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It's been 13 years since I put together a PC. Things have changed a lot but they are still the same; everything still fits in the right places except it's easier to be cleaner and make things look nice now. RGB has also taken over, but I liked the neon tubes back in the day too.

I'm glad the cases these days have hidden cable management and you can be as organized or unorganized as you want behind the scenes. Only thing different I would have done would be to do a custom watercooling setup. I've never done one before and didn't want to spend the time and energy to figure it out but it would have kept my system a lot quieter. Maybe a future project.

For those that are looking to know some of the annoyances and minor details of the setup...

  • Gigabyte Aorus Master Motherboard does not have the 24 pin lined up with the cable slotting of the Lian Li 011 case. You can see the curvature in my picture. The USB 3.0 plug on the motherboard also is at an inconvenient vertical location so I decided not to plug it in as I won't be using it anyway. My preference for both the 24 pin and the USB 3.0 plugs would be for them to be horizontal which would allow for less cable clutter on the visual side.

  • NZXT AIO water lines do bump up against the first row of RAM next to it. Only way to fix that would be to either move them further apart on the motherboard (which I can't do) or to rotate the AIO itself so the water lines are below or above the CPU.

  • Gigabyte 2080 Ti card I mounted vertical for esthetics and also there is sag when mounted normally into the board. Downside to mounting vertically is the GPU touches the RGB RAM covers. Technically it is the heat shield on the back of the GPU that touches the RAM covers. It is unavoidable but I don't believe it affects the RAM or GPU other than light physical scraping if you move it. Also, vertical mounting increases GPU temps for me by about 2-3°C

  • I don't know if Corsair or NZXT has fan controllers that can control more than 6 fans. That would be useful with all the cases that allow 6+ fans.

  • For case fans, why don't manufacturers make fans that spin clockwise or counterclockwise that way RGB can be facing either into the case. So if I want to do a pull configuration the RGB ring is showing when I look into the case rather than looking at the fan back plate. Maybe air flow just won't work this way for a particular reason. I'm not an airflow expert shrug

  • Lastly, if I turn fans all the way up on this thing, it sounds like there's an engine in the room. Not the biggest fan of that (pun intended).

I spent too much money on this machine even though I don't have enough time to spend on it. That's what happens to old gamers, haha. Nostalgia.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

nice job, awesome build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. Post more pics.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing, need more photos though :(

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Really appreciate it! Will attempt to take good pictures

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I love it! very clean not too overdone with the lighting. I also hadn't built a gaming computer since high school so uhh 20 years ago?! oh lord.. anyhow, it was super nostalgia for me, and you're right everything is the same, just better! imagine my delight entering bios on a modern computer for the first time.. "OMG bios has GUI now?!" so damn cool!

You should add some more pictures!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I remember building my very first computer with a friend back in the 90s so probably the same time as you. There was no youtube or video guides back then. Glad it's gotten more widespread and easier now

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i built my first pc so i could play Carmageddon 2, star siege: tribes, need for speed (forget which one), max paine, everquest, counter strike, half life (of course), starcraft and warcraft, age of empires, roller coaster tycoon oh and can't forget about postal and postal II. I'm sure there were others but I remember the big push for me to build something decent was because I really wanted to run Carmagedon 2 with playable frame rates lol. I worked a job all summer which paid for my build with a budget of 1k. I remember my mom and dad talking about me spending so much money on a computer. I remember my mom said "it's what he wants to spend his money on, he worked for it - let him be" I was always getting in trouble with that damned thing haha, I'd be up till 3am on school nights, my dad was always pissed about that - ohh and this was dialup days so he was also pissed that nobody could ever get through when they called haha - I remember being like "just get a second line - ill pay for it!" solid "Not happening" - such haters...

But look at me now! I'm 34yo and I can do whatever I want! (within reason..and if baby allows it..and it's not too late because work at 6am..)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's hot.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully not over 90C hot. Haha thanks

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, have you had any trouble with Corsair's ICue and Gigabyte's RGB Fusion? A lot of people complaining

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any trouble with iCue and Fusion. However, I have had issues with Fusion and NZXT CAM. If I wanted to waste money, I would buy the newer Gigabyte AIO that has an LCD on it rather than the NZXT just to cut down on the software.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what fan hub did you use to power the fans on your Kraken x72? I am literally going to be building a system with very similar specs. If you could explain to me how you powered and connected all of your fans, that would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I love the build!

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I actually have a push/pull for the x72 with the stock fans hidden. The 3 stock fans that come with the x72 don't have rgb and I have those connected to the mobo. For the RGB NZXT fans I have those connected to a Hue 2. Corsair fans are connected to an iCue Commander Pro. So total of 12 fans, lol.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Okay I gotcha. Are there 3 fan ports on the gigabyte aorus pro, or did you have to use a splitter?

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Okay I gotcha. Are there 3 fan headers on the gigabyte aorus master, or do you have to use a splitter? Also, where did you plug in the Hue 2 and the Commander Pro?