Description

This is my fifth and most expensive build to date.

I had the idea to create a high end build to last me two years after my budget coffelake build 4 had gone up in flames and I lost my 980Ti.

I use this PC to stream, game, VR (flight sims) and record videos. I also do heavy document work and tend to use a lot of ram, so that was high priority.

I have intentionally left parts out, mostly the hard drives and solid state drives I am using due to not knowing the actual name of them, just call them generic drives (There's 2TB of storage on this PC).

Temps are low, not an issue due to water cooling. I plan to watercool the GPU in the future, maybe when Gigabyte release the next series of GPUs.

Will game test when I purchase a 2K monitor. Currently smashing 1080P 144hz at high-ultra.

Feel free to ask questions.

Still need to do cable management.

Part Reviews

CPU

Absolute powerhouse CPU. Easy to cool and plenty of cores and threads for core intensive programs.

CPU Cooler

Love the white colour and RGB fans, not worth the premium though.

Mounting was extremely difficult for some reason, but works like a charm and would buy again for a white build.

Motherboard

Beautiful board, the M.2 armour is annoying and can be finnicky to work with. Doesn't provide alot of clearance for a top radiator.

Makes up for it's bads with a lovely look, numerous features and ability to hold my GPU without sag.

Memory

This ram is beautiful and was worth the premium I paid for. It's fast, high storage and handles task quickly with low latency.

Storage

Low storage but still fast. Mainly used for DCS and Rainbow Six Siege.

Video Card

Absolutley kills every game at 1080P 144hz, also handles VR well at 90hz.

Case

A bit of a pain to build in, absolutley love the design and RGB controls though.

Power Supply

I actually have the RGB white version, it's beautiful and pumps enough juice for stable overclocking.

Operating System

Media creation tool baby.

Monitor

Loving it still, great for the games I play and would love a second one in 2k.

Keyboard

Could be better, nice clicky blues but RGB is dying and some keys are starting to die out. Not a logitech fan anyways.

Mouse

Surprisingly good, replaced my Kone Pure and is still going strong 1 year later.

Headphones

Beautiful sound, portable and strong build quality.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm looking into building something similar and I really want to use the 220t case with a liquid CPU cooler. I see a lot of people are saying you can't use RGB RAM and a top mounted radiator in this case because there isn't enough room for taller sticks. Did you run into any clearance issues with the RAM and the top mounted radiator?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, there's a clearance issue when top mounting. I did manage to squeeze the radiator in there but it's not ideal. I don't recommend using tall ram if you're top mounting, you may need to squeeze it in. However it is possible using the Trident Z Royal, you need to mount the mainboard with the ram installed and all cables connected, then you can squeeze the radiator in. It would be easier if you got a different mainboard as the Taichi has a thick heat sink.

I would recommend front mounting a 240mm radiator.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hows the monitor? Been looking into the 24inch one. Is it good in terms of performance and color?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the monitor, it's great. I can definitely recommend it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem with the 3 fan gpu?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it fits snuggly when top mounting the radiator. If you just stick with the three front intake fans with no radiator then you should be fine.

There might be a space issue when front mounting a radiator and trying to put a 3 fan gpu in.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I built a system in that same case, but with the H100Pro XT cooler that was shown off at CES 2020, have it mounted to the front. I have a 1070 Founders Edition card which is the blower style with a single fan. You have a GPU with 3 fans, do you think there would be a clearance issue if you mounted your radiator on the front? The new 3000 cards are on the horizon and if performance gains continue I might go for it, but I might be stuck with a 2 fan cooler

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, there's a clearance issue with my 2080Super and my H100i. I believe a 2 fan GPU will fit with the H100i and similar sized coolers (the H100 Pro XT looks about the same thickness with stock fans). If you used slim fans it would fit easily with a 2 fan GPU.

I am currently planning on upgrading my gpu to a 3xxx series when they release, I will know more at that time. I plan to stick with a top mounted radiator though, it's easier to mount and I only have a small clearance issue with the RAM.

I reccomend either going with a 2 fan GPU, a water cooled AIO GPU or top mounting the H100 Pro XT and use non-tall ram.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm using 6 SP RGB fans (3 that came with it on front, 2 are for the radiator). I'm also using Corsair Dominator RAM sticks, so it probably won't fit on top. My only worry is how a 2 fan GPU will perform cooling it off. This case looks so good, just wish it was more forgiving with my components so I could fit bigger stuff.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

A 2 fan GPU would be fine for cooling honestly, you wont see much of an increase in cooling with a 3 fan GP, my 2080S sticks around 65-70c oh a full load with 100% fans (about the same as my previous EVGA 980Ti).

If you're going with Dominator RAM then I reccomend cutting down to a 2 fan GPU and front mounting the CPU cooler.

I wish it was more forgiving too, it's a very tight fit on my RAM and I don't think I will be able to take it out and put more in in the future.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

is your exhaust fan the top fans?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the top two fans are exhaust fans pushing through my radiator.