Description

This PC will primarily be used for gaming and VM's. My previous build from 2011 was getting long in the teeth and I wanted to build something that was as much about aesthetics as performance, hence all the RGB and Corsair's 570X Mirror Black edition. I previously posted this build with my old GPU, a GTX 970, back in February when I built it. But when I finally upgraded to the RTX 2070 I though I would update the build on here.

I ran into issues overclocking the CPU. This is my first time using water cooling and my first time attempting a manual overclock. I set the CPU clock to 5ghz and upped the CPU voltage to 1.30. When I ran Prime95, 4 of the workers immediately failed. I went back and stepped up the voltage until I got to 1.33 but was still running into failed workers. So I lowered the clock to 4.9ghz and left the voltage at 1.33. None of the workers failed this time, but my CPU temp got up to 90 degrees after 5 minutes and then the system crashed. I know the AiO should keep the CPU cooler than that, especially since it runs icy cold on idle at 28 degrees. I'm not sure if I lost the silicone lottery or there is an issue with my cooler. I dropped everything back down to stock and will troubleshoot more later.

I was initially going to go with the RTX 2060, but I sold my old system and had the extra cash to upgrade to the RTX 2070. I always use EVGA cards because their support is amazing and the cards work like a dream. I chose this model because it uses the binned TU106-400A-A1 GPU which allows higher overclocks. It's overclocked now to 1985mhz using the X1 Precision OC Scanner but based on my temps I should be able to push it higher manually.

My monitor is only 60hz but I was able to overclock it to 75hz with no issues. I'm not a competitive gamer and mainly stick with single player FPS and RPG's, so the monitor is perfect for my needs and provides a beautiful image. I only wish it had HDR, but that will be another upgrade down the road.

So far I'm very happy with the build. I want to get some custom power cables and clean up the cabling a bit. But with family and work time is limited and I couldn't wait to game on it, so it's good enough for now. Any questions or comments are welcome.

EDIT I added an additional 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Adata M.2 SSD. I plan on removing the Crucial SSD and cleaning up the cabling a bit next.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The Nodes!!!! Captain Cable Management's Arch Nemesis!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Without a doubt. Honestly I've thought about cleaning up the cabling a few times already but the thought of undoing all the cabling to the hubs and Node exhaust me. I'll wait until I get the modded cables and only have to do it all once.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to do mines twice because I got a faulty LL120 fan lol. Anyways, all those wires prior to PSU cables should probably done first and be hiding behind your main psu cables anyways. Good luck man!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do allot with allot of VMS I would recommend more ram. I’ve alway noticed PCs for VMs always do well with that.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I went over budget as it is, but I plan on adding another 16GB down the line.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I woulda skipped a pack of fans for more ram imo

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about it, but it's easier to add RAM down the line than to change out fans. And it will be several months before I need the VM's to be up and running.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Apologies for the confusion. The pictures of the building process show my old GTX 970. The RTX 2070 does include a back plate. You can see it in one of the completed pictures with the TG panel removed. It's actually one of the nicer cards I've owned aesthetically. But it should be at that price.

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