This is a build was for my dad on Father's Day. Before you begin to flame me, this was a significant upgrade from his previous Pentium 4/Windows XP combo setup. Also, it allowed me to re-purpose some parts from my very first build (not on PCPP). The main focus of this build, aside from a slight performance upgrade, was storage. He likes to keep all his photos and videos on his computer so the terabyte hard drive was essential. He doesn't do any gaming so where its spec'd is enough (for now).
GPU - The GTX 480 was bought off eBay for cheap. The blower fan is relatively quite. The motherboard has no video outputs so a graphics card is required.
Case - This was the one of the fun parts of the build. I HATE glossy plastic as it looks cheap and can be a finger print nightmare. Unfortunately, the matte black s340 was only available in Black/Blue or Black/Red. The solution? Plasti-Dip! I chose the Black/Blue to paint because the LED around the power button looked better in blue than red. A couple cans of Plasti-Dip later, the case is now black on matte black.
CPU Cooler - I never was really a fan (ha, get it! It's a CPU fan cooler) of the Hyper 212's silver heat sink. I had some extra Plasti-Dip and decided on spraying the heat sink black as well. Again, before more flaming is done, I will not be overclocking the CPU.
Plus, NCIX says its ok (only adding a few degrees under load). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dj__1QW-vE
This is on going project as I plan on upgrading my dad with my i7 4970k when I get to upgrade my own rig with the upcoming Skylake processors.
Happy Father's Day everyone! He sure enjoyed it. :)