Description

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.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 8 points

This is incredible, I love the orange theme! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

Orange is the new black +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently :p

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Very well thought out part selection the psu is a bit overkill unless you plan on another card but it all comes together very nicely!!!!! Bravo!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU is in place for the 970/80 drop and the price drop of the 780 Ti ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Orange, orange everywhere! +2 ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well done!

Thanks for sharing. The fan setup must push a pile of air? Do you have fan speed control? How is the sound level of the setup?

Last question - what do you think of the water cooler? I'm doodling with a dream build (after a bathroom remuddle project :)), and thinking about the Corsair H100i...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It keeps temp nice and low.

I use the PWM from the pump splitter to control the top 2 and the rest are left to the mobo.

The setup is quiet as it gets. The case does a great job at muffling the sound.

The cooler is fantastic! I love everything about it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very slick setup of the fan controls.

Thanks for the additional info.

And enjoy!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have named this "Orange Creamsicle" or something because it's orange, white, and sweet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The name came from the Orange Lantern Corps. I'm a DC comic nerd

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Cougars found a very comfortable home.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I always give cougars a comfortable home ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you notice audible click noises when your turn on the computer or when it turns off? I contacted CM about this, they said it's normal as the relay helps increase efficiency but only a few owners actually have this problem with the VSM series power supplies.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. The only "click" I hear is the power button being pressed.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Aight, thanks.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

At first I thought you modded it to brown. I was about to say!! +4875032345. Still nice build. Like alot!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Brown? Hmmm that would be an interesting scheme for next time.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Then, everything could be noctua.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Super nice, clean, quality build +1

I'm a big fan of cougar fans!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You and me both. They're silent as can be!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you possibly get a full copy of windows that cheap?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I know a guy...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

g2a.com xD?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprisingly, no.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, i love how you used orange, there isn't very many orange builds.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta pay for that premium ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome build. I don't think i have ever seen a orange color scheme. Great job

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Strangely, the orange parts seem to cost more than the typical blue, black, or red.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because that's a rarely used color and therefore has less demand but it looks really good. :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I love the look as a whole.

I'd have to say that green and purple are the next hardest colors to match/coordinate.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so..Orange.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

As is a Charizard :p

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You put together a hell of a machine at an amazing price. Well done

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a shame you didn't go for a single samsung 840 for aesthetics , other than that it's a great selection of parts +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

EVOs were cheaper :(

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. Don't recall seeing that color scheme before. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Orange color came with a premium :p

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, unique color scheme, love it! +1

Also, the sleeved cables remind of the Asiimov skin in CS:GO

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't even think of that. Makes them even better.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely superb build. As much a have a dislike for the Astro series of headsets and that h440 case, this is almost perfect.

Massive kudos!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I know both are overused, but it is the best looking orange case out there imo.

Thanks again!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What a beautiful build. It makes me want to do some color coordination with my rig :) Great job on the orange theme +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm working on a black/orange build myself, so it's nice to see some other black/oranges :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks phenomenal in the end. Sooo worth it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably be naming mine Vulpes Vulpes when I get around to it. I'll probably do something like this in the spring.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Those fans look more yellow than orange. Be wary.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

In the night image it looks pretty orange, I think.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe it was the ones I saw. I ordered one to test it and it looked too yellow for me. The one you linked looks awesome, however.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Very nice graphics card, but this build is crying for a sapphire tri-x.

+1 #100!!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The 290x is more yellow than orange. I tried out my buddy's card to get a feel for it and it just looked off. The 780Ti is, very suiting imo. Thanks for the +1!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe how similar this is to my build that I should be ordering soon! Its nearly identical, even down to the peripheals lol. How has it been performing for you?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic! Silent as a mouse too :D

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to get a Windforce 980 but I have read accounts that it's power hungry. I want to get a second 980 in the future and was looking at a 1000w because of SLI Windforce. I decided to go with the EVGA 980 and get a 750W. What do you think?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It is power hungry, but my 1000 W fixes that. I think the 750 W is more than enough.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How do those fans work with your radiator? Im trying to find some good radiator fans and I'm not sure. Any ideas?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

They work like a champ. I've yet to encounter the "hum" that people speak of and my temps never break 55C.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That board only has one place for a USB header but you would need two, one for the Kraken, one for the Cases top two mounted USB 2.0's. How did you get around this? Are you not using the top mounted 2.0s?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

There's two USB 2.0 plugs for the board. Only 1 USB 3.0. I don't use the 3.0s on the front of the case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the RGB values for the kraken led lighting i cant seem to get mine to do an orange?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you I appreciate it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW DARE YOU GET A WD BLACK?!??! YOU CHEATED ON ORANGE

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for build color. How monitor performs ?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfectly. I had to change the color profile quite a bit, but it looks great otherwise.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I just completed a build similar to this, intentionally using some of the parts you used (RAM, CPU, Mobo, fans, Kraken, case), since this was my first-time build and I wasn't confident starting from scratch. You can see it on my profile, if you're curious.

