Hello again! So seeing as I ended up swapping out so many core components I figured I'd call it a new build.
What stayed: Case: I love this case and while I REALLY am tempted to get a Thermaltake P3, I figured I should show at least this much restraint. PSU: No brainer here. Cooler: MOST of the original Swiftech H320 X2 is still there...just not the tubes or fittings. I still am trying to find a reason to stick it in another case and just go full custom with this....it's just too big for the other cases in the house and I may get murdered if I buy a pump and rad. Case Fans and the NZXT Hue+: Already to color scheme.
What's new: Mobo: Gigabyte X99 Phoenix This matches my orange, black, white scheme to a T. It's gorgeous if you're into those colors. I really like the mobo and have no complaints about its feature set or its capabilities. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is its in OS software suite. It does its job but it is a program to open a program, I much prefer ASUS' polish.
Memory: G.Skill Tridentz Again, matches my color scheme. Sure there's black and white RAM but it came in ORANGE. I was eyeing up the Corsair Dominator Plats, buuuut these are really pretty and perform really well.
GPU: GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK My intent was going full waterblock on the GPU from the beginning and at the time only the 1080 EK had been announced so I bought the Gigabyte 1070 FE. Then this appeared in all its glory. Luckily a friend was in the market for a 1070 so I was able to jump on this. Not only does it look great but it also saved me money by not having to buy the block and backplate. I haven't messed with OCing it and I'm not 100% sure I will. Easy to install but really wide and heavy.
Storage: Added Samsung 256gb 950 M.2. : Lost the 320gb HDD IT'S SO FAST
Cooling System: Added Monsoon MMRS 100ml Reservoir, Monsoon 10/16mm black and white chain gun compression fittings, and white black and clear primochill primoflex tubing. I may or may not have gone crazy, I saw the fittings and thought they were awesome and then I saw Monsoon's modular res system and all of a sudden I just needed to buy these things. The res being all white was not in the game plan (the caps at the ends were supposed to be black to match the fittings) however I am a slave to immediate satisfaction and kept it as is. Right now I just need to get an inverter for the cathodes at the bottom.
Overall the system runs extremely cool @ ~35c when I set the fans low. The CPU OC's at well above 4ghz stable and I've had 0 issues with the RAM until about 4.2ghz. The only plans I have left are installing white sleeved cables for the PSU.
Some of the things I'd do in hindsight: The Swiftech made me somewhat comfortable with a custom loop and I didn't anticipate going crazy, so I find myself wishing I had been bold enough to go full custom instead of AIO. Don't get me wrong, the Swiftech is great but it is large and the res/pump/rad combo doesn't give a lot of options.
Pay attention to what the hell I'm ordering. While I can't take credit for the color gaff, I did order the wrong size standoffs and tank for what I originally had planned which is the res vertical under the rear exhaust fan. I ended up having to remove the HDD and SSD that were in the hotswap bays at the bottom, bend the fittings for said bays, and then drill holes for the bolts to the res.
And maybe, just maybe I won't forget an O-ring next time. Especially on a 1.5"~ section of tubing that was a pain in the rear to setup. Also, maybe next time I won't set myself up to have such a short run of tubing.
Any questions, suggestions, comments I'd appreciate!