This is an upgraded version of Project:Style https://pcpartpicker.com/b/C2r6Mp
A fellow PCPP contacted me about the motherboard from that system. I was able to hook him up with the CPU and RAM as well. His build popped a few weeks ago and looks dope: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/s9Bbt6
So one build leads to another, as is our way...
I already had an AM4 mobo in hand from an RMA swap out. The system it was from had gotten an upgraded board while I was waiting for the RMA so now I had an extra. I love having extra stuff. Speaking of extra... lets go 8 core 16 threads. Micro center still had 1800x chips for only $200.
Going 1800x instead of the new 2000 series was not only cheaper, but I wouldn't have to update the bios on the board as well. That's how my old board got bricked in the first place. These asrock boards are notorious for having bad bios updates kill the board. The 1800x needed so such risk and I knew I could just pop in no problem.
The ram was on sale, high speed, and dead sexy... need I say more?
The PSU is massive overkill... but it was also on a great sale and will last me 10yrs+ so I'm not just thinking of this PC. It could very well be pulled if I need it for a more powerful system. 1300w gold rated and a 10 yr warranty is a steel at $140. Done and done.
Much of the new loop was built from my old loop. The cpu block, extra 360 rad, res, and angled fittings are new. I also used plain matte black industrial tubing (4x cheaper) Has a great look and I now have a 100ft roll to play with. Fits perfectly with the existing fittings.
I wanted to go a bit further with the oak. The graphics card back plate and io shroud are new along with a few other pieces. I was going for a luxury car look. Something that screamed quality.
The vertical graphics card mount I made is still there if I want to use it in the future, but to make room for the rad on the bottom I had to mount the card in the standard position this time. Still looks good imo.
I wired up a special switch for the lights on its own power source. The light can be switch from UV to white instantly. Independent power means I can leave on the lights day and night while the PC is off. Both strips of lights fit nicely all the way around the 4 sides of the inside of the front lip of the case. This hides any lights that would shine right into your eyes and creates a nice even flood of light.
The two sata ssds are in a raid and used as myu adobe scratch disk. They came from the old rig and do a great job for "current work" files.
My fiance and I use this PC mostly for muti-media productivity and also as a second gaming rig. Its super quiet. The lights can be bight (white) or more subtle (uv) with a single flick so it's never too distracting. When we need a second gaming rig it is up to the task and everything we do on it seems really fast between the CPU and all the ssd storage.
I love rebuilding my rigs as many times as I can. This is the second mood in this case and I still love the 303 (as difficult as it is to work in)