My PC will be used for gaming, internet browsing and ripping Blu Rays with Makemkv and Handbrake to add to my Plex library. This is my first hard line tube water cooled pc. My old pc, which I decided to retire after 7 years, was a single loop, soft tube build. With this build, I wanted to make something that showcased the hard line tubing and color scheme. I also embraced the RGB aspect of computer components because I can have any color I want or just white to really make the water cooling system and components pop. Even though it added to the cost of the water cooling system, I used the Bitspower 90 degree fittings for all the 90's for the clean look they gave the tubing runs. I did hand bend one 90 which is hidden behind the GPU.
I had problems with the motherboard and case. Specifically the I/O shield on the MB was to big to fit through the opening in the case. In the end I decided to use a Dremil to widen the opening to fit the I/O shield thru instead of trying to take the MB apart to remove the shield. I saw other people were having similar problems with other cases and motherboards that come with a pre-attached I/O plate. Hopefully they will fix this stupid oversight soon. The other thing I found really annoying is RGB. All the companies want to rgb everything you put in your computer but there is no real standard. Every company wants you to use their proprietary eco system, which of course doesn't play well with other rgb systems. I decided on the Asus Aura system because it was the most inclusive. If you are not paying attention when you are buying parts with rgb, you can get messed up between the addressable, 3 pin, 5v connectors and the non-addressable, 4 pin, 12v connectors. You need to make sure not to mix them up and that you have the proper connection on the motherboard to plug them in. I highly recommend the Asus ROG Terminal, it does use up a usb port on the motherboard but you get 4 more addressable rgb terminals to connect components to. Also since the a-rgb and the rgb connectors are basically identical, you can accidentally install them up side down and you can easily get the 5v and 12v headers mixed up, all of which can lead to component damage.
If I could go back and change anything, it would be to get a bigger case in order to use a larger radiator for my cpu loop. I am still playing around with my cpu overclocks. I had a stable OC at 5.2G on all cores, AVX offest of 4 and a Vcore of 1.35v. Temps were ok when using Intel Extreme Tuning Utility stress testing but I was hitting thermal limits in Prime95 due to the AVX instruction set. For the time being I set the cpu to 5.0G, AVX offset of 2 and a Vcore of 1.30v and everything is running smooth.