So, it occurred to me that my computer may be holding me back when I was waiting 4x as long for games and scenes to load as the friends I play with, and when I couldn't get past scenes in certain games (looking at you Divinity 2).
With these observations, along with my friends being tired of waiting, I decided to replace my PC of 8+ years to something new and shiny. First build I've ever had more than minimum money to put into, and I am super stoked. I love rainbows and I love penguins, so this case combines my love of both.
P.S. For any of my cohorts that were still using Windows 7 (why upgrade when you don't have to?), this build all but requires Windows 10 unless you'd like to spend many hours banging your head against a wall trying to find drivers that probably won't work anyways.
In the near future: I plan to paint the shroud on the GPU and maybe part of the water cool radiator, but I want to make sure all of the parts work as intended before modifying them