This is my updated Gaming UV build - UV parts included : fittings, coolant, cables , lights. I built this last year and it was due for some upgrades and a coolant change.
A couple things to note that I have not noted in my reviews
The setup is a 8700K overclocked and delidded - 5.0Ghz on 1.33V. 70C temps in games after an hour or so
The GPU is an Asus Turbo RTX 2080 overclocked to 2070mhz on core. 50C temps in games after an hour or so.
Ram is 2 x8GB Corsair 3200mhz. The second kit is just the lighting kit as I wanted to populate all slots Motherboard is Asus Z370 Hero Wifi.
The vertical mount I made it by modding the stock lian li bracket plus adding some bottom support from a couple of pump mounts that I had laying around. Some Dremel work and drilling but no need to mod the case (just hack away the bracket). I honestly have not seen a great mod for this so far. Lian li is coming out with the XL version which will address this issue.
Rest of the build includes (and not reviewed below)
silver uv blue fittings from primochill - they look amazing even moreso in person. Silver during the day, blue during the night lol.
Radikult Customs 360mm Reservoir - very high quality, basically u get a solid block of acrylic it looks amazing and thicker than a fan's thickness. Case and motherboard heatsinks were painted using Rust-Oleum Metallic paint -I higly recommend this paint. I used half a can to paint 2 panels, 2 heatsinks, some screws, and a pump bracket...its crazy.
See reviews below and ask away if questions
In my opinion it requires delidding. Yes u can use it without but its so limited by Temps. Once delidded it is a beast and I feel like for the price it should have come already with a good thermal solution (similar to what the 9th gen has)
I love this board. One of the best all around, bios, features, overclocking 8th gen, aesthetics. Overclocks my 8700k without an issue My only complaint is that It doesn't have a VRM sensor (earlier z370 hero boards did) so I am using 2 sensors from my commander pro to monitor the temps on the 2 heatsinks
fairly pricey for just 3200 speed compared to others but I bought them because of other corsair products that I own.
Fantastic drive... this is my third build with it and it sill fast and reliable
Not much to say here its not an A chip, it overclocks to about 2055 so about average, its not a good memory overclocker at least my sample
Some case Lian Li made. A few things that may have not already been said 1. Painting the panels is super easy since they detach nicely without having to remove anything etc. Same for the feet and you can give your case a completely different look in a matter of minutes. 2. there is so much room yet so compact. I am still puzzled after building in so many cases that Lian Li somehow added all this room/potential in such a tiny ATX factor case. It feels that every inch was engineered to just be there to serve a purpose. This is a compact ATX that can hold 3 360mm radiators with a full size video card and ATX board which is crazy as that's something that you normally see in a full tower
great PSU no complaints digital control is super useful. It drives my monster setup with no issues.
Fantastic display for gaming, IPS 120hz, too bad no HDR but this also came out in 2017 when HDR was just rolling out for displays but still something to keep in mind for 2019 as it lacks this feature. Otherwise it is a fantastic gaming display with low lag, low response time, high enough refresh rate, and IPS.
quality tubing without a doubt I love primochill stuff.
On my third controller when it works is great but eventually it will die on you and there is no way to get it back to life.
fairly easy to use. I recommend although take your time and don't rush
Ive always had great experiences with EK's fluids. I highly recommend their stuff I ve never had problems with discoloration or clogging although keep in mind that over time, the "UV" aspect fades away.
Pump is great low noise, nice looking etc The connectors on the other hard are just mind blowingly bad. The USB connector going into the pump resembles some cheap Chinese adapter - small, easy to unplug, and since my pump is vertically placed, the connector sometimes falls off on its own. I ended up taping it with electrical tape. the pump has tons of functionality within software....setting up alarms, setting up a curve based cpu temp etc lots of customization and the software is not bad. I highgly recommend this pump just be ready to deal with some odd connections to it
Quality construction, if it was branded EK or Bitspower or any other more known brands, I would not have been able to tell the different just by inspecting the product. However , corners were cut as far as instructions as they are hard to follow.
aside from the faint electrical noise, these are some fantastic fans. They cool really well,. they look good with enough but not too much RGB and they do save you from having to route a bunch of cables.
this tool is great highly recommend. Get this if you want to control your ARGB with a remote and turn them off and on as u see fit without having to go through some software. There are also a decent amount of modes for customization although not as much as your typical software
I build this Dr Drop like device with parts from Amazon. I highly HIGHLY recommend something like this whether u buy it or make it, the one time it saves u from cleaning up a mess , you are going to get your moneys worth.
I tested these with my air pressure device and they are great. They also look very nice and if you want them for a little cheaper, you can get them on aliexpress straight from the manufacturer.
Fantastic block this should be the standard as far as the product is concerned. It comes with every possible addon that you can think of - backplate, frontplate, temp sensor built in. Other brands (Iike EK) charge separate amounts for all of these.
If you want UV lighting then this is it. I wouldn't recommend anything else, and I ve tried Cablemods' UV hybrids, some amazon cheaper stuff etc. One of these strips was brighter than my 3 60CM cablemod UV lights.
I would have given these fittings a 5 star rating without hesitation as I think Primochill makes some fantastic fittings/adapters in my opinion nicer than some of the bigger brands like EK or bitspower. But the reason I took off one star is that because every elbow fitting required to be tightened with a wrench onto the actual fitting. normally you are supposed to hand tighten all fittings but their elbows I guess required a lot more tightening for a better seal. I dunno if that's normal and consistent across other brands but I don't feel like it is. Otherwise yeah don't just hand tighten the elbow fittings use a wrench or something else or test it out with an air pressure tester