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Built solely for gaming and occasional spreadsheet work. The build is very silent and even under long load remains fairly cool.

The very last picture with the blue RGB was how I originally built it a month ago. I was cooling the 2700x with a Kraken M22 AIO and all Noctua Redux fans, but was seeing temperatures close to 90C when overclocking. I repasted and found the AIO just couldn't handle the heat. Temperatures when gaming were lower, sitting around 80C, but was not comfortable running like that using an AIO. The GPU in that picture is also a 1080 Ti, which I've since switched out for the 2080 Ti. I moved the G12 and AIO used on that to the new GPU.

That's when I upgraded to the Dark Rock Pro 4 and all Be Quiet! fans. I feel these fans run quieter than the Noctua Redux ones and the CPU cooler also runs a lot cooler than the Kraken M22. Under max load I'm seeing 74C, and that's with a 4.2Ghz overclock on all cores.

For the 2080 Ti I decided to keep the backplate and front plate to help cool the other components on the card. The front plate also has built in VRM cooling, which I assisted by adding some black aluminum heat sinks. I had to make a small modification to the G12 brackets so they would fit inside the front plate cutout. You can see in the picture I shaved off the corners of the brackets. I used a cutoff wheel and only took a few minutes. Doesn't look professional but you can't see the brackets anyway once installed. The AIO tubes were routed downward behind the GPU power cables so that's why you can't see them. Originally wanted them facing upwards like they are pictured in the product page in nzxt.com, but the tubes weren't long enough.

For RAM I used the Flare X because they're Samsung b-die and Ryzen chips run better with higher quality RAM which can overclock well past their advertised speed.

UPDATE: I've sold the 2700x, X470-I, H200i, and Sandisk SSD. I've upgraded to the 3900X, ROG Crosshair VIII Impact, H210i, and Sabrent Rocket 1TB for the secondary drive. I didn't post updated pictures since the build remains the same aesthetically. The H210i is a minor upgrade functionally and not in the looks department.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments!

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

What has happened to the 2080ti More pics pls

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

He added the nzxt kraken g12 bracket plus what seems to be a 240mm all in one liquid cooler

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, I used a Kraken G12 bracket and paired it with an AIO from Thermaltake, their Water 3.0 Extreme S 240mm. The only modification I did was to trim the corner pieces off of the GPU bracket so I could retain the stock front plate that came with the 2080 Ti. I kept the stock backplate and front plate to help with the cooling of the other chips and VRM.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a few more pics :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Added pics of the 2080 Ti with the Kraken and AIO.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice and clean work.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, very clean. Well done. I actually like how you can't see the motherboard, makes it look neater.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, helps make it look very clean. But it's a nightmare to remove the MB later on. I literally have to take the whole thing apart if I plan to upgrade the CPU... which I do plan on doing when Ryzen 3000 launches. I do not look forward to that!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Bro, looks really clean,

more pics +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a few more :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Not dissimilar to mine ;)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Just saw your build and it's like my PCs long lost twin! LOL

I love the contrast between the black and the white. With my build I also originally set it up with Noctua fans but didn't like the prices of the Chromax, so I went with the Redux edition (black and grey color scheme). Eventually, since I went with bequiet! I switched over to all black because of the fans.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

interesting build... i'm curious to see more pics on the cooling on the 2080Ti. definitely the air cooler is a personal taste thing (it's HUGE!). this looks very good, i just prefer AIO cpu pump so i can see my motherboard, but like i said...personal taste only. nice build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually before I had the huge cooler on it I was using a Kraken M22 140mm AIO. Like you said, I loved the open look and the infinity mirror effect that cooler has built in. But when gaming and heavy CPU usage I was seeing temperatures of 70 to 80C and with minor overclocking, was hitting almost 90C. Was not comfortable with those temperatures while using an AIO. With some more research I found that the Dark Rock Pro 4 actually performs better than an AIO, and I kinda loved the massive overkill look to the cooler. It's rated for 250 TDP so it's more than enough to take care of the heat from the Ryzen 2700x. I'll post a before pic of the old AIO.

My current temperature on the CPU with a modest overclock to 4.2Ghz is around 74C max. This is after an hour or two of AIDA64 running. So this huge cooler has plenty of headroom for hotter chips or more overclocking.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! I have a Kraken on my 1080 and I've been considering this case for a long time, where did you route the tubes for the AIO?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I added a few more pictures, I wish I had taken better pictures while the card was out so you can see how the Kraken G12 was mounted. To keep the backplate and front plate from the stock card (to help with VRM cooling), I shaved off the corners of the G12 mounting brackets. You can see that in two of the pictures I added of the 2080 Ti. I also added some black heatsinks to further help with cooling. The tubes for the AIO I simply routed down the bottom, behind the GPU power cables. You can kind of make them out in some of the later pictures I added. I was originally going to route the tubes upward so they would be on top of the radiator, but they weren't long enough. This is how they are shown on the NZXT website if you look at the Kraken G12 product page. In the end I had to route them towards the bottom of the case. I think it worked out better this way for a cleaner look.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooh, so you put the tubes down that way?? That's been the only thing holding me back from moving to mini ITX into this specific case. I'm not sure if you mentioned it elsewhere, but what AIO did you use on the GPU?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Someone wanted to buy my old 1080 Ti so I removed my 2080 Ti to test that card. I managed to take pictures, take a look! It's a thermaltake water 3.0 extreme 240mm. Used it because the pump is relatively flat and clears the psu shroud with plenty of space. All those rgb AIOs are much too tall.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I also had the original Kraken G10 mounted on my 1080 FE in my previous build. I was using a 240mm radiator and that thing always ran super cold. I was also using some Noctua fans, so it was near silent even under the heaviest of loads.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nuice, what are your temps like under load ?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Under CPU stress tests I'm seeing about 74C max. For gaming I'm seeing about 70C on CPU and 58C on GPU.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty good! I feel like you may have been able to get better RAM for the price though. for example Ripjaw V series 32 GB DDR4 3200 for $154.99

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The Flare X Memory is mainly built for Ryzen Systems. Thus making it better for the same price pretty much.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly why I went with the Flare X. Have seen on reviews that Ryzen CPUs and their infinity fabric depend more on the clock speeds than the size. Plus the Flare X is guaranteed samsung b-die that will easily overclock, which again Ryzen CPUs benefit from. Unlike Intel, AMD Ryzen is picky about which RAM you use.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you buy windows btw?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't buy it, I moved it over from my old system. Actually I just put the list together, but most of the components were bought on Amazon, Ebay, or microcenter. My finished build was closer to 1500 out of pocket when you take into account I sold my old computer to offset the price. The 2080 Ti I scored for 1k exactly on eBay. So I tried to save wherever I could.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you plug in the fan headers for the 92mm and also the ones on the radiator?

Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

My H200i has a fan controller, so I plugged them in directly to the headers there so I can control the fans using the NZXT CAM software.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to screw in the motherboard screw at the top corner? Seems like the Dark Rock Pro might be covering it up

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

stumbled upon this while looking for builds with the kraken g12 as Im looking to go that route in mine. WOW. This thing is perfect. Love the all black with subtle rgb. This thing is definitely inspiring me. Great build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi there friend, i need some help and advice with my 2080 Ti, its a ZOTAC AMP, and i cant tell if i can mount the g12 bracket with the mid plate on like yours, and where did you found those heatsinks for the Vrms. Thanks

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of doing a similar build. Would you mind measuring the gap between the GPU backplate and the AIO fans? (In mm.) Thanks!

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