Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It still looks really good all said and done. How are the GPU thermals? It looks pretty chocked for air up against the side pannel.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am still keeping a close watch on the thermals of the video card. You are correct there is not much clearance there between the glass and the card. So far it hasn't seemed like much of an issue but I haven't had tried any burn in tests or long gaming sessions yet to see what it does when taxed for longer that 30 minutes.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Save the GPU!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

If temps are an issue this vertical bracket pushes the gpu back away from the glass which helps a lot. Gamers Nexus tested it. https://store.cablemod.com/product/cablemod-vertical-pci-e-bracket-2-x-displayport-black/

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same card mounted the same way in the same case. Even after overclocking the card is in the mid-50s and never above 61c during gaming. During extensive GPU bench it will heat up to the high 60s but that's about it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

almost 2 months in and I can now say the thermals are fine. It hits 70 C in stress tests and stays stead there. I tested it for 6 hours

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That 2080 has a gpu brace out of the box. At least mine does.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

probably didn't even know that's what it was lol.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

you are correct that GPU does have a brace included, The Phanteks Evolv X actually has a brace included as well. I really didn't think a brace would be necessary at first. It is.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

the brace doesnt support my gpu good enough lol the end pad is touching the gpu but the middle isnt, and now neither is touching

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks ill have to look at that when i get the chance

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Same thing with me. I thought I knew what I was doing. Turned out I had no clue!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi mate. I have the same case with floe riing 280. I actually i fitted the radiator in the front with a pull config at the fans. The hoses are a bit stretched but it fits. Also you can use TT sync controller to sync the rgb. https://www.thermaltake.com/Cooler/Cooling_Accessory_/Fan_Controller/C_00003143/TT_Sync_Controller_TT_Premium_Edition/design.htm You connect the tt sync controller to the third party rbg header on the case and then plug the case rgb to the mobo. This way you can have them all synced.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that actually, I plugged it into the RGB rainbow sicne thats the one labeled for MSI, ill have to try swapping it to the other RGB cable and see how that works

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I swapped out the single 9 fan sync controller with the 2 5 fan controllers that came with the radiator/fans. I am much happier with the results. The sync controller let me synchronize everything with the Mobo which would be fantastic if MSI Mystic Light software was any good. Now I can control the lights individually giving me much more control.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how many fans came with the case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

3 140 mm non RGB fans come with the case. I didnt use any of them ( I wanted ALL THE LIGHTS)

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