I like to build a new computer every 5 years or so. That being said I like to tell myself I know how to build a computer. Boy was I wrong. I must have rewired this system 10 times between figuring our something else I did wrong and had to redo everything.
Things that I realized too late
MSI MEG Z390 ACE:
The M.2 slot with a built in heat spreader. There are 2 screws under that heat spreader for different M.2 hard drive sizes. Just removing the screw from the shorter drive isn't enough, you need to remove the socket as well. This can not be done with a screwdriver. I had the best luck with a 5/32 socket.
There is only 1 JRAINBOW connector on the board, My fan controller and my case both needed access to that single JRAINBOW connector. Maybe more of an issue with the other parts but something I could have taken into consideration when choosing my parts.
Phanteks Evolv X :
That PSU shroud is completely unmovable. I know this is something that should be self evident, but if you ever need to get back to the PSU it is a very tight fit. My hands barely fit if I needed to get back in and adjust the cables for whatever reason. ( I needed to a lot because I am bad at this). There is very little room after installing a HDD under the PSU shroud for excess cableling to go. My shroud is stuffed with extra wires.
The case comes with a vertical GPU mount included and is one of only a hand full of cases that has triple wide vertical GPU mount points built in. But that triple wide point only give you about 1/2 of a inch of clearance for a 2.5 unit wide video card like the RTX 2080. The thermals seem to be fine, but I'm hesitant to overclock my card too much.
Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT:
The hoses connecting the radiator to the pump/cooling block are too short to mount this radiator to the front of my case. like I had originally planned. Again that is information that would have been helpful before I started.
Cools very well, but the hoses were a bit short for front mounting in my Phanteks Evolv X case, be sure to understand how much space you need those hoses to span.
Seems decent so far. The built in RGB could be done better than a single infinity light, and I would have enjoyed more control over the lighting that Mystic Light 3 is allowing, but overclocking my processor was a breeze.
It works like a 2080 should, but it is HEAVY. if you are going to mount it horizontally in your system use some sort of brace to hold this thing up.
I really like this case, but the rear glass door makes no sense at all. I also wish the PSU shroud was modular so I could have installed in after I wires my system.
The PSU itself is top tier. but the RGB lighting leaves a lot to be desired. It can't be controlled by any other software so it cant sync with anything, and the software itself is very sub par.