Inspired by Impossibilium (Custom Loop InWin A1) by HiResJunky Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nQNQzy
Sold off my girlfriend's previous desktop with 2700x and RTX 2070 last month but she still needed a computer for casual PUBG and work. I've always been a fan of Mini-ITX platform but never really built one before. Our last case was the Inwin 101 and it was a bit too big for the desk so this will be my perfect opportunity to build a small form factor PC.
Case Choice: Dan A4-SFX - SFFLAB Streacom DA2 Louqe Ghost S1 Ncase M1 InWin A1 Plus
After exhausting hours of research and checking for availability; I've decided to go with the InWin A1 Plus due to its size and the only one able to fit a 240 and a 120 radiator. At the time of purchasing the parts, the only 5700xt out was the reference model with a blower design. Louqe Ghost S1 has a long waiting time so I went with the InWin case. If I am doing this again, I'd purchase a Streacom or a Louqe Ghost S1 for air cooling (more on this later).
CPU/GPU: AMD just announced the 3700x and 5700xt so I consider to do an all AMD build. 3700x uses less TDP than 2700x so I went with 3700x. The new 5700xt seems to be faster than RTX 2070 and with the SPPT mod it can even beat out an RTX 2070 Super in many titles. Cooling everything was a huge consideration, since I know I was going to custom loop everything SPPT mod would be fine and 3700x is going to run cooler with 7nm node.
Other Parts: Not much to say on this; my goal was to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Build an ITX and add a custom loop to challenge myself.
In Hindsight: 1. This took way too much time. 2. Soft tubing would've done just fine, would've been so much easier on maintaining and swapping parts. 2. Temp is actually not that great with CPU being able to hit 85c (this may due to the generic thermal compound I used due to the ease of reach). Made the noise pretty loud overall. Very hard to take everything apart, maybe if I get really annoyed with the noise... or she complains. 3. Pain to maintain, I really wish I could wait a month and just air cool everything.
Side Note: My personal desktop just like HiResJunky's is a LianLi PC011 with 2x 360 Rad top and bottom... Just noticed it today.
Update 8/19/2019 Couldn't bear with the noise anymore so I took the loop apart. It was actually a stupid mistake forgot to pill off the clear sheet on the CPU Block; it was so thin that I recall scratching it and thought there was no clear sheet. Idle temp dropped down to 32-40cbut pump noise is still there. The tiny pump is the only noise it produces. The stock ARBG fans are very pretty but the static pressure is so low it's not moving much air through the rear 120 rad.