A few months ago I finished my first build! At least I thought I did... A friend of mine overhauled his system to a stylish fully watercooled build. He then offered me a deal on his old cables and RGB parts that I just couldn't refuse. So anyway, I hereby present to you The Centurion!
For now I mainly use it to play singleplayer strategy and citybuilder games like Total War and Anno in 4k. Later I might start messing around again in Blender and Unreal 4. Besides that most of it's daily use is streaming media to our tv via Chromecast or HDMI.
The build took several days, but all of the components were of really good quality and had excellent manuals. It went a lot better than expected for a first build. I did make some rookie mistakes, but now when I did the upgrades I almost had the feeling I knew what I was doing. Cable management was easy the first time, but the upgrades added a lot more cables than expected. I kind of underestimated the cablemods and RGB, I really tried, but kind of gave up when I got to the part with the Commander Pro and RGB HUB.
The biggest change in this upgrade is the H115i, I've changed it to intake front, added push (LL fans) and pull (stock H115i) fans and changed the stock paste with some Kryonaut. This resulted in much lower fan speeds and a drop of more than 15C in stress tests at only 90% fan and pump speed. I could push it further with different fan curves, but I don't mind a few extra degrees C if it means I don't have to run my fans and pump at 100%. Another change is the vertical GPU, the case has 3 vertical slots so even the thicker RTX2080 has enough room to breathe. Between the change to vertical and the AIO blowing hot air in the case my GPU temps have not changed since my previous configuration. Edit: made some adjustments in BIOS and now my CPU is running 4.8GHz@1.26V with following temeratures. Gaming: CPU 58C, GPU 73C. Realbench/Blender: CPU 68, GPU 63
I've also got my hands on my first set of custom cables, I tried my best and spend more time on getting them right than I like to admit lol.
Anyway, I hope you like the build. Let me know how I can improve and what I should upgrade next. :D Also, any tips for cable management are more than welcome.