Welcome to my second watercooled build! This is Project Yellow.
With this one I decided to try something completely different than in my previous computer build. So I elected to go with a mini-ITX build in the new Shift X! Needless to say, it was a challenge to build and a few parts had to be swapped midway through to make it all fit. But the finished product is here and I think it looks pretty great! Hope you enjoy the photos.
The star of the show is definitely the case which is extremely well built and allows for easy installation of components. Even with watercooling components, everything went through pretty easy except I had problems with the radiator + pump clearance near the PSU shroud. It's a tight fit! Big thanks to EKWB for being so reponsive and providing all the watercooling equipment, their products and support are simply awesome. As you can probably see in the photos, I went with less hardtubing and more fittings style in this case to give it that extra industrial look. I am happy with the outcome. Cable routing had to be improvised, as you see, and there was not much room in the rear compartment for cables, but I managed to successfully fit everything in.
The computer performs as well as you would expect, without any hiccups. If anyone is interested in any benchmarks, I will be happy to put them up.
The CPU is running at 4.8 GHz, although it could reach 5.0 GHz. One 280mm radiator is simply not enough to cool an overlocked CPU and GPU. The GPU is running at stocks settings already applied to the card.
All in all it was a very fun build from start to end, I was glad there were no leaks when testing the system, everything loaded up correctly. No issues, hooray!
I hope all of you enjoy this build and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments below :)
P.S.: Big thank you to Ensourced for the custom sleeved cables. Just amazing.
Great CPU, very overclockable, but does tend to run a little bit hot. I did not decide to delid it in my build, but doing so would definitely help out with the thermals. Even so, I could not be happier with my choice on the new Intel platform.
Despite reading a few bad comments about this board when I picked it up, I have had zero problems and everything worked superbly out of the box with simple OC tweaking and memory settings. Great motherboard with great aesthetics.
Went with a 16 GB kit because it is enough for gaming. I was able to acquire a pretty great deal for the C14 timing kit that I picked up on Amazon.
Added an additional SSD drive for extra space down the line, so I don't need to do any updates. Works great and fast, not a lot of comments.
M.2 SSD drives are simply the best storage choice right now. Easy to install, no cables. I recommend it to anyone, even if they are only SATA drives and not NVMe. Runs great without a comment.
Great modelof the 1080 Ti card - went with EVGA in this build, because I already tested out the ASUS STRIX model in my previous build. Both cards run with zero problems and installation of the GPU block is pretty straightforward.
5 stars for the great design! Really, this case is truely a beast when you put it on your table. The rear compartment could be a little larger, but I was able to route all the cables without too much trouble.
Was a little sceptical about my choice at first, but it was the only SFX-L power supply with a large enough wattage. In reality I had nothing to fear about. The unit is fully modular, the cables are great because they can twist and bend easily. I recommend it to anyone looking for a PSU for a small form factor build.