Woah, seems like you're right actually. The radiator does have connections on all 4 corners, but water is probably not actually flowing past the fins (much, anyway) in my current setup. I'm probably missing out on a lot of cooling potential. Seems like the regular TX240 would be the one to get instead then - the only reason I have the crossflow version is because I was originally thinking about doing inlet/outlet on opposite sides.
That's something to keep in mind when I eventually upgrade the build. I'm surprised it's getting the temps that it is.
Thanks. I haven't noticed any bottlenecking. The one game I've tested is Apex Legends - I'm getting around 105 fps average (just based on the in game fps counter) at 1440p with almost maxed settings, which is about the same as the Gamers Nexus benchmark results. I haven't noticed my CPU usage getting anywhere near 100%.
I'm pretty sure those bottleneck calculators aren't very useful, so I wouldn't take what it's telling you too seriously. It would probably take a lot longer than 3-4 years for a regular desktop i7 to start bottlenecking midrange GPU's in games lol. Like, the 1080 was out at around the same time the 6700 was, and the 1080 and 2060 perform very similarly. And the 1080ti performs about the same as a 2080. The 6700 wasn't bottlenecking any cards when it was new. I think it's still a decent cpu for gaming.
It's a 6700 non-k and an RTX 2080. But no, I don't notice any obvious bottle necking. I think the 6700 is still an above average CPU for gaming, if anything. I've mostly played Apex Legends since finishing the build, and I average over 100 fps at 1440p and high settings, which seems consistent with other 2080 benchmarks I've seen.
My priority was gpu cooling. I already had the 6700, so I didn't want to spend more on a cpu that would be generating a lot more heat. My radiator setup is already a little less than you'd want for these components.
Yea, I'd argue that most water cooled builds are at least a little form over function though. I wouldn't have done this if I didn't care about the aesthetics.
Thanks! I did sell my 1080 for $350. In the end, I think I spent about the same as I would've to upgrade to a 1080ti, if you consider that the block/backplate sells for over $200 new. Probably not the best value, I agree, but neither is the waterloop itself lol.
The cpu/mobo/etc were parts I already had. I agree that maybe I should have spent a bit more to upgrade those. But still, I don't think the 6700 should be bottlenecking the 2080 in games or anything.
Definitely not a 240 because of the top mounted psu. I doubt a 120 would work either since the RAM is in the way. A slim 92mm might work, if that's even something that exists lol.
Fair enough. The main components, including the RAM, were purchased in 2016 though. I think similarly, my cpu/mobo are a little out of place in a build like this. As long as the rest of the system isn't holding back my GPU performance by too much, I'm happy.
Thanks. Not counting the planning, I'd say 6 ish hours spread over 3 weekends. This was my first water cooled build though, I think I could do it a lot faster a second time.
Thanks. Like in a good way or a bad way lol?
Thanks! Yeah, I think it's pretty rewarding seeing everything fit in there with almost 0 wasted space. Even if the temps aren't quite as good as they'd be in a bigger case.
You need to buy one separately, so yea that's what the 90w power brick is for. I just bought one that was suggested in an Amazon review for that mobo.
You should add functional head/tail lights
Oh, didn't see the second response. That's false. On a 60Hz monitor, you're capped at 60 fps (60Hz = monitor refreshes 60 times every second). So yes, you won't see a benefit there. That's why high refresh rate monitors exist. There is a huge difference between 60 and 100 fps.
Nope. Higher fps is always better. Since most monitors are 60Hz, 60 fps is as good as it'll get there. With a 144Hz monitor though, you can take advantage of up to 144 fps, which is quite a lot smoother than 60.
It does though. We're talking about a 144Hz monitor here. Even a 1080 won't be hitting 144 fps at 1440p in more demanding games. I get 100 fps in Battlfield 1 with my 1080 for example.
Nah a 4 core, with hyperthreading
IMO, a 1080 is 100% worth it with a 1440p/144Hz monitor.
I'm a huge fan of how it looks, but that's not really why I chose it. I think in this case, a blower style card is the way to go. And I was definitely under the impression the founders edition was better than other blower designs
Thanks. Yep, there's actually space for a dual 120mm aio, they include a bracket for mounting the radiator. Though it seems like you'd have to be pretty careful with cable management to make it work
Is it? I really don't need the extra performance and I'd also have needed to use a louder cooler, probably an aio. And I'd have spent more on the mobo, the cpu itself, the cooler... Not really worthwhile in this build I feel
Looks like it was $230 total, $45 for shipping to CA
Yea, pretty much. The 6700 non k is good enough for me and oc'ing a 6700k probably would have meant a lot more heat/noise. And I also spend maybe $100-200 less this way