Been working towards this for a long time, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. First time building a PC from the ground up, and first time touching anything with liquid cooling. The goal was both an immersive and competitive workspace for lots of gaming, some audio work, and a lot of music listening.
Cable management in this case is next to impossible for someone who doesn't like lots of cables visible. But besides that, the main build without watercooling didn't come up with many issues. Installing the vertical GPU bracket was just a task of removing the metal brackets between the PCI slots in the chassis. After that, it installed like it was built for it.
As for the desk setup, it was one of the slowest parts because I bought things slowly over time. Waited for deals on monitors, got various speakers/amps where I could (the prices listed are the (rough) retail value for them; it's hard to have pricing on them since it's all older equipment), and the other kit required to really being a setup together. The cost of the ultrawide made me know I had to get it but I didn't really know how to integrate it so I could also keep the 1440p 165hz monitor. So, the dual-setup desk style was used and it's been working perfect. Not much height difference, just swivel to the left (or back to the right), maybe adjust the chair height slightly, and it's easy to swap between setups.
Liquid cooling was where the real adventure and troubleshooting came into play because not much went to plan. The loop order/design I had thought out was not going to work once I started putting in rads and such. Mounting the pump was annoying since the part of the case I had to mount it to was not flat, but I was able to drill mounting holes without any mistakes visible. Mounting the CPU block wasn't difficult (why would it be?) and the GPU block went very smoothly which surprised me since I didn't have experience and thought the graphics blocks seemed very complicated. Bending tubing was difficult but I think I did alright. Far from perfect, but it looks good and there aren't any problems with leaks throughout the time I've been using it. The big problem started when I filled it with coolant after leak testing. EK-CryoFuel Solid Azure Blue was a bad idea apparently, because after only a handful of days there was green gunk in the CPU/GPU block (no there is not any aluminum and yes I used distilled water. My post confused people on Reddit too since they didn't really know exactly why it happened either). So I completely disassembled the loop, opened up the blocks, cleaned them out, reassembled, and instead used XSPC's EC6 UV Blue coolant, which I have to admit doesn't look nearly as cool but has been functioning perfectly.
CPU is overclocked to 4.7GHz (sometimes boosting to 4.8); GPU has +220 on core and +500 on memory.
Open to any questions!
Fantastic CPU that was at a good price. 6 cores was perfect for my usecase and I was able to sustain 4.7-4.8GHz with my custom loop.
The holy grail of Z370 motherboards. Haven't had any problems with it. Connections were plentiful, overclocking was a breeze, and it's a showpiece in itself.
The best-looking RGB RAM in my opinion. Enabled XMP and clocked to 3200MHz easily. Not too pricey either compared to other RGB sticks.
Got this a long time ago. Works great but the price makes it less of a deal nowadays most of the time.
Wanted more SSD storage. Saw this for similar prices to others. It had RGB. Need I say more? Works as it should.
The tried-and-true hard drive I've had for a while now. Works like it was brand new and isn't noisy.
Absolutely beautiful case that's a lot of work. Dust needs to be cleaned off a bit more often than you'd like because of how much glass there is. The dust filters work great though andd the internal layout had just enough space for the custom loop I wanted to do. Cable management is challenging but looks great when done.
A beautiful ultrawide monitor I got for a good price. Good adjustability. Red accents didn't really fit my build but it's not like it was lit up in red.
Wanted 1440p with a high refresh rate and this was the monitor with the best price at the time. Works perfect at 165hz, adjusts very well, construction feels really nice, and the 'underglow'/ambient lighting is a nice touch.