.
PSU -- I found this PSU on /r/hardwareswap for $120, sealed. Who in there right mind wouldn't jump on it for that price?!
Fans/Sleeving/LEDs -- I went with the Cougars over NZXT's orange LED fans because they look cleaner and the performance is hard to match. I did all of the cable sleeving myself. Shoutout to /r/PCsleeving for the tutorials and How-To videos. The LEDs were bought from a Canadian company and were a mere $26. I also sleeved them to avoid ugly wires floating everywhere.
Keyboard/Headset -- The keyboard was purchased for me by my brother as a birthday gift and suits the theme all too well. The headset was a gift from a close friend and it fits the theme perfectly too.