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Those of you who know me know how much I love RGB. So I decided to go full-on RGB madness with this build.
Exactly how much RGB is in the build? There's RGB around the case. There's RGB behind the front panel. There's RGB under the case. There's RGB where the reservoir is. The boring analog RGB strips on the CPU monoblock and GPU block have been replaced with NZXT Hue addressable strips. The RAM is RGB, the fans are RGB, and although my motherboard doesn't have any fancy RGB, I fixed that by adding an RGB strip under the right side of the motherboard to provide a cool little underglow.
What about RGB cable combs? RGB fittings? You missed those! I also wanted to get RGB SSDs, but you wouldn't be able to see them anyway. I didn't want to turn the build into one major seizure-inducing RGB barf setup. I wanted as much RGB as possible while still keeping it nice and elegant and I think I achieved that. Plus the extra cable management of RGB cables and fittings would actually hurt the otherwise clean and neat aesthetics and tidiness of the current build.
Why the heck is your 1080 Ti $1300? And why not a 2080 Ti? I'm actually gonna replace it with a 2080 Ti soon. I have two in my Threadripper PC and I just didn't feel like getting another one. Plus this build is really more on the aesthetics side of things rather than going overkill on performance. And the price is because I bought this card last year during the great cryptocurrency madness of March of 2018.
Wait a minute. A single 280mm radiator to cool both your CPU and GPU? What are the temps like? Don't think I didn't notice you watercooling nerds cringe at the sight of that little thing cooling my system. I originally wanted to use my 420mm radiator but it didn't fit due to my RAM being too tall, blocking the fans. So I opted for a smaller one in the front. Turns out, compared to my 420mm radiator (yes I did the testing) it showed only a 3-5 degree difference on idle and load. Here are the temps on the 420mm 30mm thick rad on idle. Here are the temps on the 280mm 30mm thick rad on idle and here are temps after an hour of playing Destiny 2 on max settings. Crazy, right?
Did you mod the case at all? I don't remember the Define S2 with that much RGB. I'm not gonna use the word mod because there are some talented people in the PC community who have actually cut holes, painted, bent, attached parts, and did all sorts of crazy and unique stuff to their case and I'd hate to misuse that word. But I did add a bunch of RGB strips in as many places as I could. The case came with zero RGB and I wanted to fix that. Under the case, behind the front panel, in front of the reservoir area, along the sides of the case, under the motherboard, etc.
RGB isn't for me. That rainbow effect is just too much. See, that's one of the biggest misconceptions about RGB. Sure, you can go full unicorn effect with the lighting but the best part about RGB is the flexibility and you being able to make whatever color you want instead of being limited to a certain color scheme. And the cables and coolant being white makes it reflect any color really well.
Did you have fun with the build? YES. And if you have any additional questions, leave a comment below or hit me up on Instagram!