Anyway, I've been experiencing some trouble with starting the computer, getting a "no signal detected" notification on the monitor. I don't see any POST mode or anything. Leds run, fans work, etc. A case speaker is arriving soon. The monitor also wasn't an issue, as it worked on someone's laptop. This is with the simplest setup (CPU, stock cooler, 1 stick of RAM, Mobo, PSU). Have you had any issues with this? Have you done anything to bring the RAM voltage down? I run FPS games as you do, primarily CS, which isn't very resource-intensive for something with these specs.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had any issues with my monitor receiving signal. Have you tested other monitors to see if it's your GPU?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Unplugged the GPU. Now receiving nothing from the mobo except lights. No power start...nada. After reseating CPU (no bent pins), checking PSU with DMM (all good w/no load), sort of lost right now. RMAed Gigabyte for the mobo but have some 1600 hz version Ares RAM coming in the mail soon.

Edit: I did test both GPU and integrated gfx on a tv with no results.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

ok well this is a monster.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really know that a Black and Orange build was possible because not anyone really makes Orange products. I really wanted a Black and Orange theme but I couldn't find really any Orange products, so I wanted to spray paint some of my parts but my dad wouldn't let me :(. Good job on the cable sleeving! Looks like a professional did that!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D It took hours to coordinate the colors appropriately xD

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great. We have very similar builds

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

I am going to sound like a real d**k, but how the hell can this get more upvotes than my build? (Nice build though)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Original color scheme and implementation.

Red is used so often that I find myself just overlooking red/black builds.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

I know, but still... Dat watercooling loop though.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Loads of watercooled black/red themes.

Good work on the rig, but lacking on the originality.

Your pics were very "meh" too. Need more focus.

  • 58 months ago
  • -1 points

There are loads, true. But loads of H440 builds. This is just orange, and that's the big difference. Also, your pictures aren't focused pictures either?

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

Great looking build. +1

But I have a question I want to ask you...

What's your fan setup like? I assume the 3 fans at the top and the rear of the case are configured to exhaust and the 3 fans at the front of the case are configured to intake (2 for the radiator and 1 intake for the case itself)? If so, that would mean that you have more exhaust than intake (because the 2 fans for the radiator aren't actually affecting the case, only the radiator itself, and then the radiator emits the hot air into the case), which means negative air pressure, which means more dust accumulation inside your case and the temps of your MOBO and GPU are more than likely suffering as well. So why did you mount it at the front instead of at the top, and configured the fans to exhaust so you'd have 3 intake (front) and 3 exhaust (top, rear) to achieve positive air pressure in your case? Yes, the radiator would then receive hot temps but that shouldn't make that much of a difference, IMO, in your CPU temps and I think it's better than mounting it at the front. I was planning to configure my cooling and fan setup like so- I wanted to mount the radiator at the top of the case with its fans above the radiator configured to exhaust, the rear fan configured to exhaust, and the 3 front fans configured to intake. I believe that would help me to achieve positive air pressure inside my case and my CPU temps shouldn't suffer significantly more than the MOBO and the GPU if I configure the radiator fans to intake, IMO. How is your setup working for you and what do you think of the setup I want to go for?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****.

I didn't expect this to be a wall of text.

Sorry.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're seeing it wrong. My radiator is up top and configured identical to your suggestion. The tubing looks deceiving. My temps never break 60 C. 3 intake and 3 exhaust. The 120s are spinning on 12v while the 140s are on 7v, so the air pressure is fine.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I see.

Thanks for the response!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey... I have 1 more thing I'd like to ask you.

I'm actually going for a build that's very similar to yours (well, similar components, at least), so... I noticed that you installed the fans below the radiator, which makes sense, especially if it's configured to exhaust... but how is the dust accumulation in your radiator? Because I assume that the fans pull all the dust into the radiator itself.

How does that work out for you? Do you need to detach the fans to clean the radiator or do you clean just its top part, and do you clean it relatively often or not?

Long story short, for exhaust configuration, what's your preference; fans on top or below the radiator?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Dust isn't an issue, really. I open my machine up and clean it out once a every couple of weeks, so the accumulation is minimal, if at all. Yes, I'd have to take the fans off, but as of right now there's none on the rad. I would have put the fans above the radiator, but I'm a sucker for aesthetics, so I like being able to see them :p

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI is nice, but its performance is finicky at times and the extra heat isn't wanted :)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Shhhhh. You can never have too many :p

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure they're high quality.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Best of luck!