I sold my GTX 1070 in late Spring, and decided I'd wait for next generation GPUs. When RTX was announced I was a little underwhelmed, high prices and ok performance. At the moment of typing this, the price difference between GTX 1080 TI and RTX 2080 was about $50. I debated between EVGA RTX 2080 XC Gaming (pre-ordered twice and cancel each time) and Founder's Edition. In the end felt for $800, I want quality material, such as all metal body, not pastic, and better color match for case. EVGA's just looks cheap to me (subjective) and I'm not a fan of the little logos on the fans.
I had to return first RTX card because it had a slight grinding noise coming from a fan, but second one works great and quiet. There is good clearance for the GPU (thickness and length), which I was concerned prior to purchase. The green light on logo looks better than I thought from online photos. I'm a little concerned with the ports and the H200i's PCI slot openings as they're not that clear.
I replaced 550W PSU with a 750W. And I bought 6+8 pin PCIe cable for GPU from Mainfram Customs.
Finally my computer is completed. Hope my information helps somebody. Happy Building!
After a year since my last build, I couldn't help but build a better computer. Last year, I built a PC which had an i5-7500 and GTX 1060 6GB. This was my balanced build for gaming and production work, and wasn't too expensive. But I couldn't help but want something better. So this year, I wanted to build something better, but not over the top (I think...).
The NOVA Lite took me about a month to complete. This was thanks to the crypto mining, which made it almost impossible to buy a gpu, without paying stupid prices. I love the ITX size, so went this route. This would be the computer hopefully that I don't replace in year, so had to choose wisely. Please look at part list for components. Case light and GPU lighting was the way I liked to showcase the inside. Subtle and cool.
- I love the cpu, i7-8700. Having hyperthreading is really nice, so went with an i7. I was debating Ryzen 7, but went with Intel.
- MSI Z370i motherboard. Last year I purchased the H270i, and it was great. This year I went with same brand as I like MSI's motherboards. - Trident Z 3200 ram looks nice and performs great with XMP on. - Finally was able to purchase the EVGA SC GTX 1070 from Newegg.
- NZXT H200i is a beautful product. Love the look.
Unhappy: - GPU purchasing was a nightmare. Really tested my patience because of how hard it was. And ebay is a total rip-off, as well as 3rd party sellers at Newegg and Amazon. Was so tired of refreshing pages on online retailers and Nvidias website. - Trident Z ram and MSI Z370i motherboard. Not sure which is the problem, but the ram sits so tight against the 24 pin power cable that connects to motherboard. - NZXT case was not easy to work with. Cable management was a nightmare. Last year's Thermaltake Core V1 was soooooooo easy to work with.
Overall, I am very happy with the build. I have everything I need in a compact beautiful case. Thank you PC partpicker peoples for helping me look at your builds to help me pick my parts, AND thank you for checking out my build.