It's been a long time coming PCPP members and users.

After lurking for a while I pulled the trigger and decided to go all out and build this beast of a machine to game on, play music, write code and overall have a powerful workstation for whatever I may do. This build began many months ago, me piecing it together slowly and meticulously. It is my 2nd build coming from a i7-3770K.

Initially I wasn't into desktops so much, using mainly laptops such as a MacBook Pro 15'' Late 2011 and a Sony Vaio VPCFF22KFX.

After finishing my first build, I began looking for current parts. First piece I acquired was the i9-9900K, second was the Z390 Aorus Xtreme, third was the EVGA Supernova 1200 P2 . Once I got out of the way that I started looking into cases to house these nice parts. I wanted a full glass mid tower case as I wanted to see the pricey hardware at work. The one that stood out the most was the Corsair Crystal 570x. It's a well beautifully built, solid and quality case and prefect for this application. One thing that I overlooked was that the 570x is not officially compatible with the EATX form factor of the Z390 Aorus Xtreme. Once installed it fit a bit snug but quite nice. The board extends past the rubber grommets which made it a bit difficult to fit the side mounted 24 pin. I had to run the usb 3.0 connector through the opening where the front fan cables pass through to get it plugged in at a non stressed angle. The dual 8 pins for the cpu were not an issue. The only thing I would change about the case is to make an opening for the HD audio cable so that it can be run it from behind.

Next items I purchased were the Trident Z Royal in silver (if you are a fan of the OG Trident Z's, you'll love the royals) and the triple pack SP120 RGB Pro. I did not know that you can't connect different series fans into the lighting node core, so I am running that for the top and rear case fans. I'm using the provided case RGB controller for the front fans. The front SP120's have 4 LED's per fan where the SP120 RGB Pro have 8 LED's per fan.

Final items bought were the Liqtech II 360 and RTX 2070 FTW3 Ultra. I went with the Liqtech II for the aesthetics even though I read some nasty reviews about them with the gunk and whatnot. I'm sure it'll be an issue down the road and I'll probably have to clean it out and replace the fluid. I have an extra Phanteks TC14PE in red I was going to use but it is giant and covers some of the ram so opted out. I may switch to a Noctua Chromax cooler down the line as well, who knows. Im a big fan of the EVGA GTX 1080Ti FTW3 triple fan altough I never had one but I was torn between that and the 2070 FTW3. I went RTX due to it being newer (warranty) and cheaper and its a amazing card to say the least. It's massive (I had to get a gpu support rod to hold it up due to it sagging ever so slightly but noticeable to me) but fits nicely with the build. I might look into mounting it vertically in the future with the cablemod bracket.

I'm really happy and incredibly proud about how it turned out.

I named it the Dark Magician for when I was messing with the led configurations (something else that bugs me is that the debug led code lights are only red, should be white, and the MBIOS orange led is always on) I came across purple and it reminded me of The Dark Magician from Yu-Gi-Oh (im probably gonna get a funko dark magician and put it in there). Im open to suggestions on LED theme, peferably two-tone. It's currently running at stock speeds for cpu, ram and gpu but after this post is up i'm gonna start researching OC cuz PCMASTERRACE yo, if you have any tips, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what to look out for. What do you think about my cable management? Rate my setup. Any question, ask away.

Thanks for reading!

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow man! Stunning work. You out did yourself. Well done!.Hope you enjoy it for a long time. Super clean build! Definitely needs more up votes!+1 what are temps like for cpu & gpu with this case and this aio?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I am definitely enjoying using it, albeit lightly for now. As for temps go, its currently running stock no overclock with idle temps in the low 30's for the CPU and low 40's for the GPU. Temps under full load are in the low 80's for the CPU and mid 60's for the GPU. I will upload a some more pics with the temps.