Oh wow!!! Featured! I'm very grateful that people are digging her too. Again, thank you so much for all the feedback everyone!
I can pretty much get this out of the way and say I absolutely LOVE Noctua products.
While not everyone's cup of tea, I find the beige/brown color scheme amazing. Particularly because Noctua themselves so strictly stick to it despite everyone seething for other options from them.
In my previous (and first) build, I admitted I'm not much of a Red/Black guy and I find the common "Gamer" or "Enthusiast" aesthetic pushed by MSI, ASUS & the others a total bummer. I get why it exists, but I wanted to push the boundaries a bit. Enter my little Noctua Project...
I came across the Noctua fans during that first build. And while loving them, they didn't match what I already had going on so I put the thought of them on the back burner for a short while. Cut to a few weeks later and my project was done and I was immediately suffering from what I can only describe as a deep sadness that I was no longer building a computer. SOMETHING YOU ALL CAN RELATE TO, RIGHT?
So I came back to those fans and built up a little dream project: make an aesthetically pleasing Noctua-Based PC, inside and out.
I had three guidelines: It had to be overclockable Micro ATX or Mini ITX. I didn't want to modify any components beyond the case. And of course, nothing could cool it but Noctua. Later Water Coolers!
The most profound hurdle in this process was finding the right case to build in. Particularly something that would encourage a nice two-tone look. I looked in my free time for days. I have no idea how I stumbled across the CaseLabs "Bullet" line of cases, but wow!!!! I can't imagine I'll ever be happy working with something less modular and sturdy than this thing. They make cases for the government. It's full of smart designs that I often found myself saying "thanks" to no one in particular during several moments of the build. This is even after disassembling it entirely for the paint job. Which was simple, because it's completely modular. And then there's the huge bonus that it's silhouette is the same as a Noctua (or any case fan for that matter). Serendipity!
The painting was.... well it was work. And it took time and twice as much research. I owe a huge thanks to the local Auto Paint Shop that matched the Pantones for colors. They killed it there! They also helped explain some of the clearcoat process and gave me all my mixing ratios. I looked at countless Case-Painting threads--plenty of great advice out there, though few agree across all points so there were still some moments of "I hope this is how you do it," followed by "phew". I'm not new to spray painting, but using a HVLP Sprayer with compressor was a first for me.
I'm happy to detail every part of the painting process if people want it. It's extensive... Every piece of the case was sanded, primed, painted and clear coated, including the hidden SSD bay that no one will ever see but me.
Assembly of the actual computer was much more difficult than I expected thanks to a faulty Asus Mobo and SilverStone PSU in my first batch of parts. My god that made problem solving why the thing wouldn't post a HUGE headache. That took me 24 hours on and off to finally get right. I'm much happier with how my final product looks anyhow with the swapped Gigabyte Mobo and the Corsair SF600.
I can talk about the rest of the parts, but you guys know them pretty well...
I've currently got her running stable and OC'd at 4.5Ghz and I've only begun testing her limits. 5927 on 3DMarks's Time Spy.
Happy to answer any questions.
As always, huge thanks to PCPartPicker.com and the community on here. You guys rock.
And Noctua. I <3 U Most.