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.