Update 1: added 3 more white EK Vardars and photo, 2x vardars NG for rattling and have asked for RMA from watercoolingUK, also added correct pricing by manually inputting what Pcpartpicker did not have. have also updated my current overclock settings, running 3.9ghz on ryzen stable and 2025mhz on CPU and 11680mhz on ram.
Update 2: registering GPU today and realised id ordered SC black edition not SC2 this is awesome news as I can fit an off the shelf waterblock.
This build was so much fun, been something I have wanted to do for years but cost always stopped me, this black Friday that went out the window, Bought all the bits id been looking at for ages with some great savings.
Still unsure this point how my cooling was going to go so built up what I had.
The case was my starting point, cant over emphasize how much I love this case, it looks stunning and is great to work with and for the price you cant go wrong, I got the aurora fan version and the fans are awesome .
Installing the K7 and the 1700X was a breeze and the only fault I can find with the K7 is the RGB fusion software is a crock of S**T, other than that its a winner, The Team Night Hawk ram is way better and heavier than I expected.
My first ever M2 drive was a bit of a shock as I never knew just how small they are but was a breeze to install.
The GPU was a bargain in the sales, my only issue is there is no water block for it, there is a workaround for this which I am going to do at a later date after deciding to go watercooling.
Power supply was bought in white so I did not have to buy custom white cables, completely silent.
At this point I had zero cooling and was still up in the air before I decided to just go all out and try watercooling, did my research and bought a load of gear from EKWB and waited what felt like an age to arrive from Slovenia (was cheaper than buying from overclockers).
Slowly put all of the watercooling components in over a couple of days before jumping into the world of pipebending, Its not easy and does require some skill but a novice can learn, I had only the basics and my wifes hairdryer with a custom cardboard box mount to hold it (HAHAHAHA) and off I went, Quite impressed I only wasted 2 length all in all, there is a couple of small blemishs in one of the bends but im satisfied with it for now until I dare void the GPU warranty.
Next came the most terrifying thing ive done, leak testing it over 24 hrs, dont think I left the machine for the first 3 and did not enjoy going to bed wondering if it had decided to drown my GPU.
Next morning I had nothing to worry about and it was all fine, Getting all of the distilled water out was a bit of a nightmare even with a tap at the lowest point, trial error taught me I had to hold the case at various angles, felt like a game show trying to get the last bits out.
Filled up with cryo acid green coolant and it looked stunning, it would not be till later when it was lit up id find just how much better it could look.
Tidied up all the wiring and got the desk ready, installed the x34 monitor (Stunning) on a invision flex arm as the stand though beautiful could survive a direct strike from a nuke and was far too big.
Booted up computer and installed windows in 5 minutes, I still havnt recovered from this, the days of sitting for an hour or 2, Windows 10 update on the other hand took an age and im still installing the first games as I did not buy a disk drive, so while im waitng I thought id let you guys know about my adventures and all I can say is bite the bullet and do it, its an awesome ride and ive enjoyed every minute of it (except the leak test part) now to enjoy some games and jump into the ovcerclocking world :PPPP