I've been using an eGPU & a Razer Blade Stealth for a year now, with tons of problems that I can only attribute to bad hardware. So I finally decided to stop my dream of only having one computer for everything, and build a desktop again.
This build is going to be a streaming and gaming rig primarily, running Linux (I can't believe I get to say that in 2019). If I decide to get back into VR, the small size lets me move it to a living room. Additionally, the extra cores will let me do some virtualization and will speed up compilation for tinkering with bleeding edge kernel stuff.
Stuff I had problems with:
- The build took ~4 hours, from unboxing to cable management.
- The SM580 has two pop-out plastic bits on the back, I assume for custom loops. I had to remove one in order to fit the motherboard in, so the back looks a bit wonky. I could potentially just cut the plastic up and place it back in.
- Without shorter cables, fan clearance becomes an issue. On the top, it's necessary to really bend the PCIe riser so it doesn't push against the fan, which hurt my soul to do. On the bottom, a bunch of zip ties are needed to prevent the cables from sticking in the fans. I opened the case up 3 or 4 times because a tie or a cable was preventing a fan from spinning.
- The clear side panel mounting point on the motherboard side near the front ports is prevented from closing all the way by the X62 unless you really shuffle it around in there, so I ended up scuffing the black coating off a bit.
- I goofed and only got the pigtail mount, thinking the Red Devil would be too high to put the cable inside, but it's fine, so the GPU is exposed beneath the power plug. Might have to contact Sliger about getting a regular panel.
- This Mini ITX board didn't have enough fan headers, so they're all plugged into the X62.
- The I/O panel is upside-down due to the way the motherboard mounts in this case. ¯\(ツ)/¯
Stuff I really like about this build:
- Everything else. Realistically, the things I listed above are pretty trival once resolved. The enormous card fits, it looks great with the side panel on, temps are great, etc. BIOS seems to be in good shape, though we'll see once I actually run things on it.
- I have a 3440x1440 ultrawide from a previous build that's G-Sync only, so I'll probably sell that and get a FreeSync ultrawide.
- Custom cables, maybe. I don't want to redo the wiring for a while.
- A higher capacity PCIe 4.0 NVME drive.
- Probably whatever the next best AMD GPU is.