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Darkside v2

Just about two years after her initial construction Darkside is undergoing some upgrades to be 3080ti and custom loop ready. Step one has been moving to beautiful Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic.

Currently running an 8700k and 2080 with 32gb of 3600mhz Corsair Vengeance RGB sticks. OS is on an Intel 660p NVME with a 1tb WD Blue 2.5in SATA SSD for mass storage. Basically everything in this system has been overclocked and tuned. Most recently she cracked into the top100 US 3dMark Firestrike for her components.

The 8700k has been delidded and stock TIM replaced with Conductonaut and a few little dabs of UHU adhesive to seal her back up. It's being cooled by an Enermax LiqTech2 360mm special edition white AIO, mounted with conductonaut instead of traditional thermal paste. I typically run 5.0ghz all core with 1.315v. Under the Enermax AIO it hits equillibrium around 60c running stress tests for multiple hours. It will go as high as 5.3 steady enough for benchmarking and since I switched from 280mm AIO to a 360mm I'm going to see if I can push up to 5.4 or 5.5.

The Corsair RAM is a low-binned Samsung B-Die. Stock speed and timings were 3600mhz, 19-20-20-40 CR2, TRFC 568. I spent a while playing with this RAM and was never able to get really stable at above 3600mhz, unsure if that's the RAM or my motherboards own limitations. That said pushing voltage up to 1.5v (which is safe on B-DIE) I was able to scale the timings quite a lot and I'm very happy with how the RAM is performing now. Currently running 1.5v 3600mhz, 15-16-16-32 CR2 and TRFC 280.

The Gigabyte GPU has what may be some golden memory on it to go with an above average chip bin. It will do +1250 on the memory very easily which seems to run best with+125 core under max thermal and power draw settings possible in afterburner. I took this card apart and replaced the stock TIM with Kryonaut as well as improved mounting pressure on the cold plate. Currently it maxes out around 55c under stress testing in 3dMark.

The lighting was fun to do and I feel like I was very lucky to snag some of the last of the Asia Horse white light loop fans off of amazon. They are amazing looking fans and seeing as they are only exhaust fans and the enermax and noctua's handle the static pressure and intake they are more than adequate for the job I've given them. Currently I'm configured with 3 120mm Enermax fans intake top in push config through the 360mm radiator. Bottom are 3x Noctua nf 12x15 fans pushing cold air right up into the CPU.

Overall the PC looks great and performs wonderfully, can't wait to get my hands on a 3080ti later this year.
Color(s): White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: Futuristic
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 335.45
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 320.00
ASUS - ROG Strix (Z370-E)
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 199.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3200MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
$ 849.99
Gigabyte - OC Gaming White
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080
Storage
$ 66.99
Intel - 660P
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
Storage
$ 52.90
Western Digital - WD Blue
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 160 GB
PSU
$ 140.00
EVGA - SuperNOVA 750 G1+
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 152.10
Lian Li - PC-011, White
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 29.90
Noctua - NF-A12x15 PWM (Brown)
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
$ 99.99
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