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This is my first time building a PC.
This build is based around an AIO cooled i7 9700K, with a stable under-volted all core clock at 4.9GHz/1.267V/AVX-2, and a Z390 ROG STRIX iTX board in a thermally efficient package. It's as much power as I could get into a small solution within my budget and I am very happy with it.
When doing any combination of surfing/streaming, this thing is virtually silent. Under load, HD gaming with AAA titles on ULTRA and the GPU boosted to 2012MHz, the CPU hovers in the high-forties and the GPU is at or bellow 70° with 120+ fps, depending on title.
Let me know what you think of my FIRST PC bld and +1 if you like.
EDIT, 20190203: the tubing exiting the H100i Pro AIO head was putting pressure on a RAM DIN so I rotated it 90° and rerouted the tubing above the the NZXT cable shroud by mounting the radiator the top most position in the mounting bracket. Super clean look now and mounting the radiator at the top of the bracket created a 2.25" gap at the bottom, which is letting my GPU draw clean air. Added an ASUS ROG sticker to a fan, +5 fps. Convinced this frame can handle a 280 rad.
EDIT, 20190303: updated all core under-volt clock speed, GPU thermals and fps. The fps, I mean, it depends on title. 120s PUBG, 160s in Anthem!? Keep in mind it's HD, 240Hz, Freesync. Also, the 1070 Ti FTW2 is a fantastic card. With 60% voltage I have a very stable 2012 MHz and +400 mem, with the trade off being thermals. Still, GPU, Power and Memory all stay at, or below, my target of 70° C (this is with an aggressive 1200-1500 rpms from my ML exhaust fans - not silent). I also think there is a lot more left on the memory clock, since temps are still in the low 60s during peak tasks, but I haven't found a convincing reason to push further.
Also, I bought 2x VEGA 64 cards (wtf!!??!), immediately RMA'd the first one (reference edition) for shipping damage (ebay merchant was super cool) and purchased a Sapphire Nitro+ 64 w/ three free games from NE for $419, AND a Morpheus II Core GPU heat sink!
For no rational reason I always wanted a Nitro+ card and I am very excited to air cool and under-volt a card from team red. Something is very cool about the VEGA. The Nitro+ was the one card that came close to thermally regulating the 64 without liquid-cooling, but only kind of. I am hoping that the Morpheus tames the 64 and, pending silicon lottery, that I can stretch out the performance to next tier. I am hoping to meet 1080s and (maybe?) chase 2070s in 1440p with a $419 RADEON and a $70 heat sink. And, if it doesn't, then I'll find a way to water cool it using a closed loop :D
I have five concerns: (1) my case is too small for a Morpheus cooler and two more MLs (obviously ML120s); (2) I don't know if I should use black, white or red ML120s with the all black Morpheus cooler?; (3) the SF600 is an awesome PSU, but I am concerned that even with an under-volt, the VEGA will consume all; (4) IF I get red MLs, the red will wash out the entire white/black aesthetic, but thematically it makes so much sense; (5) wattman.
Next steps are to mount and run the VEGA stock in my case and test performance, thermals and power draw. More updates to follow.
EDIT, 20190308: So. The Nitro+ VEGA 64 is not going to fit in the NZXT H200. The MSI VEGA 64 that I just sent back to eBay, it would have fit. Perfect.
If I remove the front panel and pull the radiator bracket out (thumb screws) I should be able to mount and boot the Nitro+. Sigh In related news, I just backed the Nouvolo Steck on Kickstarter. It won't fit there either.