This build has been very difficult from the beginning due to incompatibility, RGB differences and thermals.
I had these goals in mind: 1. Minimizing cables 2. Simplicity 3. Themes and Continuity - White/black & staying within a one brand ecosystem.
These were my barriers to this build as I did not prefer to use an AIO at all - did not want to risk leakage, pump failure, and the additional cables that extrude from the pump block. See below.
- CPU height clearance for this case was only <155mm leaving me with only one air cooler that could prove adequate given the black/white themed build: Cryorig H7 Lumi. While the lumi would fit, I worried about thermals in a case designed for liquid cooling to begin with. The reason for not going with this was due to the GPU being mounted vertically and spewing hot air into the case. This is not ideal for this arrangement. I originally planned for the Noctua U12 with the chromax accessories to match the build. Why not the EVGA CLC 280 for continuity? Given this is an Asetek Gen5 pump and only is a maximum of 280mm at the time of writing this, it did not make much sense to choose this cooler. I went with the trusted h150i pro. Although, I do not like the Corsair logo to be centered in this build at all. sighs
- Vertical Mounting. This has shown to have some improvements mounting it in this fashion. I chose the Lian Li vertical mount because you can slot the graphics card further away from the side glass panel, this helping with thermals while also showing off the card.
- Motherboard. Difficult decision here as to chose one over the other in the z370 lineup. I went with the EVGA motherboard for continuity and simplicity of the board itself.
- Color. The EVGA 1080ti shroud and motherboard have a silver color. While I did not prefer this, I decided to use white plastidip to match the rest of the build. This does not void the warranty given you can remove the plastidip later, if needed.
Idea: I tried to fit fans on the bottom side of the case but the fan was too close to the floor to make it worthwhile. I only managed to fit one fan inside on the right to make it work. Oddly, you cannot have a bottom mounted air filter if you install fans there with the white rubber mounts. You could get by with small screws.